Crocker Highlands Homes For Sale
Crocker Highlands is a charming and affluent neighborhood nestled amongst several distinct neighborhood districts within the larger area known collectively as Oakland's "Lower Hills," which run along the northeast side of the city. As with neighboring Piedmont and Trestle Glen, Crocker Highlands has its own particular character—a refined, almost nostalgic atmosphere reminiscent of a period-set in a Hollywood movie. [Read more...]
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The upland area and rolling hills here offer "close-in" city living, with small, walkable neighborhoods lined with shady sycamores. The flowing, curvilinear streets are graced by traditional homes of varying architecture (most built in the 1920s and 1930s) designed to follow the natural contours of the topography.
Nearby, the popular retail and small business districts along Grand and Lakeshore Avenues provide easy access to coffee shops, superb restaurants, several up-trending bars, retail stores both funky and fine, an historic art deco movie theatre, and Lake Merritt.
Supermarkets, medical offices, hardware and garden supply stores, and ample public transportation options are all a short walk or bike ride from home. At one time reliant on the old Key Line of electric trains, the luxurious homes of Crocker Highlands now feel central to all of the best things the east bay has to offer, while still evoking a quieter time.
The real estate offers elegant examples of Tudor, Spanish, Arts and Crafts, Beaux Arts, and Art Deco period homes dating back to the 1920s. Some notable million-dollar homes in the neighborhood were designed by architects Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck. Authentic street lamps from the 1920s are laid out along the rolling hills of the neighborhood, framing spacious, manicured lawns reminding one of genteel English garden suburbs.
Where is the Crocker Highlands Neighborhood Located?
Crocker Highlands lies near the eastern end of the "Lower Hills" in Oakland, nestled between the scenic CA Highway 13 and I-580 freeways.
The boundaries between itself and neighboring City of Piedmont, Glen View, and Trestle Glen neighborhoods, but can be generally defined by Lakeshore Avenue to the west, La Salle Avenue to the north, and the meandering street called Trestle Glen to the southeast. By car, it is 10 miles to downtown San Francisco from the nearby Lakeshore Business District, and public transportation options (as well as flat, scenic biking paths along Lake Merritt) make access to BART stations in downtown Oakland easy and pleasant.
Beginning in the 1920's and 30's, Crocker Highlands grew as the ever expanding trolley lines brought new growth and development to the area. Easy transportation to San Francisco and downtown Oakland attracted affluent professionals and business owners to the neighborhood.
Things to do Near Crocker Highlands
A safe neighborhood with almost no crime, home owners will find it natural to take walks and regularly find themselves enjoying the outdoors and temperate east bay climate. Davie Stadium has a few tennis courts, and in the summer months it is not uncommon to join block parties in this friendly, close-knit community.
There are endless choices for entertainment and eating out in surrounding neighborhoods, all within a 10-minute stroll, bike or drive—although parking in the commercial district can be difficult during peak times. For a Sunday afternoon matinee, a leisurely stroll to the nearby Grand Lake Theatre cannot be beat. This historic movie palace is indeed "grand," with state of the art 3D projectors in two of the large auditoriums, and the original "mighty Wurlitzer" still standing and occasionally played for packed houses, as a reminder of cinema's early days before "talkies" came along.
Crocker Highlands Schools
The district is served by well-rated Crocker Highlands Elementary and Edna Brewer Middle schools. Crocker Highlands Elementary ranks especially high, offering small classes for approximately 450 students grades K through 5th, with computer, art and music classes in addition to traditional academic offerings.
The public middle school serves grades 6-8, and is part of the OUSD (Oakland Unified) system. There are no high schools in Crocker Highlands, and residents are considered part of the OUSD, rather than the better-ranked and adjacent City of Piedmont school district. Public high schools serving this neighborhood include Oakland High and Skyline.