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Trestle Glen, Crocker Highlands & Haddon Hill

The neighborhoods that lead away from bustling Lake Merritt are treasures hidden in plain sight — a broad and scenic path of homes and woodlands linking the lake to the Oakland Hills.

At the bottom, Haddon Hill (aka Cleveland Heights) rises away from Lakeshore Avenue on the eastern side of the Lake Merritt, offering great views of the lake and across it to Oakland and even San Francisco.

From there, across the double line of MacArthur Boulevard and Interstate 580, the long, undulating streets of Trestle Glen wind upward into the secluded hills of the Crocker Highlands.

Together, the three areas form the top of a great triangle of residential areas between two major highways — with easy access to both — enclosing some of the most beautiful and livable neighborhoods in Oakland.


The Grand Lake area has become one of the most happening places in the Bay Area. It caps the point of Lake Merritt and runs several blocks from the lake along both Grand and Lakeshore Avenues.

The lake itself is the prime attraction. It’s the country’s oldest bird sanctuary and wildlife refuge, and more than 100 species of birds have been spotted on its shores and waters. On weekends the surrounding lawns are full of picnickers, bikers, runners, tightrope walkers, salsa dancers, yogis, fitness buffs, drumming circles, and much more.

The Saturday farmer’s market in the Splash Pad area beside the freeway is a perfect place to buy groceries directly from local farmers as well as simply enjoy the morning with coffee and breakfast from the excellent variety of food booths. Starting in November, this is the place to get your Christmas tree.

This area is also home to the eponymous Grand Lake Theater, a grand old movie palace that opened in 1926, when Hollywood was roaring and a night at the movies was an occasion to dress your best for the evening. You pass a display of antique movie projectors as you head into the main screen. Today a live organist keeps the spirit alive with lively tunes before showtime. The marquee is world famous for its frequent political commentary.


The shopping lanes of Lakeshore Avenue and Park Boulevard border two sides of Trestle Glen. Park provides plenty of local convenience with the feel of a small town commercial district. On busy Lakeshore, however, you’ll find everything from salons to supermarkets, banks to boutiques, yoga studios to wireless carriers, and a bevy of popular bars and restaurants.


Interstate 580 runs right though the area. It could hardly be more conveniently placed. Heading west, you get on the freeway just in time for three major exits that take you all over the Bay Area: San Francisco straight ahead, Highway 24 heading out to Concord, and Interstate 980, which leads to Interstate 880 and Oakland International Airport in less than 20 minutes (with no traffic).

Don’t have a car? The area is well served by Uber and Lyft drivers eager to take commuters to the nearby BART stations, or even into San Francisco or Silicon Valley.

In addition, the lake area has lately become home to a large supply of rental bikes and scooters, a common sight as they whiz by.

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