Berkeley has the intellectual and cultural sophistication of a world class city—with the heart, soul and character of a small town. In addition to temperate climate, the creative and international atmosphere makes Berkeley a place of tremendous appeal to both residents and tourists. The University of California continues to be central to the character of the area, offering hundreds of performances, lectures and events every year.

View of Berkeley

Shattuck Avenue is the main business center downtown, with more shopping and world-class dining in North Berkeley’s “Gourmet Ghetto”, and along Telegraph, College and Solano Avenues, as well as the bustling Fourth Street area. Another of Berkeley’s unique features is the Bicycle Boulevards—created to offer safe routes for cyclists and pedestrians alike. Transportation around the city, and throughout much of the Bay Area, is made easy with AC Transit buses, convenient BART stations and freeway access.

Property values in Berkeley have remained relatively stable, due to the high demand and short supply of available homes. There are half-a-dozen highly desirable neighborhoods in Berkeley, all with something different to offer. Whether you’re looking for a mid-century modern in the hills with Bay and parkland views, or a Craftsman bungalow in a more urban location near shops and cafes—it’s time to start exploring!

Take a look at my The East Bay Neighborhood Guide to get the lay of the land on Berkeley’s neighborhoods.

More Information About Berkeley

Berkeley’s Neighborhoods

Follow the links below for more information on each neighborhood including market statistics, maps and available homes.