This vibrant cosmopolitan city features its own repertory theatres, ballet and opera companies, zoo, and sports franchises. It's an ideal option for someone who seeks an urban lifestyle with suburban amenities. Oakland is more like a series of small towns than a big city, it is currently the 3 rd most diverse city in the United States. Housing options run the gamut from new lofts near Jack London Square, historic properties in Rockridge, to Piedmont's dramatic hillside contemporaries with bay views. Adams Point The small and trendy area of Adams Point lies on the north side of Lake Merritt. It has become a gentrified neighborhood full of young professionals and artists. A short walk to Lake Merritt, the Grand Lake Theater, and BART the real estate in Adams Point consists mainly of Los Angeles-style apartment buildings with Craftsman and Edwardian houses mixed between. Crocker Highlands / Trestle Glen The affluent neighborhoods of Crocker Highlands and Trestle Glen sit beneath the city of Piedmont and northeast of Lake Merritt. Many of the residents in these two neighborhoods are members of the Lakeshore Homeowners Association, one of the oldest homeowners associations west of the Mississippi River. Real estate in these areas of Oakland vary with Craftsman, Prairie, Neo-Mediterranean style homes, along with Arts and Crafts style and Beaux-Arts classicism, which were designed by famed architects Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck. These lovely neighborhoods are ideal for those who love a cozy, traditional setting with a garden-like atmosphere. Dimond Oakland's Dimond District is located about two miles from Lake Merritt where the Oakland hills meet the flatlands and has excellent freeway access. This area is a melting pot of cultures and social classes. The Dimond Business District is home to several National, regional, and local retailers and restaurants. Dimond Park provides wooded grounds in the midst of the urban activity surrounding it. Downtown / Uptown / Old Oakland/ Chinatown Downtown is known as the Central Business District of Oakland. The Tribune Tower, Cathedral Building, and Rotunda Building are just a few of the architectural marvels in this area. Uptown Chinatown is a pan-Asian neighborhood located in Downtown Oakland that covers blocks of eclectic stores. In the center is the Pacific Renaissance Plaza which consists of many restaurants, a library, health stores, bank, and more and provides a quiet courtyard. Most of the housing in the Downtown, Uptown, Old Oakland, and Chinatown area are newer 21 st century condos. These neighborhoods are home to Oakland Charter High School and Yu Ming Charter School which were both given a 10 out of 10 rating by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress in 2015. Glenview Known as a close-knit family neighborhood, Glenview is located in the Oakland foothills and at the western edge of Dimond Park. This community has small town appeal as it is not as showy or pricey as the surrounding neighborhoods. Many of the homes are pre-war Craftsman, California Bungalows, and Mediterranean style homes. The residents of Glenview enjoy lounging at the local cafes and visiting Dimond park for BBQ's, swimming at the pool, and access to trails. Grand Lake / Lake Merritt The Grand Lake District of Oakland is also known as the Lake Merritt neighborhood which sits at the northeast corner of Lake Merritt. This area is balanced by the stimulation of commercial centers and the calm Lake Merritt. Main attractions are the famous Grand Lake Theatre and excellent Farmer's Market hosted each Saturday. Real Estate is mostly apartment buildings developed in the 60's and 70's with older pre-war structures mixed in. Jack London Square Named after Jack London, a 19 th century novelist and journalist from San Francisco, this Oakland neighborhood is rich with history and new energy. Situated along the scenic Oakland/Alameda estuary, the lively atmosphere of Jack London Square abounds. Around the square are kayak and canoe rentals, an Amtrak station and ferry, shopping, food, and more. Real Estate includes converted lofts, new residential high rises, and brick and timber warehouses. Lakeside / Gold Coast This neighborhood is located along active Lakeside Park, a highly accessible park which includes beautiful Lake Merritt, several gardens, children's fairyland, and many more outdoor amenities. The tidal estuary of Lake Merritt was named America's first wildlife sanctuary in 1869 and is an important stop over for thousands of unique migratory birds. Real estate in this area consists of many mid-rise mixed use apartment buildings and condos. Maxwell Park This quiet neighborhood on leafy, winding streets is located in Oakland's foothills. Many of the homes have panoramic views of the Oakland Hills or the San Francisco Bay. The homes were mainly developed in the 20's, 30's, and 40's and consist of Spanish, English Tudor, and traditional homes. Montclair Located along the western slope of the Oakland Hills, Montclair is a beautiful rural residential neighborhood. Large homes are among the mini-forests of pine trees and look over the distant bay. Architecture of the homes range from Craftsman Bungalows, shingled cottages, prairie homes, Storybook, and Ranch homes. Montclair is near several East Bay parks which provide plenty of biking and hiking opportunities. This neighborhood is also home to Montclair Elementary School and Thornhill Elementary School which were both given a 10 out of 10 rating by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress in 2015. NOBE Neighborhood The North Oakland/Berkeley/Emeryville neighborhood is a newly revitalized area. The central location is a commuter and walker's dream. Residents enjoy the Community Gardens, local Farmer's Market, and Berkeley Bowl Marketplace for fresh and wholesome foods. A wide variety of restaurants and cafés pepper the area. Real estate for the NOBE neighborhood is a mix of historic Bungalow to modern custom homes. Oakmore The beautiful Oakmore neighborhood is located in the hills north of Dimond Park. The area consists of the historic "miracle" bridge which crosses Sausal Creek and Dimond Canyon. There are a variety of homes in the secluded Oakmore. On the west end California Bungalows, Ranch, and mission style homes line long roads with few cross streets. Along the east end of the neighborhood the tall hills offer great views from more contemporary and modern, tudors, and Mediterranean homes. Piedmont Avenue The Piedmont Avenue neighborhood is located west of the City of Piedmont. This area is a lively stretch of boutiques and eateries. Attractions are the Chapel of Chimes designed by Julia Morgan and Mountain View Cemetery on the hillside. An assortment of architectural styles fill the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood such as prairie, tudor, converted manors, and apartment high-rises. Piedmont Pines Piedmont Pines of Oakland is a scenic neighborhood of beautiful, mostly large homes that range in style and age. The neighborhood's real estate is governed by the Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Association and consists of exclusively single family homes. Located on the west edge of Redwoods Regional Park and in the Oakland hills creates gorgeous views for the neighborhood. Redwood Heights This hillside neighborhood boasts sparkling views of the San Francisco Bay and alluring, leafy streets. The Redwood Heights Neighborhood Association is one of Oakland's oldest neighborhood associations. Community anchors are Lincoln Square and the Redwood Heights Recreation Center that offers a diverse range of programs for children. The homes in Redwood Heights vary in style, but consist mostly of 2-3 bedroom homes. Rockridge Located at the foot of the Oakland Hills, the Lower Rockridge neighborhood has a charming down-home feel amongst atmospheric cafes, gourmet restaurants, independent bookstores, and antique shops. Many of the original cottages and Bungalows from Oakland's quieter days still remain and are some of the most coveted real estate in the Bay Area. Upper Rockridge offers sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay from many of the homes. Much of this neighborhood was updated after the area burned in the Oakland Hills fire storm of 1991. Upper Rockridge is home to Hillcrest Elementary School which was given a 10 out of 10 rating by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress in 2015. Temescal One of Oakland's oldest neighborhoods, Temescal has seen a revival in the recent years. This neighborhood offers trendy Temescal Alley, known as the East Bay's hippest Street which hosts the hot spots to eat and shop. The unique Temescal Tool Library is a great resource for neighborhood residents to check out tools and information for home-improvement projects. The architecture is a medley of pre-war duplexes and Craftsman Bungalows with some Victorians in the mix. The Laurel This bright neighborhood is located between the foot of the Oakland hills and Mills College. Residents take pride in their neighborhood, support the local shops, and enjoy the nearby Joaquin Miller and Redwood Parks. Residential real estate is mostly California Bungalows and post-war apartment buildings. The Laurel is home to the American Indian Public Charter School which was given a 10 out of 10 rating by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress in 2015. West Oakland Along the waterfront next to the Port of Oakland sits the urban neighborhoods of West Oakland. Many of the pre-war era factories and warehouses have been converted into live/work lofts and eclectic businesses have moved in creating an industrial cool vibe. Other real estate in West Oakland are older Victorians. Residents take advantage of the walkability of this area as well as public transportation and bicycling. West Oakland is home to Paralta Elementary School which was given a 10 out of 10 rating by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress in 2015.