Oceanview / West Berkeley
Berkeley’s Oceanview / West Berkeley Neighborhood
This quiet neighborhood takes its name from the view of the Pacific Ocean through the Golden Gate. Steeped in history, native people are believed to have inhabited this area of West Berkeley for approximately 4500 years. Located in Berkeley’s northwest corner and centered on the Fourth Street Shopping District, Oceanview features the perfect combination of industry, historical buildings and modern day amenities.
The neighborhood’s real estate is a rich mixture of many architectural styles. From Craftsman bungalows, grand Victorians to pre-war cottages there are many homes in need of some TLC. Sweat equity will be rewarded for those seeking to buy a home in this area.
Restaurants and Shopping
Berkeley’s manicured promenade along Fourth Street is an upscale shopping paradise. From home décor to clothing and cosmetics the diverse selection can be a little overwhelming at first. Some favorites are the Builder’s Booksource, The Pasta Shop and the Stained Glass Garden among others. If all that shopping makes you hungry Bette’s Ocean View Diner serves up tasty breakfast and lunch treats. For the best clam chowder in the bay area, Spenger’s Fish Grotto is also a Berkeley institution.
Family and Fitness
With its close proximity to the Berkeley Marina and its parks, this neighborhood has plenty of opportunities for recreation. A short walk, or ride, over the pedestrian bridge located at the Aquatic Park end of Addison St. you have the wide-open spaces of César Chávez, Horseshoe and Shorebird Parks. These parks offer the opportunity to fly a kite or run your dog while taking in spectacular views of the Bay Area’s three bridges, Alcatraz and Angel Islands. For the kids, the highly popular Adventure Playgroud features a zip line and the opportunity to shape and manipulate their play space.
– Black Pine Circle School K-8th
– Via Center
– Rosa Parks Elementary School K-5th
– Nia House Learning Center PreK
– The Berkeley School PreK-8th
– Shu Ren International School PreK-8th
– Jefferson Elementary School K-5th
Oceanview is convenient to major freeways, offering quick access to San Francisco and other major metropolitan areas in the Bay Area.