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Overview of Downtown Berkeley

When living in Downtown Berkeley, you will be close to the excitement of this unique city as well as the marvelous educational opportunities available by living close to the University of California, Berkeley. Historic homes dot the downtown region and parks, restaurants, eclectic shops and coffeehouses are all in the neighborhood. With a mix of longtime residents, students and visitors from throughout the globe, Berkeley gladly welcomes its neighbors and is an involved community. Living in the neighborhood of Downtown Berkeley is exciting and will immerse you and your family in an ambiance of the arts, science and academic achievement.

Apartments in Downtown Berkeley

Average rent for apartments in Downtown Berkeley runs about $1800 for a one bedroom. Others can be found in the $2000 and upward range. One of the best amenities of living in downtown is proximity to everything and a plethora of events that are within walking distance. Walk to the University, enjoy covered parking and gated access as well as high speed internet access and elevators. You might even find a furnished apartment for rent in the Downtown Berkeley neighborhood.

Dining & Entertainment

Downtown Berkeley has a long history of being one of the more colorful parts of Berkeley. Game shops, music shops and bookshops are all part of the shopping experience. Enjoy a diverse collection of restaurants, from pizza to Brazilian, vegetarian to slow cooking. Or if you like the atmosphere of a friendly pub, the Albatross is the place to play darts and Trivial Pursuit.

The Berkeley Rose Garden and Berkeley Art Museum host rotating exhibits. Museums are abundant in Berkeley, and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology presents a diversity of cultural artifacts as well as a collection of California's native cultures. Film buffs will enjoy the Pacific Film Archive, where independent films are screened; it is a just across the street from the UC Berkeley Art Museum.

Pet Friendly Berkeley Resources

Many of the Downtown Berkeley apartments allow pets, and the area close to where you will be living contains pet shops and groomers. Some apartments require pet deposits or pet rent; it will depend on the particular community. With parks and the campus in the downtown area, Rover will have many sites to see and explore.

Commuting Options in Berkeley

Many residents commute by bicycle, as there is an extensive network of paths and bicycle lanes that are on the street. If you are commuting into San Francisco or North Berkeley, BART, Bay Area Rapid Transit, is the way to get there. At present, the one way fare to downtown San Francisco is approximately $4. BART also runs to North Berkeley. -Additionally, walking is a great way to get around Berkeley.

Berkeley Schools and Education

With the University of California, Berkeley as a neighbor, you can be assured of good educational opportunities within the area. Washington Elementary School, Berkeley High School, Berkewood Hedge School, Walden Center and School and Aspire California Preparatory School are all nearby. Close to the downtown area, as part of UC Berkley, is the Laurence Hall of Science and the Space Sciences Laboratory.

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