If there was ever a small town neighborhood within a larger town, it would be the Glenview District, in Oakland.  Located adjacent to the the Trestle Glen and Oakmore neighborhoods, it, like all small towns, has it's "main street" --in this case, Park Boulevard--which is filled with local shops and small merchants that serve the needs of its residents.  For most of these residents, these amenities are within walking or biking distance.  Many of the restaurant in the small complex are highly rated, the market is handy and well stocked, and an excellent coffee shop attracts Saturday and Sunday morning get togethers among friends.

Developed the 1920's and 1930's along the trolley lines running up and down Park Boulevard, it grew, as the areas around it grew, during the same time period between wars when affordable homes were attractive to newcomers to Oakland.  For a neighborhood of its size, it has numerous churches and a temple, plus Glenview Elementary School and Edna Brewer Middle School. 

To complete it's home town feel, it has cozy, tree lined streets that are filled with period classic bungalow, Spanish stucco, mission, and brown shingle style homes, many of which have appealing porches for viewing and entertaining.

For those considering Oakland, and still used to a small town atmosphere, Glenview should be a starting place for your search for your new home. 


Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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