"Cute little circle and attached street"
The circle used to be a turn around station for a train that used to run from Berkeley through Oakland to San Leandro. There are two small restaurants right on the circle (not amazing ones, but passable), a hair salon, a liquor store, and a great ice cream store. the middle of the circle is grassy with trees and on one side there is a gorgeous old wisteria growing. There are bus stops on both sides, and covered on one side. The traffic at the liquor store can be noisy some times, and so can the ice cream shop, but that's mostly held to the part of the circle that they're on, not on the areas that have houses and apartment buildings.