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Why I Love the East Bay Area

Why I Love the East Bay Area

Incredible nature, friendly communities, and unparalleled amenities, here is why Deborah Zacharatos-Reeg loves the East Bay area.

Deborah Zacharatos-Reeg


4 min read

April 29, 2022

As someone who was born and raised in the Bay Area, I find it hard to come up with things not to love about it. Whatever you might be looking for in your dream hometown, the chances you’ll find it in the East Bay area are high. Incredible nature, friendly communities, awesome recreation, and unparalleled amenities — what’s not to love about the flourishing eastern portion of the S.F. Bay Area?

East Bay Cities and Location

East Bay is home to constantly booming communities along the shores of San Francisco and San Pablo.

East Bay, which is made up of the communities along the eastern edges of San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay, is a growing area overall. As more people move out of the city and into the suburbs, it has expanded to encompass inland villages in the counties of Alameda and Contra Costa. The population is also continuing to rise.

Thanks to its sizable port, Oakland, the biggest city in the East Bay and the third-largest in the Bay Area, also acts as a major transportation hub for the US West Coast. Large border cities including Alameda, Concord, Emeryville, Fremont, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek have grown as a result of the population increase. The Oakland Airport, conveniently located in the East Bay region, facilitates both domestic and international travel.

Art and Culture in East Bay

The Lawrence Hall of Science is a go-to spot for science enthusiasts (Oleg Alexandrov/Wikimedia Commons).

Culture and Art Thrive in the East Bay, home of many of your favorite musicians, like MC Hammer, Tupac Shakur, Green Day, and Counting Crows, who are all well-known worldwide. In addition, the area is renowned for having been a hub for the growth of many musical genres, including hip hop, soul, funk, jazz, folk, and rock. The next time you're in the neighborhood, stop by Walnut Creek's Lesher Theater to see a live performance. All year long, a wide range of musicals, ballets, and other amazing performances take place at the well-known entertainment facility.

There are several more noteworthy music and sports venues in East Bay in addition to the Lesher Theater. If you want to see the Oakland A's play, go to the RingCentral Coliseum. If you want to see the Oakland East Bay Symphony perform live, go to the Paramount Theater. The Fox Oakland Theatre, the Concord Pavilion, the U.C. Berkeley Greek Theater, and The Freight and Salvage are a few more noteworthy music and performance venues.

Do you like going to museums? California's top museums are at Easy Bay. Science lovers flourish at the Lawrence Hall of Science, history fans like the Oakland Museum of California, and any visitor to the Chabot Space and Science Center is guaranteed a good time. If you include these must-see locations in your schedule, you'll leave with a fresh respect for museums in general.

The Natural Beauty of East Bay

Appreciate the untamed side of East Bay by visiting the Briones Regional Park.

In East Bay, outdoor activity is the way to go. The region is home to more than fifty parks, several of which have sizable tracts of wildlands that are close to cities. Tilden Regional Park, a 2,000-acre park near to Berkeley's urban core, is one of the biggest regional parks. Another large wildlands park close to Walnut Creek is the 5,000-acre Briones Regional Park. You will find yourself falling more and more in love with the area as you hike, ride, and take part in a wide range of exhilarating California experiences in the greatest parks around.

Besides awesome national parks, the East Bay area is also home to other natural attractions you can’t help but notice. The most prominent one of them all is the vastly beautiful Mount Diablo. Legend has it that settlers used the mountain as a focal point to navigate toward the Bay Area.

Dining and Shopping in the East Bay

Gourmet dishes await you at the diverse restaurants of the East Bay area.

One of my favorite things about the East Bay area is the delicious restaurants and bars it has to offer.  In Walnut Creek alone, you can hit a different spot every day of the week and experience delicious meals and cultures from around the world. A few of my favorites are the Rooftop, Montecatini, and Torsap Thai Kitchen.

Walnut Creek is also wonderful for shopping at the Broadway Plaza and the surrounding area. You’ll find everything from well-known brands to specialty boutiques at this open-air shopping mall. If you’re someone who frequently indulges in retail therapy, we’ve warned you!

Weather in East Bay and Surrounding Areas

Don't let the winter season stop you from getting a tan in East Bay.

One of California's greatest attractions is its gorgeous year-round weather. There is nowhere else in the nation where one can experience all of it in one state; spend winters in California and you'll quickly realize this. Sure, other states have better mountains or are warmer, like Florida, but no state in the country can compare to California. Even though the water isn't as warm as it is in the summer, residents nonetheless swarm the beach on bright winter days when the temperature rises. Major coastal towns seldom experience freezing temperatures; snowfall occurs only at higher altitudes. In some regions of the state, mid-January might seem warm enough to wear swimming suits and laze on the beach on a sunny day.

Do you like snowy, chilly winters more? By taking a road trip to the state's mountains for a snowy ski getaway, you may also experience that. With the exception of the state's extreme north and its high mountains, most of California has cold to mild winter temperatures. California's winter is also its rainy season, albeit how much rain falls depends on where in the state you are.

With these interesting facts, purchasing a property, particularly in the East Bay area might be something to look forward to this year.

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