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North Berkeley stands as one of the most desirable neighborhoods in East Bay. Million-dollar homes cover the hills in styles inspired by early 20th-century architecture. Located along the northern border of the University of California, But despite the thousands of students attending school on a daily basis, North Berkeley remains a quiet neighborhood with a small-town character.

Shattuck Avenue serves as the major thoroughfare, taking people from downtown Berkeley into the Solano region. Euclid Avenue contains a few shops and restaurants leading into the University's northern entrance. North Berkeley lies six miles north of downtown Oakland and 14 miles northwest of San Francisco.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Berkeley, CA is $1,805 for a studio, $1,819 for one bedroom, $2,865 for two bedrooms, and $2,318 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Berkeley has increased by 2.4% in the past year.

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453
$1,805
1 BR
595
$1,819
2 BR
830
$2,865
3 BR
540
$2,318
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Ratings

90 Walk Score® Walker's Paradise
64 Transit Score® Good Transit
91 Bike Score® Biker's Paradise

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Restaurants

Residents enjoy an exceptional variety of restaurants that bring many people into the region. North Berkeley remains mostly quiet for nightlife as most establishments close at 10 p.m.

Noted as one of the best restaurants in the country, Chez Panisse tops everyone's list. World-renowned chef Alice Waters creates the California-style cuisine by focusing on foods grown locally, organically and sustainably. The main dining room only serves a prix fixe menu that changes nightly. A meal costs $85 on weekdays and $100 on Fridays and Saturdays. You must make your reservations for the main dining room 28 days in advance.

Zachary's Chicago Pizza on Solano Avenue consistently wins awards for the best pizza in the East Bay. Expect to wait 30 to 60 minutes for seating during dinner time. Order their signature Chicago deep dish pie, but expect to wait 40 minutes for it.

Triple Rock Brewery & Ale House attracts those wanting to simply relax and enjoy beer. This award-winning brewery lays claim to the title of America's Oldest Original Brewpub. Buy a Growler for $10 and receive 64-ounce refills for $11.50.

La Val's Pizza appeals to a mixture of students and families as a simple spot to watch sports. Serving mainly pizza and beer, La Val's also connects to the Impact Theater, a small facility that presents various genres of live performances.

History

Berkeley remained largely uninhabited until the University of California chose to build its first campus in the area in 1868. Ten years later, the railroad reached the downtown area, attracting more growth. Berkeley saw another surge in residents in 1906 as people from other towns fled after the San Francisco earthquake.

In the early 20th century, many prominent Californian architects, including Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck, designed homes as part of the Arts and Crafts movement, setting the tone for North Berkeley's style. A major fire destroyed many homes in 1923, but the neighborhood rebuilt and kept its original character.

The Bade Museum sits on the campus of the Pacific School of Religion with a number of historical artifacts from biblical times. North Berkeley has a large arts scene, including the Berkeley Arts Center, which presents exhibitions and other cultural events throughout the year.

Transportation

Residents who live close to either the University or Shattuck Avenue prefer to walk to nearby restaurants and shops, whereas those who live further up the hills generally drive. Expect difficulty finding parking on the street. Most parking spaces in the neighborhood require a permit or have parking meters. North Berkeley contains few bike lanes, but many bike routes. Many residents cycle to work and shopping areas as a convenient option to avoid the challenges of finding parking.

Alameda County Transit provides affordable bus transportation. The neighborhood has enough routes that bus riders can access a line with just a half-mile walk. North Berkeley sits near two Bay Area Rapid Transit stations with subway access to Oakland, Fremont and Livermore. You can take the BART to reach San Francisco in 30 minutes. The Berkeley Amtrak station lies two miles west of North Berkeley, with trains linking to San Jose and Sacramento. Interstate 880 adjoins the train station and connects drivers to downtown Oakland.

Cost

The cost of living in Berkeley tops that of Oakland by 24 percent. Expect to pay more for goods and services in North Berkeley, or you can access more discount stores in nearby Richmond. Take the AC Transit bus to downtown Berkeley or Oakland for $2 with your Clipper card. Riding the BART from Berkeley to Oakland City Center costs $1.85.

The median monthly rent in North Berkeley comes to $1,658 for a one-bedroom apartment. Gas stations in the area sit outside North Berkeley in the Oakland area. Compared to the national average, gas prices in the Oakland area cost about 9 percent more. Some nearby stations charge up to a dollar more than the local average. Residents can expect to pay between $4 and $7 for a pint of beer at local pubs.

Shopping

Shattuck Avenue and Solano Avenue serve as the major shopping areas in North Berkeley. Both streets contain a number of small businesses and boutiques instead of chain stores.

Grove Street Kids provides value by selling recycled children's clothing, from newborns to size 10. Frequent customers receive a 15 percent discount after spending $100.

North Berkeley contains a Safeway supermarket and two locations for Andronico's Community Markets. The smaller Berkeley Produce Center attracts locals searching for fresh fruit and vegetables at prices comparable to the bigger grocery stores.

North Berkeley hosts its own farmers market every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Rose Street.

Parks

North Berkeley contains numerous public parks, each with a variety of activities. Codornices Park sits high in the hills with hiking trails, ball fields and a basketball court. A tunnel connects the park with the Berkeley Rose Garden, an amphitheater planted with over 250 varieties of roses. The setting creates an ideal place to view the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. The large children's playground and green spaces of Live Oak Park attracts families.

For those with more active lifestyles, Tilden Park bordering North Berkeley's east side provides a great number of athletic activities. Recreationalists enjoy miles of hiking and biking trails, a golf course and swimming during in the warmer months at Lake Anza. The park also attracts families with a merry-go-round, botanical gardens and steam trains.

Ohlone Park on North Berkeley's west side contains the area's dog park. The annual Solano Stroll attracts 250,000 people each year to the East Bay's largest street festival. Visitors find more than 500 vendors, entertainers and craftsmen, all spread out over 26 city blocks.

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North Berkeley stands as one of the most desirable neighborhoods in East Bay. Million-dollar homes cover the hills in styles inspired by early 20th-century architecture. Located along the northern border of the University of California, But despite the thousands of students attending school on a daily basis, North Berkeley remains a quiet neighborhood with a small-town character.

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