Emeryville, adjacent to Oakland and sitting at the foot of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, is a city of approximately 10,000 inhabitants and provides a quick commute to San Francisco. With a waterfront presence, it has a Marina Park with boating berths and an Amtrak Station. Home to Pixar Animation Studios, it has a vibrant art community of fine and graphic arts, dance and drama. The city co-sponsors the yearly Celebration of the Arts, a juried art exhibition. It is also home to many innovators in the field of bio-technology, including a branch of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the Joint BioEnergy Institute. It has become known for its thriving retail, entertainment and business centers, with stores such as Home Depot and Trader Vic’s, as well as several hotels and theatres drawing business from the surrounding communities. Although it does have some single family homes, it is better known for its generous supply of live-work lofts, mostly built in the last decade amidst its industrial neighborhoods. A waterfront complex of condominiums called the Watergate, offers all the amenities of a small village, including security, stores, exercise studios, etc. The sign for Ikea, a mega store offering household items at very reasonable prices, looms prominently alongside the freeway.