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Benicia CA real estate is one of the most sought after places to live for those who want to be close to San Francisco. Open space hills surround Benicia on one side, while the Carquinez Strait borders it on the other. A hidden jewel ranked 81 in the top 100 cities by Money Magazine and CNN in 2005, this city boasts vintage real estate for sale and newer homes that will meet the needs of the most discriminating buyers and sellers. Do you want hill top views or to listen to the water lapping against the shore? Benicia real estate has it! How about “loft” living downtown or cozy cul de sacs in the hills? Benicia real estate has it! Melanie Ross is an expert in finding you the perfect real estate location.
In August 2013 the median home price (sold) in Benicia was $430,500*. There were 41 homes sold with the highest priced home sold for $740,000 and the lowest price home for $110,000. Compared to San Francisco’s August 2013 median home price (sold) of $850,000*, Benicia truly is a hidden real estate gem. It is not just an address, but a lifestyle!
The Benicia Unified School District consistently ranks in the top 15% of all schools nationwide by Schoolmatch, Inc. The four public elementary schools are Matthew Turner, Joe Henderson, Mary Farmar, and Robert Semple. All four schools feed into one middle school called Benicia Middle School. There are two high schools, Benicia High School and an alternative high school named Liberty High. For families that prefer private schools, St Dominic’s provides a curriculum for grades first through eighth. Melanie Ross has first-hand knowledge of Benicia schools, having raised children in the school systems, substitute taught at the Benicia Middle School and most of the elementary schools.
For recreation, hike or bike the Benicia State Park which has over 438 acres. Sail away from the Benicia Yacht Club or wander the paths along the Carquinez Strait waterfront. Kayak close to shore and see the wildlife up close. There is a popular dog park for your four-legged friends to romp.
Downtown Benicia is rich in history. The restored State Capitol from 1853 majestically stands watch in the center of town. The Fisher-Hanlon home is popular place to visit to learn about Benicia ’s history.
The Farmers Market runs downtown every Thursday evening (April-Oct). You don’t want to miss the Fourth of July parade held on July 3rd every year. At Christmas there is a tree-lighting ceremony early in December. The annual Peddlers’ Fair, Arts in the Park, Opening Day on the Straits are just a few more not to miss events.
With major freeways and public transportation close by, San Francisco and the East Bay is less than 35 miles away. Lake Tahoe is a day’s trip for a vacation weekend, week, or just one day. For air travel the Oakland Airport or Sacramento Airport are the preferred airports and easy to get to.
There are real estate deals in this water front city but you need a local market expert to help you. Melanie Ross is an experienced local Realtor with over 25 years of business experience. For true local and knowledgeable service in the Benicia real estate market, contact Melanie Ross directly or text at 707.319.2828 or email her MelanieRoss@coldwellbanker.com
*Statistics compiled from Bay Area Real Estate Information, Inc. and San Francisco Multiple Listing Service (9/19/2013)