Overview

Oakland's Chinatown is a working-class neighborhood and is one of the oldest in the United States. The area was settled in 1850 shortly after the gold rush. Residents are mostly Pan Asian and trace their ancestors to China, Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Thailand. A bit smaller than the neighboring Chinatown found across the bay in San Francisco, it too is known for its outstanding food and shopping scene. The neighborhood is centered at 8th Street and Webster Avenue.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$479,000
  • Closed Prices:$190,000 to $910,000
  • Median Sale Price:$440,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$540
  • Association Fee Ranges:$224 to $548/mo
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1896 to 2008
  • Sq. Ft.:325 to 1,872Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 4Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:1 to 3Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes:less than 1/8 - 5+ acres

Amenities

This community has numerous amenities available for residents to enjoy.

Homes

The wide variety of designs in Chinatown makes it easier for buyers to find their perfect home.

Where to Live

Chinatown is mostly made up of apartment buildings with renters making up the majority of the population in Chinatown, but there are a few homeowners living in single-family homes scattered throughout the area. People like living in Chinatown because it offers affordable housing and provides easy commutes to San Francisco. The area towards the west end of Chinatown is prime for renters as the apartments are newer than in the rest of Chinatown. This section of the neighborhood is also closer to the Pacific Renaissance Plaza as well as more modern shops and daily conveniences.

Where to Eat

For Cambodian food try family-owned and operated Phnom Penh House at 251 8th Street. Since 1986, this restaurant has delighted residents and visitors to Chinatown with its authentic cuisine. Another local favorite is an independently owned Filipino restaurant located on Broadway, which serves hearty pulled pork sandwiches. If you're craving something savory, stop in at one of the restaurants along 13th Street for burgers, fries, locally brewed beers, and homemade shakes as well as other traditional American fare.

What You'll See

Walking Around Expect to See In Oakland Chinatown Walking around you will see, mostly folks of Pan Asian ethnicity walking about the neighborhood. The sidewalks are spacious and wide, which is a feature lacking in other Chinatown neighborhoods across the United States. There are also a lot of small outdoor bazaars or markets where you can shop and browse local items and handcrafted products.

Friday Night Fun

Friday night is the start of the weekend and a time for fun. You can visit a hookah bar on 14th Avenue or a tiki bar on 14th Street for tropical drinks and delicious food. Enjoy dinner or late-night snack at one of the many Chinatown restaurants that stay open late.

The Perfect Sunday

Start your Sunday in Chinatown with a traditional Chinese breakfast. Try one of the restaurants serving brunch on 11th Street or 10th Street. Afterwards, wander the streets and enjoy the sights and smells of this authentic Chinatown. If you are in the market for Pan-Asian cultural items, shop at one of the small stores or open-air markets in the area that fill the streets.

Locals Love

Close to Jack London Square • Lack of traffic • Little tourism.

Locals Don't Love

Traffic congestion • Zoning laws.

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  • Public
  • Grades K-5
  • 608 Students
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  • Public
  • Grades 9-12
  • 2014 Students
(21 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades 6-8
  • 524 Students
(15 Reviews)
Great Schools

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