The Berkeley Hills are a mountain range in the Pacific Mountain system (also called the Pacific Coast Ranges). The Hills are situated in the Northeast section of the East Bay Area in the heights of the valley that surrounds the San Francisco Bay.
Tectonically speaking, the Berkeley hillside is bounded at its western base by the major Hayward Fault and the minor Wildcat Fault on its Eastern side. Except for the land owned by the University of California Berkeley, most of the West slope of the hills is residential, single-family homes; some date back to early 1900’s and others were built after the devastating 1991 Oakland Firestorm.
Streets in the hills are sometimes narrow and steep, winding along the contour of the landscape with no room leftover for sidewalks. The three streets of Marin Avenue, Moeser Lane, and Potrero Avenue lead directly towards the ridgeline, whereas Grizzly Peak and Skyline Boulevard run along the top of the ridge. The Eastern slope is mostly a preserved wild land owned by the East Bay Regional Park District and provides gorgeous hiking and outdoor space for the community. The Berkeley Hills are beautiful to behold any time of the year from foggy winter and spring mornings, to glorious sunny days where the entirety of the sparkling SF Bay is in view.
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