Martinez, California

Home to John Muir and the Martini

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As we’ve mentioned, Martinez has a rich history and its downtown area reflects it. Buildings were built in the early 1900’s and show off a historic charm and flare. At the heart of the city, these shops, restaurants and historic buildings offer a popular destination for locals and tourists. Residents living in the downtown neighborhood pride themselves on their older historic homes and enjoy easy walkable access to downtown amenities and the city’s many events and festivals. Homes and condos in Downtown have a median price of $660k. Rentals are available here for condos/apartments.

Alhambra Valley


Alhambra Valley attracts residents looking to spread out a bit more amongst the beauty of the surrounding hills. Here larger homes sit on larger pieces of land. It’s located in the western part of Martinez. The median home price in the neighborhood is $1.17m. The homes in the neighborhood are typically ranch, cottages or new construction/upgrades. One huge feature of the neighborhood are the amazing pines and oaks that line the blocks and surround the homes, providing nice shade during the warm months.

Hidden Valley


In Hidden Valley you’ll find a mixture of single-family homes and townhouses. It is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and parks and sits on the east side of town. Hidden Valley Park%20%C2%B7%20Walkways/Trails.) is a local favorite and a gem for the neighborhood. It's several acres, filled with baseball/softball fields, tennis courts, trails for hiking and biking, playgrounds, exercise course and tons of open spaces for picnics and general play for the kiddos and doggos. Homes in Hidden Valley come with a median price of $864k and most recent sales have averaged $643k.

Vine Hill


The name Vine Hill offers a subtle nod to this neighborhood’s tree-lined streets. It sits proximate to parks and schools in the southern part of Martinez. Homes here range from small bungalows to larger custom homes and have a median price of $630k. The homes are typically 3-4 bedrooms and are surrounded with mature shade trees to keep the heat down to a minimum. Palm trees mix in with the fluffy pines and elms and locals take advantage of the shade for nightly and weekend walks throughout the neighborhood.