When El Cerrito was first incorporated as a town, certain groups of farmers wanted no part of it. To them, it made no sense to pay taxes for city services that country farmers would rarely, if ever, make any use of.
Redrawing El Cerrito lines eventually resulted in that zone being excluded, which would eventually become known as Kensington. Interestingly, despite Kensington’s affluence and quiet nature, the town remains unincorporated to this day, bordered by Berkeley and Albany to the south, El Cerrito to the west and north, and Wildcat Canyon and Tilden Regional Parks to the east.
Mostly residential, tiny Kensington has a couple of shopping areas and plenty of small businesses. Still, there are plenty of things to do to keep busy outside of school and work. Local favorites include unique and wonderful restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops, not to mention the Kensington Farmer’s Market, providing California-grown farm products.
Those who enjoy outdoor activities will particularly enjoy Tilden and Wildcat Canyon Regional Parks, situated to the east of Kensington. A largely undeveloped natural area, these regional parks offer hiking, biking and dog-walking areas, not to mention the Animal Farm, Botanic Gardens and Lake Anza. Blake Gardens is an especially tranquil spot, open to the public on weekdays.
Between work and play and everything Kensington has to offer, a reliable vehicle is essential to your active lifestyle. To keep it running its best, a reliable auto repair shop is just as essential, which Kensington has in Argonaut Garage. Employing trained technicians and modern equipment, Argonaut Garage services Kensington-area automobiles at our location in Berkeley, just a few minutes east. Stop in and ask about Argonaut Garage’s personalized service program.