Jack London Square

Overview

Like warehouse districts in many urban areas, the Jack London Square is a neighborhood in Oakland that has been in the process of change since the late 1990s. It's bordered around Nimitz Freeway (I-880), Oakland Harbor, Fallow Street, and Bruin Street. The Jack London Square, which has also been called The Loft District, Old-City Produce, and Waterfront, is named after Jack London who wrote and lived here.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$649,000 to $950,000
  • Closed Prices:$195,000 to $1,125,000
  • Median Sale Price:$620,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$787
  • Association Fee Ranges:$0 to $699/mo,$0
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1909 to 2009
  • Sq. Ft.:476 to 2,084Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 3Bedrooms
  • 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 style of homes in Jack London Square run the gamut, making it easier for any buyer to find what they're looking for.

Around Jack London Square

Where to Live

The most desirable area in the Jack London Square is along the waterfront, which includes Embarcadero West. Most of the housing in this section is luxury condominiums that are located in high-rise buildings. There are also a few single-family homes that enjoy harbor views. The district center is comprised of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Streets and is predominantly a residential area made up mostly of condos with a few apartments buildings in the mix. Properties facing the I-880 freeway are less than ideal because of the noise and traffic. Nevertheless, many young families move into this area of the Jack London Square because it is safe, affordable, and close to good schools.

Where to Eat

The culinary scene in the Jack London Square is eclectic with foods from all over the world and at different price points for every budget. There are outstanding high-end sushi and Japanese restaurants along Embarcadero West. You'll also find a farm-to-fork restaurant that's a neighborhood favorite. It offers locally sourced ingredients for its contemporary menu of comfort food like burgers, polenta, and pork confit.

What You'll See

When Walking Around Within this neighborhood, you will see adults with toddlers and infants strolling down the waterfront portion of the Jack London Square. The San Francisco Bay Trail is a 500-mile walking and biking path that circumnavigates all of San Francisco Bay. This portion in Jack London District provides exciting views of the waterfront as well as the ships and boats that pass by. The USS Potomac was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidential yacht, which is berthed on Water Street, and is often called "The Floating Whitehouse." Every day of the week, the bike rental shop on Water Street is busy with bikers. So, it is no surprise that as you walk around the district you will run into bikers on their way to or from the San Francisco Bay Trail, heading towards Lake Merritt, or the Urban Winery Tour.

Friday Night Fun

Though interior streets of the district may be low on energy, the waterfront is alive and ready to give you a ton of action on a Friday night. Established in 1883, Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon is made out of the timbers from a whaling ship. It is the oldest bar in Oakland and has been at the same location for more than 100 years. The bar is known to have been Jack London's preferred hangout spot and offers plenty of Jack London memorabilia for visitors to see. Along Second Street, you'll find Latin-themed bars and restaurants that offer live music, drinks, and pool tables for a vibrant night.

The Perfect Sunday

Start the day with brunch at one of the restaurants on Franklin Street or 3rd Street. Afterwards, hop aboard the USS Potomac for a history cruise around the San Francisco Bay. Finish up the day with an early dinner at one of the many restaurants along Water Street, Broadway, or Embarcadero West.

Locals Love

Farmers markets • Harbor views • Jack London Square.

Locals Don't Love

Inconsiderate drivers • Lots of construction • Traffic.

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