Emeryville has always been a place of economic importance for the Bay Area.

In the late 1800s Emeryville was a productive industrial city with plants that produced everything from paint to iron. It wasn’t long, however, before Emeryville transformed itself into another hub in the Bay Area. Now the city is bustling again as the home of some of the most successful startups and corporate offices including Pixar Animation Studios, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Jamba Juice, IBM, LeapFrog, and MobiTV, to name a few.

The population of Emeryville is steadily climbing and is projected to continue. There are almost double the number of employees that work in Emeryville (20,000) as the number of residents (10,000), and both are expected to increase. As a result, the city of Emeryville is working diligently on a “smart growth” plan, which will no doubt result in a truly beautiful, modern city. Emeryville is not just all work and no play, however, as it is also home to several retail powerhouses including the area’s only IKEA, and Bay Street Emeryille—an outdoor mall that combines retail, entertainment, hospitality, and luxury condos in one area. Bay Street Emeryville is a unique urban village designed for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

The history of Emeryville can still be seen as many of the industrial buildings remain virtually unchanged from the outside, but have had dramatic renovation on the inside. The newly refurbished factories and warehouses are now home to modern, artistic lofts. In addition, there are new, luxury condominiums in Emeryville that have breathtaking views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge and offer other amenities, like outdoor pools and indoor gyms.

In many ways Emeryville is at the center of it all. Even the transportation options abound as Emeryville is positioned at the crossroads of a lot of activity, and at the junction of major highways, including Interstates 80, 580, 880 and 980.