Lake Merritt Condos For Sale
Oakland Lake Merritt Condominiums are in very high demand because of their proximity to so much of what is going on in downtown Oakland. Besides the ability to walk to work to some of the many high rise company and corporate offices, area residents find there are plentiful social activities centered around the lake. [Read more...]
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The Lake Merritt Real Estate Market
There is no question that the lake is a scenic wonder. At 140 acres, It is surrounded by homes and businesses that enjoy this city jewel that glimmers in the sun. As early as the first third of the 20th century, elegant homes and high rise apartments were being built around its shore. As the years have progressed, the demand for homes in this area has increased, and has been met, through the building of some striking high rise buildings offering condominium living. Some of the most dramatic are those at 565 Bellevue, The Essex, 1 Lakeside Drive, and 117 19th Street.
While each is just bit different, most of these sites offer very impressive amenities that include a pool, a fitness center and sauna, 24 hours security, private gated parking, club rooms and business centers, and, very often, dramatic lake views. For those who enjoy outdoor exercise, there paths completely around the lake that encourage biking, walking or jogging.
Where is Lake Merritt?
Lake Merritt is located a few blocks east of Oakland City Center, and is bordered on the west and east by Lakeshore Drive, on the north by Grand Avenue, and on the south by 14th Street. It is unique in that it is a tidal saltwater lake, so the water levels gently rise and lower accordingly. It is particularly attractive in the evening, when a string of 340 lights that line the entire edge of the lake light up, and impart a scenic, mellow atmosphere to the area.
Transportation is furnished by a very efficient AC Transit System, and the Bay Area Transit System (BART) offers two stations within walking distance at the 19th Street and Lake Merritt Stations. The Oakland Public Library and the Oakland Museum of California are just steps away, as well.
Things to Do Around Lake Merritt
Some of the most popular activities for residents in the area are the nearby shops, restaturants and boutiques on Grand and Lakeshore Avenues. Stores featured on these streets include Trader Joe's, The Gap, Urban Indigo, Silver Moon and Walden Pond Books, and the very popular Michael Mischer Chocolates. Classic and popular restaurants are Coffee Mill and Bakery, and Camino.
The centerpiece of the area is located on Grand Lake, and just steps from Lakeshore. It is the dramatic Grand Lake Theater. This showplace dates from 1926, and has been restored to its former charm. At night, it is aglow with lights from its shimmering marquee. On Friday and Saturday nights, just before the first motion pictures, the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, that is original to this theater, is played for all to enjoy.
Just across from this theater is the site of the theater is the Grand Lake Farmers Market. This is an exceedingly popular venue for fans of fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, crafts and prepared food delights. Open on Saturday only from 9:00 am to 2:00 p.m. it is a must see event.
The shores of the lake are used regularly for those who want to enjoy a scenic picnic while watching birds, boaters and strollers walking by. For those who want to get out on the water, the Lake Merritt Boathouse offers a selection of non-motorized boats and sailboats for rental.
Also on the edge of Lake Merritt is the long established, and very interesting Rotary Nature Center. It is an interpretive center, that has, since 1953, introduced visitors to the plants and wildlife around the center.
Close by, and not to be forgotten, is the equally long established, and well visited, Children's Fairyland. This little venue is a tribute to children's literature. This concept is brought to life with plays, stories, and gentle rides that highlight various characters. Included in part, is Captain's Hook's pirate ship,an Alice in Wonderland's exploratory cave, and a colorful dragon slide.
Just a few blocks west, towards downtown is all of central downtown to explore, and just a bit further out, the many restaurants and activities around Jack London Square.