South Berkeley, sometimes referred to as the Lorin District, is a colorful area rich in history. What began as 40 houses built in the 1870s on farmland owned by farmer Edward Harmon, Lorin's real estate remains one of Berkeley's most accessible and affordable neighborhoods. Most of the homes were built before 1939, so the streets are wide and the architecture detailed.
The Ashby BART station makes getting around the Bay Area a breeze and hosts an ongoing flea market on the weekends. It is also home to the new Ed Roberts Campus, a collection of agencies and nonprofits serving the disabled community. Berkeley is the birthplace of strong advocacy for the disabled.