An insider’s view on living

Zip codes » 94701, 94710, 94712, 94720

Best thing about living in Berkeley is » Central location, gorgeous views, fantastic restaurants!

Biggest challenge » Berkeley is a very large city—each neighborhood is unique so there is something for everyone! If you are looking for a small town, however, this is not your city.

What new neighbors moving into the area should know » You will never be bored here!

TwinHill’s favorite spot in or around Berkeley » Walking around UC Berkeley campus.

Helpful links »
♥ Berkeley Parents Network
♥ Current Berkeley Stats
♥ Berkeley Unified School District
♥ Research Great Schools

Berkeley is synonymous with progressive ideals and world-class education. Residents benefit from the central location, beautiful weather, excellent schools and picturesque neighborhoods.

Berkeley is a large city spanning about 17 square miles with a population of roughly 120,000. The culture of Berkeley encourages everyone to be unique and celebrate diversity. Walking along Telegraph Avenue or within the UC Berkeley campus, this vibrant energy is evident.

There are many beautiful homes for sale in Berkeley. Homes range from hillside mansions, and Craftsman bungalows, to stately Victorians. Notable architects Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan and John Hudson Thomas influenced many homes and the architecture of this special corner of the Bay. There are many distinctive neighborhoods within the city. Cragmont and La Loma Park are sought after neighborhoods to live in as they are situated in the Berkeley Hills and have luxurious homes with spectacular views.


Many of the cultural activities and restaurants are centered around Cal or west of the campus in the downtown area. There is no shortage of every type of culinary experience to be had in this city. If you are adventurous, a foodie, or just want your palate to travel around the world without leaving Berkeley, there is a restaurant that will meet your needs! (The “Gourmet Ghetto” in North Berkeley has an impressive roster of restaurants and world-renowned chefs, including Alice Waters’ famed Chez Panisse.)

Despite being a busy metropolis, there are many parks, miles of hiking trails in the hills, and quiet refuges in Berkeley.

Location & Commute

Berkeley is bordered by Albany, Oakland and Emeryville, as well as Contra Costa County and the San Francisco Bay. The large city is 17.7 square miles of lush parks, urban living, expansive San Francisco Bay waterfront, and tree lined streets. Berkeley is filled with parks like Tilden Regional Park and Wildcat Canyon that boast epic views and miles of trails.

Berkeley is centrally located in the East Bay just across from San Francisco and has excellent transportation options. Residents have access to the Amtrak train, AC Transit, and BART (the Ashby, Downtown Berkley and North Berkeley Stations). Interstates 80 and 580 connect Berkeley to the North and South Bays, San Francisco and Oakland. If you are more interested in walking and biking, then you are in the right city! Berkeley has one of the highest rates of cyclist and pedestrian commuters in the nation.

Berkeley Schools

Berkeley is part of Berkeley Unified School District. There are many public, private and charter schools in Berkeley and cities surrounding Berkeley. The public schools in Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) are excellent. Navigating the system can be somewhat complicated, which is why it is important to discuss your different options with real estate experts TwinHill when selecting a neighborhood to purchase a home.

Many parents may choose to transition their children to a charter or private school. There are many private schools in the area. Here is a full list of private schools in the area. Berkeley Parents Network is an excellent forum to connect with other parents who are raising their children in the area.