Located about 20 miles from San Francisco and 10 miles from Oakland, El Cerrito, Calif., is a colorful, fun and dynamic city. According to City-Data, El Cerrito is home to more than 23,000 people. This interesting suburban town boasts numerous family friendly amenities, easy access to many nearby must-haves and a high quality of life. Those searching for El Cerrito apartments for rent will appreciate the San Francisco Bay Area's dynamic lifestyle, beautiful weather and easy access to California hot spots.
El Cerrito is located along the dividing line between Contra Costa and Alameda counties. The county line was a hot spot for travel throughout the earlier part of the 20th century, and is still home to many exciting communities today. El Cerrito was once known as Rust, a town that was formed when refugees from the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 sought to rebuild their lives in new settlement within the Bay Area.
Today, El Cerrito enjoys many amenities and offers an exciting yet suburban way of life. Those living in El Cerrito rentals will enjoy easy access to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, which connects El Cerrito to San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and other cities via public rail transit.
For an escape to nature, residents frequent the city's local parks and recreation spots. Spaces like the Hillside Natural Area, Canyon Trail Park, Ohlone Greenway, Cerrito Vista Park, Canyon Trail, El Monte Softball Field and Tassajara Park and Pottery Studio allow for hours of recreational enjoyment, exercise and creative fun.
El Cerrito is home to a thriving arts scene, which builds on a large appreciation for the arts throughout the Bay Area. Residents and visitors attend shows at the West End Opera house or the Contra Costa Civic Theater. The El Cerrito Art Association ensures that residents have access to artistic entertainment and provides numerous avenues for art appreciation throughout the year.
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