Oakmore Homes for Sale
The Oakmore district is a pretty, upscale neighborhood in the hills of Oakland where residents will have a sense of peaceful seclusion, while also enjoying proximity to several charming small business districts and easy freeway commuting. The winding lanes of Oakmore are accessed by the Leimert Bridge off Park Boulevard, with Rocky's Market the landmark of its small commercial strip. [Read more...]
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The neighborhood was developed by Walter Leimert—who also built nearby Crocker Highlands—in the 1920s and 1930s, catering to home buyers who took the Key Route (the Bay Area's earlier version of BART) to work. Like Crocker Highlands, the Oakmore neighborhood displays outstanding architecture in many styles, from banded Tudors and Mediterraneans to California Bungalows, unique Contemporaries, and Ranch style homes.
Upper Oakmore features some grand, wooded hillside estates with multi million dollar listings, while lower Oakmore is an upper-middle class neighborhood with mostly 2 and 3-bedroom homes ranging from $500,000 up to million dollar properties. All of these areas tend to maximize their potential for stunning views of downtown Oakland and San Francisco Bay, with comfortable, luxurious homes perched along the hillside, most of which take advantage of the sight lines by pointing themselves out towards the Bay.
Where is the Oakmore Neighborhood?
If you have never heard of Oakmore, it may be because you have never driven through it, due to its location nestled between thoroughfares most East Bay residents are familiar with. Bounded to the northwest by upper Park Boulevard and Highway 13 to the northeast, Oakmore is buffered by the contours of Dimond Canyon Park. Lincoln Avenue provides the boundary to the southeast where Lincoln Heights begins, and the Dimond District shares a small border to the south near Wellington Street and Canon Avenue.
With the small, but popular Glenview business district on Park Boulevard a short walking distance, as well as Trestle Glen, and the busier Montclair Village a 3-minute drive up the hill, Oakmore is pleasantly situated to make the most of nearby amenities.
Commuters delight in the serene walk to the casual carpool or AC Transit stop. The Route 33 bus line offers several stops along Park Blvd before heading to downtown Oakland destinations, or catching a BART train from there into San Francisco. For driving commutes, I-580 and Highway 13 are both minutes away, providing easy freeway access to all Bay Area destinations.
Things to Do in the Oakmore Neigborhood
The nearby Glenview restaurant scene seems to be on an upswing, with the new Paulista Brazillian Kitchen, Marzano for drinks or wood-fire pizza, and Bellanico for Italian cuisine and an elegant neighborhood wine bar. In Oakmore's little business district, East Bay Aikido offers a close-knit, friendly dojo community for kids and adults, and Rocky's Market is run by new owners who are passionate about organic and sustainably-produced, local foods. The updated grocery store is a local favorite for quality produce and a good selection of gourmet brands. The store has added Two Local Girls cafe in the back, featuring Highwire coffee and Tara's organic ice cream, as well as fresh sandwiches and wifi.
In the Glenview district there is also a good wi-fi and "telecommuting moms" scene for coffee and wifi at Paulista on weekday mornings, and more coffee and baked goods at Ultimate Grounds, all a pleasant walking distance from Oakmore addresses. In the Rocky's parking lot 4-7 on Sundays, a lively food trucks scene sets the stage for neighborly communing and chance meetups. On Monday evenings, the RoliRoti Gourmet Rotisserie truck is a great place to grab a quick chicken dinner to take home after a long work day.
For those looking to unwind on weekends and free time, Dimond Canyon Park is a long, wooded open space on Oakmore's western edge. This outdoor recreational grassland offers plenty of open space to go hiking or mountain biking. Nearby, Redwood Regional Park offers many miles of trails that are friendly to mountain bikes, dogs and children, offering breathtaking views of the bay to the west and Contra Costa valley to the east.
Homes in Upper Oakmore are typically assigned to Joaquin Miller Elementary and Montera Middle School. For homes in the southern portion of Oakmore, children typically attend Glenview Elementary and Edna Brewer Middle schools. Parents of Glenview students say they are "very happy" and consider it one of Oakland's better up-and-coming public schools. Skyline High School serves Oakmore for the upper grades.