The next step up is Walnut Creek. You have to be carefull to buy within the Walnut Creek School district to enjoy the better schools. From the Walnut Creek School District to Danville is great and less affordable, but great options. if you have any further questions call or email me. Thanks.
Luis Ramirez-Agudelo (925) 567- 6763 Luis@WalnutCreekHomes.com
I know that some people from certain other cities would frown on a city like Richmond because of crime and other aspects. But I personally know some folks who would never think of leaving Richmond at any price.
To answer that question you have to break it down and ask a dozen other questions. All of which relate to what is important to you. Then you can get some of those answers via statistics found on various websites. Other answers will only come from talking to residents, police officers, mail delivery, realtors etc.
I live in the old town district of Martinez near downtown and I love it!
Best schools? Lafayette, Orinda & Moraga. Best shopping & entertainment? Walnut Creek. Best community for active 55+? Rossmoor. Best bang for the buck (distance to SF/housing costs)? Pleasant Hill or Martinez.
You can check out all the schools at http://www.greatschools.com.
Other people feel it is too expensive compared to Oakley or Antioch. There are people in Central County who feel East County is too far away for them. It is very subjective.
Please contract me if you have any questions. I am a Brentwood Broker.