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Home to some of Berkeley's grandest old residences, Elmwood offers the self-contained, community-based character of a small-town and close proximity to vibrant downtown Berkeley and the University. It's also one of the best commuter neighborhoods, providing easy access on BART to San Francisco.
Elmwood developed just before the turn-of-the-century as a fashionable suburb for San Franciscans. A few Victorians were erected before 1900, but the real boom came a few years later when a mixture of vernacular, bungalows, shingled boxes, and period revival homes filled the neighborhood's quiet tree-lined streets. Some of the most sought-after homes today are the stately, dark-shingled homes inspired by West Coast Arts & Crafts architects Green and Greene and Bernard Maybeck.
College Avenue, Elmwood's main shopping street, is home to endless unique shops and restaurants. You will find a variety of fine gourmet food, outdoor cafes and shops that feature unique clothing and quality personal services from local merchants.
Whether you're shopping for clothes at Jeremy's, stopping for lunch at Ozzy's Soda Fountain inside the old Elmwood Pharmacy - a neighborhood institution since 1921 - having dinner at Trattoria la Siciliana before heading to a movie at the recently refurbished Elmwood Theatre or just coming for coffee at Espresso Roma, we think you'll keep coming back for more!