Berkeley’s Elmwood-From Streetcar Suburb to Artistic Melting Pot

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Real Estate Agent with McGuire Real Estate

Berkeley's Elmwood neighborhood is an artistic melting pot located near the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.Beating in the heart of Berkeley’s South campus region sits the wonderful neighborhood referred to by locals as “The Elmwood".  Following the great San Francisco quake of 1906, rebuilding efforts gave life to this “streetcar suburb” as part of the 1900’s housing boom.  Elmwood, in its early years, was comprised mostly of affluent business men and their families seeking quality homes near the University of California, Berkeley.
 
This desirable neighborhood, stretching along College and Ashby Avenues, lies on either side of this popular intersection.  Take note: many Elmwood hotspots can be found venturing along this path.  Residents and visitors alike find it hard to resist the handmade ice creams, sorbets, candies and cookies freshly served at “Ici.”  A line can be seen even in the dead of winter in front with happy followers gathered to taste the spectacular ice cream phenomena.

Trattoria La Siciliana is another go-to destination … whether you’re in the mood for an intimate dining atmosphere or just some outstanding Italian cuisine.  Continue your stroll down the street and there you’ll find other food favorites such as: Espresso Roma Café, Nabolom Bakery, Beanery, Filipino and Dream Fluff Donuts just to name a few.  Nostalgic and trendy, the local boutique and gift shopping is always fun in Elmwood.  Pop into Jeremy’s, Lulu Lemon, Sweet Dreams toy store, Mrs. Dalloway’s bookstore, Vintage Berkeley Wine Shop or Casa Chocolate for the most exquisite handmade and extraordinary divine treats.

Helping to shape this walker’s paradise are the architecturally interesting homes and tree-lined streets along with many outdoor activities.  Neat gardens, brown shingled- houses, along with homes from the Arts and Crafts Movement and Colonial Revival are plentiful within Elmwood.  Nearby Rockridge and Claremont join Elmwood as some of the East Bay’s most valued locations.

On the artistic front, the Julia Morgan Center for Arts, located at 2640 College Avenue, is a National landmark bringing artistic development and appreciation to the community and its youth.  Julia Morgan, California’s first women’s architect, is famously known for her captivating work at the Hearst Castle, approximately 250 miles down the Pacific Coast from Elmwood.  Her beautiful redwood Center for the Arts was originally designed as an Elmwood church and Sunday school.

Elmwood, rich with artistic inspiration, is also the resident nesting spot of many celebrated authors and artists.  This is what makes it an artistic melting pot just south of the campus of UC.

Stop by our office in the Elmwood at 2991 College Avenue and say hello!

Marlene Leverette and Barbara Reynolds, your East Bay real estate specialists

Originally posted on our Elmwood Homes real estate blog here: http://elmwood-home.com/berkeleys-elmwood-from-streetcar-suburb-artistic-melting-pot/.

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