“No one considering the history of Berkeley,” wrote the East Bay Express a few years back, “can ignore the hills — because nothing had more effect on the city's development, nor on its social and cultural life, than the hills. Without the hills, Berkeley would never have become Berkeley — a town that glories in the beauty of its wilderness and in wilderness everywhere.”
Once known as the “Contra Costa Range” (from the original Spanish Sierra de la Contra Costa), the Berkeley Hills neighborhood surrounds the San Francisco Bay and offers residents hours of hiking trails through tall grasses and stately oaks.
Secluded and full of natural beauty, Berkeley Hills boasts densely built residential neighborhoods of mostly larger single family homes that date from the 1920s.
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Knows as a hiker’s paradise, residents of Berkeley Hills also enjoy a variety of dining, entertainment, and shopping options:
- By navigating the narrow streets through the quiet community of homes and serene gardens, one can explore the Gourmet Ghetto shopping district.
- Food isn’t the only thing on offer here. In fact, visitors also enjoy a feast of the eyes at the Ghetto’s galleries and art receptions.
- Also known as “the jewel of the system,” kids find delight in the swimming hole at Lake Anza and the nearby carousel ride.
- And there’s fun for the entire family at the Botanical Gardens, where an afternoon picnic or leisurely stroll make for memorable outings.
Tilden Park, one of the District’s three oldest parks, is a close jaunt up the hill, and provides endless hours of hiking trails and biking routes for the avid outdoors lover.
Why Berkeley Hills?
With its miles of hiking trails, views of the San Francisco skyline, easy commuter access to the City, temperate climate, and secluded, away-from-it-all feel, Berkeley Hills represents some of the very best that life in a Bay Area suburb has to offer.