If you love the idea of living in the East Bay hills but dread the high-end prices, El Sobrante could be a solution. Its hills have privacy and great views, just as the Berkeley Hills do. El Sobrante has a pretty good location; you can take San Pablo Dam Road to Interstate 80 and whisk off to San Francisco or jump on 24 and motor up to Walnut Creek. But because it’s further north in CoCo County, houses here tend to be cheaper, as these recent sales demonstrate. (Besides, John Kiffmeyer of Green Day came from El Sobrante!)
5820 Hillcrest Road, San Pablo: 3 bedrooms/2 baths, 1,559 sq ft, sold for $418,500 on Oct. 12.
3923 El Monte Road, El Sobrante: 2 bedrooms/1 bath, 805 sq ft, sold for $400,000 on Oct. 10.
4040 Wesley Way, El Sobrante: 3 bedrooms/1 bath, 964 sq ft, sold for $164,000 on Oct. 10.
4441 Wesley Way, El Sobrante: 3 bedrooms/ bath, 1,274 sq ft, sold for $340,000 on Oct. 19.