Trendy Food and Neighborhood
Whether you’ve lived in the Bay Area for a long time or you’re just visiting, there is one thing you will certainly notice: the diversity. People have often described the Bay Area as a melting pot of culture. It’s definitely great to live in a diverse area simply because you get to interact and learn about other people - an experience that most other parts of the United States don’t often get. One of the best perks of having so much diversity is simply the food. It’s one thing to be great in one or two ethnic categories, but it’s a whole new world when you start talking about fusion and creativity. From the whimsical and talented chefs of San Francisco’s high-scale restaurants to the booming hole in the wall eateries in Oakland to even the recently popularized food trucks; food trends seem to always be on the upswing in the Bay Area.
Speaking of trends, there is a particular one that has been on the rise: sausages and beer. You might be thinking, “What? Really?” Yes, really! It may not seem like anything special because, honestly, we can get beer and sausages anywhere, right? While that may be true, you can’t get specialty crafted beers from local and independent brewers or handmade schnitzels, pretzels and sausages. Leading the sausage craze in Oakland are Hog’s Apothecary - which recently opened - and Brotzeit Lokal. Both beer gardens boast a variety of handcrafted imported and domestic beer selections and, obviously, some of the most interesting and delicious sausages you’ll ever find. People have flocked from all over the Bay Area just to get a bit of a taste of Germany right in their own backyard.
Something else that is on the upswing are homes in North Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville, also popularly known as “NOBE.” What used to be underdeveloped neighborhoods are now coveted by young business professionals, “hipsters” and families alike for its central location and cultural diversity. NOBE emcompasses neighborhoods that fall under 94608, 94609 and 94703; all of which have experienced a significant surge of home sales in the past year. In fact, the combined median sales prices in these neighborhoods is $505,000, according to Trulia - which is an affordable price point for anyone in the market for a Bay Area home. Home prices in Emeryville, North Oakland and Berkeley have all dropped 3.1%, 0.2% and 33.6% respectively since the end of 2013. All of these have also appreciated an 27%, 33.2% and 20% in price increase since the prior year. What does that mean for you? It means you should buy a home now and see it increase in value!
This home in NOBE sold for more than $800,000
If you’re looking to move and add some diversity to your life )and your stomach), give us a call at 510-847-2409 for more information on NOBE.