When searching for apartments for rent, San Francisco is a lovely area to look—but it does have a large population. For those who prefer a town with more of a community feel, San Pablo can offer a nice alternative to big-city living. Located in Contra Costa County just off I-80, this small town has some terrific neighbors. San Pablo is close to Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco, so those looking to head into the city won’t have far to travel. The best part is that living in this smaller community doesn’t mean that you won’t have anything to do. There is plenty to keep you busy right there in town.
With a population of about 30,000 people, San Pablo has a tight-knit feel compared to some of the larger communities in the Bay Area. It is one of the oldest Spanish settlements in the region and the Civic Center in town is done in a Spanish style. There are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors, with Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, San Pablo Reservoir and Kennedy Grove all in the city. This East Bay town is really a nice place to search for a rental.