South of Berkeley and west of the Oakland Hills, Rockridge is a lovely surburban-esque neighborhood with a walk score of 86 and that blends all of the best qualities of the East Bay. Homes in this area were built between the 1920s and 1950s and provide charming cottages and bungalows to residents as a quieter retreat from city life. Manicured lawns, beautiful gardens, and high-ranking public schools attract homebuyers to this desirable area of Oakland.
The main thoroughfare, College Avenue, is a haven for all ages with local bookstores to get lost in like Pegasus and Diesel, specialty shops where you can find anything from jewels to shoes to baked goods, coffee houses including the spectacular Cole Coffee, Market Hall which provides a curated culinary experience, and highly-rated restaurants all checkered throughout. It is worth it to check out the eats in this neighborhood! From the classic American cuisines of Wood Tavern and Southie, to Mediterrian at À Côté, to slurp-worthy noodles at Noodle Theory and the Ramen Shop, to the vegan and vegetarian lovers’ pick, Millenium, there is something for everyone.