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Discovering Oakland - Oakmore

February 18, 2012

Oakland neighborhood north of I-580, between Grand Lake and High Street

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Though I have lived in Oakland for years, I am still finding new neighborhoods and amazing homes all the time. When I moved to the Lynn neighborhood of Oakland three years ago (some call it Highland Heights) I made it a point to explore the various neighborhoods north of I-580, between Grand Lake and High Street. Walking, I have found, has been the best way to get to know an area, and my dogs are happy to accompany me. One of these areas, Oakmore, has become my favorite.

Oakmore is home to craftsmen, bungalows, Mediterranean, contemporary and mid-century homes. Many of them in the northern section of the neighborhood boast of amazing panoramic views of the Bay and San Francisco. Though each street has its own character, one thing that remains consistent in Oakmore is the friendly, approachable feeling of its residents. Children are often seen playing basketball and skateboarding, and walkers of all ages are out with their dogs, making this neighborhood seem a bit old-fashioned, in a delightfully charming way.

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Oakmore lies between the 580 and Highway 13, between the Park and Fruitvale exits (accessible via both). Developed in the late 20s and 30s, Oakmore was designed as a “model community” with its large lots, wide streets, and ample sidewalks. Dimond Canyon Park, an 80 acre wild open space, flanks the Northwest side of the area, providing not only walking and biking trails, but is also home to Montclair Golf Club. The south section is a short walk, bike ride, or drive away to such amenities as Farmer Joes, Peets Coffee, Safeway, Nama Sushi, and the tennis courts and pool of the Dimond Recreation Center. Park Avenue, located on the west side of Oakmore (bordering another great neighborhood - Glenview), is home to a myriad of restaurants, including Park Sushi, Marzano, Bellanico, and the brand new Rumbo Al Sur.

Transportation to and from San Francisco is quite convenient.

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For commuters, you’ll find a casual carpool pick-up location at Fruitvale and Montana, and a transbay bus stop at Macarthur and Fruitvale. I-580 is just south of Oakmore, and Highway 13 to Berkeley and Walnut Creek is just a short drive north. The Fruitvale Bart Station is a 10-15 minute drive south, while the MacArthur station is 10 minutes west by freeway.

 

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