High in the hills above Oakland, CA is the quiet and beautiful Joaquin Miller Park.  Many of the park's 500 acres have sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and adjacent cities.  Located just above one of the largest cities in Northern California, it is home to the only urban second-growth redwood groves in existence, and it offers many picnic areas and trails for families to enjoy.  Adjacent to both the Montclair and Redwood Heights neighborhoods, it is a pleasant respite for bike riding, hiking, or just a quiet time viewing the Bay.  As a result, Oakland homes for sale in this area are always in demand.    

The park is named after eccentric writer and poet Joaquin Miller, who once owned the land.  His home, called "The Abbey" is a California State Historic Landmark, is still there.

Another long term feature that has attracted visitors for decades, is the 2000 seat Woodminster Amphitheater and Cascade.  The Cascade was created as the Amphiteater's waterfall feature, which was originally designed in 1941 to flow down the hill below the theater in a pleasant tumble and collect at a pool below. It was dedicated to California writers, and designed by Howard Gilkey.

  The outdoor Amphitheater is a hugely popular venue, and is used to stage  professional plays and musicals.  Each year, during the summer months, three popular musicals are staged, and the theater is always filled to capacity with long time theater goers, some who have held their seats for years and years.  The choices of musicals to be staged are placed before the audience at the end of the season, and presented the following summer. 

Joaquin Miller Park is one of the many parks above Oakland that make living in the area a pleasant and quiet experience for all-visitor or resident.


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