Just because Berkeley is small in size doesn’t mean it doesn’t have plenty going on within its borders. Known to many as the home of the University of California, Berkeley, the city is full of intellectual residents and educational opportunities, a thriving arts and culture scene, a popular weekly farmers market, unique Berkeley apartments and homes, and lots of outdoor recreation opportunities. There is truly something for everyone, with Oakland and San Francisco located just a short drive or BART trip away.
Most Berkeley tours are centered around UC Berkeley, a central institution that has transformed the city into a prosperous college town and place for thinkers to gather, thanks in part to its rich history as a breeding ground for protests, demonstrations, activism and civil rights. Berkeley apartments - which serve as housing for students, professors, staff and locals not affiliated with the university - are tucked between campus landmarks, including Sather Gate, the Ludwig Fountain plaza, the Free Speech Movement Cafe, Sproul Plaza, Bowles Hall, Hearst Greek Theatre and Memorial Stadium. Residents and visitors alike are welcome to explore the campus, relax on the quad, and visit the on-site libraries and museums, including the Bancroft Library, which houses the largest collection of Mark Twain papers and California’s first mined gold nugget. It’s living history at its finest, all at the center of peaceful Berkeley.
There’s a reason the city’s slogan is “Come for the Culture, Stay for the Food,” thanks to the city’s more than 350 restaurant options and popular annual Berkeley Restaurant Week. But it’s more than just restaurants and brewpubs lining the city’s streets! Thanks in part to the learning-centric atmosphere and emphasis on education, Berkeley offers residents many opportunities to experience food - not just eat it. The city’s food tours, tasting rooms, cooking classes, artisan producers and everything from local chocolatiers to vintners and cheese-makers give residents the chance to learn about food, incorporate it into their daily lives and enjoy it all just steps away from their Berkeley apartments.
But there’s more to Berkeley than its larger city profiles, thanks to its unique neighborhoods and the amenity-packed Berkeley apartments and housing found within each area. These neighborhoods include Berkeley Marina, the waterfront portion of the city situated on the San Francisco Bay; Claremont, which sits on the border of Berkeley and neighboring Oakland; Downtown Berkeley, the go-to spot for the city’s best dining and entertainment; Panoramic Hill, a residential community with out-of-this-world views; and Westbrae, a quiet neighborhood with a small commercial strip and easy BART access. Other neighborhoods, which are all worth exploring for the abundance of arts, culture, resident life, dining and entertainment opportunities, include Cragmont, Elmwood, Gourmet Ghetto, La Loma Park, Lorin District, North Berkeley, South Berkeley, Southside, Thousand Oaks and West Berkeley.
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