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North Berkeley near Totland Park
Conveniently located about half a mile northwest of UC Berkeley, near a BART station, and a short hop from downtown, this tree-shaded neighborhood is lined with vintage homes. Home buyers can choose from grand Victorians, Neoclassical boxes, Craftsman bungalows, and charming stucco cottages and enjoy North Berkeley's many nearby amenities.
You could say that Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto is really a state of mind, but it is also an approach to life and to food in which the pursuit of quality is absolutely uncompromising. It's the section of Shattuck Avenue bordered by Rose on the north that now stretches down to Hearst on the south. It's been known as the Gourmet Ghetto ever since the Cheese Board Collective and Peet's Coffee opened in the late 60's with Alice Waters opening the Chez Panisse Restaurant a few years later.
The restaurants and food shops are ever growing - with quality being key - making this area a mecca for foodies when they come to visit. "Newer" places include Cha Am, César, French Hotel Café, Cheese Board Pizza, Café de la Paz, Epicurious Garden, Gregoire, Masse's Pastries - and to reinforce the "state of mind", there is the (relatively) new Café Gratitude. The list goes on! Whichever you choose, you won't be disappointed!
The area isn't short of excellent retail and home needs stores as well. Among the many, one can choose from Elephant Pharmacy, ACCI Gallery (an arts and crafts collective), Black Oak Books, The Walk Shop and Earthly Goods. There's an annual street faire, The Spice of Life Festival, happening this year on October 8th. Berkeley's upscale 4th Street is a popular weekend destination.
Apart from the food and shopping on Shattuck Avenue and the proximity to the Monterey Market area, UC Berkeley and the North Berkeley BART station, the centerpiece of the neighborhood is without a doubt Totland Park, which since 1949, has been "the" spot to bring children to play, picnic and socialize. It is also home to both the Young Artist Program and Berkeley Day Camp (in the summer). All of these combine to make this neighborhood very attractive to young families as well as a coveted area in which to live.