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The City of Emeryville is enjoying an upwardly trending status these days, as is reflected in its many stylish condominium communities like Elevation 22, Oliver Lofts, Loop22, and VUE46. For those still exploring the market for Oakland luxury condos or real estate to buy in the East Bay, Emeryville offers a growing number of units that deliver elegance and urban styling, as well as convenience for driving commutes across both the San Francisco Bay and Richmond-San Rafael Bridges.
Modernity and history mingle in this edge city to Oakland, and Emeryville's roots are very much alive in historic re-developments like the Besler Building Lofts and Emeryville Warehouse. Condominiums for sale in the Adeline Place and Bridgewater developments offer modern style with a traditional aesthetic.
As home to Pixar Studios, the bayside hamlet of Emeryville has a reputation as the East Bay's tech capital. The area's flagship retailer, Ikea, makes it a favorite destination for style-minded residents from across the Bay Area. Locals enjoy the outdoors in Marina Park, and riding along the miles of biking trails hugging Emeryville's shorelines. This little city has much to offer residents, with recreational opportunities galore, and a city administration that is well-funded and committed to developing plenty of green spaces and environmentally-friendly infrastructure.
Where is Emeryville?
Emeryville is located along the I-80 corridor between the cities of Berkeley and Oakland, extending to the shore of San Francisco Bay. Its convenient proximity to San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, the U.C. Berkeley campus, and Silicon Valley has catalyzed its recent economic growth.The sheer number of businesses that have chosen Emeryville as their home base makes a pleasant workday commute by foot or bicycle an altogether realistic hope for new residents who choose to buy houses or invest in a condominium here.
Emeryville's illustrious list of Bay Area employers include: Pixar Animation Studios, Electronic Arts, Gracenote, MobiTV, Wham-O Toys, LeapFrog, The Center for Investigative Reporting, Clif Bar, and Jamba Juice, as well as big names in biotech and pharmaceuticals such as Novartis, Bayer, and Bionovo.
Emeryville has an Amtrak station, which is the western terminus of the California Zephyr line and is also the San Francisco area's access to the Coast Starlight line. The station serves San Francisco-bound passengers via a bus connector over the Bay Bridge. The station is located about two miles west of the MacArthur BART Station in Oakland.
To supplement the bus service provided by AC Transit, the City of Emeryville runs a free shuttle service called Emery Go Round that serves MacArthur BART, the Amtrak station, the Bay Street shops, the Watergate condominium complex, the marina, and other locations throughout Emeryville and Berkeley
Things to Do in Emeryville
Local favorites in this neighborhood include the Emeryville Public Market, as well as the Bay Street shopping district which offers a large multiplex, Apple Store, and a host of other trendy boutiques and dining outlets. For those who enjoy shopping in the big chain stores there's plenty of that available.
For classic car enthusiasts, Emeryville offers a couple of not-so-secret pleasures. At Fantasy Junction (brokers of Fine Collector Automobiles and Vintage Race Cars) view amazing automobiles on display. And on the first Saturday of every month, Porsche owners and others gather at EASY—the European Auto Salvage Yard—on Harlan Street for coffee and donuts. It's fun, free, and all are welcome.
Emeryville has a few restaurants and watering holes that deserve mention: Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe, Townhouse Bar & Grill, The Bureau 510, Black Diamond Cafe, Jasmine Thai, and Prizefighter bar.
Emery Unified School District (EUSD) serves students in Emeryville and parts of Oakland.
Construction continues on a new education center being constructed at the former site of Emery Secondary school, which closed recently, along with Anna Yates elementary. Emeryville Center for Community Life is a joint project of the City of Emeryville and the Emery Unified School District, developed by Nexus Partners. The center is a brand new 3-story multi-use campus, incorporating an elementary school, secondary school, community center, and space for social service providers, plus preschool and daycare facilities, a multi-use sports field, and community theater.
As of 2017, the German International School of Silicon Valley operates a campus in the former Anna Yates school building. In 2018, this campus will close and reorganize into a separate school called the East Bay German International School. Ex'pression College for Digital Arts is a private, for-profit university located in Emeryville.
Prior to being colonized by Spain in 1776, Emeryville and the surrounding area was the site of extensive Native American settlements. The area was rich with resources including mudflats and rocky terrain that provided clams and oysters for the indigenous people who lived here. It was the disposal of the clam and oyster shells, by the Ohlone, in one particular location, that created the Emeryville shellmound.
During the Spanish and Mexican era (1760's-1840's), the handling of cattle became the main industry in town. This industry continued to heavily dominate well into the American era (1840's-1890's). Emeryville was named after Joseph Stickney Emery, who came to Emeryville during the gold rush, and acquired large tracts of land that became known as "Emery's" In the late 19th century a large park was built around the shellmound, including two dance floors, one on top of shellmound. Emeryville was known for it's gambling houses and bordellos, as well as its thriving industrial sector.
By the 1990's the old Sante Fe and Key system yard tracts were turned into shopping and residential units, as was shellmound corridor. By 2001 Bay Street Shopping Center was built on the former site of an Ohlone village and burial ground. This Center is an excellent example of the future of most cities of smaller size, with its powerful mixed use format. It houses 65 upscale stores, 10 restaurants, 16 motion picture screens, and 400 residential units.
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