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With an incredible diversity of people, architecture, culture, and topography, Oakland homes for sale offers an enriched big-city experience, yet presents it at a slower and more relaxed pace. The many handsome, and truly varied, neighborhoods throughout the city will charm you with their attractive homes, creative architecture and historical significance. No matter which area of the city you choose, there is something special to enjoy.
Unique neighborhoods in the Oakland hills like Hiller Highlands, Skyline-Hillcrest, and Crestmont, deliver sweeping Bay views. The Tahoe-like Montclair and Piedmont Pines homes provide quiet calm among the pine and redwood trees. Do you enjoy a busy nightlife? Try the many restaurants, theaters and art scenes around the Jack London Square, Oakland Downtown, and Uptown neighborhoods. Scenic Lake Merritt is the center spot for jogging, biking and slow walks and picnics by residents in the area. The immediately adjacent Grand Lake and Lakeshore shops and restaurant combined with the popular weekly Farmer's Market to make this an exciting combination of food and fun.
Incredible weather, and varied East Bay Regional parks further enhance the beauty and character of this great city. Some of the best regional parks that California has to offer, are right in your backyard, should you choose Oakland for your home.
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Where Is Oakland?
Oakland is centrally located within the greater San Francisco Bay Area, with easy access to the popular surrounding cities that make up the metropolitan area. It is directly across the Bay from San Francisco and is immediately south of both Berkeley and Emeryville.
Oakland shares a western border with Alameda along the scenic Oakland estuary. Along its northern and eastern border, Highways 24 and 13 provide direct access to the amazing resources available just over the Oakland hills in Contra Costa County, that feature the hometown ambiance of Orinda, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek.
As with any large city, Oakland has an outstanding commute system in place, should you want to travel to any of the adjacent cities listed above. Besides a busy bus system and the encircling and effective freeway system, one of the most popular sources of transportation is the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) with multiple stations throughout Oakland, and adjacent cities. The central Amtrak station at Jack London Square is the site for many commuters north to Sacramento or south to Silicone Valley.
Oakland Airport is user-friendly, and the second largest airport in the Bay area. 11 million passengers use the flight services of 14 different airlines, to fly all over the world.
What To Do In Oakland
There is no doubt that many of the major things to do in Oakland center around the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Complex, which houses the Oracle Arena (home of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors), and the Coliseum, (home of the ever popular Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics). Fans come year round to see these teams compete among the top athletic teams in the nation.
Many of the most exciting activities take place in the downtown area during the month, and many of the busiest occur at Jack London Square. Sitting next to the dramatic Oakland estuary, there is something going on every day here. Besides a variety of popular restaurants that includes Scotts's Seafood, the handsome Yoshi's Oakland, Kincaid, you will find the colorful Plank Restaurant, with it associated entertainment complex that is popular with all ages. Also featured on the Square is the Sunday's Farmer's Market and the Second Saturday events- all of which feature an outstanding and inviting mix of food and artisan vendors, music and entertainment.
Taking advantage of the nautical theme, you can rent kayaks here to quietly paddle up and down the colorful history estuary, or take a handsome ferry boat to San Francisco, or tour the Bay aboard FDR's former presidential yacht-the Potomac. Oakland downtown is exceedingly lucky to have two historic and dramatically renovated theaters nearby--The Fox Oakland and the Paramount. These have been stunningly updated, and are an ideal site for entertainment, plays, and concerts year round.
One of the most popular event each month is the First Friday's Festival in mid-town. Every first Friday, galleries, artists, street artists, musicians, and performers are on hand to create a delightful atmosphere for friends and family. Supplementing these presentations is the Oakland Art Murmur which includes, then, and over the weekend, art walking tours. The outstanding Oakland Museum of California supplements this First Friday activity and holds a family-friendly open house with lots of activities to add to the fun. This museum is designed to represent the culture, art, science of California in a wide variety of venues and activities during the year.
Combine just a few of these activities above with the delightful shopping, stores, and restaurants of the Rockridge, Montclair or Lake Merritt neighborhoods, and you should find something to keep you engaged any day that you choose.
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Listing information last updated on March 7th, 2021 at 10:31pm PST.