Overview

In the late 1800s, a section within east Oakland was called Fruit Vale. It earned its name from the many apricot and cherry orchards found within its borders. Later, the area was renamed Fruitvale and annexed by the City of Oakland in 1909. Fruitvale is located on the east side of Oakland and is roughly a couple of miles east of Lake Merritt. The neighborhood's boundaries include Highway 880, Fruitvale Avenue, International Boulevard, and High Street, and centered on the Fruitvale BART Station.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$349,900 to $680,000
  • Closed Prices:$99,000 to $1,161,000
  • Median Sale Price:$475,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$439
  • Association Fee Ranges:0
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1890 to 2016
  • Sq. Ft.:480 to 3,856Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 7Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:0 to 5Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes:less than 1/8 - 5+ acres

Amenities

This community has numerous amenities available for residents to enjoy.

Homes

An array of home designs and prices can be found in the wonderful community of Fruitvale.

Where to Live

The neighborhood is not large in population or size but you'll find a variety of different sections within Fruitvale. 35th Avenue is popular among locals and visitors because it has a variety of Guatemalan, Peruvian, and Mexican restaurants as well as local retail shops where you can find frilly dresses and ball gowns for special occasions. Along 40th Avenue, there are more residential homes populated by families with children. At the intersections of east 12th Street, Foothill, and International Boulevard, you'll find plenty of shops and local businesses.

Where to Eat

Fruitvale offers a rich and diverse culinary scene but it also offers plenty of traditional Mexican and Hispanic cuisine. Locals and visitors alike can find a variety of easting establishments along 12th Street and International Boulevard that range from casual taco eateries and vegan restaurants to American fare like burgers, pizza, and brunch.

What You'll See

Currently, much of Fruitvale is home to artists, singles, and professionals as well as families with kids. Walking around expect to see many apartments that are home to college students and private homes that are residences. Most depict the California bungalow style that was popular in the 1950s. Streets are filled with local stores selling Mexican and Latin American groceries as well as merchandise. Food trucks can be spotted throughout the area selling delicious tacos and other to-go bites. You'll also see displays of street art and murals on buildings and walls that adorn the community.

Friday Night Fun

Walk around the area on a Friday evening and stop in at one of the Mexican cantinas to grab a cold beer and hear a live mariachi band. Fruitvale Avenue is home to local dive bars, and some even serve free homemade ceviche to patrons.

The Perfect Sunday

A Perfect Sunday Visit the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park on 34th Avenue. Here, you can learn about the Peralta family and how they settled in Fruitvale while California was still part of Mexico. Intertwined with Spanish - Mexican heritage, it exhibits about the Native Americans that lived here at the time.

Locals Love

Diversity • Festivals • Public transportation • Restaurant options.

Locals Don't Love

Construction • Heavy traffic • Transient neighbors.

Schools

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13 Schools
Great School Rating & School NameSchool FactsParent Rating
  • Public
  • Grades 6-8
  • 827 Students
(50 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades K-5
  • 460 Students
(44 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades 9-12
  • 1845 Students
(36 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades 9-12
  • 1515 Students
(11 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades 6-8
  • 323 Students
(13 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades K-5
  • 405 Students
(14 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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