Northbrae/Westbrae Homes for Sale and Real Estate
Northbrae is in northern Berkeley, bounded by Hopkins, Monterey, Marin and The Circle. It is mostly gentle hills and easy to bike around; most homes have walk scores in the 75-90 range. Be sure to look for the pink sidewalks and stone pillars, hallmarks of the area. Westbrae is west of Northbrae and roughly bounded by Hopkins and Gilman.
About a third of the homes have 2 bedrooms, and half are 3 bedrooms; most were built in the 1920s and have been updated. This is a great place to live, so homes sell for 20-40% above Berkeley's median price.
The American Planning Association (APA) named Northbrae one of America’s Top 10 Great Neighborhoods. Beautiful tree lined streets, a park with running track, tennis courts and swimming pools, paths, gardens and a pleasant shopping district are just some of the reasons it was honored.
Bikeable tree lined streets, great shops and parks, a beautiful library. There are great transit options too — BART and public and private buses, casual car pools, and ride share are all nearby.
Cal People! UC Berkeley is about a 20 minute bike ride along Ohlone Greenway. San Francisco is easily reached using the nearby North Berkeley BART station, bus, or casual carpool. Working in Silicon Valley? Just hop on the company shuttle.
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Around the Area
Northbrae’s beloved Marin Fountain was recreated and maintained by the Friends of the Fountain & Walk. Streets such as Sonoma, Marin, Monterey, and Napa were named for California counties to entice the State Capital to move here. Fortunately, it didn’t happen.
Be on the lookout for vestiges of the old streetcar routes – the bridge on Rose, a home built on an angle on California, and the back of Northbrae Bottle shop’s triangular building. Northbrae’s shopping district at Hopkins and Monterey has some of the best food shopping in town … Berkeley’s answer to Rue Cler in Paris.
Monterey Market, particularly colorful in autumn, can’t be beat for fresh produce. Magnani Meat, Monterey Fish, Country Cheese and Hopkins Street Bakery, and Northbrae Bottle Shop are just up the street. Espresso Roma, a converted gas station on the corner is a great place to hang out on a sunny day. Gioia has the best pizza west of Lexington Avenue. Gioia’s is where we celebrate Pi Day on March 14th … that’s right … 3.14! Coffee, Fish, Produce, Meet, Wine, Pizza, Flowers, Cheese, Pastries and more on two short blocks. Heaven!
Love to garden? Berkeley Horticultural Nursery (Berkeley Hort) fills almost the entire block with trees, flowers, plants and vegetables and has a highly knowledgeable staff.
King School Park has a running track, pool, and tennis courts. The Edible Schoolyard, the organic garden initiated by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame is nearby … and Prince Charles, an organic gardener himself, once visited to see it and talk to the kids.
Westbrae is down the street on Gilman. Check out Lalime’s, a lovely restaurant with a frequently changing menu; across the street is Berkeley Natural Grocery, sister to El Cerrito Natural Grocery … both great organic resources. Head down toward BART for Berkeley Bagels and the family and dog-friendly Westbrae Biergarten. Westbrae Nursery is right next door.
You’ll need great dental care so you can enjoy Berkeley’s wonderful restaurants … that’s why we highly recommend our dentist, Dr. Sy Kurtz and his team on Gilman. We’ve been going to him for over 30 years!
Ready for a break? Bring a good book or today’s paper, get some coffee and bagel and sit down at the pleasant little park on the corner. Head down Ohlone Way towards Peralta and Hopkins and you’ll find the Karl Linn Community Garden and Peralta Community Garden. They’re at street level where BART goes underground.