Of course, such exodus to Oakland has brought about rising prices there as well, which means that city too is starting to leak its talent as industrious artists, makers, and entrepreneurs venture further afield in search of more accessible places to set up shop and residence. Today, Oakland’s cool factor has spread well beyond its borders, past Berkeley even, into parts of the East Bay once largely foreign to San Franciscans, who may now be surprised to find how much the likes of Livermore, Richmond, Lafayette, and Alameda have to offer. But don’t just take our word for it. Let these East Bay towns show you for themselves in our various guides below, where you can also dig deeper into Oakland’s many buzzy neighborhoods. This is by no means the completest, most end-all-be-all guide to the East Bay, but rather a still-exhaustive look at some of the East Bay’s best offerings, written largely by East Bay denizens. Make it an overnight escape with a stay at East Brother Light Station Bed & Breakfast. (Frank Schulenburg/Wikimedia Commons) And while Richmond locals may tell you they don’t want their city discovered—or gentrified—and some seedier areas ...