Life in BERKELEY...
On April 16,1860, twelve trustees of the College of California stood on the corner of what is today Hearst Ave. and Gayley Rd. in Berkeley and dedicated the land that they had purchased for what would soon become the University of California’s first, and for many years only, campus. The spot, known as Founder’s Rock, was then part of Oakland, and thirty-six years later a plaque was laid on the rock to memorialize the event. UC Berkeley is now consistently rated as the finest public university in the United States, and the town of Berkeley grew around the school. Today, Berkeley is also the home of the renowned Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Graduate Theological Union, one of the largest religious studies institutions in the world.
Much more than the university that carries its name, the university has certainly helped to shape the city. Berkeley’s population of 121,000 people spans the entire socioeconomic spectrum. From the modest bungalows in west and north Berkeley to historic Julia Morgan and Ralph Maybeck landmark homes, this town has something wonderful for everyone.
Berkeley may be a university town, but it is also known for its iconic restaurants and cafes. North Berkeley’s “Gourmet Ghetto” is famous for Alice Waters’ California farm-to-table cuisine, served decades before fresh, organic food was considered commonplace. Other superb, politically correct Berkeley eating establishments have joined Waters’ movement, arguably making Berkeley the epicenter of a national movement. Berkeley also has a dynamic theater scene with the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theater, with plenty of restaurants and bars in the surrounding area to enjoy before the curtain rises.
People who live in Berkeley discover, after a short period of time, that they would never live anywhere else. Berkeley-ites are fiercely loyal to the intellectual and political ethos of their town, and the Mediterranean climate makes this vibrant city a highly desirable place to live.