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Pulling in creative thinkers and innovators from all over the country.

Welcome to Berkeley

Packed with renowned culinary delights and an inspiring art scene, this dynamic city is one of the biggest epicenters of culture in the nation.
 
Famous for its status as the home of UC Berkeley and as the birthplace of the free speech movement, the socially progressive city of Berkeley lies tucked across the Bay from the Golden Gate Bridge. Berkeley is a pulse for the arts and cultures within Alameda County in particular, but also within the state of California at large, pulling in creative thinkers and innovators from all over the country. 
 
Berkeley’s history is bound inextricably with its namesake university, whose development began the creation of the modern-day city. Berkeley College houses one of the largest religious studies institutions in the world — Graduate Theological Union — and is even attributed with the finding of an element now on the periodic table, berkelium. 
 
A vast majority of the residential real estate in Berkeley comprises historic and pre-1940s homes, outfitted to serve modern needs while retaining their distinctive charms. Mid-century modern single-family houses, Spanish Colonial bungalows, and 1920s Tudor cottages, all well-suited for families, while vintage studio lofts and renovated condos in the heart of the commercial bustle make a wonderful home base for students, creators, entrepreneurs, and more.
 

What to Love

  • Picturesque parks and a vast amalgamation of green spaces
  • Cutting edge theater and productions at top-tier performance venues
  • Gourmet eats around every corner and an ever-growing art scene
  • Museums and a large number of sources for cultural enrichment

Local Lifestyle

Berkeley has long been home to the free-spirited and the change-makers, driven by a love for education and a commitment to societal growth. Culture is tenable and entirely accessible here, from the quiet talks of philosophy in local coffee shops to the invitation to explore the open studios of local artists. Berkeley is fueled by a collective desire to bring out the best in each other, and it certainly shows.
 

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Scenic Downtown Berkeley is saturated in yoga studios and art galleries, swanky cocktail lounges, and fashion boutiques. Here, shoppers can browse handcrafted artisan jewelry at shops like viv&ingrid as well as curated healing crystals, gems, and stones at Stone Room 2. A trendy enclave for hip outdoor dining and upscale shopping, the Fourth Street Shops district contains classy restaurants side-by-side with big brands like lululemon, Madewell, and Anthropologie
 
Berkeley houses enough culinary variety to appease any appetite, and among its standout establishments are restaurants such as Saul’s Restaurant and Delicatessen. The authentic Jewish fare at Saul’s has mastered the art of bridging old and new, and traditional dishes here are enhanced by the use of only ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients. 
 
Chez Panisse embodies modern Californian cuisine to a T, and diners flock to this opulent yet simultaneously cozy eatery for a chance to taste the ingredient-driven, seasonal menu crafted by famed Chef Alice Waters. Cheese Board Collective has your back whether you’re in search of the perfect charcuterie for your own special event or in need of a tasty cafe treat while out and about. Ready to unwind with friends over an icy glass of small-batch craft beer? Fieldwork Brewing Company is headquartered in Berkeley and features a lively taproom.
 

Things to Do

A refreshing day in Berkeley might be spent enjoying the city’s many parks and recreational spaces, beginning with the much-loved Tilden Regional Park. Over 2,000 acres of inspiring landscape awaits at Tilden, a treasured favorite for hikers that brags amenities including a swimming lake, botanic garden, golf course, and even a vintage steam train. Other must-see Berkeley landmarks are those such as the Berkeley Marina and the Lawerence Hall of Science, the latter of which offers invigorating, hands-on access to experiments and education. 
 
The city has a nonstop rotation of local events and fairs, such as the endearing Berkeley Kite Festival, which explores the artistry of kite flying from its base in César E Chavez Park. Restaurant Week is the ultimate way to get a full-bodied taste of Berkeley, and vendors from the city’s legendary culinary assortment set up shop and sell meals at discounted prices. 
 
Additional celebrations include the unique Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival, which exemplifies the fun, eccentric spirit of Berkeley perfectly, and the Bay Area Book Festival. Each year, The World Music Festival draws thousands of attendees with its robust roundup of genre-crossing performances.
 

Schools

The city of Berkeley has many excellent schools. To request more specific information about local schools, please use our contact form and we will be happy to provide you with more information. Michael Lane, a Berkeley real estate agent can assist you in finding the perfect home in this vibrant city known for its progressive culture, diverse community, and beautiful bay views.

Overview for Berkeley, CA

119,607 people live in Berkeley, where the median age is 32.1 and the average individual income is $56,168. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

119,607

Total Population

32.1 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$56,168

Average individual Income

Around Berkeley, CA

There's plenty to do around Berkeley, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Walker's Paradise
Walking Score
99
Biker's Paradise
Bike Score
69
Good Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Jessie Holland Ayurveda & Yoga, Trivium Games, and Play More.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Active 3.78 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.93 miles 198 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.87 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.92 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.96 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.92 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Berkeley, CA

Berkeley has 44,195 households, with an average household size of 2.4. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Berkeley do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 119,607 people call Berkeley home. The population density is 11,465.59 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

119,607

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

32.1

Median Age

49.29 / 50.71%

Men vs Women

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  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
44,195

Total Households

2.4

Average Household Size

$56,168

Average individual Income

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Schools in Berkeley, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Berkeley. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Malcolm X Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Nia House Learning Center
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Thousand Oaks Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Longfellow Arts and Technology Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
John Muir Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Berkwood Hedge School
PRIVATE
K - 5th
No rating available
School Of The Madeleine
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
The Crowden School
PRIVATE
4th - 8th
No rating available
Walden Center & School
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
East Bay School For Boys
PRIVATE
6th - 8th
No rating available
Bayhill High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
Undergrad - Undergrad
No rating available
Berkeley Arts Magnet at Whittier
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Emerson Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Martin Luther King Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Oxford Elementary at West Campus
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Cragmont Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Berkeley Technology Academy
PUBLIC
10th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Black Pine Circle School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Maybeck High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
St Mary's College High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Washington Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Ruth Acty Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Rosa Parks Environmental Science
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Bayhill High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Berkeley Rose Waldorf School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Sylvia Mendez Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5

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