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Community Overview

Overview

Welcome to Berkeley, a friendly, uniquely cosmopolitan northern California city with a rich history and a progressive future.

Like its surrounding area, the current-day City of Berkeley was originally inhabited by Native Americans. It was later settled by the Spanish in 1769 and experienced a major surge in growth during the California Gold Rush. It was during the Gold Rush of the mid-1800s that a small town was established along the scenic bay shores of northern California.

Named for English poet and philosopher George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne, the City of Berkeley blossomed after its settlement. It is perhaps most known today for its counter-culture environment during the sixties, where free speech and “Flower Power” were experienced around every corner. And while this part of the local history is still revered today, Berkeley has transformed into an East Bay hotspot for culture and entertainment, shopping and dining and research and education. It’s citizens remain active and it’s already high quality of life continues to rise.Whether you’re looking for a home for your family or business, or are vacationing in the area, Berkeley invites you to experience all of the treasures that truly make it one of the finest communities on the East Bay.

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