Homeowners in El Cerrito's Mira Vista neighborhood enjoy the same cache as Berkeley's upscale Claremont district for a fraction of the price. Tree-lined streets dotted with neighborhood parks wind their way up the hill, leading to beautiful estates accompanied by impeccably manicured gardens and panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and Marin.
The celebrated homes and mansions of El Cerrito's Mira Vista real estate were originally built in the '20s and '30s to house wealthy executives of the Standard Oil Company. Many of the homes are still occupied by descendants of those original owners, including the Bechtel and Downer families. The architectural styles include English cottages, Prairie homes, and shingled cottages. Custom-designed residences enjoy equal popularity, with numerous contemporary dwellings and magnificent Italian and Spanish period revivals to choose from.
Mira Vista is situated on the north end of El Cerrito and is home to the beautiful Mira Vista Country Club, featuring an 18-hole golf course. Sandwiched between the hills of Wildcat Canyon and grand views of the Bay, this is often the site of local weddings, community meetings and family events.