West Oakland is where the city originally began in the 1850s. A diverse group of people came in search of opportunity. The original neighborhood grew after the terminus of the transcontinental railroad was established here, and it grew again with the shipbuilding booms during both World Wars. During the depression the once-thriving area fell into decline.
Today home seekers, including artists, blue collar workers, and young professionals take advantage of this waterfront location and call West Oakland home. The area is rebounding. Victorian row houses and “worker” cottages that remain intermingle with old warehouses and factories that have been converted into popular live/work spaces. The new waterfront development, planned on the site of the old Oakland Army Base, will only add to the area’s hip panache. Some already consider West Oakland the “next SOMA.”
The 880 & 980 freeways are easily accessible as is BART and public transportation. Ferry service (www.eastbayferry.com) into San Francisco is also close at Jack London Square. For those looking for a more affordable place to put down roots, West Oakland offers an excellent opportunity.