Pill Hill

Pill Hill

Oakland, California Homes for Sale

About Pill Hill

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 a majority of space on Pill Hill's northern end, and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center sits just north of Interstate 580. The architectural contrast in Pill Hill is striking and features quaint, low-rise buildings dating from the 1940s and 1950s that share space with modern designs of world-class medical centers.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $459,000 to $799,000

Closed Prices: $500,000 to $1,680,000

Median Sale Price: $660,000

Average $ per sq ft: $732

Association Fee Ranges: $166 to $612/mo, $0 to $449

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

Age: 1907 to 2020

Sq. Ft.: 646 to 5150 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 3 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 3 Bathrooms

Around Pill Hill

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, homebuyers are 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.

While there is no shortage of diverse restaurants in neighboring Downtown Oakland, Pill Hill does have a few notable places worth visiting. The neighborhood is home to Fenton's, an ice cream factory and shop that dates back to 1894. Located roughly a mile north of Pill Hill, this establishment continues to make all of its classic treats by hand. In addition to the variety of restaurants, bars and cafes along Telegraph Avenue, there is also a local grocery store and deli located on Broadway, making it easy for residents to get daily essentials.

Take a stroll through Pill Hill and you're bound to run into one of the area's colorful murals that are known by locals as hidden gems of the neighborhood. Created by local artists, these murals 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. Grove Shafter Park on the northern end of Pill Hill is also a great place to relax and have a picnic or walk your dog.

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 is known for its living room-style seating and varied productions. Residents may also head into neighboring Downtown Oakland to check out 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 intact, and you can even hear the Wurlitzer organ being played on Friday and Saturday nights.

Sunday is the perfect day to enjoy Pill Hill's local shops and cafes along Telegraph Avenue. You can also spend time outdoors and enjoy the community’s tree-lined streets and colorful murals while on a leisurely stroll. If you head a mile south, you’ll run into Lake Merritt Park where you'll find cycling and jogging trails, paddle boats, sailboat rentals, and wildlife refuge and garden that opened in 1870.

Locals Love

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

Locals Don't Love

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

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