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Tucked into the East Bay hills just north of Berkeley, Kensington enjoys a small-town atmosphere, proximity to Berkeley, and an easy commute to San Francisco. Nestled between the El Cerrito Hills and the Berkeley Hills, this affluent and close-knit community offers a taste of small-town living. Its winding roads and narrow streets reveal homes with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. Many local homes were built in Tudor, Mediterranean, or modern styles creating charming neighborhoods with interesting architecture. Populated by middle-aged professionals and families, this town stays quiet at night.
Two local shopping areas serve the neighborhoods with small markets, restaurants, a drug store with postal service, and other conveniences. The local elementary school is highly rated, and there are several good preschools in town. Kensington is close to Tilden Park with its excellent hiking and biking trails, the antique Merry-Go-Round, the Little Farm, Nature Area, Lake Anza, and pony rides. The Blake Estate, a university-owned property, is open to the public on weekdays for self-guided tours of the beautiful gardens. Kensington also has its own library and community center, and fire department.