Oceanview, located in the Northwest corner of Berkeley is named for its Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate views and well-known for the manicured promenade of upscale home décor, clothing and boutique shops along Fourth Street. It also hosts Berkeley’s latest development success story with the revitalization of the affectionately named Gilman District. Growing from its rich history of welcoming both artists and industry, the stretch along Gilman Street from the freeway to San Pablo Avenue has transformed into a retail hub with stores such as Philz Coffee, Whole Foods, REI and a variety of “mom and pop” restaurants dotting the area. Poised to become even more popular with the new development of the old Pyramid Brewery into a campus-like environment for restaurants, distilleries, food production, maker space and breweries, the Gilman District will continue to blossom into a walkable and exciting hub for foodies, brewery enthusiasts and wine lovers. Although the area has new development to thank for its revival, it is its roots as a diverse neighborhood of Finnish woodworkers, Japanese growers, fisherman, Ohlone Indians and more recently artists and makers that give the neighborhood its dynamic vibe.
Walkscore.com gives the area a Walkscore of 92, “Walker’s Paradise”, and a Bike Score of 99, “Biker’s Paradise” thanks to its level topography and Berkeley’s network of Bikeways. In addition to shopping and restaurants, the area offers proximity to the North Berkeley Bart Station, West Berkeley Library (new in 2014), the Post Office and access to a variety of public transit routes.
What To Do in the Gilman District:
Enjoy Sustainable Dining
1019 Camelia St
A compassionate French-style vegan neighborhood bistro created for your mind, body and spirit, the animals and the earth. Featuring sustainable, local, organic food with dairy-free and gluten-free offerings. A percentage of their profits are donated to community non-profits: for the animals, education and the arts.
1313 Ninth St.
With a commitment to humanely raised animals and locally sourced ingredients, the menu features grass-fed beef from Bill Niman’s BN Ranch, along with chicken, pork and vegan options. The menu is chef-driven, seasonal, and sourced from local farms.
1724 San Pablo Ave.
Specializing in healthy, tasty food, at affordable prices, you’ll find foods prepared on-site daily. They offer organic ingredients and chemical free foods and dishes that are naturally low in fat and cholesterol, yet high in taste. Enjoy their spacious patio and live jazz, too!
Go Wine Tasting:
There is a vibrant wine culture in the district, anchored by Donkey and Goat Winery and Whistler Wine, who recently partnered with Lusu Cellars around the corner on Camelia Street where Eno Wines is also located. You can also find Robert Boggs Winery and Urbano Cellars on 4th Street and Broc Cellars on 5th Street, Here is a list with addresses.
Drink Craft Beer:
The Gilman District is quickly becoming known for its burgeoning beer scene especially with the recent opening of Gilman Brew located at 912 Gilman Avenue. Other brew pubs include the Westbrae Biergarten also on Gilman and Fieldwork Brewing on 6th Street and internationally known Truman Pils Brauerei on 4th Street.
Go Shopping and Pottery Painting
Boutiques and retailers such as Soccer Pro, REI and the famous North Face Berkeley Outlet make shopping an adventure. After shopping, check out Brushstrokes Studio on Page Street. This studio features drop-in pottery painting, mosaics and glass fusing. Choose from unglazed ceramic pieces, create a mosaic photo frame or make a glass suncatcher. It also offers classes, workshops, parties and school programs
Walk along San Pablo Avenue to see what’s happening at Ashkenaz, the music-and-dance space that has been bringing the sounds of the world to Berkeley since the 1970s. Ashkenaz is part of the upcoming Berkeley World Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday June 10th and 11th. Enjoy free musical entertainment and check out Gypsy Jazz and Flamenco!
Eat at Stella Nonna
A favorite of the Realtors at Berkeley Hills Realty is Stella Nonna because “they have happy hour all day on Thursdays and a nice outdoor patio to enjoy the sunny days after the Thursday Brokers Tour.” (You have to get our personal recommendation, too!)
As you can see, Oceanview and the Gilman District offer an exciting and eclectic entertainment and food scene! We currently have a home for sale within walking distance of this upbeat neighborhood. Located on Tenth Street it is a one of a kind architect renovated Berkeley Bungalow exemplary of the area’s spirit of revival.