We think the greatest potential in the Bay Area real estate ecosphere lies within the city of Richmond. Neglected for decades, and too often getting a bad rap, Richmond is just a quick hop into Marin or San Francisco by way of the Richmond Bridge. Like Oakland, it’s vast in size– and savvy buyers are beginning to settle here. With ferry service, two BART stations and a revitalized downtown, Richmond is still affordable, and boasts a waterfront park with biking and running paths as well as enviable hilltop views.
Those who appreciate pristine wildlife habitats but also want to be within striking distance of the city are looking at contemporary homes and condos in Marina Bay, Point Richmond and Richmond Annex. Locals say that the area is friendly and truly diverse (including economically).
Point Richmond’s Victorian town center offers a variety of shops and eateries. Check out some tasty casual Latin American and Asian destinations. Go to Marina Bay for a seat at Salute, one of our nation’s top 100 scenic restaurants, or head for a comfort food menu and ambiance at the historic Hotel Mac in Point Richmond. After all, if you’re thinking of moving here, it’s a good spot to meet the regulars.
Politically, Richmond is surprisingly progressive: it’s a sanctuary city that elected a Green party mayor, had the first openly gay police chief, and pioneered community policing programs. Crime has dropped over the last years, and Chevron, one of the biggest employers in Richmond, is making substantial investments to improve schools, support job training and provide opportunities for young people, all with the goal of improving the quality of life in the community.
Richmond's economic advantage is based on its affordability, its central Bay Area location and its access to water, Amtrak, transit, bus and freeway transportation. For dog lovers, there’s Pt. Isabel, a 21-acre park where dogs can roam off-leash. It’s doggie heaven, truly! (And for humans, Costco is nearby.)
Winkler Real Estate Group believes Richmond is a great place to settle. We’d love to help you take advantage of new developments here; please call us.