Once an 1880’s well-traveled stage coach route, by the early 1900s, Claremont Canyon, as it was known then, grew to become an integral part of Berkeley’s Key — or streetcar — system.
It was at this time that real estate developers, knowing a prime location when they saw it, decided to build the Claremont Hotel and Resort, a grand and majestic hotel that was a getaway for the well-heeled San Franciscan.
About the same time, the 1906 earthquake — and the fire that followed — destroyed much of San Francisco. And with that, Berkeley became more than a quiet university town as many City dwellers sought new stomping grounds here. Over time, the lush hillsides of Claremont Canyon turned into grand home sites that featured architecturally varied homes on lots that were generally larger than others found in the area.
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Life in Claremont means that everything you need is just moments away, including:
- The Gourmet Ghetto shopping district, complete with behind-the-scenes walking tours and the chance to sample delicacies from the various neighborhood restaurants.
- Neighborhood hot-spots, including Cheese Board Collective, Juice Bar Collective, Cha Am, Gregoire, Poulet, and Saul’s classic Jewish deli.
- Cooking classes at Kitchen on Fire, Cha-Ya's vegan sushi, and Epicurious Garden.
- And a variety of farmer’s markets that offer the freshest produce, flowers, and canned and packaged goods.
The lush and beautiful hillsides of Claremont Canyon became grand home sites for business people from the City, each architecturally different from the next.
A neighborhood boasting grand homes nestled along the hillsides (often with small paths leading down to Claremont Avenue and the Claremont Hotel), Claremont offers residents the away-from-it-all appeal of quiet sophistication and exclusivity while being just moments from everything they need.