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Berkeley

Boasting beaches, smaller town living feel, sidewalks for little ones to easily ride bikes on, and wineries and breweries galore, Alameda seems to have it all.

Like San Francisco’s: The Marina
Transportation: HW 880, San Francisco Bay Ferry, AC Transit, across the water from both Lake Merritt and Fruitvale BART stations
Food: Speisekammer, Neptune’s, Pacific Lighthouse
Drinks: Forbidden Island, Hangar 1 Vodka, Faction Brewing
Schools: Rising Star Montessori, Edison Elementary, Alameda High School
Outdoors: Washington Park, Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach, Krusi Park

Temescal

20th Century bungalows and tree lined streets with an ever-growing array of independent shops, restaurants, and breweries.

Like San Francisco’s: Hayes Valley
Transportation: HW24, AC Transit, and MacArthur BART
Food: Beauty’s Bagel Shop, Homeroom, Tacos Oscar
Drinks: Temescal Brewing, Arthur Mac’s, Rose’s Taproom
Schools: Emerson Elementary, Oakland Technical High School, Yu Ming Charter School
Outdoors: Temescal Creek Park, Dover Park, Little Frog Park

West Oakland

Historic neighborhood featuring Victorian homes, homegrown shops and eateries, and the last Oakland side BART station before heading to the city.

Like San Francisco’s: Bay View / Excelsior
Transportation: HW 880, AC Transit, and West Oakland BART
Food: Mandela Foods Cooperative, 10th and Wood, Pretty Lady
Drinks: 7th West, Old Kan Beer & Co., Campo Vida
Schools: Prescott School, Cole Elementary School, Oakland Freedom School
Outdoors: South Prescott Park, Willow Park, Cypress Freeway Memorial Park

Downtown Oakland

Downtown Oakland shines as the heart of the city with live music, great food, incredible art, and on point libations.

Like San Francisco’s: SOMA
Transportation: HW 880 and 980, AC Transit, and 12th/19th BART stations
Food: Xolo, Brown Sugar Kitchen, Mockingbird
Drinks: Cafe Van Kleef, Drake’s Dealership, The Miranda
Schools: Oakland School of the Arts, Lincoln Elementary School, Envision Academy of Arts and Technology
Outdoors: Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Lincoln Square Park, Lafayette Square Park

Jack London Square

Once the stomping ground of a famous writer, now the playground for many desiring that Oakland waterfront life.

Like San Francisco’s: Embarcadero
Transportation: HW 880, San Francisco Bay Ferry, Amtrak, AC Transit, and a short walk to Lake Merritt BART
Food: Souley Vegan, Belcampo Meat Co., Nido
Drinks: Blue Bottle Coffee, Slainte, Elbo Room, Yoshi’s
Outdoors: San Francisco Bay Trail, Marina Lawn, Estuary Park

Piedmont

Lovely older homes with tree lined streets cover the lower hills making Piedmont perfect for an avid driver’s destination home.

Like San Francisco’s: Pacific Heights
Transportation: HW 580 and 13, AC Transit
Schools: Beach Elementary, Havens Elementary, Piedmont High School
Outdoors: Dracena Quarry Park, Piedmont Park, Oakland Davie Tennis Stadium

Montclair

If you are looking for views and hiking trails for days, and a village where everyone knows your name, Montclair is the neighborhood for you.

Like San Francisco’s: Alamo Square
Transportation: HW 13, AC Transit
Food: Daughter Thai Kitchen, Taqueria Las Comadres, Montclair Egg Shop
Drinks: Perle Wine Bar, Crogan’s, El Agavero
Schools: Montclair Elementary, Joaquin Miller Elementary, Montera Middle School
Outdoors: Shepherd Canyon Park, Montclair Recreation Center, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve

Alameda

Boasting beaches, smaller town living feel, sidewalks for little ones to easily ride bikes on, and wineries and breweries galore, Alameda seems to have it all.

Like San Francisco’s: The Marina Transportation: HW 880, San Francisco Bay Ferry, AC Transit, across the water from both Lake Merritt and Fruitvale BART stations
Food: Speisekammer, Neptune’s, Pacific Lighthouse
Drinks: Forbidden Island, Hangar 1 Vodka, Faction Brewing
Schools: Rising Star Montessori, Edison Elementary, Alameda High School
Outdoors: Washington Park, Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach, Krusi Park