Thousand Oaks, Berkeley

Thousand Oaks, Berkeley

This is the neighborhood where we live! Carol & I looked at about 100 homes when we were buying our home. We finally linked up with a local realtor, who showed us 4 homes, we made offers on 2, bought 1, and have been here for over a dozen years!

What do we love about the neighborhood? The architecture and history, the neighbors, and the shopping!

The Architecture & History

The architecture...Trish Hawthorne gives a wonderful seminar on the history and architecture of the neighborhood. There aren't any tract homes here!

The Northbrae tract was developed by a local company...and named many of the streets after California counties. Back at the turn of the century, there was a movement to make Berkeley the capital of California. Hence, the street names of Solano, Colusa, The Alameda, Modoc, Tulare, Los Angeles, Napa, Yolo...

The Solano Tunnel was originally a light rail tunnel for commuter trains to San Francisco. They cut open the hill, put in the concrete arch, and backfilled the cut with soil. The traffic circle at the intersection of Marin, The Arlington, Mendocino & Del Norte is just above the tunnel, and the fountain is being restored.

The commuter trains ran up and down Solano, and another route went down Colusa and Monterey to the Westbrae shopping area.

The Neighborhood & People

TONA stands for the Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association . TONA helps neighbors with local issues such as traffic, noise, schools, etc.

It's a "feet first" neighborhood. Many of the homeowners have lived here for decades, and the only way they plan to leave is "feet first"

Having said that, however, there are also lots of young families with kids. The playground is next to the Thousand Oaks School.

The Shopping

Shopping is great! I'm from The Bronx, and like to walk to shops. Within a short stroll are all the essentials of life - Coffee (Peet's & Starbucks), Movies (The Oaks Theater), Bookstores (Pegasus and Half Price Books), Banks (Great Western, Wells Fargo, American Savings), Restaurants (Alietto's, Zachary's, Porcini), Supermarkets (Andronicos, Safeway), a Post Office, and even Noah's Bagels!

The Solano Avenue Association sponsors the Solano Stroll on the 2nd Sunday each September! Come by, you'll have a great time!

If you'd like to write a bit about Thousand Oaks, let me know and I'll include your information on this page! I'll probably include photos and web links in the future.


Ira Serkes, GRI, CRS - Certified Residential Specialist, co-author of Nolo Press' "How To Buy A House In California," and Carol Serkes are Realtors with the RE/MAX Real Estate network.

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