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East Bay vs. West Bay: The rivalry continues, Rockridge vs. Noe Valley

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There is an intense rivalry between San Francisco and Oakland. A’s vs Giants, Raiders vs 49ers, Golden Gate park vs Joaquin Miller Park. The list goes on ad infinitum.

In a response to a recent contest for another publication, Margaret G. from Oakland summed up perfectly why Oakland, and its immediate neighbors like Berkeley, Emeryville and San Leandro in the East Bay, are the perfect blend of urban and suburban. Her enthusiasm is responsible for sparking this brand new East Bay vs West Bay series.

That being said, let’s look at what you get in roughly comparable neighborhoods in both areas for roughly the same amount of money. All of these properties are available now and all the listing agents’ information is available via the links. Kudos to them for letting me feature their listings in this article.

Rockridge versus Noe Valley

Both neighborhoods are extremely walkable, near mass transit, have shops and services on a primary street, Church and 24th Street in Noe Valley and College and Claremont in Rockridge.

The major differences are what you get for your money, how much money the residents get and how many neighbors you have.

*Median home prices:
Rockridge: $725,000
Noe Valley $1,380,000

*Population Density per square mile:
Rockridge: 9,572
Noe Valley: 24,343

*Median Household Income:
Rockridge: $116,535
Noe Valley: $104,224

**Lowest price property currently on the market:
Rockridge: $895,000.00, 5600 Oak Grove Avenue, 4 bedroom, 1 bath, 1573 square foot single family home
Noe Valley: $789,000.00, 1816 Castro, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, undisclosed square footage, condo

**Highest price property currently on the market:

Rockridge: $1,275,000.00 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2257 square foot single family home

Noe Valley: $2,599,000.00 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2662 square foot single family home

Another of the biggest differences in the neighborhoods are the parking and the crime statistics. Oakland has plenty more of both.

Making the streets of Rockridge safer and the neighborhood even more accessible is an issue that Rockridge area residents are passionate about. Recently, the Rockridge neighborhood association began to pay to have private security patrol the area. Residents started a campaign through the crowd funding website Crowdtilt after an armed robbery at a casual carpool pickup location near Claremont Avenue and Hudson Street and raised over $21,000.00 to pay for the patrols.

Additionally, and this may be important to many, the amount of outdoor space you get in Oakland is a big difference. The lot sizes in Oakland are roughly double the size of the lots in San Francisco meaning you get a backyard and a detached home versus what is normally a shared yard for those in condos or TIC’s in the City. Those looking for a garden and play yard rejoice but those apathetic about gardens may see the lot size as just another monthly expense.

Do you have a favorite neighborhood in the East Bay and feel that it trumps its equivalent West Bay neighborhood? Send me your stories. I always appreciate responses from my readers.

If you have any other questions, or want to share your story, please reply to this post, contact me via my website, my facebook page, or on Twitter @AmericaFoy.

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