The hills above Oakland, California were, at one time, full of huge forests of trees, some of which were over 30 feet in diameter.  With the demand for lumber by growing San Francisco and Oakland around the turn of 19th century, the lumber industry established itself in the area.  Redwood Road, one of the boundaries of the Redwood Heights neighborhood was a major logging road.  As the nearby Oakmore and Laurel districts began developing along the trolley lines transporting their new residents, Redwood Heights began to grow as well.  One of the first developments was Avenue Terrace, built in the early 1920's.  It's entrance can be seen on 35th Avenue and Victor, where a stone obelisk , believed to be the marker for the area homes defines the area as "Avenue Terrace".  The homes in this development show a wide variety of architectural design, from Spanish stucco, English Tudor, and Italian Mediterranean. 

Photo of the Redwood Heights Recreation Center

While not a huge neighborhood by many standards, (with 24,500 residents), it is  community oriented. The Community Center has a large daily variety of events, classes and planned activities for residents from the very youngest to the elderly.  There is a broad scope of things to.  Additionally, community meetings are often held here.  Redwood Heights School is characterized by a very active yearly calendar, and boasts a highly interactive parent involvement to keep family participation high in all of its events.  and centered around the very popular Redwood Heights Elementary School and the Redwood Heights Community Center (seen above). It's Redwood Heights Neighborhood Association is one of Oakland's oldest neighborhood associations, establishing itself in 1944.

For home buyers looking for a family oriented, tree lined neighborhood, Redwood Heights should be at the top of their list. 

 

 

 

 

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