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Get to know Rockridge

Rockridge is just south of the Berkeley border, sitting at the foot of the Oakland Hills. It’s a gem of a neighborhood, warm and welcoming, with an elegantly artistic vibe. Houses here generally date from the early decades of the twentieth century, such as the brown-shingled Craftsman cottages and bungalows or the white stucco-clad Spanish Colonial Revival houses. Noted Oakland architect Julia Morgan designed the College Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1917 and it’s emblematic of the neighborhood’s architectural style. The Rockridge BART station is centrally located and it’s less than a 30-minute ride into downtown San Francisco. The station is on College Avenue, the neighborhood’s main shopping and dining strip that boasts many long-time businesses including Market Hall Foods, a European-style food hall; Zachary’s Chicago Pizza, open since 1983; and Pegasus Books, selling a mix of new and used books since 1971.

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Living in the East Bay

The East Bay is the sunny counterpart to foggy San Francisco, located just across the Bay Bridge, featuring a wide range of neighborhoods from funky downtowns to grand estates set amid rolling hills. Technically comprising Alameda County and Contra Costa County, the East Bay reaches from Albany in the north to Fremont in the south. The region is anchored by Oakland, known to locals as “The Town,” and quintessential college town Berkeley, as well as featuring smaller metropolises like the suburban cities of Walnut Creek and Pleasanton at its eastern borders. The East Bay has its own blend of charm, history, and microclimates that distinguishes it from its neighbors. Nature is always close by, with magnificent redwood groves growing amid urban centers and lakes surrounded with centuries-old oak and sycamore trees. The East Bay has a vibrant and diverse culture, reflected in all aspects of life, but particularly in its many famed and eclectic restaurants.