13 Kingston Road, Kensington, East Bay Hills
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Kensington, nestled in the East Bay hills, gives you the best of both worlds. A small town in which you know your neighbors and business owners, it’s also perfect for people who love the great outdoors. One look at this neighborhood of large homes in the hilly streets above Berkeley, its commanding views of the Bay Area, and sunny terraced yards will explain why this community is one of the most sought after in the East Bay.
A couple of blocks from your front door sits Kensington’s charming Arlington shopping district. Young’s Market and Raxakoul Coffee & Cheese are family-owned stores that are stocked with produce, dry goods, groceries, home made foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner – whatever you want and need!
If you’re not going to eat it or drink it, you can find it at Kensington Home & Hardware on the Arlington.
When you want to enjoy a meal out, head to Sakana Sushi, Inn Kensington, The Arlington or down the hill to Kensington Circus Pub, Benchmark Pizzeria or FatApple’s. Solano Avenue in Berkeley, where you can sample cuisines from around the world, is a mile and a half south.
Of course, no neighborhood is complete without fresh bread and a collection of wine. Kensington has both with Semifreddi’s Bakery, a Bay Area staple, and Arlington Wine & Spirits. Kensington also is home to retail and service-oriented businesses such as boutiques, banks, child care, salons, shoe repair, cleaners, architects, flower shops, fitness studios, financial planners and a gas station.
If you love to visit Farmers’ Markets, one of the best in the East Bay comes to Kensington every Sunday year ‘round from 9 to 2. Featuring local and organic produce, meats, seafood, dairy and other delicious homemade foods, the Kensington Farmers’ Market is “appointment shopping” and it’s right in your neighborhood! It’s worth pointing out that when Will Rogers tells you that his honey is local, he’s not exaggerating – he and his wife Kate tend to their backyard apiary and produce their sweet wares right on Kingston Road!
Kensington Hilltop Elementary School, one of the most highly rated K-6 schools in California, is less than a mile from your new home.
Steps from Hilltop Elementary lies Kensington Park, which is far more than sweeping Bay Area views. It includes a playground, tennis and basketball courts, picnic tables, an oval track, seating areas, clean restrooms, and fields for playing and relaxing! Perfect for a natural getaway, small gathering or birthday party.
Kensington Community Center, serving residents since 1958, is right across the street from the park. Adults and youth can take recreational and educational classes and there’s a summer day camp for kids. Indoor and outdoor space is available for rental, including a large social hall, full kitchen, barbecue, garden and amphitheater.
Kensington Library, part of the vast Contra Costa County system, is also conveniently located in this cluster.
You’ll delight in exploring Blake Garden, a world-class gem nestled in Kensington’s hills. It boasts gorgeous flowers, serene sitting areas, winding pathways, redwood groves and panoramic vistas. How lucky were the UC Berkeley Presidents from the mid-1960s until 2009 who lived on the grounds!
Tilden Park provides Kensington’s boundary to the east. Famous for miles of biking and hiking trails, it also features the “Redwood Valley Railway” (a miniature steam train,) a "little farm," merry-go-round, public golf course, nursery and swimming hole at Lake Anza, all of which make Tilden a popular destination for families.
Closer to home, a network of footpaths more than a century old winds throughout Kensington. Documented, maintained and improved by a dedicated group of volunteers, Kensington Pathkeepers, these paths are used as shortcuts to homes and businesses, and as hikes with spectacular views. The trailhead of Ardmore Path is a block and a half from your front steps, and if you live here you can explore all 11 of these public paths.
Wanna get away? Transportation via Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and AC Transit is convenient and plentiful. The 7 Line takes you to El Cerrito Del Norte BART or downtown Berkeley and Cal in less than 20 minutes. Stay in Berkeley to work, eat, shop or play, or hop on BART to San Francisco. You can also board a comfortable TransBay bus, or a train at El Cerrito Plaza BART station to whisk you into the City.
Kensington’s well-proportioned homes are designed for family life and dinner parties. Bright expansive vistas are the hallmark of 13 Kingston Road and the entire neighborhood – and there’s so much nearby to enjoy!