Bordered by Interstate 80 on the West, and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park along the South, its legal boundaries tend to be somewhat fuzzy as is often the case with unincorporated communities. It's two major roads are San Pablo Dam Road,which goes west to east from San Pablo to Orinda. and Appian Way, which branches off San Pablo Dam Road and goes north and west before going into Pinole.
A centerpiece of the El Sobrante calendar is the annual El Sobrante Stroll in September, when several blocks of San Pablo Dam Road, from about El Portal to Appian Way are blocked off to traffic. Not withstanding the lack of formal government, there is an advisory council known as ESMAC that meets on a monthly basis at the local county public library.
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Knowing where El Sobrante begins and ends can be something of a mess as the area is not entirely contiguous. It is not for nothing that El Sobrante is sometimes referred to as the "Leftovers" as it is unincorporated land that has never been incorporated into any of the surrounding communities of Richmond, San Pablo, Pinole and Orinda.
- Manor Neighborhood
- May Valley
- Boys and Girls Club of El Sobrante
- El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce
- Spawn - Seeks to protect the local creek
- El Sobrante Rotary -Rotary members are business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
- ESMAC - El Sobrante Municipal Advisory Council, meets on the second Wednesday of every month.
- El Sobrante Valley Planning and Zoning Advisory Committee - meets on the second Thursday of each month at the El Sobrante Library.