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Elmwood has an “old world” feel with new world conveniences.

The streets are lined with tall trees but still get lots of sun. The homes are a mix of classic brown shingles, period revivals, Craftsman bungalows, and cottages complete with English gardens. Even the shops along the Elmwood stretch of College Avenue suggest a small town of the past.

Elmwood Recreation

The Rialto Cinemas Elmwood is the neighborhood’s independent movie theater, a homey change from the big-screen multiplexes nearby in downtown Berkeley (near the university) or a little farther away at the AMC Bay Street 16 in Emeryville.

Right above you is the Claremont Country Club, but if the outdoors is more to your liking, you keep driving past the club up Claremont Avenue, turn left at Grizzly Peak Boulevard, and you’ll find yourself at the Scotts Peak Trail Head. From there you can set out on foot through canyons and over ridges to your heart’s content.

You’re not far from the UC Botanical Garden either, up behind the stadium.

Elmwood Shopping

From the Rialto Cinemas, there’s a Whole Foods one major street to the west (Telegraph Avenue), and then the whole length of Telegraph full of shops. And there’s a Safeway one major intersection to the south, at Claremont, and a whole shopping area surrounding that.

A slightly farther distance to the north, you’re in Berkeley’s Southside neighborhood — the rectangle south of UC Berkeley — where college students live and play for much of the year.

Elmwood Transportation

AC Transit buses run up and down College and Ashby, which intersect right in the middle of Elmwood (at the Rialto, in fact). And you’re just a short trip down College to Rockridge BART and Highway 24, the connector between downtown Oakland and the East Bay Hills.

And like the rest of Berkeley (and Oakland), there’s plenty of Lyft and Uber drivers around.

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