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East Bay Neighborhoods

The Communities We Serve

Where to Start?

We know the East Bay intimately, and depending on the kind of home and neighborhood you are seeking, we can certainly point you in the right direction.

From a geographical standpoint, we focus on Contra Costa County and Alameda County. Contra Costa runs from Martinez in the North to San Ramon in the South, all following the 680 freeway. Lamorinda – the area made up of Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda – is also within Contra Costa County.

Alameda runs from Livermore in the East to Oakland in the West, along the 580 freeway. Our primary focus in Alameda is the stretch from Livermore to Castro Valley.

Getting Around The East Bay

BART Train at Orinda StationIf you live in one of the neighborhoods along 680, you have relatively straightforward access to San Jose and Silicon Valley, always assuming you are willing to endure the commuter traffic. In fact if you work in the Silicon Valley area, driving is the only real option for most people.

If your job involves commuting to San Francisco or Oakland, you have more choices. Freeway access is still an option of course, this time using highway 24 west, or 580, but we also have BART, Bay Area Rapid Transit, a light rail transportation system that offers a more relaxed alternative. BART will take you to Oakland or San Francisco far more quickly than you can drive, and without the hassle of finding any parking spaces.

Note that there are no BART stations between Walnut Creek and Dublin though, so if you decide to live in Danville or San Ramon, you will be driving for at least part of your commute.

If you choose to live along the 580 corridor, you have similar options. BART goes out East as far as Livermore, and since 580 is one of the busiest freeways, it is most likely your best bet.

East Bay Employment Opportunities

Commuting to San Francisco or San Jose may not need to be a consideration for you of course. It’s worth noting that many employers in and around the East Bay have opportunities where people work from home, at least for a number of days per week. And there are also some major employers with significant operations that are based in the East Bay.
There are a number of office parks here, notably Bishop Ranch Office Park in San Ramon and Hacienda Office Park in Pleasanton. Here there are countless opportunities with companies of all kinds.

East Bay Real Estate

The San Francisco East Bay is one of the most desirable areas to live in northern California. Housing options abound from condominium developments to large country estates with everything in between.

In the older East Bay neighborhoods, you can find homes dating back to the nineteen fifties and earlier. There are character Victorian homes in some areas and many ranch style homes that were built during the post-war housing boom.

Then the nineteen seventies and eighties saw an explosion of housing here. This coincided with the expansion of the freeway network and the East Bay became a commuter hub servicing San Francisco, San Jose and beyond.

In addition to the wide range of housing types, East Bay real estate prices cover a wide range. There really is something for everybody here – a home for every budget.

East Bay home prices tend to be dictated by the quality of the schools and the proximity, or ease of access to San Francisco or San Jose. You can read about our schools here.

Now learn more about the various East Bay neighborhoods by selecting any of the ones below, then contact us with any questions you may have.

The San Francisco East Bay really is a great place to make your home.

12 Top East Bay Neighborhoods

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