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Oakland Rockridge District

Cross Alcatraz Avenue, which divides Oakland and Berkeley, and you'll find yourself in Rockridge, one of Oakland's most desirable, charming, and convenient neighborhoods. Its leafy streets are mainly residential. Housing in Rockridge combines lovely bungalows, cottages, classic Arts and Crafts dwellings, and large brown-shingle houses. 
 
Rockridge offers an easy commute into San Francisco via the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station and access to the Berkeley campus at the University of California. The 100-year-old, four-acre campus of the California College of Art and Crafts is nearby. Food-and-drink purveyors in Rockridge provide the best from worldwide and local farms. Rockridge Market Hall, which takes its cue from the French Marché, offers numerous individual food and flower shops on the sidewalk. Many restaurants, cafes, and boutiques line bustling College Avenue, Rockridge's main drag.

 

Crocker Highland District

Just below Piedmont and above Highway 580, Crocker Highlands, once known for reliance on the Key Line of electric trains, offers elegant examples of Tudor, Spanish, Arts and Crafts, Beaux-Arts, and Art Deco period homes dating back to the 1920s. Like Piedmont, these homes are set on lovely treelined streets with sidewalks. In these neighborhoods are notable homes designed by world-famous architects such as Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck. Treelined streets and authentic streetlamps from the 1920s dot the rolling hills and frame spacious, manicured lawns om streets reminiscent of English garden suburbs.

Crocker Highlands is conveniently located near Interstate 580, and AC Transit bus lines serve the neighborhood. Residents can access parks, shops, and restaurants nearby Lakeshore, Grand Lake, Glenview, and College Avenue neighborhoods.

 

 

Oakland Montclair District

Tucked away in the wooded hills and winding streets above Oakland, Montclair is a small community with an appealing central shopping district. Sizable custom homes and a mix of Mediterranean, Craftsman, and contemporary-style homes are situated on forested lots, offering an elegant retreat from the city. The Montclair Business District is a throwback to a simpler time before strip malls, megamalls, and big-box stores. Residents can find everything they need, from dry cleaning and groceries to restaurants. Local restaurant favorites include the Montclair Egg Shop, Flipper's Gourmet Burgers, and Crogan's Montclair Restaurant. Gourmet specialty items are available at Le Bonbon and Farmstead Wine and Cheese. A farmer's market on Sundays provides fresh local produce and baked goods. Montclair is home to fine-arts festivals throughout the year and a jazz festival in the late summer that enlivens the street scene.
 

 

Oakland Lakeshore District

The residential Lakeshore-Upper Grand neighborhood, cultivated by famed landscape architects Olmsted Brothers, is a sculpted terrain of winding streets following the land's natural contours. Homes date back to the 1920s and '30s, some designed by notable Bay Area architects like Julia Morgan, Maybeck & White, and Charles McCall. Today, the neighborhood retains its period flavor, with large, romantic homes in the Italian Renaissance, Tudor, Spanish, Monterey, French provincial, and Colonial styles.

Lakeshore-Upper Grand is close to the Lakeshore and Grand Avenue shopping districts. Bardo is a neighborhood lounge and restaurant inspired by the comfort and camaraderie of a mid-century dinner party. Shops like Urban Indigo and Silver Moon Kids entice visitors with items for all ages. Arizmendi Bakery offers pastries and lunch dishes, and Lin Jia Asian Kitchen features Chinese and Asian Fusion selections.
 

 

Sequoyah/Chabot District

High above downtown Oakland sits Sequoyah/Chabot, a small residential community tucked in the rolling hills amongst redwoods and oak forests. Many Spanish-, contemporary, and traditional-style homes here sit on large lots of one acre or more, bordering the East Bay Regional Park and the Lake Chabot Golf Course. The neighborhood offers a semirural feel but is just minutes from everything a big city offers.
 
The neighborhood is all about access to open space: the views, parks, and miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Chabot Park is home to the 100-acre Oakland Zoo featuring more than 660 native and exotic animals, including a rainforest and an African savannah. The zoo also has a ride area with a train that circles the park and hosts events year-round, including overnight-stay educational programs, the Clorox Wildlife Theater, and ZooLights during the holidays.
 
Sequoyah Country Club is ranked among the top courses in Northern California. Founded in 1913, this private club is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's finest golf and social clubs. It is a perfect setting for a round of golf, a game of tennis, or simply relaxing poolside.
 
Dunsmuir House is a 37-room Neoclassical Revival mansion built in 1889 by Alexander Dunsmuir that offers historical tours and rentals for weddings and special events. The 50-acre grounds are open year-round, free of charge for picnicking and hiking. Friends of Knowland Park is actively protecting the preserve's spectacular scenery, including panoramic views of the bay and the San Francisco skyline.
 

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