Oakmore, Glenview, Dimond & Laurel
Between Highway 13 and Interstate 580 lies a great triangle of transition between the “flatlands” and “hills” of eastern Oakland, far from the crowds of downtown, yet close enough for convenience.
The triangle encloses some of Oakland’s most desirable and affordable homes. It runs from the wide Trestle Glen/Crocker Highlands down through Oakmore and Glenview, Dimond and Laurel, to Redwood Heights, where the highways meet.
This great residential area has the feel of foothills, rising from Interstate 580 and MacArthur Boulevard through low rolling streets and up into the tree-dense slopes of the Oakland hills.
The Laurel and Dimond neighborhoods straddle MacArthur as it runs along the base of the hills. Glenview lies a bit farther up MacArthur toward Lake Merritt and the heart of Oakland. Its wide, sunny streets roll in gentle waves and eventually up the hill into the greener, shadier neighborhood of Oakmore. The houses become larger and more lavish, the trees lining the streets more lush and dense.
The area feels secluded, and yet it’s closer than it seems to major shopping areas, commute and transportation routes, and some of the most scenic hiking trails and natural areas in the East Bay.
The heart of Glenview/Oakmore is the spacious Dimond Park, which borders Sausal Creek as it runs down the hillside toward San Francisco Bay. The park has lots of picnic tables, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and plenty of space for a ball game amidst the towering firs and other trees.
And while you may spend your weekdays oriented to the city life below, on weekends you’ve got the great green hills of Joaquin Miller Park and Redwood Regional Park right behind you.
Finally, you’re close to the Oakland Coliseum (home of the Oakland A’s) and Oracle Arena, where you can catch major concerts, events, and (until late 2019) the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.
Rocky’s Market on Leinert is where the Oakmore locals shop for groceries. But you’ve got the whole length of MacArthur nearby for food and everything else.
That includes local landmarks like the World Ground coffeehouse and Farmer Joe’s Market. Come to think of it, this up-and-coming region has gained something of a reputation for its food. Along with the usual fast food joints, there are many neighborhood eateries as well as Farmer Joe’s for produce, the La Farine French bakery, and the Food Mill, known for its organic bulk food.
You’ll also find supplies and services for home and auto, dance and creative classes, and much more, including Claws and Paws, a natural pet food store and doggy bath house.
The area is bordered by two major highways, yet well sheltered from the sight and sound of traffic. On- and off-ramps connect many of the main streets that cut between them: Park, Lincoln, 35th Avenue, and others.
Several reputable elementary and high schools dot the hillside, including Laurel Elementary School, the Head Royce School, and others.
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(all data current as of 4/25/2019)
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