Berkeley’s Northbrae Neighborhood


Centered on Hopkins Street at the foot of the Berkeley Hills, Berkeley’s Northbrae Neighborhood is another neighborhood that sprung up after San Francisco was devastated in the 1906 earthquake.  The neighborhood was originally designed around the idea of moving the state capital to Berkeley.  As a result, many classical stone elements can be found in its features.  Planned by Duncan McDuffie, pink sidewalks, stairways carved into the landscape, street names carved into rock pillars and gently curving streets that follow the contour of the hillside helped place Berkeley’s Northbrae neighborhood on the American Planning Association’s list of Great Places in America in 2011. 

Restaurants and Shopping

Residents can take advantage of the shops and eateries found on both Solano Avenue and Hopkins Street.  For some of the finest baked goods in the bay area, La Farine Bakery is always buzzing with customers waiting to get their fix.  The Monterey Market has all your produce needs covered and for the most amazing fresh fish the Monterey Fish Market is a Berkeley institution.  And the Berkeley Horticultural Nursery is a haven for the hobbyist and urban farmer alike.

Family and Fitness

There are no excuses for residents not to stay active in Northbrae.  Boasting community tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a public pool and track the neighborhood is full of wonderful parks.  Cedar-Rose Park and King School Park will surely keep the kids busy.  Rock climbers enjoy bouldering on the volcanic rhyolite outcroppings of Indian Rock Park.  And for the bookworm, the North Berkeley Branch of the public library is housed in a beautiful building designed by architect Julia Morgan.

Nearby Schools


King Middle School 6th-8th

St. Mary’s College High School 9th-12th

School of the Madeleine K-8th

The Crowden School 4th-8th

Jefferson Elementary School K-5th

Cedar Creek Montessori School PreK

Thousand Oaks Elementary K-5th

Berkeley Arts Magnet at Whittier Elementary K-5th

Oxford Elementary School K-5th


Northbrae is located just half a mile from the North Berkeley BART and is serviced by two AC Transit bus lines.  The California/King Bicycle Boulevard also services the area.