West Oakland

Overview

West Oakland is an urban neighborhood located in the northwest corner of Oakland. It's surrounded by freeways, which make it easy to commute into work in the mornings or for a day of fun in San Francisco that's located right across the bay. This part-commercial, part-residential neighborhood stretches from San Pablo Avenue and Interstate 980 to the south and Interstate 580 in the east. Looping around the western and northern borders is Interstate 880.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$475,000 to $888,000
  • Closed Prices:$50,000 to $1,210,000
  • Median Sale Price:$572,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$416
  • Association Fee Ranges:$0 to $453,$0 to $913/mo
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1885 to 2016
  • Sq. Ft.:476 to 5,361Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 9999Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:0 to 5Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes:less than 1/8 - 5+ acres

Amenities

This community has numerous amenities available for residents to enjoy.

Homes

West Oakland features a wonderful variety of designs to suit the needs of those looking to invest in a new home.

Where to Live

Most residential areas are found at least a block or two from the freeways, with the commercial zones taking up the noisier edges. In some cases, residences and businesses are found on the same block, a holdover from when mom-and-pop shops were common. You'll find a mixture of single and multi-family homes scattered throughout. Some refurbished homes date back to the 1920s, giving West Oakland that vintage feel. Many row homes, most dating back to the mid-20th century, have been fully renovated and turned into condos. Colorful Victorian homes, although a bit rare, sometimes come up for sale in the neighborhood.

Where to Eat

Most restaurants are found outside West Oakland's borders. One exception is the Brown Sugar Kitchen on the eastern end of Mandela Parkway. This soul food eatery imports wine from as far away as Africa. West Oakland is within a two-mile drive of downtown Oakland, Chinatown, as well as the restaurants and bars along Telegraph Avenue and Broadway. Locals and visitors can also check out the Jack London Square Farmers Market and the Old Oakland Farmers' Market that are nearby for seasonal produce and other farm-fresh goods.

What You'll See

Murals dot the landscape throughout West Oakland, many showing the history of the neighborhood. Even a local gas and food store next to the West Oakland BART station has this type of urban art display with its own comical portrait of a BART train. Other poplar murals include narwhales at Poplar and 16th Streets and the Diaspora Dance Mural, showing the varied cultures that first settled in the area. If you're up for a nice long walk, head for the Mandela Parkway, stretching from west to east through the middle of West Oakland. It's actually a median for what was once called Cypress Street. The entire median is now a park, created in memory of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Once in a while, you'll find a festive carnival held in the park at Mandela and Grand.

Friday Night Fun

Residents tend to travel outside the neighborhood for a night on the town. Jump on the freeway and you'll be in San Francisco before you know it. Or, venture just a few blocks to wine and dine in Oakland's downtown core. Take in a show at the historic Paramount Theater on Broadway. If you're an art lover, visit the Oakland Art Murmur, held on the first Friday of every month, which is a street festival found between Grand and 27th Streets, right along Telegraph Avenue.

The Perfect Sunday

Sunday is the perfect day to head out for some outdoor fun at Oakland's signature Lake Merritt Park, roughly two miles away. Visit Children's Fairyland where everything is built to "kid scale" and fairy tale characters come to life. Check out the Nature Center, a small museum at the water's edge, or bring your binoculars to see how many different species of birds you can spot in the area. A running and cycling trail circles the lake, providing plenty of exercise. If you'd prefer dining in style, try the Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel, a local treasure since 1927. Saturday and Sunday brunch is served in a room with views of the lake and Oakland's city skyline

Locals Love

Easy access to freeways • Easy access to public transportation • Many small parks.

Locals Don't Love

Freeway noise • Lack of nightlife, entertainment, and restaurants • Traffic.

Schools

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  • Public
  • Grades 9-12
  • 2014 Students
(21 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades PK-5
  • 318 Students
(10 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades 9-12
  • 286 Students
(3 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades 6-8
  • 524 Students
(15 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades K-5
  • 312 Students
(6 Reviews)
  • Public
  • Grades K-5
  • 234 Students
(4 Reviews)
Great Schools

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