You can, however, still qualify for the first time home buyer tax credit of up to $8,000 if you have not owned a home for at least three years:
I just closed escrow on a home in Martinez. My client was drawn to the small town charm, especially the downtown area. Right now, there are 38 homes listed in the $325,000-$475,000 price range.
If you don't mind paying HOA fees, you can get a brand new house in the low to mid $400,000's.
Feel free to contact me for more information on any homes in the area.
Security Pacific Real Estate Services
Since there is the "Stigma" of refineries people generally close their mind to there. Martinez is a very nice town. It is slightly smaller population wise than Pleasant Hill and Concord but is much more tight knit. On one end there are ranchettes estates that border Lafayette and Pleasant Hill (That cost millions) and there are 150k homes and everyone seems to care about the rich history of the town.
I usually say people who live in Martinez are Martinez people. I know its a non sequitur but it characterizes the town very well. Martinez people love their town and community and are proud to let people know it. It's a fine choice.
I would recommend Concord, north of Ygnacio Valley and south of West, between Concord and Clayton. There is a new listing at "4354 Hazelwood" 4 bedrooms/2 baths, 1,560 sq ft, 8,000 sq ft lot, move-in ready in and in great condition priced at $349,900. If you would like to see the property, I can schedule a showing for you. Sellers require 1 hour notice for showings. You may reach me at (925) 876-1460
Premier Realty Associates
I live in and work the Martinez area for real estate. It's a great place to live and your price range should put you in a great property. There are so many hidder charms of Martinez.. I'm a VP on the board of directors for the Martinez Chamber and would be happy to familiarize you with our wonderful community. Aside from it's charm, the schools are better than Pleasant Hill. Please visit my website to find out more about the community and feel free to ask me any questions.