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A Neighborhood for Every Lifestyle
Families and individuals looking for a rich sense of community have more options than ever for great places to live in the San Francisco East Bay. Explore our favorite East Bay neighborhoods and discover the diversity of dining, shopping and cultural experiences you’ll enjoy when you make your home here.
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Cross one of the three bridges or two tunnels that connect the island of Alameda to Oakland and you might feel you’ve arrived in small town America. The pace is slower, the streets are tree-lined, the parks are manicured, the weather is mild and beautiful old Victorian homes and commercial shops predate the 1906 earthquake. From the beaches on the western side of the island, you can see unobstructed views of San Francisco Bay and the city skyline.
Bay Farm Island, a district of Alameda, is just to the south, accessible by one drawbridge for vehicles and another (the only one in the USA) for pedestrians and bicycles. Once farmland and the site of large oyster beds, the Bay Farm Island peninsula is covered by a residential subdivision known as Harbor Bay Isle and a business park. It also includes a 36-hole golf complex and an 18-court tennis club.
Albany is located on the Eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, with views spanning across the Bay to the Golden Gate Bridge. Residents enjoy its almost flat walkable terrain—with the exception of Albany Hill, which rises to 338 feet above sea level.
Albany offers a great, pedestrian-friendly shopping street, Solano Avenue, with an eclectic mix of ethnic restaurants, pubs, clothing and gift stores and services. It is also home to Golden Gate Fields, the only horse-racing track in the area.
Berkeley is a vibrant, culturally diverse city, just across the bay from San Francisco. It’s a place where new ideas spark new movements, from politics to experimental theater to new ideas in cooking.
Yet with so much going on, Berkeley is also a very livable city where you can hike in the hills, ride your bike through the flatlands and fly kites along the bay. Its residential architecture is renowned, with original Craftsman homes that add character to the city and set the standard for newer construction.
El Cerrito runs through the hills to the north of Kensington and Albany. This diverse and forward-thinking community is dedicated to creating an environmentally sustainable future through its Urban Greening Plan.
While the average El Cerrito home is modest (the city was founded by refugees from the 1906 earthquake), many hillside properties enjoy incredible views of the San Francisco Bay. Residents can take advantage of a variety of community-supported recreational areas.
Along the waterfront, just east of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, Emeryville is home to a new generation of urban dwellers attracted to its dynamic, walkable, and innovative atmosphere.
Renovated warehouses and factories attract a vibrant arts community, while spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge lure more upscale city dwellers. Emeryville’s unique appeal lies in the fact it feels like a small town, but offers all the amenities of a modern urban metropolis.
In Emeryville, you’ll find new loft conversion housing as well as luxury condominiums. Everything is within easy walking access to the Bay Street complex, which combines retail, entertainment, hospitality and residential in a casual village setting.
Oakland is fast becoming one of the hippest places to live in the country. It offers something for everyone from gourmet restaurants, Art Deco concert halls and fine art museums to lip-smacking barbecue joints, hipster clubs, interactive arts venues, three major sports teams and redwood forests. And Walkscore Inc. rated Oakland one of the 10 most walkable cities in the country.
From the shore of the bay to the top of its hills, Oakland offers a range of wonderfully diverse neighborhoods for singles and families who call the area home.
Hidden in the beautiful Oakland Hills, Piedmont offers a small-town atmosphere with an excellent climate and excellent public schools. Its quiet, tree-lined streets lead to stately mansions and comfortable family homes built in the early 20th century.
Less than 2 square miles in size, Piedmont is a small city that puts a premium on quality family life. With five city parks, children’s playground, public tennis courts and picnic facilities, it is a place where community residents enjoy a suburban lifestyle, just minutes away from the shopping, dining and nightlife of Oakland.
Kensington is a peaceful and charming town, nestled into the hillside north of Berkeley. It is a haven for families that want to be close to the action, but not in it. And the views from high above the San Francisco Bay are spectacular!
This small community is known for its top-rated elementary school, its quaint boutique store district and one of the most visited public libraries in the entire county. Its curvy tree-lined streets and cul-de-sacs enhance its charm and make it one of the East Bay’s most beautiful places to live.