The Elmwood District of Berkeley is one of the East Bay’s most highly sought-after neighborhoods. The homes are mostly mid-sized to large, built between 1900 and 1920, in the craftsman, box shingle and Arts and Craft styles. There are also some apartment houses sprinkled throughout the area. Elmwood is focused around College and Ashby Avenues, extending westward to Telegraph Avenue, Dwight Way on the north and Oakland’s Rockridge district to the South. The eastern boundary ends where the Claremont district begins. Naturally, these borders, like in most neighborhoods, are a little fuzzy.
Panoramic Hill, with its fine old homes among the trees, projects an artsy, bucolic feeling–a bit reminiscent of Big Sur. This special area’s nearest neighbor is The Elmwood–it lies north of upper Dwight Way and bordered by Strawberry Canyon, above Cal’s Memorial Stadium. Most homes here have views of Berkeley and San Francisco Bay, and the hillside is covered with with winding roads, foot paths and miles of beautiful, natural hiking trails. Like much of Elmwood, Panoramic Hill’s rich history, and present culture, is influenced by UC and “traditional” Berkeley life.
There is a bustling commercial strip on College Avenue, with shops, cafes, movie theater and restaurants serving the locals, as well as Berkeley as a whole. The Elmwood District is known for its tree-lined streets, friendly community and lovely, well-kept classic homes.
Because of these attractions, its central location and proximity to UC, Oakland, San Francisco and the cities of Contra Costa County, the demand for homes in Elmwood is always high and turnover is slow.
Flickr photo by Jonas Lerman.