North Oakland Neighborhood


People are keenly interested in making sure their neighborhood has a name. But what about those streets that could be Rockridge or Temescal? Try calling it Baja Rockridge! And those boundaries between the Golden Gate and Santa Fe districts can be hard to define. For those who live between downtown Oakland and Berkeley and just want to avoid the debate, you can just proudly proclaim that you live in North Oakland.

North Oakland is the macro neighborhood name for the northern portion of Oakland, and includes such well-known neighborhoods as Rockridge, Piedmont Avenue, Temescal and Golden Gate. There are some neighborhoods that are so specific, like Idora Park, that the public at large isn’t even aware of them.

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Neighborhood Values: Sustainability & Ecclecticism

What is great about using North Oakland is that catches the best of each of those neighborhoods, and all the good stuff that falls in between. North Oakland includes such unique places as green sustainable Nomad Café on Shattuck, the wonderfully eclectic Ace Ellis Hardware on Martin Luther King, and the White Horse Inn on Telegraph, which is the second oldest LGBT bar in the country. And there are street fairs and farmers markets galore!temescal farmers' market

A great way to keep up with everything going on in North Oakland is to bookmark, a project of the journalism school at UC Berkeley. Their up-to-the-minute coverage often rivals the major dailies, especially on stories of great interest to North Oaklanders.

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Great Weather

From its Mediterranean climate, with warm days cooled off by bay breezes, North Oakland is situated perfectly within the Bay Area.

Accessible Location

Not only is it close to Berkeley and Emeryville, but San Francisco is a quick BART ride away. And Highways 580, 80 and 24 point you in the right direction when you need to get out of town. North Oakland is quite flat in most areas, making it very bike-friendly, and there are car-sharing programs when your bike-basket isn’t big enough.

Why not call North Oakland home? Many of us at Lawton Associates do!

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There are many choices of public transportation from this home. There is the popular Rockridge BART Station and the Macarthur BART Station, both offer parking and are situated on AC Transit Bus lines. Some local employers offer door to door shuttle service from these BART Station, like Lawerence Berkeley Labs, Alta Bates Hospital, and Kaiser Hospital. man at bart

Bicycle Boulevards

Berkeley, CA sports some of the best bicycling amenities anywhere in the U.S. They are called Bicycle Boulevards - and are essentially bicycle priority streets - where thru traffic is diverted from the neighborhood and traffic calming is plenty.


A.C. Transit has bus service on College Avenue, Broadway, Piedmont Avenue, and Telegraph Avenue just to name a few.


You are close to the freeway (Highway 24, 13 and 580), so travel to all parts of the Bay Area is quick and easy. Downtown Oakland, Jack London Square, Emeryville, and Berkeley are all close and convenient.

Casual Carpooling

There are 2 different pick up points near by for casual carpooling to San Francisco. Carpool riders are dropped off at the Trans Bay Bus Terminal near the Financial District.


Click here for the map from the OUSD School-Finder

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