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With more than 50 distinct neighborhoods, Oakland was voted one of the top 5 destinations by The New York Times in 2012, and is enjoying a major and ongoing civic and cultural revival.

Rockridge:

A dynamic urban hub, this highly desirable area has beautiful, older homes and a diverse collection of shops, great restaurants and open-air markets. The center of a vibrant arts community, this area is the nucleus for several community associations organized around issues within local politics and education. Equal parts tranquil and lively, this neighborhood is easily accessible by all forms of public transportation. Arts and Crafts-style homes, elegant bungalows and pre-war houses with vintage details and gardens abound in this region.

Upper Rockridge:

Larger, newer buildings populate the region of Upper Rockridge, as well as a number of elegant homes that were spared from the devastating fires of ’91. The newly restored residences have dramatically altered the architectural character of the area, but it remains a highly coveted real estate hub for many reasons: its microclimate of consistently wonderful weather, its bus and bike routes and easy access to BART and the nearby bounty of flower shops, independent bookstores, bakeries and gourmet eateries. Nestled between Lower Rockridge and Montclair, the unique atmosphere of Upper Rockridge is a wonderful blend of upscale and down-home urban living.

Crocker Highlands:

South of the City of Piedmont and close to Lakeshore Avenue is this cozy, green neighborhood of curving roads with Craftsman, Prairie and Neo-Mediterranean style homes from the early 20th century nestled in the surrounding hills. This region is home to one of Oakland’s top elementary schools, and civic life beams with a vigorous community atmosphere.

Montclair:

The beautiful and lush district of Montclair is situated among wooded groves in the upper Oakland Hills, with some of the most intoxicating mountain scenery and views of the Bay in the entire region. An active community culture has made this a prime destination for families, and its science and arts centers, library and farmer’s market enhance its appeal. Homes are situated along winding roads, and the architecture is wonderfully diverse, ranging from contemporary and mid-century to colonials and more traditional homes.

Oakmore:

Serenely situated in the sunny hills south of Montclair and north of the Laurel district, Oakmore is a charming neighborhood that boasts a small commercial center and tremendous natural beauty. With a proud homeowner’s association and a rich history, each home was built in harmony with its idyllic surroundings: 150 acres of wooded, rolling hills. This enclave is truly one of the best-kept secrets in the Bay Area.

Glenview:

This choice real estate area is perfectly tucked away amidst the pleasant neighboring regions of Trestle Glen, Montclair Village and Oakmore. Peaceful and beautiful, Glenview has a delightful commercial district with a diversity of small restaurants and amenities, and an array of different styles of home, including attractively decorated Craftsman and California bungalows built at the beginning of the 20th century that have been lovingly restored.

Oakland Hills:

This region encompasses neighborhoods with the highest elevations within the city of Oakland, and hence some of the most expansive and striking views. The Oakland Hills area includes sections of the Lake Chabot Regional Park, as well as several other open spaces and nature preserves, including Redwood Regional Park. The Hills’ proximity to these landscapes and pristine environments is its crowning characteristic. The Oakland Hills touch the eastern border of Piedmont, in an area called Piedmont Pines, embrace a portion of the Claremont region, and move beyond on scenic Highway 13 to Hillcrest Estates. Homes here are equally famed for their beauty and distinction.

Lake Merritt/Grand Lake:

Featuring some of the most attractive and affordable housing in the East Bay and nestled in close proximity to Downtown Oakland, this area is replete with jogging paths, parks, gardens and high-rise condos with exquisite lakeside views, earning it its classification as the gem of the city. The commercial centers of the district are Grand and Lakeshore Avenues, home to shops and restaurants that represent a richness and diversity that is at once easy-going and cosmopolitan.