Getting a Foot in the Door


Richmond has long served as an entry point for first-time homebuyers, particularly those with families, because it’s possible to buy a single-family dwelling for a relatively low amount. The city, along with San Pablo, often occupies the bottom of the property-value ladder in the East Bay. This is even truer today, as prices drop here and in most Bay Area cities. Richmond has some scary neighborhoods, so don’t hesitate to call the police for a rundown on crime statistics, consult with a friend familiar with the area or enlist a real estate agent as you look.

But keep an open mind: The city has much to offer. It is rich in history, with thousands of people migrating to the town during World War II to work at the shipyards building ships for the war effort. Many of them were women, a fact celebrated by Richmond’s Rosie the Riveter Park. Open houses coming up this weekend:

228 18th Street, Richmond: 2 bedrooms/1 bath, 917 sq ft, $249,000. Open Sunday 2-4 p.m.

607 McLaughlin Street, Richmond: 3 bedrooms/1.5 baths, 1,579 sq ft, $519,900. Open Sunday 1-4 p.m.

3535 Rheem Avenue, Richmond: 2 bedrooms/1 bath, 821 sq ft, $417,000. Open Sunday 1-4 p.m.

1095 Farmstead Court, Richmond: 3 bedrooms/1 bathroom, 1,413 sq ft, $479,900. Open Sunday 2-4 p.m.

711 Courtland Avenue, Richmond: 4 bedrooms/3 baths, 2,474 sq ft, $680,000. Open Sunday 1 -4 p.m.

(Photo: Rosie the Riveter Web site.)

  • John Lydic

    From an investor’s point of view, curb appeal is essential. Simply mowing and trimming the hedges on a run-down house turns a non-seller into a sold quickly.