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About Martinez CA Real Estate

Martinez Marina

Martinez' modern marina on the
Carquinez River

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Martinez is the county seat of Contra Costa County. It benefits not only from Contra Costa County jobs, but employment opportunities in nearby industrial facilities as well. Martinez homes range from modest detached homes and condos to large ranch and horse properties and executive homes nestled in the surrounding hills. Martinez’ Alhambra Valley is known for its horse-property, vineyards, and large luxury estates.

Martinez Real Estate - History at the Water’s Edge

Martinez gets its name from an early Mexican land-grant holder, Ygnacio Martinez. It has figured prominently in California lore from pre-statehood, through the Gold Rush of 1849, to the present day.

Martinez' modern marina on the Carquinez River with the Carquinez Bridge in the background The historic downtown traces its past from the California Gold Rush in the 1850’s to a ferry port on the Carquinez River to the home of naturalist John Muir. Many of the buildings from these early California days have been preserved and are still in use.

Legend has it that the “martini” takes its name from Martinez and that the drink was first concocted in one if its waterfront bars.

Martinez is also the birthplace of New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio, who grew up fishing off its shores.

But although Martinez is a well-known historical site and important industrial port, it is also a hiker’s and nature-lover’s paradise.

It is home to the Martinez Regional Shoreline, Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline, Briones Regional Park, Waterbird Regional Preserve, and the McNabney Marsh – all wildlife preserves and part of the East Bay Regional Parks system.

Martinez is also located along the Bay Area Ridge Trail which connects to the San Francisco Bay Trail, a planned recreational project that will ultimately link 400 miles of hiking and bicycling trails in the greater Bay Area for equestrians, mountain-bikers, hikers, and outdoor fanciers.

There is a public bus service linking it to several Bay Area Rapid Transit stations in the area. In addition, Martinez is conveniently located near Highway 4, Highway 680, and the Interstate 80 freeways providing easy access to the entire Bay Area.

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Robert Lilley

Bob Lilley
Owner & Managing Broker

Mobile: 925.787.3209
Office: 925.932.0220
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