8.7 out of 10

45th and Hollis

37.8447067985206 -122.289872268093
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids


5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5

"Compact City Living"

The city of Emeryville is small enough that it could be considered a neighborhood within Berkeley. My husband and I lived in south Emeryville for over a year and have loved it for many reasons:

- Free shuttle to shopping, cinema, parks, and MacArthur BART
- Close to San Francisco (20 min drive, 20 min BART ride)
- Two community gardens available for residents
- Lots of grocery options
- Home to many cool companies such as Pixar and Cliff Bar

We often will go on walks around Pixar (there is a small park near the building) and through the neighborhood. The main streets such as 40th, San Pablo, and Hollis are a bit busier, but walking through the quieter streets in the neighborhood is very relaxing. If you're wanting a late night snack or to have a fun time out with friends Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe is open every night until 2am and we have spent a lot of late nights together there.

The cons:

- May be too quiet for some
- Not many late night options
- Very industrial, though changing
- rent is going sky-high

One reason my husband and I are moving is because the rents have doubled since we moved here and what we once could afford is being bumped up by quite a bit. It seems that many of the affluent living in SF who could not find a place to live due to lack of housing are now flocking out to Emeryville. Bums me out, but that's how it goes I suppose.

Please note that I am considering the neighborhood wealthy because rent here starts at about $1600, but the average is $2000.
  • Free Emery-Go-Round shuttle service to and from MacArthur BART with multiple stops on the way
  • Near Berkeley Bowl
  • Quiet
  • Shops close early
  • Industrial
  • No nightlife available
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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