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Elmwood

The Elmwood District is a neighborhood of the City of Berkeley, California. It is primarily residential, with a small commercial area. The district does not have set lines of demarcation, but is focused around College and Ashby Avenues. The most extreme definitions of the district's boundaries do not extend past Telegraph Avenue to the west, Dwight Way to the north, or the Oakland city limit to the south.

Elmwood was a streetcar suburb that was developed in the 1900's housing boom following the 1906 earthquake. It has a small commercial corridor along College avenue centered on the intersection of Ashby and College Avenues that spans College Avenue about one to two blocks in each direction.

College Avenue in Elmwood

The commercial corridor consists of small shops and restaurants that cater to local residents. There is also a small movie theatre, the Elmwood Rialto, near the intersection and a Wells Fargo bank branch. There are also a handful of businesses near the intersection of College Avenue and Derby Street.

The housing stock in Elmwood is similar to surrounding areas of Berkeley, and consists mostly of detached houses and small apartment buildings. The houses are generally moderate- to large-size in the Brown Shingle, Arts and Crafts, and Colonial Revival styles, sometimes one or two stories, that are usually landscaped with gardens and generally well-kept. The apartment buildings tend to be newer, usually built between the 1950s and 1970s, and become more numerous towards the adjacent Southside neighborhood.

Wells Fargo branch at the intersection of College Avenue and Ashby Avenue

Elmwood, along with neighboring areas of Claremont and Rockridge, are among the more expensive areas to live in the East Bay.

Alta Bates Hospital is located in Elmwood near Ashby and Telegraph Avenues. The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Judah L. Magnes Museum, Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, and Willard Park are also located within a few blocks of the center of the neighborhood.