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    lived there for 6 months, perfect for families w/ kids. Perfect weather, nice food, theaters, culture ... just loved it!

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    Stayed in the East Bay near the boarder between Oakland and Berkeley for my first trip to the Bay Area because it was more afforable. With the BART it is super easy to get around!

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    So you wanna be a bit different and check out the east bay eh? Well I have lived in the SFEB for about 6 and a half years. Some of the absolute best and worst times were had here. However there is a lot to this place.

    Some of the best restaurants and things to do I have discovered reside in the SF EB. They have everything from the Bay Areas best Zoo, to UC Berkeley, the Oakland Coliseum (A’s and Raiduhs), the adjoining arena (Golden State Warrriors). The Fairgrounds are always an entertaining place to go.

    BART runs through most of the E-Bay and definitely helps folks move around the most industrial part of the bay. There are multiple refineries and some of the safest and most dangerous parts of California here. The EBay stretches from Fremont to Pinole and out to Livermore/Pittsburg.

    The major freeways help, but don’t have the capacity for all the traffic that they get. They are the 580, 880, 680, 238, 24, and the 80. However there is only one major airport, Oakland International, which could use a facelift.

    So check it out sometime, they have some interesting stuff to do here, let alone places to eat, things to see, and crazy whack people to kill… jk or am I???

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    The East Bay often does not get enough love. But perhaps it is better that SF dwellers are in the dark about how much the East Bay has to offer, since the area still maintains an aura of newly discovered ground. Oakland, especially, has been growing like crazy with cool stuff to do with boutiques, art galleries and pop-ups appearing almost every day.

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  • San Francisco East Bay

    I'm still exploring and getting to know San Francisco East Bay (Oakland), but it doesn't deserve the bad reputation it has traditionally gotten. Quite the contrary, Oakland's burgeoning arts district is turning the city into an "up and coming" area (a phrase that is all too familiar in LA)!

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  • San Francisco East Bay

    The East Bay has so much to offer. If you are in Oakland, Oakland is only about 15 minutes away from San Francisco via car or BART if you leave from the downtown area with no traffic.

    If you are considering moving out here, everything is cheaper on the East Bay compared to San Francisco for the most part.

    Oakland specifically is super diverse and is a great place to live and work and socialize.

    I love Oakland!

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    The East Bay is like the harder, more serious older brother of San Francisco. He's seen some tough times, but he's got potentially more to offer in diversity. While the city will always be my favorite, don't discount what each of the cities in the East Bay have to offer. Just a BART ride away, your just minutes from some of the most affordable bars and businesses around.

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    How can I encompass the East Bay in a few words. You have your bay cities of Alameda, Oakland, Emeryvill, and Berkeley. Then you have your inland cities like Danville and Walnut Creek. Still the weather is clearer on this side of the bay than the city.

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    The East Bay is warner, less crowded, has more parks and open spaces, and more laid back people than the City. It is great for families with a lot to do and the space to do it. There are really several sections of the East Bay, and a couple of major micro climates: that near the bay, and the warmer protected valleys over the rugged eastern foothills.

    Home to the number one Public University in the nation, perhaps the world, U C Berkeley has spawned a large biotechnology boom in Berkeley/Emeryville. With good public transportation in AC Transit, BART, County Connection, you can get around without a car. But if you have a car, you will rarely pay the parking fees you do in the City anywhere. Most places over the hill are free. The East Bay is diverse, with a large range of communities, cultures, lifestyles and activities available for those who live and visit there.

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  • San Francisco East Bay

    Oakland and Berkeley are my favorites... tons of great restaurants, cafes, bars, historic sites. There's the university, Jack London square, the Berkeley/Oakland hills. Also a bunch of stuff in Alameda and Emeryville, Albany, Piedmont, etc. And all of this just 10-15 min from San Francisco.

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  • San Francisco East Bay

    The San Francisco East Bay is a special place to live and visit, in part, because of its amazing and highly accessible state parks. If your visiting the area, take a drive up to Mt. Diablo State Park, or hike through Tilden Park.

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    lots to see & do

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Though less glam and generally more working class than San Francisco, the East Bay is culturally and historically rich, and is more diverse, affordable and edgy than its glitzy sister across the Bay. The term East Bay typically refers to everything in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, from gutsy Richmond to tony Walnut Creek, hippy Berkeley to suburban Pleasanton. Tourists tend to congregate at lovely Jack London Square in Oakland or meander through often cannabis-hazed downtown Berkeley, but those who take a longer look around will be rewarded: the region is riven with beautiful parks, studded with music and theater venues, and generally blessed with an exciting arts scene and a low-key fun-loving culture.

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