Richmond Real Estate
Richmond, CA is located between highways 580 and 80. It is north of Albany, and west of El Cerrito and San Pablo. On it's western tip, is the Richmond San Rafael Bridge which crosses San Francisco Bay, and leads to the many cities in Marin county. It is ideally located for those who want to get around in Contra Costa or Alameda County.
Richmond just celebrated it's 100th year in 2006, and while it had been around in the earlier 20th century, most of its major growth came during World War II when, due to it's space, and location right on San Francisco Bay, it became the center of four large shipyards that put out 747 Victory and Liberty ships for the war effort. The need for workers for these shipyards brought hundreds and hundreds of workers into the area, and Richmond, and growth into the city, and the immediately adjacent cities.
Property Listings in Richmond
After the war, the population shrunk, and development stopped, and was not started in Richmond again until the end of the 20th century when plans were made to develop the Richmond Marina Bay areas, and the hills above the city. Here, homes, apartments and condominiums were built, and a major attraction came in the form of the Hilltop Mall area with its shopping anchors like Macy's and the JC Penny, and now Walmart stores. The Richmond Parkway added yet more commercial appeal when it connected highways 580 to 80, to allow residents to travel quickly north to Sacramento, or to shop at the popular chain and big box shopping centers in and the El Sobrante area.
Because of its location near the water, the city offers a lot to do outside, or near, SF Bay. The Miller Knox Regional Park, and Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline Parks are available for hikes, jogging, picnics, and more. Pt. Richmond offers quaint restaurants and shops for an afternoon stop in the activities. Tributes for the work done by city residents during World War II include the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Park, and visitors can tour the USS Red Oak WW II Victory ship.