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Crocker Highlands / Trestle Glen
Directly south of the City of Piedmont and east of downtown Oakland is the charming community of Crocker Highlands, also referred to as Trestle Glen.
Ideal for families, this laurel-lined glen along one of the creeks tributary to Lake Merritt, has been described as a "Father Knows Best neighborhood of the 21st century." Curving roads lined with greenery pass neighborhood parks and lead to a variety of Craftsman, Prairie, and Neo-Mediterranean style homes from the 20s, 30s and 40s, many designed by famed architects Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck. In fact, many of Crocker Highlands’ residents belong to Lakeshore Home’s Association, the second oldest homeowners association West of the Mississippi. This group is still dedicated to preserving and increasing the "wonderful natural beauty of the property" and making sure that "no home can never be damaged by any unsightly or undesirable structure upon adjacent property or in any section of the tract."
Nearby conveniences include a variety of retail including the lively shops and restaurants of the Grand Lake/Lakeshore area, Glenview and Montclair Village. BART and area freeways are also easily accessible.
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An American named Henderson Luelling planted the first orchards, a German family named Rhoda owned the most land, but it was Hugh Dimond, a wealthy Irish businessman, who lent the district his name.
The gently rolling terrain, the views of the Oakland hills, the clement weather and the easy access to downtown via the trolleys drew many settlers, most of them German, to the area once known as Upper Fruit Vale. By the 1890s there were so many beer gardens along the streets now known as Fruitvale and MacArthur that the district could have passed for a town in Germany. Visitors from San Francisco came by ferry to pick cherries and drink beer in the summer sun; they also enjoyed the hospitality at a number of resorts, the fanciest of which, the Hermitage, had dancing girls and a chef from France.
Soon after the turn of the 19th century the Dimond district was annexed to Oakland and the area grew with new residents. The beer gardens were either closed by Prohibition or replaced with bakeries, feed stores, banks and other businesses.
At the turn of the 20th century, the Dimond is a district in transition. The retail is a mix of nail salons, electronics stores, beauty supply outlets and banks. The variety of the family owned restaurants (and there are a lot to choose from!) suggests the diversity of the Dimond’s 21st century inhabitants. There is also a branch of the Oakland Library to enjoy, and just east of the library is beautiful Dimond park: a lovely wooded grounds in the midst of urban excitement
The close-knit town of Glenview is one of the treasures of the East Bay and has been one of Oakland’s most popular neighborhoods for decades. Old fashioned mom and pop shops, grassy parks, tree-lined streets, colorful bungalows, open-minded neighbors, a strong sense of community, and convenient freeway access make it a highly desirable place to live.
The homes here are small but charming Craftsman and California bungalows built during 20s and 30s. Many of these homes have been lovingly restored and feature updated kitchens and baths, formal dining rooms with built-ins, living rooms with tiled fireplaces, polished oak and fir floors, redwood decks, brick patios and flowering gardens.
Nestled between the towns of Oakmoor, Piedmont and Trestle Glen, Glenwood enjoy an abundance of surrounding stores and services including the quaint shops of nearby Montclair village. Right in their own backyard is upper Park Boulevard is small but charming commercial district. Here, a Saturday afternoon of errands may include popping into the an old-fashioned hardware store, catching up on neighborhood news with local dry cleaner and chatting with neighbors at the Mexican cantina.
Residents have super fast on-and-off access to highways 13 and 580 to downtown Oakland. It’s also served by BART and AC Transit.
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Jack London Square
As the East Bay's premier waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment destination, Jack London Square is the most exciting place to live in Oakland. This urban oasis boasts more than 30 restaurants, an array of national and local retailers, cinemas, bookstores, jazz club, and lively weekend farmer’s and artisan’s markets.
Rich City of Oakland in local history and turn-of-the- century architecture, the eclectic mix of homes in Jack London Square include brick and timber warehouses, converted lofts, dazzling new residential high-rises, and dozens visually arresting modern homes, many with water and bridge views. The mayor of Oakland, Jerry Brown, is long-time resident and familiar face in the neighborhood.
Just minutes off the I-880 freeway, Jack London Square is a central location for those who work in San Francisco but don’t want to pay San Francisco prices for a home. Easy access to public transportation, including ferries, BART and Amtrak, make it extra appealing and time saving for commuters.
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Lake Merritt / Adam's Point
Dazzling lake views, distinct architecture, and excellent public transportation make Lake Merritt and Adam’s Point two of Oakland's most sought-after residential addresses.
The largest urban saltwater lake in the United States and one of the oldest federally established wildlife refuges, Lake Merritt is a 155-acre oasis surrounded by parks and outdoor attractions. Joggers and power-walkers charge along path that encircles the lake, and crew teams, paddle boats and authentic gondolas often glide across the water. At nightfall, the spectacular "Necklace of Lights" illuminates the 3.5-mile perimeter of the lake.
Along Lake Merritt, you'll find Adam’s Point, a close-knit neighborhood populated by a host of condos and apartment houses and a handful of Craftsman and Mediterranean homes. Condo buyers will find the greatest variety here, and San Francisco ex-pats will find the neighborhood that feels most like the city they love.
Nearby, residents can enjoy trendy restaurants, jazz clubs and the historic Grand Lake Theatre along the Grand Avenue and Lakeshore areas. Also in the vicinity is thriving Jack London Square, and bustling Chinatown. BART has several stops in the Lake Merritt area, and there is easy access to the 80, 980, and 580 freeways making this area popular for commuters to San Francisco.
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Panoramic vistas, lush hills, a vibrant waterfront, plentiful open space, abundant cultural amenities and year-round temperate weather make Oakland and its many distinctive communities a very livable city. In fact, two Oakland neighborhoods – Rockridge and Montclair – were cited in Money magazine’s 2002 survey that ranked the top places to live in the United States. Both neighborhoods were recognized as "alternatives for people who want a big city lifestyle without the big city expenses."
Oakland is located just 20 minutes from San Francisco in the geographical center of the Bay Area. The city’s 400,000+ ethnically diverse residents speak more than 120 languages and contribute greatly to the array of dining, shopping and educational opportunities.
As a major metropolitan city, Oakland prides itself on its world-class attractions including its internationally acclaimed zoo, ballet and symphony, a bustling farmer’s market, and its three major hometown sports teams, the Raiders, the A's and the Golden State Warriors. Oakland is also home to beautiful Lake Merritt, the largest urban saltwater lake in the United States, dozens of spectacular parks and hiking trails, and 19 miles of scenic coastline along San Francisco Bay.
Oakland's eclectic neighborhoods are as diverse as its population. From the wooded Craftsman bungalows of Rockridge, to the stately Tudors of Crocker Highlands to the colorful Victorian homes of West Oakland, each community has it’s own charm and unique vibe.