A mix of large and small trees gives Berkeley’s Westbrae neighborhood a cozy mix of sun and shade. Modest homes of stucco and wood, with porches and yards, make the wide streets seem extra spacious.
Community gardens, parks, playgrounds and a soccer field make it an ideal place to raise a family. The three-acre Cedar Rose Park (between Cedar and Rose streets, of course), a gem in Westbrae, is also not far from Aquatic Park and the East Bay’s other shoreline recreational areas. There’s a jogging track, pool, and other facilities open to the public at MLK Jr. Middle School.
Cafe Leila is a popular weekend (or anytime) spot with a large tea menu, outdoor seating, and sometimes live music. The area flanking nearby Gilman Street is known for its trendy brew pubs and wine bars.
Westbrae is surrounded by shopping districts just slightly outside its borders: San Pablo Avenue, University Village, Fourth Street, and Gourmet Ghetto, to name a few. The area flanking Gilman Street offers a wide range of amenities, including a huge Whole Foods Market and an equally huge REI for all your camping, hiking, and other outdoor recreational needs.
The Berkeley Horticultural Nursery takes up much of its block and is a great place to decorate your home with plants for indoors or out. The New Leaf Garden Gallery specializes in garden fountains and sculptures.
Sacramento Street runs north-south through the neighborhood and, unbeknownst to many, is one of the easiest street routes down to Oakland. It’s wide and has less traffic than crowded San Pablo Avenue.
Heading down Sacramento a few blocks brings you right to the North Berkeley BART station, with its ample parking lot for commuters into San Francisco.
Westbrae Housing Styles
- Craftsman bungalows
Spanish Revival cottages
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