5.2 out of 10

Pine St, Martinez

38.0067056812284 -122.124479065204
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Medical Facilities
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Nice Until You Hit the Jail and Court House"

Pine Street starts at the Highway 4 overpass in what is the newer part of Martinez (South Martinez) and S-Curves over the hill heading north into old Martinez (once the capitol of pre-Gold Rush California). The southern end is made up of newer apartments and homes all in that California ranch style—lots of yellow and brown tile. Pine is a well-kept street here, with a nice open feeling, sidewalks good for walking or biking, and lots of trees. In another part of the Bay Area these homes would probably go for much higher prices, but perhaps because of the nearby Shell Refinery, prices are somewhat contained.

As Pine S-curves over the hill, you start to notice a distinct change in the street’s character. Houses become smaller and older. You don’t see any more apartments and street itself seems to be narrower. The street also straightens out as it enters the grid of Martinez’s central district, still the capitol of Contra Costa County. The homes are still attractive, just in a smaller, quaint older way.

At about the point you run into Jones Street and the nearby Martinez High School, you start running into the city offices. Pine Street will turn into Court Street at its end. This is where you will not only find the Martinez Court House, but the Contra Costa County jail. Thus, the last five blocks of Pine are made up of bail bonds stores, a Pasta Primavera Restaurant and lots of small older stores that might be quaint if it were not for all the suits, police officers, and depressed looking vagrants that you sometimes make out wandering the Old Martinez streets. Despite the strong police presence—or perhaps because of it—one still feels rather unsafe at this section of Pine, especially as the streets—especially at night.
  • Some Nice Homes
  • Back Way Across Martineze
  • The Amtrak Station
  • Ugly Near Court House
  • Dangerous Near Court House
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

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