Considering buying real estate in Berkeley’s Claremont or Claremont Uplands? This upscale neighborhood lies east of the Elmwood neighborhood and just the west of the world-famous Claremont Resort Hotel & Spa. Claremont Uplands is home to the most elegant and expensive properties in Berkeley.
The Claremont neighborhood is framed by the triangle made by the intersections of Claremont, College, and Ashby Avenues. The Neighborhood Feel of Claremont Uplands The Claremont Uplands is an upscale neighborhood with tree-lined streets and stately homes. Near the iconic Claremont Hotel & Resort, this mature neighborhood has taken on much of the former castle’s dignity. In addition to having a regal neighbor, residents enjoy accessing the nearby boutiques in the Elmwood and Rockridge shopping districts.
Many of the Claremont’s elegant homes were commissioned by legendary local architects Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, John Hudson Thomas, William Wurster, and William Ratcliffe. Dotted along these scenic hills, you’ll find a range of architectural gems, from prairie-style houses, to spacious bungalows, and brown-shingle homes. Home prices in Claremont range start at $1.1 million. Schools in the Claremont neighborhood include John Muir Elementary, LeConte Elementary, Malcolm X Elementary, and Willard Middle School. AC Transit runs buses up and down Claremont, Ashby, and College Avenues and to the Rockridge and Ashby BART stations.
Claremont Hotel lost in a game of checkers The renowned Claremont Hotel was originally designed as an English castle, complete with horse stables. When it was destroyed in a fire, the property fell into the hands of a successful gold prospector, who in turn lost ownership to it in a game of checkers. Today, the statuesque hotel has become a retreat center for the wealthy, and sets the tone for one of Berkeley’s most elegant neighborhoods.