Over the last decade, Oakland has made a commitment to reinvest in the downtown area, with the intention of revitalizing its shops, stores, and overall ambiance. This has been done with the very specific goal of attracting visitors and Oakland residents alike, to play, live, and enjoy the city. The result has been new condos, lofts, restaurants, and art venues, all highlighted by the Jack London Square complex, and the soon to be developed Brooklyn Basin complex.
Much of this development has been tied to a steadily developing concept--a "Walkability Score". This is a measure of how friendly a neighborhood is to its residents. How convenient is walking to its shops, parks and schools? How convenient is its access to transportation to work and play? The higher the score, the more attractive a neighborhood will be to new home buyers looking for a place to call their own.
In an article in the Oakland Local media site dated May 20, 2014, writer Laura McCamy offers her opinion on this concept. She lists Oakland's 8 Best Walkable Neighborhoods. In reading this article, you are treated to the wide variety of neighborhoods, their character and their diversity. Included is the Rockridge and Temescal area , the Fruitvale and the Grand Lake neighborhoods. It really is an excellent summary of things that current home buyers will want to consider when choosing a home, both now, and with a view to the future when considering resale.
So take a moment, view her opinions, consider your own impressions. Ask friends and family, and then see how all this gathered information will affect your view of where you would like to live in Oakland. Once you are there, contact me immediately to begin your search.Posted by Bruce Wagg on