a new listing by Liana Dickson
315 rugby ave, kensington $1,385,000


Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Square Feet: 1176
Lot Square Feet: 8000
Year Built: 1948

Must-see spacious single-level two bedroom, one bath home perched on a large double lot in Upper Kensington! Enjoy bridge and bay views from the living room, which flows seamlessly into the dining area. Hardwood floors throughout have been beautifully maintained, updated bathroom, and eat-in kitchen with new appliances. Smart layout offers options to convert to a three bedroom and add a half or full bath in the current footprint. The double lot offers great potential for further expansion. Outside you will find several areas for entertaining, including the charming front porch, two side yards, rear deck and patio space. Spend your free time cultivating your gardens or take a quick trip to Young's Market, Tilden Park, or the Upper Kensington business district for dinner. Zoned for top-rated Kensington Hilltop Elementary.



The community of Kensington is an unincorporated part of Contra Costa County in the Berkeley Hills. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and the 1923 Berkeley Fire resulted in people looking to Kensington for housing alternatives. Streetcar #7, which connected Kensington with Berkeley, and the network of pedestrian paths made it easier to commute from here. By 1930, the population grew from 226 to 1500. Today, the population of about 5,300 cozily squeeze into 1 square mile.

Although unincorporated, Kensington does have its own police and fire departments, park services and trash collection. Tilden Park and Blake Garden are two beautiful green spaces located in and around Kensington. There is also just about anything you could need in one of its two business districts: Colusa Circle and the Arlington. It even has its own town newsletter, the Kensington Outlook. 

A few other interesting facts:

  • Claims the most number of nobel laureates per capita (2/5000)
  • Was the home of Robert Oppenheimer when he was working on the Manhattan Project
  • Kensington Hilltop Elementary is rated in the top 4% of all elementary schools in California 

Useful Links:
Colusa Circle Merchants Association
Kensington Outlook