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Enjoy a family getaway in our spacious Mediterranean split-level home. With three large bedrooms, bright living and dining rooms and eat-in kitchen, there is plenty of room for everyone! The outdoor areas are also updated.
Please feel free to use the entire home. The garage houses our washer and dryer. And we welcome you to enjoy our outdoor spaces too!
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In the northern reaches of Berkeley along the Albany border, two small business districts offer plenty of diversion for locals and visitors with neighborhood cafes, a couple of destination restaurants, great food and nursery shopping and some nice patches of greenery. Stay in Westbrae, stay in Northbrae, or hit both -- they are a five-minute walk from one another.
The Westbrae strip, which covers a few blocks of Gilman before it ends at Hopkins ( map ), bisects a peaceful neighborhood where the only sign of the surrounding urban bustle is the periodic sound of a BART train rushing past on the nearby elevated tracks. Favorite stops include Lalime's restaurant, a gorgeous community garden and, along Westbrae's southern edge, a spacious park.
A little further east, the Northbrae shopping intersection (on Hopkins Street near the foot of the Berkeley Hills - map ) is a pleasant place to pass the hours, with some of the best grocery shopping around. These two blocks pack more seasonal and fresh produce, seafood, poultry and meat oomph then most urban villages could even dream of achieving. Up the street, a park offers neighbors and visitors tennis courts, play areas, a swimming pool and a track. The area's cultural highlight is a branch library housed in a classic Julia Morgan-designed building.
Also nearby, check out our guide to San Pablo Avenue between Gilman and Ashby.
Sights & Culture
Cedar-Rose Park: Cedar and Rose both branch off Hopkins. A big piece of the space between them is the three-acre Cedar-Rose Park, which lies off the bike trail linking North Berkeley BART with the Ohlone Greenway , a park-like bike and pedestrian trail which runs through Albany, El Cerrito and Richmond. There's a huge turf area often used as a soccer field, plus a basketball court, three tennis courts and two fenced playgrounds. ( Web site )
Karl Linn Community Garden and Peralta Community Garden: Both off Peralta near Hopkins and developed together, though across the street from each other. Pushing the limits of what community gardens are, the Peralta garden is beautiful, with a pond, benches, and a great statuary gate in addition to the community plots; the gate is often unlocked. It's extending down the Ohlone Greenway with displays of native plants and an informational kiosk. Both gardens are more accessible to the public than most others; there's even a nice water fountain and bench for contemplation. The Karl Linn garden is next to the EcoHouse, a house which showcases sustainable building and resource use techniques. Tours are available, but you must call for an appointment. Peralta Street at Hopkins.
MLK Jr. Middle School: Activity-minded locals head here for some fun in the sun. Enjoy the tennis courts (signs on the courts list lessons), a track, an outdoor swimming pool, a fenced playground for little ones and another for bigger kids. A little relaxation can be had on the large grassy area that's just perfect for lounging and throwing balls to dogs. Hopkins at Colusa.
North Branch Library: The most beautiful branch library around; blame it on early 20th century architect Julia Morgan. The children's room is huge, with lots of low tables and a large unused fireplace for hiding in. Teens get an alcove. The main room has elegant wood tables, so any thoughts you think here are sure to be top-quality. If the branch, which is not large, doesn't have the book you want, you can request it from any other Berkeley branch. Check the Web site for events such as readings and storytelling for all ages. 1170 The Alameda at Hopkins, (. ( Web site )
For more on Berkeley parks, visit the City of Berkeley Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Web site .
Espresso Roma: If the cafe lifestyle is at all appealing to you, this spot is a dream come true. The outdoor area is big (though often crowded), with sunny and shady spots. They serve pastries, bagels, and egg breakfasts in the morning; lunch includes huge salads, sandwiches on house-made foccaccia and pizza. Be warned, though, that the coffee quality varies widely; if you rub the guy at the machine the wrong way he might just let the espresso run too long on purpose. 1549 Hopkins St., (. ( Web site )
Gioia Pizzeria: New York's pizza, like its Yankees and its attitude, is the stuff of legend. You can get a taste of all three at this hole-in-the-wall owned by Will Gioia, who has cooked at Zuni Cafe and Oliveto. This is a place to buy a slice or get a pie to go: A pounded copper oven hood takes up most of the tiny space, and the counter, with a few stools, is too narrow to handle a whole pizza. There's also house-made organic strawberry lemonade to wash it down. (-SF Chronicle/SF Gate) 1586 Hopkins St. (near Monterey), (.
Lalime's: One of the best restaurants in the Bay Area, with California-Mediterranean food in relaxed surroundings that make comparable San Francisco restaurants seem like a lot of attitude about nothing. Lalime's generates some serious loyalty; if you want to know why, just take a peek at the monthly menus available (you can also sign up to get them in the mail). Occasional prix fixe menus are offered for special nights such as dinner with a winemaker, wild mushroom celebrations and so on. 1329 Gilman Street, (. ( Chronicle Review / Web site )
Lilly's Restaurant: Good, basic Chinese food. There's a steam table at lunch where you can pick up a couple of egg rolls or some chow mein. Beware the family meals; they're huge! 1580 Hopkins St.,(.
Mama Lan's: A small Vietnamese restaurant specializing in soft-shell crab and other seasonal delicacies, Mama Lan's is a neighborhood spot able to attract foodies from well beyond the 'hood. The room is bright and clean; the service provides the warmth. And the moderate prices seem more than fair. 1316 Gilman St., (. ( Chronicle review )
Westbrae Biergarten: Westbrae is a popular new beer garden that drew big crowds during the World Cup (lots of soccer fans love beer), so much so that the neighborhood got a bit testy about the noise and lines of people waiting to get into the beer garden. And Westbrae really is a small neighborhood, tucked in between North Berkeley and the emerging Gilman district. Westbrae Biergarten has a great vibe, with a mix of people and a lot of kids and dogs. There are four distinct areas to hang out: 1) an umbrella section at the entrance near the beer stand, 2) a fire pit, 3) a children’s play area, and 4) a side covered area with more tables that’s also near the dessert food stand. 1280 Gilman St. (.
Berkeley Bagels: These bagels are some of the best around. They are boiled, as bagels should be, and BB has all the trimmings. A nice public garden next door is the best place to enjoy your lox spread. 1281 Gilman, Albany. (.
Country Cheese Coffee Market: They do have coffee, and a huge selection of tea, but it's the cheese that brings people back. This is a friendly, neighborhood store, not a super-deluxe gourmet destination. So the parmigiano reggiano is fresh and there's French goat feta and fresh mozzarella balls; there's no foodie attitude, and prices are reasonable. And finding varieties of butter made to Old World specifications -- well, it won't happen at Safeway. The store also carries imported cookies, crackers and jams, and coffee and tea pots and cups. 1578 Hopkins, (.
Monterey Fish: Fish merchant to the stars, Monterey Fish supplies the highest-quality fish and seafood, and is even attentive to the environmental effects of fishing by promoting sustainable fisheries. The best restaurants get their fish here. Plus, you can exchange stares with all the live creatures swimming in their tanks. 1649 Hopkins St., (. ( Web site )
Monterey Market: An institution for the last 30 years, Monterey Market is a supermarket-sized produce market as well as a somewhat less crazed alternative to Berkeley Bowl. It's the closest you can get to a farmer's market indoors; Monterey's owners seem to have contacts everywhere, so when someone has an excess of organic romaine they just send it up. The outdoor area has most of these bargains. Inside, you may find anything from fresh porcini mushrooms to an absurd selection of hot peppers to fresh bamboo shoots to plain old broccoli. 1550 Hopkins, (.
Toot Sweets: A good old-fashioned (yet not too old-fashioned) bakery, with cakes, pies and other desserts, cookies and morning pastries, all delicious. Their chocolate cake may be the best around; ditto with the (low-fat, yet) Grand Slam bran muffins. They have tiny versions of most of the desserts, suitable for one enthusiastic or two restrained eaters, so you don't have to get a whole cake to sample. They also make quiche, vegetarian chili and soup for lunch. 1277 Gilman, (. (Also, check out the Gourmet Ghetto West at Cedar and San Pablo.)
Westbrae Deli: This is the place hard-working guys stop to pick up lunch. The sandwiches are good and, as of this writing, not one of them is over $4.25. So, you'll see all kinds of landscapers, contractors and especially their underlings dropping in to pick up a poor boy, Genoa, mortadella, hot link or just plain turkey sandwich. It's deli minimalism, with cold drinks and chips to choose from, and not much else. 1270 Gilman Street, (.
Goods and Services
Ana's Flowers & Gifts: Stop by Ana's for old-fashioned personalized service when you need a corsage, a boutonniere or flower arrangements for a wedding or a funeral. If you simply want to give a bouquet to someone special, they'll arrange it to your specifications. You can also choose from several types of live orchids, and pick out a card to go with your gift. And the staff is trilingual, speaking English, Spanish and Portuguese. 1302 Gilman Street, (.
Berkeley Horticulture: Established in 1922, way before real estate in Westbrae was at its current prices, Berkeley Hort covers most of a block and is full to overflowing with everything you could want, and a lot of things you didn't know you wanted until you got there. The plants are in such perfect condition, and the whole place is so gorgeous, that despite your best intentions to be frugal you'll find yourself seduced. The people there are knowledgeable and helpful, especially if you can avoid summer weekend crowds. Sign up for the newsletter or visit the Web site for seasonal gardening tips. 1310 McGee Ave., (. ( Web site )
Berkeley Natural Grocery: This natural food and sustainable groceries store has a selling point that the famed Monterey Market down the road in Northbrae lacks. Every single piece of produce here is organic -- that's 100% -- and the store itself is an officially certified organic retailer. It even carries organic socks. You'll also come upon organic and least-toxic grooming supplies for yourself and cleaning supplies for your home. The de riguer bulk grains, cereals and dried fruits are available, too. 1336 Gilman Street, (. ( Web site )
Hopkins Street Bakery: You could start your breakfast off here with a scone, danish or muffin, work you way to a mid-morning croissant, and end with a little pie or an array of cookies. But why stop there? Order one of the chocolate, citrus or yellow wedding cakes, as big or as small as you need, for that big day. Actually, it's tempting to order one for any day, matrimony or not. Just you, a fork and four layers ... 1584 Hopkins Street, (.
Westbrae Nursery: This nursery looks deceptively small from the outside. Once you enter and make your way toward what appears to be the back, you'll find that the path takes unexpected turns into side lots filled with rose bushes, citrus trees and grapevines. There is also a fine collection of seeds, Annie's Annuals, succulents and organic vegetable starts. And don't forget the mulches, potting soils and fertilizers. They also have a selection of garden furniture and fountains, and perhaps the least expensive giant Buddha heads around. 1272 Gilman, (.
Un giro nei dintorni
The house is a 6-minute walk to the North Berkeley BART station (at Virginia and Sacramento). It is also very close to bus routes that connect to CAL, downtown Berkeley, Emeryville and Richmond/El Cerrito.
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