Welcome to Berkeley

A quick hop to Oakland and San Francisco, Berkeley is the center of cultural life in the Bay Area, and it has the quaint streets and culinary chops to keep you loving its small-town charm year after year.

Key Details


parks, university, quaint downtown, trees, community


Commute Times
San Francisco 30m by train,
Oakland 15mi by car

Around the Block

A community with intellectual roots and an appreciation for lush greenery.

Technically a city, Berkeley has the attitude of a town, and a vibrant one at that. Locals are never lost for stimulating conversation, which is easy to be had over coffee at any of the cute cafes or bookstores in town or beneath old-growth oaks and redwoods.

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What to expect:
There’s always something going on in Berkeley.

Berkeley is home to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, which is just a stone’s throw from downtown, which makes this city the epicenter of cultural, intellectual and political life in the Bay Area.

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The lifestyle:
Sunshine and an engaged community are just two of the reasons Berkeley locals have to smile.

Locals love the sweeping views of spacious Tilden park and the gorgeous weather that affords them so many sunny days to spend hiking, strolling the century-old streets or reading a book in an oak-shaded park.

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Unexpected appeal:
A surprising and delicious paradise for food lovers.

Alice Water’s famed Chez Panisse was born here, and you won’t be hard pressed to find culinary innovation anywhere in town — everything from vegan bakeries to internationally-inspired restaurants to creative takes on “California cuisine.” In other words, you won’t go hungry.

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The market
Settle into an oak-shaded neighborhood with a short walk to downtown or a mansion with a view.

Many Berkeley neighborhoods were established in the 1920s, which, today, means quiet, tree-lined streets, brown-shingled homes, and lushly landscaped yards, but there’s so much variety, too: homes here range from historical bungalows to hilltop mansions, with a median home price of $1.2 million.

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You'll fall in love with
The quaint, lush streets and the dynamic energy that flows through them.

Locals love all the charm of tree-lined streets and 1920s-style bungalows, preserved old-growth oak trees and the intellectual and cultural vibes that spill out beyond the borders of the university and into the shaded nooks of inviting, vibrant Berkeley.

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