Oakland wears many hats; located in Alameda County, just across the bay from San Francisco, Oakland offers 19 miles of coastline to the west and rolling hills to the east, showcasing stunning views of a crystal clear bay, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges looking out towards the Pacific Ocean.
Within its borders, Oakland features lovely neighborhoods, a progressive downtown, and diverse cultural and recreational amenities. Oakland truly is a melting pot with 80 different languages being spoken. Oakland has been recognized as being the most integrated city in the nation. It is a major west coast port city and transportation hub.
If you take the time to learn about the city, you will find a truly eclectic array of neighborhoods, from Chinatown, to the high rises of Lake Merritt, the majestic views of the bay from the hillsides, the Diamond District, Downtown Oakland, Fruitvale, Glenview, Grand Lake, Montclair, Piedmont Avenue……uptown and downtown, there is something for everyone regardless of age or vocation.
Oakland is considered by many as the art center of the west coast. From museums to galleries, fine art, performance art, ethnic, cultural, the art scene is alive and well here. And don’t forget theatre and dance! The Oakland Ballet to the Fishnet Follies, Paramount Theatre on Broadway to Woodminster Amphitheater, live jazz, hip hop, reggae, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Metro Opera House, concerts at the ballpark, architecture & garden tours………..we’re confident that entertainment abounds.
Traveling to and through Oakland is a breeze. Reach Oakland International Airport by AirBART, shuttles, limos, taxis and public transport.Oakland is also the hub of most commonly used interstates; you have to go through Oakland to get there – wherever there is. Oakland is also deemed to be one of the most bike-friendly cities. Don’t have your own? Rent one and check out Jack London Square.Oakland connects to San Francisco via bridge, BART & ferry. In less than 20 minutes go from downtown Oakland to downtown San Francisco!
Residents of Oakland real estate are served by the Oakland Unified School District. Institutions of higher learning in the area include Laney College and Merritt College in the Peralta Community College District and the California College of the Arts. Lincoln University, Mills College and Patten University are also located in Oakland.
Many homes in Oakland are older, well established homes that were constructed between 1940 and 1969 as well as many historic homes that were built prior to 1939. New construction and homes that were built between 1970 and 1994 are part of the housing supply. The residences include single-family homes, small apartments and high rise apartments or complexes. East Oakland accounts for more than half of the area of the city and extends southeast from Lakeshore Avenue on the eastern shore of Lake Merritt to the San Leandro border.