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Berkeley is a city with homes that demonstrate an exciting mosaic of architectural styles, each with its own grace and appeal. Having seen one home does not give us a sense of the next, and it is this unpredictability that is so enthralling, as if the city is revealing itself to you, one distinctive home and neighborhood at a time.


This neighborhood is poised at the city limits of Oakland and Berkeley, with the historic Claremont Resort nestled at its heart. Climbing the hills, one emerges among newer construction in an area that is within Oakland City limits but enjoys a Berkeley mailing address. Claremont boasts an abundance of hiking and wilderness trails, scenic vistas and the verdant Claremont Canyon. Homes here range from larger, more elegant estates to attractive bungalows and cottages.


Focused around College and Ashby Avenues, Elmwood was originally designed as a streetcar suburb in the housing boom that followed the great earthquake of 1906, and remains a primarily residential neighborhood with a small commercial corridor that includes a movie theatre, shops and restaurants. Houses in this part of town are an attractive mix of condos and grander homes, from Brown Shingles to Tudors designed by famed architects. College Avenue transitions from Berkeley to Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood as it passes Alcatraz.

North of University/Foothills:

North of the renowned Berkeley University and West of Downtown is a vibrant area rich with restaurants and boutique food shops, lovingly rebranded the “Gourmet Ghetto” to honor this abundance. It has historically drawn academics due to its proximity to the University. Homes here embrace an enchanting mix of several grand architectural styles, many of which are concentrated in the beautiful Rose Walk enclave: the Mission Revival homes of Maybeck, who designed SF’s Palace of Fine Arts; the beautiful and eclectic homes of Henry H. Gutterson; and the Craftsmans of John Hudson Thomas and Julia Morgan, who is best known for her work on Hearst Castle and Mills College in the Oakland foothills.

Thousand Oaks:

Unfolding further north of UC Berkeley into the gorgeous Berkeley Hills, the Thousand Oaks neighborhood encompasses the Solano Tunnel and the thriving Solano Avenue shopping district, with an array of popular coffee shops, bookstores and boutiques. Thousand Oaks attracts a diversity of people of all ages.

North Berkeley Hills:

The Hills neighborhood lies just east of Thousand Oaks and travels high above the Gourmet Ghetto. As its name implies, it is an area of winding, hilly streets with brilliant views of the Bay. Representing one of the most sought-after real estate areas in the city, North Berkeley Hills is accentuated by large, magnificent homes and estates, and bordered by the beautiful Tilden Regional Park.

South of University, Central Berkeley & beyond:

West of Elmwood and Claremont, this young and trendy neighborhood features an assortment of cafes, small stores and antique shops, and the popular and eclectic weekend flea market at Ashby. Charming single-family bungalows as well as larger homes accent this neighborhood’s quiet tree-lined streets. The area has a gorgeous community garden and a spacious park on its southern edge, as well as easy access to BART and the University campus. Central Berkeley is adjacent wonderful Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theatre and acclaimed restaurants and nightlife.


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