Thousand Oaks Homes for Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

Thousand Oaks is bordered on the west by Albany (Memorial Park and the pool is nearby); Kensington (Kensington Circle to the north has a pub and a
great Sunday farmers’ market); Berkeley Hills to the east (Tilden Park and East Bay Regional Parks), and Northbrae to the south.

Downtown Berkeley and UC Berkeley are about a 15 minute bus ride away. It is easiest to go through the Solano Tunnel, originally built for Southern Pacific street cars. San Francisco is about a 30 minute ride from the Berkeley BART station. The AC Transit Transbay buses to San Francisco take about 45 minutes and run along Colusa and Solano (Line G) and Arlington, Monterey & Gilman (Line H).

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Lots of "rock stars” … but not the kind which first come to mind.


Thousand Oaks is a very desirable neighborhood, so prices are in the top third of Berkeley’s home sales. Homes west of Colusa tend to be 2 or 3 bedrooms; those east of Colusa are larger. Grander homes are located between The Alameda and The Arlington, with some particularly lovely ones on Yosemite.

You'll Love

The variety of architectural styles in the area … Spanish Med bungalows and Craftsman cottages from the 20s. Bernard Maybeck, John Hudson Thomas, Julia Morgan and Henry Gutterson all worked here in the early part of the 20th century and designed notable large homes here that are highly sought after. Many of them are beautifully preserved.

Perfect For

It’s a great neighborhood for views, easy access to UC Berkeley and San Francisco, restaurants, shops, and strolling up and down the scenic paths.

Around the Area

Our rock stars have names like Monument Rock and Gibraltar ... which does resemble the Rock of Gibraltar and is practically in our own backyard. The “Berkeley Rocks” book is filled with photos; “Living Among The Rocks”, a Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) booklet features a rock map and the homes built atop them! Stroll up Vincente from Colusa to the cul-de-sac at the north end to see some of our favorites.

Tall stone urns and paths are other wonderful neighborhood features. Indian Trail path on The Alameda starts next to an original urn, and goes up to Great Stone Face Park on Yosemite. TONA, our Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association installed the first replacement urn at Stone Face and more are planned.

Solano Avenue has some wonderful restaurants: Cugini’s specialty is calzone baked in a wood-fired oven; Rivoli is great for special occasions; Vanessa’s Bistro for upscale Vietnamese and cocktails (don’t miss Taco Tuesday...); Ajanta and Kirin for Indian or Chinese specialties. For a quick bite or snack, stop at iScream, Zachary’s Chicago Pizza, Cactus Taqueria, Noah’s Bagels, or Jerusalem Organic Kitchen, all at the top of Solano. And of course, enjoy coffee at Peet’s and Starbucks. coffee houses.

For fresh produce, flowers and live music, visit the Sunday morning farmers’ market at Kensington Circle. Head north on Colusa, and you can’t miss it. Want magazines, books or videos? Just visit Pegasus (their sister stores are on Shattuck in downtown Berkeley and College in Rockridge), Five Star Video at the top of Solano or the nearby North Branch of the Berkeley Library.

The Solano Stroll awaits you the first Sunday after Labor Day. The Stroll kicks off with a big parade, and then the street fills with musicians and dancers, crafts and community organizations. It is a mile-long block party with music, dance, food, and 100,000 of your friends and neighbors.

Thousand Oaks Elementary School celebrates Halloween with the Cal Marching Band leading a parade of costumed kids. Look for the tan concrete in the school yard ... it shows the underground path of Blackberry Creek before it daylights in a pleasant park by the playground.


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