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Kensington Real Estate

Nestled east of El Cerrito, Kensington brims with affluence and tranquility. Marked by extravagant homes with bedazzling views of the San Francisco Bay and magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, this charming Bay Area town may be small in size but yet awash in big flavor. Abundant sunshine lures the town out for fun days spent out in Tilden Park, teeming with botanic gardens, nature trails and swimming lakes. With an abundance of unique local shops, gourmet diners, and one-of-a-kind boutiques, Kensington is truly a place to call home. Stroll the quiet tree-lined streets to discover Kensington’s predominant home style—midcentury modern houses set back against lushly landscaped yards.

What to Love

  • Hillside paradise
  • Excellent weather
  • Ample recreation
  • Quiet neighborhoods
  • Warm, welcoming locals

Local Lifestyle

Kensington is a small town that’s home to a close-knit community. Considered to ooze the appeal of a suburban New England town, locals enjoy access to all the amenities of Berkeley without having to drive far, from dining out at upscale eateries or shopping in sprawling high-end malls. And for those who never want to leave town, the charming local businesses strewn across Kensington are a force to reckon with.

Dining, Entertainment and Shopping

Enjoy homemade pasta and authentic Italian pizzas at the Benchmark Pizzeria, with an indoor and outdoor seating option, or choose a baguette and hearty croissant delicately baked to perfection at Semifreddi Bakery

Get all your shopping done at the Young’s Market, be it for fresh meat from the Butcher shop, organic produce, and vegetables or frozen goods, you'll get it all at this family-owned establishment. 

Enjoy fresh and uniquely roasted coffees at Raxakoul Coffee and Cheese, an independent specialty serving locals for over three decades. Your espressos are guaranteed to be made from an exquisite collection of beans sourced from all over the world, creating for you a cup of coffee with just the right amount of kick you need to start your day!

Things to do 

Blake Gardens is a public garden and teaching facility for the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning of the University of California, Berkeley. Wander through gardens of over 1000 plant species, watching beautiful birds and other wildlife the landscape hosts. Engage in a host of recreational activities at the Arlington Park and Clubhouse, with features that allow for a barbecue party, basketball games, tennis matches, and even a clubhouse tucked back against grassy areas fitted with picnic tables and creek access. 

Stock up on farm-fresh produce at the Kensington Farmers Market, which bursts with life every Sunday. Live music serenades you as you shop and interact with vendors, and you can grab a quick bite from the food vendors present to replenish your strength before you head home. 

Host your local book club event or join a book discussion at Kensington Park and Library. You can also browse through and rent books spanning numerous genres.


Kensington students have robust educational opportunities at their fingertips. Some of the area’s most coveted schools include:


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