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37.8715° N, 122.2730° W Intellectualism coupled with a hearty dose of cultural vibrancy

A tranquil retreat amidst urban sophistication

Nestled amidst a natural tableau of tree-lined avenues, Rockridge beckons as a sanctuary of quietude within the lively heart of Oakland. The neighborhood exudes a quaint charm, where each stroll reveals a peaceful ambiance residents cherish. The architecture, a blend of tradition and modernity, mirrors the balanced lifestyle that Rockridge promises. The walkable streets foster a sense of closeness in the community, ensuring the rhythm of urban life melds seamlessly with the tranquil allure of nature.

However, the serene demeanor of Rockridge doesn't overshadow its dynamic spirit. The neighborhood hums with a subtle vibrancy, where local enterprises flourish, reflecting the entrepreneurial ethos that thrives within its bounds. Rockridge isn’t merely a place to live; it’s a warm embrace of a balanced lifestyle, offering a seamless blend of urban excitement and a peaceful retreat.

What to Love

  • Listed as Money’s Best Place to Live in 2002
  • An engaged community with excellent schools
  • Boutique shops showcasing unique finds
  • Utterly picturesque, with historic cottages amidst charming gardens around every turn
  • Home to Rockridge Market Hall 

Local Lifestyle

Characterized by its tree-canopied streets, meticulously preserved bungalows, and pulsing avenues adorned with chic boutiques, Rockridge effortlessly marries the tranquility of suburban life with the zest of urban living.

At the heart of Rockridge lies College Avenue, a bustling boulevard brimming with gourmet eateries, artisanal coffee shops, independent bookstores, and boutique shopping. Whether you're seeking the flavors of farm-to-table California cuisine,

savoring the rich notes of a locally roasted espresso, or hunting for a vintage find, College Avenue promises an experience that satiates both the palate and the soul.

Beyond its commercial vibrancy, Rockridge is a testament to the Bay Area's commitment to community and education. The presence of several top-tier schools makes it a magnet for families, while its close proximity to UC Berkeley brings in a blend of students, academics, and intellectuals, adding layers to the neighborhood's cultural tapestry.

Green spaces abound here. The hidden pockets of parks and playgrounds offer serene retreats where one can unwind with a book, enjoy a calming walk, or gather for community events. Weekend farmer's markets celebrate the region's agricultural bounty, transforming public spaces into vibrant hubs of activity where fresh produce, artisanal goods, and community spirit come together.

But the true charm of Rockridge lies in its sense of community. Annual events like the Rockridge Out & About Festival bring neighbors together, celebrating the unique culture and vibrancy of the area. Its well-connected public transit system, including the BART station, ensures that the wider treasures of the Bay Area are just a short ride away.

Dining and Entertainment

Wood Tavern epitomizes a culinary journey rooted in California-inspired sustainable fare, where each meal is a testament to fresh, local produce crafted into innovative delights. Its rustic charm provides a warm backdrop for memorable dining escapades.

The evening brings with it a shift in tempo as you step into The Graduate, a bar known for its eclectic charm and spirited camaraderie. Here, the mingling aromas of world-inspired dishes blend seamlessly with the clinking of finely crafted cocktails, setting the stage for lively nights filled with music and laughter.

A stone’s throw away, Rockridge Market Hall unveils a collection of gourmet artisan boutique shops, each one a gateway to a unique culinary adventure. And for those with a penchant for hearty, comforting meals, Zachary's Chicago Pizza awaits to satiate even the most discerning of taste buds with a slice of perfection.

Things to Do

Embrace the serenity at Mountain View Cemetery Park, where scenic vistas provide a tranquil backdrop for picnics or reflective hikes. The natural beauty here is a gentle reminder of the harmonious blend of urban and serene that Rockridge embodies.

The hidden grove at Frog Park offers a shaded retreat with a playground and butterfly garden, perfect for families and outdoor enthusiasts, while the annual Rock and Stroll Fest infuses the streets with a burst of lively music, vendors, and community engagement. These activities mirror the essence of Rockridge, a neighborhood that celebrates both its tranquil roots and its vibrant community spirit.



Overview for Berkeley, CA

119,607 people live in Berkeley, where the median age is 32.1 and the average individual income is $56,168. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

119,607

Total Population

32.1 years

Median Age

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$56,168

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Berkeley, CA

Berkeley has 44,195 households, with an average household size of 2.4. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Berkeley do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 119,607 people call Berkeley home. The population density is 11,465.59 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

119,607

Total Population

High

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32.1

Median Age

49.29 / 50.71%

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44,195

Total Households

2.4

Average Household Size

$56,168

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Schools in Berkeley, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Berkeley. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Malcolm X Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Nia House Learning Center
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Thousand Oaks Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Longfellow Arts and Technology Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
2/5
John Muir Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Berkwood Hedge School
PRIVATE
K - 5th
No rating available
School Of The Madeleine
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
The Crowden School
PRIVATE
4th - 8th
No rating available
Walden Center & School
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
East Bay School For Boys
PRIVATE
6th - 8th
No rating available
Bayhill High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
Undergrad - Undergrad
No rating available
Berkeley Arts Magnet at Whittier
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Emerson Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Martin Luther King Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Oxford Elementary at West Campus
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Cragmont Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Berkeley Technology Academy
PUBLIC
10th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Black Pine Circle School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Maybeck High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
St Mary's College High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Washington Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Ruth Acty Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Rosa Parks Environmental Science
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Bayhill High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Berkeley Rose Waldorf School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Sylvia Mendez Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
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