Oakland's swankiest neighborhood cozies up to Berkeley, and invites tech millionaires to come out of their Oakland Hills mansions to play. Right next to Rockridge BART, Rockridge Market Hall offers tantalizing tastes of the good life, including organic produce, locally roasted coffee and sustainable caviar. Wine bars, sidewalk cafés and boutiques line College Ave., which leads to the University of California at Berkeley campus. Beyond Claremont Ave. bistros and old-school butchers is Berkeley's Claremont Resort, a gleaming white, turreted Gold Rush mansion that's been the East Bay's toniest hotel for a century, with palm-framed views of the Bay and a state-of-the-art spa. Beyond its two main thoroughfares, Rockridge is perpetually sunny and sleepy, with 1920s-50s bungalows hiding behind teeming gardens along tree-lined lanes.
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Getting Around Oakland
The best way to get around downtown Oakland and Berkeley is by walking and using the BART (subway/metro). Fares are calculated based on distance and generally range from $3-$6. Driving will allow better access to some residential areas.
Nearby Airports
  • San Francisco International Airport-SFO
  • Oakland International Airport-OAK
Airport Taxis
  • $68 from SFO to Downtown Oakland
  • $30 from OAK to Downtown Oakland
  • $85 from SFO to Downtown Berkeley
  • $45 from OAK to Downtown Berkeley
Things to Do and See Near Rockridge