Oakland Avenue

Oakland Avenue

Oakland, California Homes for Sale

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About Oakland Avenue

Bordering Pill Hill, the Oakland Avenue neighborhood—also referred to as Harrison Street-Oakland Avenue—is populated with hospitals, doctor's offices, and pharmacies. The neighborhood is known for its abundant trees that burst out in bold arrays of color every fall. Residents of all ages can be seen strolling throughout the neighborhood, enjoying the greenery and taking in the varied local architecture.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $399,000 to $7,618,000

Closed Prices: $315,000 to $2,785,000

Median Sale Price: $508,500

Average $ per sq ft: $670

Association Fee Ranges: $0 to $419, $262 to $553/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1899 to 2006

Sq. Ft.: 399 to 9038 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 4 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 4 Bathrooms

Getting Around Oakland Avenue

Around Oakland Avenue

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Locals Love

  • 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

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