City of Natural Beauty
El Cerrito means “little hill” in Spanish and began as a village surrounded by chicken and dairy farms. People flocked here after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. Wilhelm Rust developed the town in the early 1900’s, creating multiple businesses and paved roads. He was so influential the town became known as Rust, and it wasn’t until 1909 that this 3.7 square-mile parcel changed its name.
What began as a village surrounded by chicken and dairy farms is now considered the affordable alternative to Berkeley, with a growing inventory of new apartments and senior housing.
The City of El Cerrito Parks Guide can help maximize your time outdoors, and the local recreation department hosts a variety of programs and activities, including classes at the swim center.
El Cerrito is close to everything while maintaining its distinct suburban vibe.
El Cerrito Resources
- Los Moles Beer Garden
- Larb Thai Food and Tapas
- Noodles Fresh
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