A convenient, walkable, urban paradise with a bright future.
Welcome to Berkeley
Positioned on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay, the city of Berkeley
is a highly walkable urban paradise home to the University of California at Berkeley
, one of the nation’s most prestigious universities. Convenient public transportation, a highly educated community, and beautiful architecture are appreciated every day by locals in this comfortably sized city with a larger-than-life presence.
In the mid-1800s, the nearby College of California was looking for a new site and began building on what is now the University of California at Berkeley. The town surrounding the campus began to grow with the establishment of more businesses and the construction of homes. After a vibrant period of activism during the 1960s, Berkeley is now one of the nation’s most progressive cities with a lively economy, bustling cultural scene, and a bright future.
What to Love
- Home to the University of California at Berkeley, its prestigious research facilities, and beautiful gardens
- Highly walkable streets, making for great shopping sessions
- Beautiful scenery and views of the bay
- Close proximity to the San Francisco peninsula with a more affordable standard of living
Residents of Berkeley enjoy a comfortable standard of living while paying lower prices than their neighbors across the bay. Berkeley boasts high walk scores
across town, with downtown receiving a practically perfect 99/100 score. Downtown
is home to eclectic shops, fabulous restaurants, and beautiful parks, making errand days and leisurely afternoons convenient and frequent. Special events like Berkeley Restaurant Week
, live music performances, and street festivals bring even more life to this scenic city on the bay.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
With such a high walk score across every part of town, lazy afternoons spent wandering the streets in pursuit of the latest fashions and trendiest accessories are regular parts of life in Berkeley. At the day's end, enjoy a fine dinner prepared by some of the most talented chefs in California.
Celebrity Chef Alice Waters’ flagship restaurant Chez Panisse
almost single-handedly put Californian cuisine on the map and gave life to the larger farm-to-table dining movement as a whole. For over five decades, this critically acclaimed establishment has produced savory dishes of smoked duck and goat cheese-adorned greens, with the famous blueberry cobbler arguably being the favorite among all.
The Claremont Club and Spa
is a Berkeley icon, first opened in 1915. A sparkling pool, opulent spa, and luxurious facilities are positioned upon a scenic hilltop overlooking the city and the bay. The hotel’s Limewood Bar & Restaurant
feature an exquisite menu of refined, modernized favorites and a popular weekend brunch.
The largest selection of fresh, flavorful produce is found at the Monterey Market
. The market boasts an array of unique and uncommon ingredients, all for very reasonable prices. Founded in 1961, Monterey Market has partnered with local farmers to ensure only the highest quality of fresh, local items are available to the community each season.
Things to Do
Berkeley is best known for being the home of the University of California’s oldest campus. UC Berkeley
boasts exciting athletic events, beautiful botanical gardens, and performing arts centers, ensuring a constant stream of entertainment options. Tilden Regional Park
is an area delight situated on the eastern edge of town, spanning over 2,000 acres. Here, visitors enjoy swimming, strolls through the botanic garden, picnic tables, and activities for children. Days out on the San Francisco Bay begin at the Berkeley Marina
. The Tideline Ferry
casts off twice daily toward the San Francisco Ferry Building, making for a convenient and fun transportation alternative. For those looking to stay closer to home, the marina is home to waterfront dining, fitness facilities, scenic parks, and yachting clubs.
Berkeley is home to excellent educational options for students of all ages. A few examples include:
- Berkeley Unified School District, kindergarten-12th grade; the local public school district is ranked within the top 15% of districts in the state per Niche.com
- The College Preparatory School, grades 9-12; located on the edge of Berkeley and Oakland, TCPS ss the top-rated private high school in the state and the fourth-best in the nation
- The University of California at Berkeley; the oldest campus in the University of California system is also one of the most prestigious in the nation, offering over 150 undergraduate and graduate degrees