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Westbrae is named as the #1 neighborhood to raise a family in Berkeley by Niche.com. Its borders are East of San Pablo Avenue to Sacramento Street, North past Gilman Street and South to Cedar Street. Nearby parks include King Park, King Park Tennis Courts and Terrace Park.

 

Those who live here brag about how convenient it is to the worlds best food! Fine dining available at Chez Panisse (@chezpanisse) and Gregorie. For delicious pizza there is Giola and The Cheese Board Collective. Renowned grocers and bakeries include Monterey Market and Acme Bread.

 

Westbrae is a neighborhood prioritizing sustainable living, academic achievement, delicious food and the arts! The nearby conveniences offer all of these to it residents. These are the reasons it’s #1.

Homes For Sale in Westbrae

The Fruitvale/Hawthorne neighborhood of Oakland was once home to fruit trees. Now its urban foothill setting offers a delicious and eclectic dining experience to its residents and visitors. Move here to enjoy the food and many additional conveniences.

 

This vibrant community is home to some of the best Mexican restaurants in the country, including Aguachiles el Tamarindo and Wahpepah’s Kitchen. Java aficionados will find the perfect cup of coffee at Red Bay Coffee. This local roaster only sources beans from small farmers who are paid a fair price for their crop. For a sweet treat, head to Bakery El Sol, where you'll find an array of delicious pastries, including flaky turnovers, creamy cheesecakes and towering meringues. Looking for something savory? There are plenty of options, from taco trucks to Filipino street food.

 
 

Adams Point is arguably the most happening spot in Oakland— where color, culture, and flavor pulse every day. The local food scene is exceptional. Begin your day with a mimosa and brunch at the Grand Lake Kitchen. For lunch, get a few rolls at Mijori Sushi Bar. During happy hour, claim a dock seat at Lake Chalet. If you still have room for dinner, there are so many choices— Shakewell is our current go-to. With food in your belly, you’re ready to explore all the attractions of the area.

 

Take your adventure outdoors to the famous Children’s Fairy Land or Lake Merritt perimeter trail, and Lakeside Park. For Inside activities, catch a movie at the historic Grand Lake Theater, visit the Oakland Museum of California or tour the Cathedral of Christ the Light. These are all popular activities, and only scratch the surface — living here, you will never be at a loss for something to do. Adams Point, Lake Merritt and Grand Lake are all serviced by these amenities and make them desirable locations to live.

Homes For Sale in Adams Point

 

The neighborhood of Montclair is a pocket of charm in the East Bay Area. It houses some of the most desired real estate in Oakland and is an excellent starting point for exploring nature trails. It sits hillside, just above Hwy 13. It’s a forested topography with homes ranging from expansive bay-view mansions to tiny 1 bedroom logging cabins. If you seek a home that feels remote, yet has everyday conveniences nearby, this could be your quiet oasis. There are two main streets of commerce, Thornhill Avenue and Mountain Blvd. On Thornhill (a bit less discovered) we recommend Yarrow Nursery, Thornhill Coffee House, Taps and Take Out and The Little Kitchen. On Mountain Blvd. the “Village” achieves a small mountain-town feeling, with enough shops and restaurants to have a date, a beer, buy gifts and groceries, get your hair cut/blown, nails painted and drop the dry-cleaning. Hit the Sunday farmer’s market, A Great Good Place for Books, Farmstead Cheeses & Wines, The Fifth Quarter Charcuterie, Daughter Thai or the Egg Shop. The neighborhood feeds to Thorhilll, Montclair and Joaquin Miller Elementary Schools. Each achieves top school ratings which attracts young families to the area. Come middle school, children split between public and private school options. We love the park, adorable library and newly added pickle ball courts that are here. It’s a great place to live in Oakland.

When we think of the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood in Oakland, the first thing that comes to mind is Fenton’s Creamery! Fentons’s was absolutely this area’s crown when I was a kid, but in the last 30 years this strip of commerce has grown into a collection of fine restaurants, shops and home bric-a-brac, stacked side by side. Arguably the new crown of the strip is Michelin-starred Commis. We love the cozy and quirky Piedmont Theatre, Oakland’s longest running cinema. It best kept secret is Piedmont Springs offering its customers on indoor/outdoor soaking experience. Watch a game or participate in a trivia night at Cato’s Ale House. Real estate wise, the architecture is a combination of Craftsman homes, condominium communities and multi-family properties. Neighborhood giants include, Julia Morgan-designed Chapel of the Chimes and Frederick Law Olmsted’s Mountain View Cemetery. Somehow, Piedmont Avenue pulls off a small town vibe despite its dense commercial offerings. It is a wonderful escape for a day, and an even place to call your neighborhood.

 
 

Redwood Heights is a foothills neighborhood in Oakland. Its borders are West of Highway 13 to Bayo Street. It captures the homes between Daisy Street to Rettig Ave. from South to North (approx.). Nearby parks and commerce include Jordan Park, Redwood Heights Community Center, Lincoln Square Shopping Center and the poppin’ MacArthur strip of the Laurel District.

 

The real estate is a compilation of well-kept homes on tree-lined streets. There are storybook homes, Craftsmans, Mid-Century Moderns and more. Unique for Oakland, most of Redwood Heights has sidewalks, making it a great place for children to play and to exercise pets. Because residents are out and about, there’s a strong sense of community here. Folks are connected.

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Easy access to highway 13 and public transportation make commuting easy. Professionals go to and from work. Students do the same from the loved local school, Redwood Heights Elementary. Some children even participate in the walking school bus.

 

All at your fingertips; Safeway, Peet’s, CVS, Red Boy Pizza, Hunan Yuan, and Sparky’s Burgers. Down the hill to Laurel are Farmer Joe’s, Ghost Town Brewing, Sequoia Diner, Everett & Jones and more!

Homes For Sale in Redwood Heights

 

Upper Rockridge is among the most desired neighborhoods in Oakland. It has countless convenient destinations nearby, and the homes are luxurious. At its residents’ fingertips are popular shopping streets, College and Piedmont Avenues, as well as Montclair Village. You’re surrounded by fine dining, local merchants, grocers, bars, convenience stores and more. Pinned in Upper Rockridge specifically are Village Market, Terrace Cafe, and Broadway Terrace Nursery— these places are where the neighbors go. For recreation, join the Claremont Country Club or lounge in Lake Temescal park.

 

The historic Oakland fire took out many homes here in 1991. Though devastating, what followed was years of building large homes, on hillside land, with San Francisco Bay views. Most construction was completed in the 1990’s-2000’s and remains some of the newest, and most expensive construction in the city. A handful of lots are still available for purchase. Surviving homes (generally north of Broadway Terrace and South of Harbord Drive) show off their historic charm, highly desired by many Oakland house hunters.

 

The sidewalked streets frequent kids walking to and from school, exercisers, and dog walkers. We believe sidewalks bring a community together; this is certainly true of Upper Rockridge. Tying it up with a bow are highly ranked schools (both private and public), and accessibility to BART and Hwy 13 for commuters. It is no wonder Upper Rockridge is such a highly sought-after place to live.

 

Estudillo Estates in defined West of 580, South from Dutton Ave. to Dolores Ave. in San Leandro. It is characterized by flat streets, lined with trees and sidewalks. Populated with neighbors walking dogs and children biking the streets-- it has a very friendly-vibe. Estudillo Estates is arguably the most coveted neighborhood to live within San Leandro.

 

The homes are a collection of Storybook, Traditional, Tudor and Mid-Century styles. Streets are clean, and curb appeal is on-point. There is obvious pride-of-home-ownership here. This community is the most popular trick or treat destination of the city. On Halloween evening kids run-wild on these cute, side-walked blocks.

 

This is an ultra-convenient location. The neighborhood facilitates quick outings to Starbucks, Boulevard Burger, Square One Yoga, Galvin’s market. Newer hot-spots include, Zocalo Coffeehouse and Top Hatters. Paradiso is likely the most well know restaurant here, a family friendly place for large parties and celebrations.

Homes For Sale in Estudillo Estates

Some call West Oakland the next SOMA …it is certainly the “cool” place to live. The ever-changing area is home to a thriving restaurant scene and innovative creative spaces. There’s so much to explore. For food we recommend, 10th and Wood, Soba Ichi, or Zella’s Soulful Kitchen. There is also Ghost Town Brewing, Orbit Coffee, Spinning Dough for Pizza, and more! Like Yoga? Try Barefoot Movement. For art, The Crucible is greatly well known for its offerings. The Kinetic Arts Center and Trapeze Arts are newer additions.

 

The convenient location is perfect for professionals working in either San Francisco or downtown Oakland. The West Oakland BART station makes downtown San Francisco less than 10 minutes away. Plus, you’re just a short distance to all that Jack London, Lake Merritt, Uptown, and Old Town have to offer here in Oakland. Middle Harbor Shoreline Park has incredible views of SF and shows off how special this neighborhood’s location is.

Some call West Oakland the next SOMA …it is certainly the “cool” place to live. The ever-changing area is home to a thriving restaurant scene and innovative creative spaces. There’s so much to explore. For food we recommend, 10th and Wood, Soba Ichi, or Zella’s Soulful Kitchen. There is also Ghost Town Brewing, Orbit Coffee, Spinning Dough for Pizza, and more! Like Yoga? Try Barefoot Movement. For art, The Crucible is greatly well known for its offerings. The Kinetic Arts Center and Trapeze Arts are newer additions.

 

The convenient location is perfect for professionals working in either San Francisco or downtown Oakland. The West Oakland BART station makes downtown San Francisco less than 10 minutes away. Plus, you’re just a short distance to all that Jack London, Lake Merritt, Uptown, and Old Town have to offer here in Oakland. Middle Harbor Shoreline Park has incredible views of SF and shows off how special this neighborhood’s location is.

Homes For Sale in West Oakland

 
 

On an Oakland hillside, privy to views of the San Francisco Bay and beyond, is the Sequoya Hills neighborhood. Living here, residents enjoy the best of both suburban and urban worlds. Making up the “suburbia” feel are sidewalk-flanked and tree-lines streets, homes with spacious lots, and neighbors who get to know each other. Desirable urban features include convenient proximity to city activities, restaurants, shopping and easy freeway access. Hiking and biking trails abound nearby in Leona Canyon, Sequoyah Country Club is minutes away. A smaller and lesser-known location, Sequoya Hills is a great opportunity for anyone moving to Oakland.