Nestled in the hills just north of Kensington and stretching from San Pablo Avenue on the bottom to Arlington Street on top, El Cerrito seems almost like a bedroom community for Berkeley. Like Kensington, El Cerrito was built up in the forties and fifties. Many ranch houses dot the hillsides with fabulous views of the Bay. A lot of UC professionals live here, because they can have a hillside “view” home for less than they could in Berkeley. Still, prices for a 3-bedroom home average over $900,000.