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Overview of Martinez

The city of Martinez sits on the banks of the Carquinez Strait, offering a calm setting with picturesque natural scenery. As the county seat of Contra Costa County, Martinez has long been a notable place, and its streets are filled with charming, old-fashioned architecture that give the community a classic feel.

People looking for apartments for rent in Martinez can take advantage of great downtown commerce and a thriving marina, as well as local trails perfect for hiking and biking.

Living in Martinez, CA

Once a lively ferry landing and gold rush staging point, Martinez is one of the oldest cities in

California. For generations, the area’s good farmland and convenient waterfront access have made it a destination for historic residents like John Muir, the noted naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, and businesses like Shell, whose Martinez refinery helped fuel local growth in the early 20th century. This long history has helped Martinez develop a distinctive downtown, where visitors can browse through antique stores, dine at restaurants or walk along beautiful Alhambra Creek.

With less than 37,000 residents, Martinez maintains a small town charm. Residents of Martinez apartments can enjoy an extensive waterfront, scenic trails and excellent recreation facilities. They also can check out the local nightlife, made famous by the fact that Martinez claims to be the birthplace of the martini.

Martinez Work and Study

Although Martinez has no colleges of its own, it serves as the district office for the Contra Costa Community College District, which contains several campuses within close driving distance. Martinez students are also close to many renowned Bay Area colleges and universities.

As the county seat, Martinez’s principal employer is Contra Costa County, which provides jobs for nearly half the city. Other major employers include the Shell Oil Refinery, Kaiser Permanente and a VA Medical Center. With access of all the major East Bay cities, Martinez is also home to a number of commuters.

Rentals in Martinez, CA, and Cost of Living

Compared to the expensive living of the San Francisco area, Martinez is a reasonably affordable Northern California community. Around one third of residents rent, and, while finding a rental can be competitive, there are many great options.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed the median gross rent from 2008 to 2010 was $1,259, while additional research found one bedroom apartments renting for $850-$1,350 per month.

Martinez Attractions and Special Events

In addition to communing with the early gold prospectors by swigging martinis, history buffs can check out a number of local landmarks, most notably the John Muir National Historic Site. John Muir, whose interest in the preservation of nature helped prompt the founding of the National Parks system, lived in Martinez, and his home is now a popular museum.

Residents can also enjoy the city’s classic Victorian and early 20th century architecture during a stroll around the downtown area, where they can browse Martinez’s many shops, restaurants and cultural offerings. An outdoor amphitheater as well as a wide range of local festivals and events keeps the area buzzing with activity.

Martinez is home to the country’s largest bocce ball league, and the city’s active residents can take advantage of world class bocce facilities in addition to great recreation options and athletic fields at the many local parks. The waterfront and marina areas provide great destinations for outdoor fun, with hiking trails, fishing and boating. Martinez residents can also head to the nearby Bay Area cities for more fun, a trip made easy by the city’s great Amtrak station.

If you are looking for an apartment for rent or a house rental in Martinez, Calif. search for rental properties at Rent.com®.

Mission Pines - Martinez, CA 94553
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(4)

Martinez, CA 94553

$1593 - $2376

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Martinez, CA (Alhambra Valley)

(4)

$1593 - $2376

62 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Vista Oaks - Martinez, CA 94553
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(3)

Martinez, CA 94553

$1551 - $2817

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Martinez, CA (Alhambra Valley)

(3)

$1551 - $2817

108 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Martinez Hillside Apartments - Martinez, CA 94553
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(3)

Martinez, CA 94553

$1099 - $1124

1 Bed 1 Bath

Martinez, CA (Alhambra Valley)

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$1099 - $1124

100 Units 1 Bed 1 Bath

Hidden Creek - Martinez, CA 94553
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Martinez, CA 94553

$1595 - $2749

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Martinez, CA (Eastgate)


$1595 - $2749

168 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Ridgecrest Apartments - Martinez, CA 94553
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Martinez, CA 94553

$1599 - $2245

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Martinez, CA (Alhambra Valley)


$1599 - $2245

72 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Muirwood - Martinez, CA 94553
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Martinez, CA 94553

$1645 - $2135

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Martinez, CA (Alhambra Valley)


$1645 - $2135

210 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avalon Walnut Ridge - Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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(304)

Walnut Creek, CA 94597

$2010 - $2815

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Walnut Creek, CA (Waldon)

(304)

$2010 - $2815

466 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

eaves Walnut Creek - Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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(356)

Walnut Creek, CA 94597

$1799 - $2740

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Walnut Creek, CA (Diablo Hills, Waldon)

(356)

$1799 - $2740

510 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Avalon Walnut Creek - Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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(508)

Walnut Creek, CA 94597

$2100 - $4055

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Walnut Creek, CA (Larkey Park, Palos Verdes)

(508)

$2100 - $4055

186 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Park Regency - Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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(21)

Walnut Creek, CA 94597

$1644 - $2689

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Walnut Creek, CA (Waldon)

(21)

$1644 - $2689

892 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pleasant Hill Village - Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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(5)

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

$1250 - $1275

1 Bed 1 Bath

Brio - Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596

$2500 - $3915

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Walnut Creek, CA (Diablo Hills, Downtown Walnut Creek...)


$2500 - $3915

300 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Villa Montanaro - Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

$1980 - $3355

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pleasant Hill, CA (Pleasant Valley, Waldon)


$1980 - $3355

147 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Wood Creek - Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

$2168 - $2819

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pleasant Hill, CA (Ellinwood)


$2168 - $2819

256 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Iron Horse Park - Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

$1661 - $2808

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pleasant Hill, CA (Waldon)


$1661 - $2808

252 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Park Central - Concord, CA 94520
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Concord, CA 94520

$1807 - $3185

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Concord, CA (Meadow Homes, North Concord)


$1807 - $3185

259 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Park Lake Apartments - Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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(72)

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

$2050 - $2798

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Walnut Creek, CA (Ygnacio Valley)

(72)

$2050 - $2798

184 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Ygnacio Village - Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596

$1824 - $2819

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Walnut Creek, CA (Diablo Hills)


$1824 - $2819

56 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Walnut Park - Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596

$1750 - $2205

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Walnut Creek, CA


$1750 - $2205

78 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

City View - Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596

$1816 - $3497

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Walnut Creek, CA


$1816 - $3497

20 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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