I have lived in this neighborhood (Rockridge) for almost five years with my wife, 2 children, and dog. We're active, and love to get out and enjoy where we live. I'm a New Yorker at heart (and by birth) and still amazed how quickly we can get out of this urban setting when we want to. From our house (and our back-yard cottage which is for rent here) we get to hike Marin's redwoods, surf Pacifica's waves, sip Napa Valley's wine, explore San Francisco's neighborhoods or laze in Golden Gate Park ALL within 60 minutes or less.
Also, we enjoy meeting so many cool people as they pass through our backyard!