Welcome to the East Bay

The East Bay is not a formally defined region, but generally includes Alameda and Contra Costa counties. While there are hills and parklands, much of the East Bay is highly urbanized.  In addition to housing the largest port in Northern California and serving as one of the West Coast’s major transportation hubs, the region is headquarters to a number of highly notable businesses, including Pixar, Kaiser Permanente, Chevron and Safeway. There are also three major sporting teams in the East Bay: the Oakland Raiders (NFL), the Golden State Warriors (NBA) and the Oakland A’s (MLB).

The East Bay is the birthplace of many musical acts, including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Counting Crows, Digital Underground, Green Day, Tower of Power, The Pointer Sisters, MC Hammer and Tupac Shakur. As such, there are many music venues in the area catering to all sounds, from major pop and arena shows at Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum to more intimate venues like the Oakland Paramount Theater, the Fox Oakland Theatre and UC Berkeley’s Greek Theater.

Living in the East Bay

Whether it’s shopping at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, watching a professional sports game at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum, or catching your favorite indie act at The Fox, there is always something to do in the East Bay. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) makes getting around the area easy, while parking is abundant and affordable, making all that the East Bay (and nearby SF) have to offer within easy reach. Not to mention, residents have access to some of the most prominent higher education institutions around, including UC Berkeley and St. Mary’s.

When hunger strikes, there are many dining options in the area and one can seemingly find cuisine from anywhere in the world. Notably, Chez Panisse in Berkeley is credited for pioneering California cuisine. And for those who want to enjoy outdoor recreation, there are many popular parks and recreational areas, including Lake Merritt and Mt. Diablo. Due to the sheer size of the East Bay, there are housing options for any style and price point. Whether you want an urban loft in Downtown Oakland, a quaint cottage in Kensington or a sprawling estate in Danville, you can find your place to call home in the East Bay.

Fun Facts

  • The American Planning Association named Uptown Oakland one of the best neighborhoods in America (2014).
  • Berkeley has one of the highest rates of bicycle commuting in the country.
  • One of the co-founders of Blizzard North, David Brevik, grew up in the area and the popular PC video game series Diablo was named after Mt. Diablo.
  • Pixar Animation Studios is based in Emeryville, California.
  • The Alameda Point Antiques Faire (or Alameda Flea Market) is the largest antiques show in Northern California. 

The cities, towns, and neighborhoods that make up the East Bay include:

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