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San Francisco East Bay
We are real estate experts with expertise focused on the San Francisco East Bay real estate market. With a broad range of coverage in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, we are able to help you wherever you decide to make your home in the East Bay.
Contra Costa County
Contra Costa County is located only 20 miles from San Francisco, neighboring Alameda County and just over the Berkley/Oakland Hills or as the locals call it “through the tunnel.” Being so close to the rich vibrant cities of Oakland and San Francisco, Contra Costa has the advantage of a quieter suburban pace while benefiting from the art and culinary magic that is born out of the San Francisco area.
With 3,849-foot Mount Diablo as its focal point, Contra Costa County provides a rich mixture of upscale, spacious living and authentic, small town charm. Orinda Moraga and Lafayette collectively known as Lamorinda and are the gateway towns that seem to draw the most attention from San Francisco migrants. These towns boast some of the best public schools in the state and have a wide array of architecture from traditional ranchers to sweeping Italian Villas to Lake Tahoe like craftsmen.
Alamo, the smallest town in the county offers seclusion, serenity, and tranquility, while locals flock to Walnut Creek, a vibrant suburban center, for open-air shopping in the heart of downtown. Contra Costa County’s mild weather invites year-round outdoor activities, al fresco dining and luscious farmers markets.
Wherever you choose to live in Contra Costa County, beautiful parks and trails are close at hand. The Iron Horse Trail, a 33-mile multi-use pathway enjoyed by hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians, runs through the towns from Concord to Dublin. The oak studded, rolling hills of Briones, Wildcat Canyon and Las Trampas Regional Parks burst with gorgeous wildflower displays in spring.
With many of its residents commuting to work in San Francisco, Contra Costa County is conveniently served by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), allowing Contra Costa County residents to travel not only to San Francisco, but many of the surrounding cities. Contra Costa overall has a more laid back feeling than neighboring Alameda County, but a local can pin point the unique personality of and community in each town.
Whether you wish to sell a house in Lafayette or buy a home in Danville, the Motley Team will help you navigate the Contra Costa County real estate market. We know this market very well and welcome the opportunity to either find the perfect home for you or list and sell your existing East Bay property. Put our East Bay real estate expertise, our professional yet personalized approach and strong negotiating skills to work for you.
Stretching along the eastern side of San Francisco Bay, Alameda County displays history and charm at every mile. Retail districts tend to be small and intimate, with specialty markets, gourmet eateries and unique coffee shops. Easily walkable neighborhoods often surprise with a community rose garden or rock outcroppings, where climbers practice their skills. In the hills above Berkeley, quiet roads snake along the ridgeline, offering expansive views across the bay.
Always a draw for free-thinking, entrepreneurial types, the city of Berkeley is ground zero for the sustainability movement. Thanks to its proximity to the UC Berkeley campus, Kensington may boast the largest number of Nobel Prize winners of any community in the world. Albany’s sunny Solano Avenue hosts an incredible array of bakeries, boutiques, and bistros. Formerly an island, Alameda is home to tree-lined streets and Crown Memorial State Beach, a big draw for wind surfers. Tilden Regional Park is a popular destination for families, with its miles of biking and hiking trails, a naturally landscaped swimming hole at Lake Anza and a child-size steam train.
Homes in Alameda County are as diverse as the area. North Berkeley is known for its grand old houses, including prime examples of Berkeley Brown Shingle, Craftsman, Neo-Tudor, one-of-a-kind Storybook homes and classic California bungalows. In Berkeley Flats and Jack London Square, former warehouses are being converted to live/work lofts. Oakland offers everything from gated hilltop estates and turn-of-the-century elegant homes to small bungalows with original details and charm. Piedmont’s large, estate-like homes recall its glitzy past. Alameda has more than 1500 ornately decorated Victorians. Whatever your neighborhood or housing preference, the Motley Team will help you find it in Alameda County.
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