Moving to Martinez: 14 Things to Know Before You Do

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Moving to Martinez is something that may appeal to a number of people for different reasons. We did some research and compiled this information to save you the time and effort of having to do it yourself.

How big is Martinez?

Martinez has a population of about 35,000, with mostly White residents, Hispanics, Asians and African-Americans.

How much is housing?

The median home price is $579,000 and the average rent is $1600-1900. You might find a small house for less than $500,000, but there may not be many. If you are renting, you can probably find a shared situation for less than $1,000 and there are some one bedrooms and studios for less than $1600.

What is Martinez like?

It’s a small town with some buildings old enough to be considered historic and a downtown area that is more what you would call ”Main Street”, rather than a strip mall complex. In Martinez, you will see less of the typical chain store and restaurant effect you might experience in suburban towns and cities.

How are the jobs?

Some of the top employers are:

Kaiser Permanente
Veterans Health Administration
Martinez Unified School District
Wal-Mart
Safeway
Home Depot
The City of Martinez
Contra Costa Electric
Shell Oil Company
Contra Costa County
Martinez Unified School District

How is the weather?

The weather is mild with summer highs usually not exceeding 90 and winter lows around 40 or a little more. Spring and fall are more comfortable if you like more temperature weather. If you are moving to Martinez from San Francisco, you will find generally find warmer weather and more sun, because there isn’t fog there.

How is the food?

Martinez has quite a few restaurants, which are not the typical chain locations:

Cuff & Collar Home Kitchen
Front Room Martinez
Beaver Creek Smokehouse
Bar Cava
Going Green
California Magic Dinner Theater
Lemongrass Bistro
Haute Stuff
Roxx on Main
Barrelista
La Primera Restaurant
Sal’s Family Kitchen
Copper Skillet Courtyard
Luigi’s Delia
Sunflower Garden
Little Hunan
Cinco De Mayo
El Grullense
Carniceria Del La Torre
El Vallarto
Noodle House
Acme Express

Grocery stores

Nob Hill Foods
Lucky
Safeway

How are the schools?

According to Great Schools, the public schools in Martinez have a rating of 7/10, which is higher than a number of areas in the East Bay, like Oakland.

Are there parks?

Yes, and one of them Paso Nogal allows dogs. The national historic site for John Muir, one might say is not really a park for running around or for picnics though. It is a national monument to someone who helped in the creation of the national park system. His work impacted the lives of tens of millions of people. Martinez has waterfront areas with trails for walking and running if you like to be near water. There is also a small marina with launch capabilities, so you can trail a small to medium-size boat over there and put it in the water.

Hidden Lakes Park
Martinez Regional Shoreline Park
Rankin Park
Nancy Boyd Park
Holiday Highlands Park
Hidden Valley Park
Marina Waterfront Park
John Muir National Historic Site
Rankin Aquatic Center
Mountain View Park
John Muir Memorial Park
Paso Nogal Park
Joey Garcia Field
Waterbird Regional Preserve

Are there centers of worship?

Martinez has a variety of venues for religious or spiritual attendance, and here is a list of just some of them:

Gateway Church
Creekside Open Bible Church
Morello Hills Christian Church
Cornerstone Baptist Church
St Catherine’s Catholic Church
First Congregational Church of Martinez
Second Baptist Church
Christ Lutheran Church-Lcms
Bethany Baptist Church
Foothill Baptist Church

There aren’t any synagogues or temples where Buddhism or Hinduism are practiced in Martinez.

Things to Do

There are a number of fun things in Martinez:

California Magic Dinner Theater
Bouncefarm
Bay Area Craft Beer Festival
Campbell Theater
Contra Costa Stadium Cinemas

Places to visit 

St. Catherine of Siena Parish
Rankin Park
Barrel Aged Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
Bay Area Adventure Tours
Martinez Museum
California Magic Dinner Theater
Martinez Regional Shoreline
John Muir National Historic Site

What about transportation?

Martinez is located between two freeways: I-80 and I-680, but 680 is very close by. Highway 4 runs east and west past Martinez, and it connects to 80 in the East Bay near Hercules, and 680 to the west.

For public transportation users, Martinez also has an AmTrak station, which means you can easily take a train to Sacramento or Emeryville. For air travel, you would go to the airports in Oakland or San Francisco. Moving to Martinez would probably appeal to people who are tired of urban density or are looking for more affordable housing.

What are the politics?

Over two-thirds of voters in Martinez are registered as Democrats and about 31% as Republicans, with only 2.5% independents.

Is there storage in Martinez?

Yes, we have a storage facility in Martinez and can answer any storage questions.

What is near Martinez?

Oakland — 26 miles
Napa — 31 miles
San Francisco — 35 miles
San Jose — 60 miles
Sacramento — 62 miles
Yosemite —  149 miles
Lake Tahoe — 163 miles

So, after taking in all this information, are you still interested in moving to Martinez?

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