Located on the inner part of the bar area, right across the bridge from San Francisco, Oakland is eclectic and diverse. Home of the A’s, baseball is rooted in Oakland! Downtown has a mix of Victorian and Art Deco buildings, sitting side by side with modern city buildings. Oakland’s entertainment capital comes alive at night with restaurants, bars and a great arts scene around Jack London Square. Lake Merritt is at the center of the city with a laid back vibe and great walking and jogging paths. Homes are more affordable and are a mix of condos and family homes from the early 20th century. Superb transport links take you throughout the rest of the bay area and beyond.
1. Great transport connections BART, Amtrak, Hwys & Oakland Airport
2. Lake Merritt – walking, jogging, boating & dining
3. Oakland Zoo – fun for all ages
4. Museum of California – Discover California’s history
Favorite Spots Around Town
Best Coffee & Bakery
Awaken Cafe & Roasting
A popular independent hotspot serving coffee, tea, and smoothies all day.
Classic seafood overlooking the harbour at Jack London Waterfront.
The Fox Theatre
Built in 1928, the beautiful Fox Theatre is an architectural masterpiece and former movie theatre; now a live music venue, arts school & restaurant.
Mad Oak Bar & Yard
Neighborhood bar offering over 40 beers
Oakland’s convenient and central location in the Bay Area makes it a regional transportation hub. The city has its own international airport, all 5 BART lines run through Oakland with direct airport access to OAK and SFO, and an extensive bus network. Downtown Oakland is only a 11 mile drive to downtown San Francisco. The city has a high walk score.
Need to Know
K-12 Public Schools | http://www.ousd.org