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Berkeley, CA

Interested in Berkeley apartments? This balmy city is home to eclectic neighborhoods, acres of green space, great food and an award-winning university. If you're moving to apartments here and don't know your way around, all you need to know is how to find several key Berkeley streets.

Telegraph Avenue is where all the shops and eateries of the Berkeley hippie days are located. Take in the 1960s-style storefronts, decorated with tie-dye and peace signs, while you shop for comfortable cotton apparel, organic sandals and beauty products scented with natural herbs and flowers. Apartments in this area are popular with Berkeley college students because of the products' affordability and the location's proximity to the University of California at Berkeley. In fact, Telegraph Avenue dead-ends at the college.

The University of California at Berkeley is the oldest of UCal's 10 state campuses. The college ranked in the top 25 in the U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Colleges 2009: National Universities list. Find apartments along University Avenue or College Avenue to be near this Berkeley university, especially if you like to read; the Berkeley Public Library is the fourth-largest academic library in the nation.

Shattuck Avenue runs through the Berkeley Downtown Business District, which is also a shopping hotspot and home of the Gourmet Ghetto, a neighborhood with the finest cheeses, breads, wine, meats and coffee for sale. A few miles north of downtown is Solano Avenue, a tree-lined street with more than 500 businesses, which include 75 restaurants, 150 retail shops, two theaters and pocket garden parks. If that's not enough green space for you, Berkeley has 52 parks located throughout the City that include athletic fields, swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts and playgrounds.

If you're new to Berkeley apartments and want to discover the city's unique flavor, you must visit Berkeley's well-known restaurants. Impress a date at Chez Panisse, a Berkeley institution where legendary chef Alice Waters - and the sustainable agriculture movement - began. Down the street, Alice Waters' Cafe Fanny (named for her daughter) follows the same organic culinary rules, except it serves simple, high-quality breakfasts, lunches and desserts at extremely affordable prices. Munch on more cheap eats while listening to local jazz musicians at The Cheeseboard Pizza Collective, which only serves one kind of pizza per day, but you always get a free extra slice.

From mountains to hiking trails to award-winning schools, it's no wonder more than 100,000 people call Berkeley home. If you're ready to find an apartment in Berkeley, use ApartmentGuide.com as your first resource.