Categories for Neighborhoods

Books & Beer

Ever have the urge for a beer while reading your favorite novel? It may seem like an odd mix for a brew pub to house shelves of books for customer’s reading pleasure, but that’s just what Novel Brewing has done. Run by a husband-wife duo whom love beer and books, this quaint spot nails-it. New beer recipes are crafted on a regular basis, literary gems line the walls and the space is designated kid friendly. So, why not check out this so-totally-local new spot and bring the kids while you’re at it! Read More

Real Estate Development in Oakland

There are many sides to factor in when we talk about development – especially in The East Bay. I think the importance of listening, tolerance and perspective are more necessary these days – as Oakland and Berkeley attempt to balance current need and the swing of “progress” – I thought this article was helpful in giving data and how it impacts many of our neighbors. Overall, this is a good article on local real estate news in The East Bay. Read More

Urban Farmer? Maybe not yet….

….but we live in an area with a lot of consistent sunshine and a good average temperature. My wife and I have tried growing all kinds of things in the yard, some work (tomatoes and kale,) some did not (cucumbers and artichokes.) This experimentation process led us to raise bees (which we love and continue to do today,) become closer with our neighbors and swap our bounty with friends and family. Have fun, get your fingernails dirty and learn to love those worms! Read More

Midcentury-Loving Couple Makes a Time Capsule in Oakland

“You could say that Julian Goldklang and Desiree Myers started furnishing their unique round house in Oakland years before they ever laid eyes on it. As the owners of Mid Century Møbler in Berkeley, the largest midcentury showroom in Northern California, they are in a good position to score the best furniture of the era.”   Click here to read the full article on


kensingtonKensington is an unincorporated community and census designated place located in the Berkeley Hills, in the East Bay, part of the San Francisco Bay Area, in Contra Costa County, California. Kensington borders Berkeley and Albany to the south, El Cerrito to its west and north, and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park and Tilden Regional Park to the east.

El Cerrito

el-cerritoAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles El Cerrito is located on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay. The hilly areas of El Cerrito provide spectacular views of its famous neighbor and the Golden Gate Bridge. El Cerrito is located along Interstate 80, and nearby Interstate 580. El Cerrito is bordered by Albany and Kensington to the south, the Richmond annex to the west, East Richmond Heights to the north, and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park to the east. El Cerrito is approximately 5 miles from the University of California Berkeley campus and has two BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) stations: El Cerrito del Norte and El Cerrito Plaza.

Richmond View

richmond-viewThe neighborhood is bordered by the North & East neighborhood to the west, the city of San Pablo, California to the north, the unincorporated community of East Richmond Heights to the east, and the city of El Cerrito to the south courts.

Richmond Annex

richmond-annexRichmond Annex or The Annex is a neighborhood in southeastern Richmond, California. It is mostly residential and located between San Pablo Avenue/El Cerrito to the east, San Francisco Bay to the west, Central Avenue/Cerrito Creek/Albany Hill/Albany/Alameda County to the south, and Potrero Avenue/Pullman to the north. Carlson Boulevard is the main thoroughfare through the annex, connecting downtown Richmond with downtown El Cerrito.

Thousand Oaks

thousand-oaksThousand Oaks is a neighborhood of Berkeley in Alameda County, California. Located at the base of the Berkeley Hills The principal shopping area is Solano Avenue, along the southern edge of the neighborhood. There are also two smaller clusters of shops on the northern edge of Thousand Oaks, across the county line inKensington on Arlington Avenue and on Colusa Avenue.

Berkeley Hills

berkeley-hillsBerkeley Hills has residential neighborhoods of mostly single family homes,. Most streets are narrow and tend to follow the contours of the land, although three streets, Marin Avenue, Moeser Lane, and Potrero Avenue, run directly toward the ridgeline. Other roads to the ridgeline wind their way up the canyons. Grizzly Peak and Skyline Blvds follow the top of the ridge.

North Berkeley

north-berkeleyNorth Berkeley is a neighborhood situated north of downtown, spanning from Hearst Avenue to Eunice Street, and touches the northwest corner of the UC Berkeley campus.[1]North Berkeley's primary business district is known as the Gourmet Ghetto. The North Berkeley BART station is located just outside the far western edge of the neighborhood; the Downtown Berkeley BART station is closer to the Gourmet Ghetto. North Berkeley is sometimes defined to include the Northbrae and Thousand Oaks neighborhoods;[2] however, all three areas are distinct local neighborhoods.


universityTo the west of the central campus is the downtown business district of Berkeley; to the northwest is the neighborhood of North Berkeley, including the so-called Gourmet Ghetto, a commercial district known for high quality dining due to the presence of such world-renowned restaurants as Chez Panisse. Immediately to the north is a quiet residential neighborhood known as Northside with a large graduate student population;[91]situated north of that are the residential neighborhoods of the Berkeley Hills.