- Current Prices:$798,000
- Closed Prices:$289,000 to $1,190,000
- Median Sale Price:$487,450
- Average $ per sq ft:$631
- Association Fee Ranges:$0 to $419,$262 to $553/mo
- Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
- Age:1900 to 2006
- Sq. Ft.:373 to 2,866Sq. Ft.
- Bedrooms:0 to 3Bedrooms
- Bathrooms:1 to 3Bathrooms
Where to Live
Oakland Avenue is one of Oakland's smaller neighborhoods. It's filled with collections of single and multi-family homes and condos. Many homes date back to the 1940s and 1950s, providing a bit of nostalgic charm. Also, some vintage apartments have been totally refurbished and sold as condos. Most commercial properties are along Broadway, Harrison, and Bay Place, and residential areas tend to be on the southern end of the neighborhood. The Harrison end is also a bit quieter because it's farther away from the hospital zone.
Where to Eat
Most restaurants and bars are found outside of the neighborhood. Bars, pubs, and restaurants dot Broadway as the street heads south to the downtown core, roughly a mile away. Head east on Piedmont Avenue and you'll find Fenton's, a classic ice cream shop dating back to 1894. The vintage shop still makes its own ice cream and sweet treats. There's an organic grocery store on Bay Place, which is perfect for those who like to buy locally and cook their own meals at home.
What You'll See
Like many Oakland neighborhoods, this one also has its collection of murals. Walk under the elevated portions of Interstate 580 and you might see some artwork with life-sized giraffe images. The Cat Town Cafe also features multi-colored cats acting like Bay Area tourists. Car aficionados can check out Broadway's Auto Row that begins on the northeastern edge of Oakland Avenue. Be on the lookout for the Taqueria Barajitas, a taco truck that sets up shop along this busy street in the neighborhood. If you enjoy strolling the tree-lined streets, you're likely to see a raccoon or two so keep an eye out, especially if you happen to be munching on a snack during on your walk.
Friday Night Fun
If you love going to the theater for live shows or movies, you have three venues within a two-mile radius. The New Parkway Theater is just off Broadway and offers movies in a relaxed living room setting. The famed Paramount Theater in all of its 1931 Art Deco splendor is a few blocks farther west. In neighboring Grand Lake, the Grand Lake is the oldest of the bunch—open in 1926. Originally built for silent movies and vaudeville shows, the renovated space now shows first-run movies. The vintage Wurlitzer organ is played between movie showings on most Friday and Saturday nights.
The Perfect Sunday
Since Bay Place is less than half a mile from Lakeside Park, this is a favorite Sunday hangout for many Oakland Avenue residents. Cycle or walk from the neighborhood to the path that circles Lake Merritt. On your journey, you'll pass the Lake Merritt Wildlife Sanctuary, the Lake Merritt Boating Center, and the Bonsai Garden. Pack a picnic lunch or dine at the waterside Lake Chalet, which is a converted boathouse. You can also head roughly a mile south to Chinatown for some Asian fare and perhaps a bit of shopping.
Easy access to Interstates 580 and 980 • Good public transportation • Close to downtown Oakland.
Locals Don't Love
Telegraph Avenue and Broadway traffic • Parking is challenging • Many amenities outside neighborhood borders.
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.