Downtown Oakland

Overview

The boundaries of the downtown Oakland area tend to fluctuate depending on who you ask. The general consensus outlines the neighborhood as Lake Merritt in the east, Interstate 880 to the south, Castro Street on the west, and Grand Avenue on the north. Architectural styles vary, running from ultra modern structures in and around the financial district to vintage properties found near the shores of Lake Merritt.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$379,000 to $639,000
  • Closed Prices:$240,000 to $1,400,000
  • Median Sale Price:$610,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$675
  • Association Fee Ranges:$194 to $960/mo
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1895 to 2009
  • Sq. Ft.:343 to 2,676Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 5Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:0 to 4Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes:less than 1/8 - 5+ acres

Amenities

This community has numerous amenities available for residents to enjoy.

Homes

The community of Downtown Oakland features an array of home designs and prices to match a variety of price points.

Where to Live

In downtown, you'll find residents of all ages living in condos, apartments, and single-family homes. Areas closest to the financial and business districts tend to have more multi-unit buildings than single-family properties. Architectural styles vary, with some structures dating back to the 1940s and beyond. Others are more modern steel buildings with oversized windows offering scenic views, especially those overlooking Lake Merritt. As you get closer to Grand Avenue, downtown Oakland takes on a more residential vibe.

Where to Eat

Restaurants in downtown Oakland offer everything from Chinese fare to southern-style soul food. If you prefer shopping locally and cooking at home, you'll find the great farmers markets in the neighborhood. Old Oakland Farmers' Market is on the southwest corner of the neighborhood and is open on most Fridays. This market has been a downtown staple for nearly 20 years, offering fresh produce in the area. Head just west of Interstate 880 and you'll find the Jack London Square Farmers Market, open on Sundays. This rambling market was founded in 1989 and is known for its culturally diverse foods.

What You'll See

Walk almost anywhere in downtown Oakland and you're within a few blocks of Lake Merritt. You'll also find the Oakland Museum of California, a modern-style building with beautiful displays of art as well as exhibits that showcase the natural world. Head toward the lake and find the Camron-Stanford House, a 19th century mansion that became Oakland's first museum. Fully restored, it adds an elegant Victorian touch to the city's impressive skyline.

Friday Night Fun

Friday Night in the Neighborhood You have endless choices of eateries and pubs in the downtown core, but one thing residents cherish is the First Friday Oakland Art Murmur. Art galleries are found along Broadway and Telegraph Avenue as well as in nearby Jack London Square. In the evenings on the first Friday of the month, about 21 galleries and other venues host receptions with street vendors selling an assortment of treats. Still hungry? Chinatown is just a few blocks south. Another Friday night treat is a visit to the Paramount Theater. Sporting 1930s Art Deco architecture, the Paramount is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Perfect Sunday

Pack a picnic lunch and head to Lake Merritt Park. Bird watchers of all ages keep track of more than 70 species of birds that live here full time or during seasonal migrations. Take a quiet stroll through the Lakeside Gardens, which is along the waterfront. Walk down paths that lead you to Japanese gardens and a bonsai collection, cactus gardens, and colorful patches of wildflowers. For a real taste of local history, check out the Terrace Room, a 1920s Art Deco supper club that offers Saturday and Sunday brunch with scenic views of the lake. The eatery is located in the Lake Merritt Hotel, which was built in 1927 and is listed as a historic landmark.

Locals Love

Excellent public transportation • Open green spaces • Vibrant nightlife and restaurant scene.

Locals Don't Love

Hard to find parking • Heavy commuter traffic • Noisy city life.

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

Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.

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