Berkeley Rental Property Management Set on sparkling San Francisco Bay, Berkeley is a spirited city that will surprise and delight those who still see it as the counter-culture center of the Sixties. Free speech and flower power are forever in the city’s “DNA,” but Berkeley has evolved into a culinary and cultural destination with a “green” soul.In the San Francisco Bay Area, Berkeley is ranked fourth in population behind Oakland, Fremont, and Hayward. And yet, we are famous around the globe as a center for academic achievement, scientific exploration, free speech and the arts. Berkeley is a constantly changing mix of long-time residents and new neighbors, and even though Berkeley is geographically small, it is one of the most densely populated in the Bay Area. From the beautiful views of the Berkeley hills to the art and industry of West Berkeley lies a fascinating mix of distinct, flavorful and constantly evolving neighborhoods. According to the Census Bureau, Berkeley has about 49,000 housing units.Berkeley is famous for its high rate of civic involvement and lively democratic process. Politics aren’t the only way residents get involved. Community members are actively involved in neighborhood issues such as crime prevention and disaster readiness, and they work with teams of city staff on problems like graffiti, neighborhood crime, and earthquake preparedness. Berkeley has more than 35 boards and commissions that allow about 350 residents to advise the Council on topics from aging to zoning.Berkeley is more than a vibrant Northern California destination. It is also home to the park-like UC Berkeley Campus that rises from Downtown Berkeley, with topographical drama, into a forested foothill range. Acres its 18 square miles, Berkeley offers a cultural and culinary bounty, visual and performing arts, great local shops and restaurants, and outdoor recreation.