El Cerrito

El Cerrito offers breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and neighboring cities.

Welcome to El Cerrito

A peaceful, hillside community with breathtaking bay views
The peaceful, hilly community of El Cerrito is located on Contra Costa County's extreme southwest corner. El Cerrito offers breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and neighboring cities, including the picturesque hills on the eastern shores of Francisco Bay.
Earthquake refugees from San Francisco were the founders of El Cerrito in the early 20th century. The community grew into an official California neighborhood in 1917 after many refugees chose to settle in the area. Present-day El Cerrito, which translates to little hills, is now one of the most desirable places to live in California. Homes in this community range from tree-lined modest multifamily houses to luxury homes on rolling hills overlooking the breathtaking San Francisco skyline. 

What to Love

  • Pleasant climate
  • Lovely residential neighborhoods
  • Spectacular bay views
  • Excellent city services
  • Easy commute to the city.

Local Lifestyle

El Cerrito provides its residents with a dense suburban feel and a peaceful atmosphere. From beautiful rolling hills to the surrounding scenic nature, tranquility spreads across its magnificent homes and public spaces. Locals are very friendly and welcoming, and the city services are one of a kind. Strategically located along Interstate 80, El Cerrito residents have quick access to San Francisco and Oakland International Airport. Locals drive or use BART to get direct bus lines to downtown San Francisco and Oakland.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The shopping and dining scene in El Cerrito is astounding. You'll find whatever you're looking for at El Cerrito Plaza or the businesses along San Pablo Avenue and Fairmount Avenue. Get fresh supplies every Tuesday and Saturday at the farmers' market held at the El Cerrito Plaza. 
Explore the fantastic restaurant and bar scene in El Cerrito. Fatapple's Restaurant & Bakery on Fairmount Avenue serves some of the best desserts and pastries. Get delectable Brazilian delicacies at Brasil Bistro or excellent Mexican moles and tequila at Los Moles Beer Garden.
Get loose and enjoy family fun at VRWePlay, and then pick up neatly arranged flowers at Dreamworld Florals & Gifts for that special someone.

Things to Do

Watch the latest movie at the historic Rialto Cinemas Cerrito while enjoying a tasty pizza and a cold beer. Contra Costa Civic Theatre is the place to go if you want to experience live performances, from plays to musicals and so much more. 
The famous Hillside Natural Area offers plenty of options for outdoor fun. With lots of green space, beautiful views, and walking trails, you will always look forward to a day at the park. Tilden Regional Park and Memorial Park are also close by for more fun activities.
The annual City of El Cerrito and the July 4th Festival is a must-attend, with lots of food, music, and fun activities for everyone. The El Cerrito Hillside Festival is another great event focusing on preserving the natural environment.


El Cerrito is part of the West Contra Costa Unified School District, which operates one high school, one middle school, and three elementary schools in the city. Highly esteemed schools include:
  • El Cerrito High School, grades 9-12 
  • Fred T. Korematsu Middle School, grades 7-8
  • Fairmont Elementary School, grades K-6
  • Harding Elementary School, grades K-6
  • Madera Elementary School, grades K-6
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