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The East Bay region of San Francisco’s Bay Area is made up by cities including Berkeley, Oakland, and Walnut Creek. In the long shadow of San Francisco, the East Bay is often overlooked by tourists. But locals know that with plenty of unique personality, the East Bay contains some of the best places to live in Northern California.
Berkeley is a diverse city with a counter culture history, incredible food that not even San Francisco can compete with, and all the perks a top-ranked school at the University of California Berkeley. Berkeley’s Shattuck Avenue is nicknamed the Gourmet Ghetto, and is home to Alice Water’s revolutionary Chez Panisse restaurant. Shattuck Ave’s cooperatively-run Cheese Board Collective is the type of pizzeria that could only exist in Berkeley. Berkeley has a lively cultural scene thanks to the Pacific Film Archive and music venues like the famous Gilman.
Oakland is quite a different place from neighborhood to neighborhood. Around Jack London Square, it feels like a seaside town. Temescal is an up-and-coming neighborhood with a mix of young people, Eritrean and Ethiopian restaurants, and new stores opening all the time along Telegraph Avenue. Piedmont is full of independent shops like Fenton’s Creamery and Spectator Books.
Walnut Creek is a city with nature, great local restaurants, and events. Walnut Creek is the home base of the California Symphony, and the city boasts the most open space per capita in California. This is thanks to the Castle Rock Recreation Center, the Sugarloaf Open Space, but most of all Mount Diablo State Park. Mount Diablo offers spectacular views of San Francisco, Sierra Nevada, and Central Valley, as well as a steep but popular cycling trail. The rest of East Bay is easily accessible via the BART public transit system, and for bicyclists, by the Iron Horse Trail.
Wherever you decide to live in the East Bay, when it becomes time to rent furniture, you can work with one of these real estate professionals to find the furniture for you!