This established neighborhood climbs up steep, winding streets and offers dramatic vistas, spacious homes with sweeping views, and immediate access to miles of hiking trails among the eucalyptus and pine groves of Tilden Park. The North Berkeley Hills area is renowned for its pristine homes with modern architectural designs. Its steep hills allow residents savor to views- they’re either gazing on Mount Diablo to the east or the Bay and San Francisco to the west.
Brushing up against the dense forests of Tilden Park, the North Berkeley Hills neighborhood borders Kensington to the north and the University of California, Berkeley to the south. As its name implies, the North Berkeley Hills neighborhood is highly elevated, offering its residents stunning views of the Bay. Although most homeowners in the Berkeley Hills rely on their cars for transportation, AC Transit runs two bus lines along the lower hills neighborhoods along Euclid and Spruce Avenues to downtown Berkeley.
The North Berkeley Hills is home to young professionals, professors, and families. Homes typically range from 2-4 bedrooms and long time residents commonly provide in-law studios to graduate students and visiting professors. There’s a lovely network of often steep footpaths that meander between the homes of the North Berkeley Hills. Exploring these insider trails, will lead you to hidden gems like Indian Rock and Remillard Parks. In addition to being just minutes from the Gourmet Ghetto and Solano Ave, residents of the Berkeley Hills have their own local, cultural inspiration. Each summer, there are Ashby Stage productions in the classic stone amphitheater of John Hinkle Park as well as at an assortment of the local “mini-parks” that dot the area.
In the early 1900s, many homes in the North Berkeley were influenced by legendary architect Bernard Maybeck. These bold, light-filled homes blend into the natural landscape. You’ll find exposed beams, redwood interiors with huge fireplaces, balconies, large cathedral height and clerestory windows, rooms opening into gardens, all the while conforming to our specific regional climatic conditions. Other styles of architecture can also be found dotting the hills including Italian-style villas and modern mid-century styles. Home prices in the North Berkeley Hills range from the high $800’s to near $2 million.
Schools in the area include Cragmont Elementary and Oxford Elementary.
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