If you are considering buying a home in Berkeley and want to find out more about the neigborhoods, its architecture and gardens, there are some great resources on offer.
One of my favorites is a book published by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) called “41 Walking Tours of Berkeley” (I have no idea why it’s 41).
BAHA has a house and garden tour of the Thousand Oaks neighborhood coming up on May 6.
Another way of snooping around otherwise private, beautiful gardens is to go on the highly regarded “Secret Gardens of the East Bay” tour (which is wonderful — but I am biased as it’s a fundraiser for my sons’ school). It’s on April 29.
Or you could delve into the city’s architectural heritage by attending one or more lectures being organized by the Berkeley Association of Realtors over the next few months. There’s “Beyond The Bungalow” on May 30; “Arts & Crafts Houses in the East Bay” on July 26; and “Bungalows: The Ultimate Arts & Crafts Home” on September 27. Click here for information.
The venue for the talks is the Hillside Club (pictured above) which is worth visiting for its own architectural merits.
Finally, for an alternative take on the city visit one of my favorite Berkeley blogs, Walking Berkeley, whose author has pledged to walk every street in the city. The reports of what she finds are often fascinating.