An insider’s view on living

Zip code » 94608

Best thing about living in Jack London is » The proximity to San Francisco and the Bay Bridge.

Biggest challenge » This is an edgy city that is perfect for young professionals—it can be a bit gritty at times though, making it not as perfect for families who want a large home or neighborhood feel.

What new neighbors moving into the area should know » While it can feel industrial, there are many hidden gems and upscale restaurants tucked in between the warehouses.

TwinHill’s favorite spot in or around Jack London » Townhouse Bar & Grill

Helpful links »
♥ Bay Street Shopping Center
♥ Current Emeryville Stats
♥ Emery Unified School District
♥ Research Great Schools

Emeryville is the not so sleepy city that fits smartly between vibrant Berkeley and dynamic Oakland, extending to the shore of the San Francisco Bay. Those who call Emeryville home (roughly 10,000 residents) love the great location that provides easy access to the Bay Bridge and neighboring San Francisco.

Emeryville residents and surrounding communities alike take advantage of Emeryville’s Bay Street Shopping Center that is filled with upscale shopping, popular chain restaurants, and a movie theater. The city has other shopping areas as well, including the Emeryville Public Market, which also has a movie theater near it. There is never a shortage of things to do in this small but energetic city. There are also many locally owned restaurants, and upscale wine bars and pubs tucked in amongst the industrial buildings surrounding the center of Emeryville.


There has been an increase of economic growth over the past decade in Emeryville due to an increase of demand in both commercial and residential real estate. Corporate offices have set up roots in the area on account of the beautiful setting and proximity to San Francisco. Pixar, LeapFrog, Clif Bar, and Peet’s Coffee & Tea are just a few of the businesses that have established their corporate office locations in the ever-evolving city of Emeryville.  Current market conditions only reinforce that this is an excellent city to invest in property, whether residential or commercial.

Residents love the mix of residential and commercial real estate. This is an excellent choice for those who want to live in an urban setting and purchase a renovated artist’s loft or luxury condo and be centrally located between San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. The city also boasts beautiful urban trails along the Bay with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay—perfect for cyclists and runners.

Location & Commute

Emeryville is located between Berkeley and Oakland and is bordered by the San Francisco Bay.  In the heart of Emeryville there is a central location often referred to as the “MacArthur Maze”. It is an intersection where Interstates 80, 880 and 580 meet. Although it can get congested at times, this location allows commuters to get to virtually anywhere in the Bay Area, connecting them to San Francisco right across the Bay Bridge, and to the North and South Bays. Highway 24 is also accessible from Emeryville, connecting residents towards Walnut Creek and Concord.

Emeryville has an Amtrak station in the city center. The nearest BART is Oakland’s MacArthur BART station and Emeryville is about two miles west of the station. In addition to the bus system (AC Transit), the city runs a free shuttle services called Emery Go Round that connects riders to BART and Amtrak.

Emeryville Schools

Emeryville is part of Emery Unified School District. There are public, private and charter schools in Emeryville and cities surrounding Emeryville. The public schools in Emery Unified School District are excellent, serving both Oakland and Emeryville students. 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.