San Francisco’s East Bay Area is an extraordinary blend of scenic beauty, urban sophistication, and rural country charm.  With top-notch public schools, an excellent public transportation system, thousands of acres of open spaces and regional parks, and an architecturally diverse real estate market, this region on the sunny side of the Bay offers a first-rate environment for work and play.

With hundreds of public schools, and dozens of private schools, the quality of education in the East Bay is a mixed bag. Many East Bay communities have public schools that rank among the top schools in California and the nation. The East Bay is also home to a large variety of private schools and academies, many with traditional academic curriculum and others with art-based, music, or bilingual focus.

Location! Location! Location! Living in the Bay Area, you are only a short drive from high quality national and state parks - Mt. Diablo, Yosemite, Death Valley and Kings Canyon, just to name a few. You also are no more than 3 hours away from the snow-topped Sierra Mountains for your skiing get-aways or a trip to Reno or Tahoe for a little gambling. If you head west, you could hit the coast to Santa Cruz, Monterey, Half Moon Bay, San Francisco or Bodega Bay. There are so many places we are lucky to have in our own backyard!

The Bay Area boasts some of the state's most diverse climates. We get everything from the snowfall on Mt. Diablo to the warm 'California sun'! You have your inland, warmer temps, to you Bay and hillside breezes.

Whether situated along the shores of the San Francisco Bay, in the hills of the coastal mountains, or in the valleys sitting at the base of Mt. Diablo, real estate in the East Bay offers a quality of life second to none.  Proximity to other Bay Area locations including San Francisco, Marin the Peninsula, and the Silicon Valley make the East Bay attractive to commuters.  Housing options ranging from rural country estates in Clayton and Moraga to comfortable Craftsman bungalows in Rockridge and Piedmont make buying a home in the East Bay an attractive alternative for many house hunters.  Come take a look – you just might want to stay a while!

Every city feels like a small city due to the fact that the people are so diverse and each city has their own special sub-communities of different groups. Visit  the downtown areas of a few cities you’re interested in living in so you are able to experience the people/community firsthand in order to see if it fits your particular living style.

San Francisco’s Bay Area covers 9 counties and 101 cities, and there are a little more than 7 million people currently living in what is known as the 49th largest urban area in the entire world. The economy is the second largest in California with a GDP of nearly $500 billion, and can be attributed to what is called the leading high-technology region, otherwise known as Silicon Valley. Here you can find some of the top, leading companies when it comes to all things technology-related, such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Intel, Zynga, Intuit, Hewlett-Packard, and Yahoo!

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