Berkeley’s Thousand Oaks Neighborhood
Berkeley’s Thousand Oaks neighborhood is one of the most desirable in the East Bay. Original city planners used the contours of the hills to develop a suburb with a naturally rustic feel. Ancient majestic oaks, massive granite and rhyolite outcroppings, gentle curves, large family homes and the occasional glimpse of the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay to the west accent the neighborhood’s streets. Residents of this picturesque Berkeley neighborhood are proud to call it home.
The larger homes in the neighborhood are the usual mix of Craftsman bungalows and Berkeley Brown Shingles mixed with later period revivals with a decidedly Mediterranean flare. Mirroring the many great oak trees in the neighborhood, residents have taken root here and many have lived in the neighborhood for decades.
Shopping and Restaurants
Solano Avenue and its merchants provide a vibrant and busy hub for this neighborhood. The many locally owned shops, restaurants and cafés along this tree-lined street add to the excellent quality of life found here. Some of our favorites include Wheels of Justice Cyclery, La Farine Bakery and the falafel and shawarma found at the Jerusalem Organic Kitchen.
Family and Entertainment
Large sunny yards, safe streets, nearby kid friendly shops and eateries, and a quiet residential neighborhood make this area the perfect haven for families with children. Not to be missed is the annual Solano Avenue Stroll, which takes place the second Sunday in September. With a parade, food and carnival rides it’s the East Bay’s largest street festival and an excellent way to get to know the community.
Nearby Berkeley Schools
– Thousand Oaks Elementary K-5th
– School of the Madeleine K-8th
– Oxford Elementary School K-5th
– St. Mary’s College High School 9th-12th
– Martin Luther King Middle School 6th-8th
Several AC Transit Transbay express busses connect Solano Avenue with San Francisco. The neighborhood also sits between the North Berkeley and El Cerrito BART stations.