Kensington joins small-town ambiance with wonderful views of San Francisco. Named for the borough in South London, Kensington is a quaint community (pop. 5,000) nestled in the East Bay Hills along Berkeley’s northern border. This unincorporated area is home to many professionals, academics, and families. The intimate neighborhoods include a number of colonials, Tudors, and Spanish-style homes. Kensington’s highly rated Hilltop Elementary School is perched above a nicely landscaped public park featuring tennis courts, paved walkways, play structures, and Golden Gate Bridge views. Kensington shares the junior and senior high schools of neighboring El Cerrito.
The town’s business core is clustered around a friendly shopping strip on Arlington Avenue, that includes the police and fire departments. A second district around Colusa Circle includes Semifreddi’s Bakery and the Kensington Circus Pub. This English-style pub attracts many families with small children with a coveted “play corner,” and offers an opportunity to hear live music. Along the city’s eastern crest, Tilden Park is a treasure trove of activities for adults and kids alike. Year-round you can enjoy the Animal Farm and Environmental Education Center, the Botanic Gardens and hiking and biking. All summer you can enjoy Lake Anza and the merry-go-round and steam trains.