Berkeley’s Elmwood Neighborhood

Developed during the housing boom following the Great 1906 Earthquake, Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood became a place to rebuild for many devastated San Franciscans.  Today that sense of community and small town charm still permeates the feeling you get when strolling down College or Ashby Avenues.  Tree lined streets, knowing your neighbors and an unusual amount of peace and quite for an urban area are the norms in Elmwood.



Older homes add character to Elmwood’s Real Estate with a number of gorgeous Victorians blended with later-built Colonial revivals, Arts and Craft bungalows and Berkeley’s famed brown shingles.  Elmwood is west coast charm at its best.


Restaurants and Shopping

Centered on the intersection of Ashby and College Avenues is the Elmwood Shopping District.  Elmwood’s locally owned shops, eateries and merchants provide residents with personal service that keep this area thriving.  Some of the best ice cream to cross your lips can be found at Ici.  For delicious salads, sandwiches, pizzas and baked goods Summer Kitchen Bake Shop delivers them all with a focus on sustainability.  For men and women’s designer clothing at low prices, Jeremy’s Department Store is a necessity.  If some retail therapy is in order, an afternoon spent in this charming neighborhood will surely satisfy the most raging shopaholic.

Family and Entertainment

Families can enjoy taking in a film at the refurbished Elmwood Theater, or viewing the current production from the Berkeley Playhouse housed in the Julia Morgan Theater.  And for the adults seeking to take in some nightlife, both Oakland and San Francisco are easily accessible.


Nearby Schools

Kaiser Elementary School K-5th

John Muir Elementary School K-5th

Leconte Elementary School K-5th

The Academy K-8th

Willard Middle School 6th-8th

Maybeck High School 9th-12th

Berkeley High School 9th-12th


Elmwood’s central location means it is close to everything.  Both the Ashby and Rockridge BART stations are easily accessible as well as Hwy 24.

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