5.2 out of 10

North and East

37.9433393588776 -122.33850997133
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Childcare
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Schools
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Some Really Nice Pockets Here"

North and East Richmond is another giant residential neighborhood filled with lots of older pre-WWII homes. This neighborhood is just to north and east of Richmond BART.

North and East Richmond is home Richmond High School. In terms of test scores Richmond High is not a very good school—which is par for the course for the education system in Richmond. Actually it is very bad with only 3% of students being proficient in Math, 8% in history and 12% in Science. Overall schools are pretty lousy here as well. Richmond High is the real school on which the Samuel L. Jackson movie, Coach Carter was based.

Although for the most part this is just a pretty standard Richmond neighborhood, there are some kind of cool mini-neighborhoods here. On the east end of Clinton Avenue, for example, there is a European style turnabout, which marks entrance to this section that is atop a knoll. The curving streets here and nice homes are very reminiscent of the best parts of Berkeley. There are also rows of bungalows here that are really cute.

North and East Richmond home prices range from $50 K to $300 K, with the median being around $175 K. This area, like a lot of poor areas around the Bay is still being devastated by the Foreclosure Crisis—more than 90% of the homes here are on the market due to foreclosure.

Crime, of course, is a concern here as throughout Richmond. Here is the breakdown:

There was a murder here this summer, in June.

And in the last six months there were nearly a hundred assaults and fifty burglaries.

Relative to Richmond overall this is lower than normal. It is also generally the case that things get safer, the farther north you head in the neighborhood.

Overall, if you are going to choose a place in Richmond to live this might not be a bad choice, except mainly for the school situation.
Pros
  • Some Really Cute Houses
  • Crime is Moderate On Northern End
  • Public Transportation is Good
Cons
  • Terrible Schools
  • Lots of Foreclosure
  • Crime Bad on Southern End
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
JessicaW
JessicaW This neighborhood, and Richmond High in particular, is very well served by its residents and its local business community. The neighborhood councils are very hands-on, such that crime is very, very low. I've lived in N&E for two years, and every day am aware that my neighbors are looking out for me, and am comforted - not distressed- by the sound of footfalls on my front porch. I'm safer here than I was in North Berkeley, simply due to neighborliness.
Richmond High is served most notably [to me: childless, engager of teenagers in lofty dialog] by Philadelphia Station, at 23rd St x Lowell. This is the burger joint of your dreams, serving perfect American fried foods and a lot of healthy plates as well. Everything is locally sourced, and the proprietor, a Korean-American SF native [like myself] who graduated from Lowell with what I'd guess was a near perfect GPA. Phila Stn sponsors and operates a summer SAT prep intensive: for t6 weeks, students study, engage each other and the moderator toward shaping and honing their dreams and ambitions, practice, and generally use every resource available to become mature contributing citizens. Its remarkable, and emblematic of the N&E/San Pablo complex' development through the ages: the people here are self-made, neighbor-serving, builders of sturdy bootstraps put to the test with regular tugs.
I moved here after the rape of the student at her prom, 5years back. I had suffered a similar trauma, in a fancier neighborhood with a much more robust tax base, in broad daylight over a long 10hrs. No one acknowledged the barbarous event, and I've been struggling to heal and navigate the epic divorce that followed on my own. Richmond/San Pablo is not that kind of community: everyone within earshot called 911. The girl, and another woman assaulted nearby that same year, found unqualified support from strangers. This is a vital community of great active diversity, and not so many vacancies. As a renter, I'm struggling to find my next 2BR 1BA with off street parking, in what was until recently a well-kept secret. I highly recommend this town, to populist folks who want a rich home environment. Look beyond the numbers to see the context and know the value.
2yrs+
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