5.2 out of 10

Alhambra Ave, Martinez

37.9833411367095 -122.119163283598
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Safe & Sound
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"Good Neigbhorhood South of Highway 4"

Alhambra Avenue is the main thoroughfare that runs along the western edge of Martinez mostly in a south to north direction. North of the John Moor Parkway (Highway 4) Alhambra is mostly a commercial street with supermarkets, laundries, restaurants, gas stations and the like. After you pass Alhambra High School heading north, you get a smattering of working class houses as you head into Old Martinez. These tend to be rather small and old and some have been converted to apartment buildings. Alhambra ends near the Amtrack station near the courthouses. The neighborhood gets a little dicey around here although there is a heavy police presence.

Alhambra High School is a touch on the mediocre side having few major problems but few outstanding achievements. This northern part of the avenue is a bit run down and has a bit of an urban, worn out feeling to it. I haven’t actually checked but I would assume that rents at the local apartments are reasonable and that it would be a good place to live if you are looking for an inexpensive dwelling located near the Amtrack station.

South of the highway, Alhambra has a much more open suburban feeling. You get a fair number of open hills, and there is a hiking trail just north of the freeway where some people go to jog. The houses in this section are nice middle to upper-middle class homes laid out in little neighborhoods on the edges of the hills. Just as Alhambra comes to an end, you have a pleasant strip mall with a supermarket, drugstore, Starbucks, Burger King, gas stations, weight loss center, and some nice though unspectacular local restaurants. On the other side of Taylor Blvd. Alhambra becomes Pleasant Hill Road as the avenue enters Pleasant Hill.

This southern section of Alhambra is a very nice place to live, just far enough off the beaten path to offer a person a bit of peace and calm, but just close enough to Pleasant Hill to offer all the conveniences of a suburban city life.
  • Good Short Cut
  • Nice South of Highway 4
  • Lots of Stores
  • Ugly Strip Malls
  • Busy Traffic
  • Mediocre School
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers

Unranked Streets in Martinez

Alhambra Ave

"Good Neigbhorhood South of Highway 4"
37.9833411367095 -122.119163283598

Arnold Dr

"A Pretty Average Suburban Stripmall Area"
37.9932039977439 -122.098788911181

C St

"Between the High School and the Football Field"
38.0052451325525 -122.132401205878

Estudillo St

"Old Bungalows, St. Catherine's and Starbucks"
38.0095553375109 -122.129429936134

F St

"Older Spot with Schools for All Ages"
38.0011026276807 -122.132535456326

Fig Tree Ln

"Typical Martinez Pleasantness"
37.9940459152797 -122.095554398831

Green St

"From Pill Hill to the Court House"
38.0146985406957 -122.138082311527

Howe Rd

"Omellets, Chainsaws and a Big Refinery"
38.0039651931918 -122.110842470663

Hull Ln

"Nice Suburban Street Close to Movie Theater"
37.9921840175793 -122.106382656129

I-- 680

38.0301322770626 -122.117164753639

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