LIVING IN ROCKRIDGE
An insider’s view on living
Zip code » 94618
Best thing about living in Rockridge is » Best weather in the East Bay (which has extremely high standards). It never gets too hot or cold and it’s almost always sunny!
Biggest challenge » It can be congested at times in terms of traffic and parking.
What new neighbors moving into the area should know » Many consider Rockridge to be Oakland’s best neighborhood.
TwinHill’s favorite spot in or around Rockridge » Zachary’s Chicago Pizza, Wood Tavern and Oliveto! (We could go on and on though!)
Rockridge is one of the most desirable Bay Area neighborhoods to purchase a home. Between its ideal location, endless amenities, and perfect weather, purchasing a home in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood can be competitive, and never disappointing once you do.
When people talk about Rockridge they are usually referring to the lower neighborhood rather than Upper Rockridge to the east in the Oakland Hills. Both Rockridge and Upper Rockridge are extremely desirable neighborhoods and therefore demand slightly higher prices than surrounding areas. (Upper Rockridge is a little further from all of the action of Rockridge and College Ave.) If you want to walk out your door, grab coffee and sit outside at one of the many cafes with European style outdoor seating, you will love Rockridge. And for lunch or dinner, your choices on College Ave. are endless, from casual pubs to gourmet restaurants that draw foodies from all over the Bay Area.
Diversity abounds in Rockridge; residents are a blend of ambitious single professionals, families, Berkeley college students, and hipsters.
Rockridge is home to many young families. It is the natural next step for many couples moving out of San Francisco who want to live in an actual home with sidewalks where they can push their strollers but still have shops and restaurants within reach. The neighborhood is filled with culture and is extremely children friendly.
Because of the multitude of benefits, real estate is in high demand with prices reflecting this demand, in the Rockridge neighborhood. Residents are extremely proud to live here (as they should be!) and the Rockridge Planning Council does a superb job of maintaining the neighborhood feel amidst the abundance of activity. Thus the homes in Rockridge average around $1M and are typically smaller than those in Upper Rockridge. Rockridge is filled with classic properties, including beautiful Craftsman style homes, bungalows and quaint cottages.
Location & Commute
Rockridge is centrally located and ideal for those who commute or want to be in the middle of it all. You can quickly access Highways 13 and 24 directly from the Rockridge neighborhood, and then swiftly head to 580, 980, or 880 to get anywhere in the Bay Area.
Rockridge not only has convenient access for commuters who drive, but it has its own BART station. This is a huge draw to residents and a definite benefit to living here.
Rockridge shares a border with Berkeley, home of the University of California, consistently ranked at or near the top public university in the country. Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood provides Rockridge’s northern boundary, while luxurious Piedmont surrounds the neighborhood to the south.
Schools near Rockridge
Rockridge is part of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). There are many public, private and charter schools in Oakland and cities surrounding Oakland. The public schools in Oakland can be somewhat complicated to navigate, which is why it is important to discuss your different options with TwinHill when selecting a neighborhood to purchase a home. In OUSD priority is generally given to students who live within the neighborhood boundary for the school, and top priority also goes to siblings of current students. Visit the OUSD Map to view the neighborhood schools for Rockridge. Public schools that are popular in OUSD may be competitive for students from other neighborhoods to attend.
Home to several award-winning schools, Rockridge attracts many young families. In 2012 the neighborhood’s public elementary school, Chabot Elementary School, earned a state Academic Performance Index, or API, score of 952 out of 1,000.
Many parents may also opt for a charter or private school. Link here for a comprehensive list of charter schools. There are also several top private-education options nearby, including the Bentley School (k-8), which has an impeccable reputation for academic rigor and students who excel. They also have a high school program that is in neighboring Lafayette. Link here for a full list of nearby private schools.