Oakland Real Estate
Oakland real estate is located in Alameda County, California. The city is a major West Coast port city on San Francisco Bay and has a population of 390,724. Oakland is known for being the location of many major corporations such as manufacturers of household products, health care and dot-com companies. What is today commercial and residential real estate was once coastal prairie land, woodland and north coastal scrub. The oak and redwood that grew on the hillsides of this city were logged to build San Francisco. Oakland homes for sale include residences that are within one of the 50 neighborhoods located in this city, although many are not considered official and do not appear on maps. The large neighborhoods such as Downtown Oakland, the Central Business District, East Oakland, North Oakland, West Oakland, Lake Merritt and Oakland Hills are highly desirable areas and the most commonly chosen.
Residents of Oakland real estate are served by the Oakland Unified School District. Institutions of higher learning in the area include Laney College and Merritt College in the Peralta Community College District and the California College of the Arts. Lincoln University, Mills College and Patten University are also located in Oakland. There are numerous attractions within the city and the surrounding areas including Chinatown, Fox Oakland Theatre, Chabot Space and Science Center, the Oakland Zoo and many others.
Many homes in Oakland are older, well established homes that were constructed between 1940 and 1969 as well as many historic homes that were built prior to 1939. New construction and homes that were built between 1970 and 1994 are part of the housing supply. The residences include single-family homes, small apartments and high rise apartments or complexes. East Oakland accounts for more than half of the area of the city and extends southeast from Lakeshore Avenue on the eastern shore of Lake Merritt to the San Leandro border.
Choosing Oakland homes for sale is beneficial for many. With many venues for shopping and the significant art scene present in the city, it is a diverse area in which to live. There are various restaurants throughout Oakland offering international cuisine as well as local favorites. With the mild climate in this area and an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, Oakland is a mecca for outdoor recreation.