A city on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley has fantastic, commanding views of the Bay Area and Pacific Ocean. It is home to the oldest University of California in the state, and even with its small population, it is a city known worldwide for its academic achievements and free speech. Its 1960's liberal political and social views remain a constant mainframe in this thriving bohemian city. Within its borders runs the Pacific Coast Ranges noted for their dramatic views and winding streets, making Berkeley one of the highest rated communities for bicyclists and pedestrians. The city is home to a network of historic pathways that offer awe-inspiring panoramic outlooks over the East Bay. Whether you are enjoying performances at its world renowned Greek Theatre or strolling among its quaint shops and restaurants, Berkeley exhibits a vibrant, youthful atmosphere that still embraces its laid-back earthy foundation.
The market has continued to prove that inventory is the key to sales. Available listed properties have remained constrained, and well cared for homes that are priced appropriately receive lots of attention, with serious buyers willing to stretch their budgets to successfully complete a purchase. With the constraints on foreign economies, there is less pressure from non-resident buyers, and although there is activity across all price ranges, the sweet spot seems to be in the starter to mid-level price points in most communities.