Overview The name "Pill Hill" comes from the number of hospitals, doctor offices, and pharmacies found in the neighborhood.  Samuel Merritt and Alta Bates hospitals take up quite a bit of real estate on Pill Hill's northern end. Kaiser Permanente Medical Center sits just north of Interstate 580, Pill Hill's northern border. Pill Hill runs from Interstate 980 in the west to Broadway on the east and 27th Street on the southern edge.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$549,000 to $759,000
  • Closed Prices:$389,000 to $1,000,000
  • Median Sale Price:$515,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$504
  • Association Fee Ranges:$450/quarter,$0 to $449,$174 to $603/mo
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1898 to 2010
  • Sq. Ft.:534 to 4,108Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:1 to 7Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:1 to 5Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes: - 5+ acres


This community has numerous amenities available for residents to enjoy.


Homes in this area come in a wide range of prices, styles, and sizes.

Where to Live

Residences in Pill Hill come in a variety of styles including single-family homes, condos, and apartments. This mixture of housing sits on tree-lined streets within a compact setting. While the southern end tends to be quieter and usually a bit more expensive, you're also apt to find housing in and around the hospital zones and along the Grove Shafter freeway overpass. Broadway and Telegraph Avenue, the main thoroughfares, are home to a mixture of residential and commercial properties.

Where to Eat

While there are no shortages of ethnically diverse restaurants in Pill Hill and in neighboring downtown Oakland, the neighborhood is also home to Sprouts. This organic combination grocery store and deli, located on Broadway, is a hit with residents of all ages who want to eat healthy. Residents also flock to Fenton's, an ice cream factory and shop that dates back to 1894. Located roughly a mile north of Pill Hill, this happy place still makes all its treats by hand.

What You'll See

ake a stroll through Pill Hill and you're bound to run into one of the area's colorful murals. Done by local artists, they include the Four Elements Mural on 17th Street, the life-sized zebras painted along the Interstate 580 underpass, and the Cat Town Cafe murals on Broadway. It's an adventure and makes for good exercise to wander the neighborhood and discover these countless gems. Grove Shafter Park on the northern end of Pill Hill is both people and dog friendly as well.

Friday Night Fun

Nearby sports bars and theaters tend to be busy on Friday nights in Pill Hill. The New Parkway Theater is on the southern end of Pill Hill and known for its living room-style seating and varied productions. Residents may also head into downtown Oakland to the Grand Lake Theater, a cultural icon that opened in 1926 when silent movies and vaudeville were still the rage. Though modern films dominate the schedule, much of the ornate theater's original architecture is still in tact. The Wurlitzer organ is still played on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Perfect Sunday

Sunday is the perfect day to enjoy Pill Hill's tree-lined streets or stroll through the neighborhood to find some of those unique murals. You can also head just a mile south to Lake Merritt Park. Located in the heart of downtown, you'll find cycling and jogging trails, paddle boats, sail boat rentals, and a wildlife refuge that opened in 1870 with a colorful flower garden to explore. Children's Fairyland takes up one large peninsula and picnic spots are available throughout. If you've still got some energy left after your day in the sunshine, head to nearby Chinatown for a meal and maybe a little shopping.

Locals Love

Proximity to downtown • Easy access to public transportation • Easy access to interstates.

Locals Don't Love

Nearby hospital noise • Far from shops and restaurants • Congestion traffic.


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