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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454 Wesley Ave 4, OAKLAND

$1,395,000

454 Wesley Ave 4, OAKLAND

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,139 SqFt Residential MLS® # 40959253

Sharon Ho COMPASSBridge MLS Logo

58 Vernon St 401, OAKLAND

$1,385,000

58 Vernon St 401, OAKLAND

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,995 SqFt Residential MLS® # 40889497

Linnette Edwards Abio PropertiesBridge MLS Logo

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565 Bellevue Ave. 806, OAKLAND

$1,199,950

565 Bellevue Ave. 806, OAKLAND

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,243 SqFt Residential MLS® # 40965100

Steve Kelley WINKLER REAL ESTATE GROUPBridge MLS Logo

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200 Lakeside Drive 405, OAKLAND

$1,175,000

200 Lakeside Drive 405, OAKLAND

2 Beds 1 Bath 1,410 SqFt Residential MLS® # 40967599

Sheila Sabine The GRUBB CompanyBridge MLS Logo

177 19th St. 1a, OAKLAND

$998,000

↓ $97,000

177 19th St. 1a, OAKLAND

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,585 SqFt Residential MLS® # 40957755

Ann Lovi COMPASSBridge MLS Logo

1555 Lakeside Dr 70, OAKLAND

$989,000

1555 Lakeside Dr 70, OAKLAND

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,223 SqFt Residential MLS® # 40962996

Leif Jenssen RED OAK REALTYBridge MLS Logo

1555 Lakeside Dr 167, OAKLAND

$925,000

1555 Lakeside Dr 167, OAKLAND

2 Beds 1.5 Baths 1,231 SqFt Residential MLS® # 40964794

John Sefton Dudum Real Estate GroupBridge MLS Logo

565 Bellevue Ave 1803, OAKLAND

$900,000

565 Bellevue Ave 1803, OAKLAND

1 Bed 2 Baths 1,069 SqFt Residential MLS® # 40965119

Steve Kelley WINKLER REAL ESTATE GROUPBridge MLS Logo

200 Lakeside Dr 701, OAKLAND

$899,000

↓ $25,000

200 Lakeside Dr 701, OAKLAND

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,379 SqFt Residential MLS® # 40917521

Janette Corby CompassBridge MLS Logo

1555 Lakeside Dr 191, OAKLAND

$899,000

1555 Lakeside Dr 191, OAKLAND

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,382 SqFt Residential MLS® # 40955974

Daniel Donate Cal Bay Realty, Inc.Bridge MLS Logo

474 Merritt Ave 3, OAKLAND

$899,000

474 Merritt Ave 3, OAKLAND

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,460 SqFt Residential MLS® # 40964921

David Arneson Keller Williams RealtyBridge MLS Logo

492 Staten Ave 201, OAKLAND

$749,000

492 Staten Ave 201, OAKLAND

1 Bed 1 Bath 1,360 SqFt Residential MLS® # 40966516

Megan Micco COMPASSBridge MLS Logo

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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 BellevueThe 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.  



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