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Berkeley has its own distinct sections too.

Elmwood District

Just over the city line from Oakland’s Rockridge, this lovely neighborhood along College Avenue is known for great shopping, good restaurants, the Julia Morgan Theater, and for classic Berkeley Brown Shingle and Craftsman homes from the early 20th Century. Home prices are high in part because of the amazing “Walkscores”, the easy level terrain, and the proximity to the U.C., Berkeley campus.

Thousand Oaks

Has a terrific, much-coveted elementary school. It has wonderful shopping at the landmark Monterey Market Produce and other fine specialty stores. The home here are lovely, but are mostly more modest bungalows from the 1920’s through the 1940’s.

Gourmet Ghetto

So-called because it is home to celebrity chef Alice Waters’ world-renowned Chez Panisse, and to many other “foodie” specialty businesses. There is great shopping, awesome restaurants, and beautiful Craftsman, Edwardian, and Victorian homes with mature, well-tended gardens. The whole place is lush and inviting.

The North Berkeley Hills

Can you say Golden Gate Views? There are large, lovely, and stately homes with imposing presences and beautiful yards. The neighborhood has been popular with U.C. faculty for over a century. The Berkeley Hills have good access to the stunningly beautiful East Bay Regional Parks, with their miles of trails and vast open spaces. Cragmont Elementary, a great school, is located here.