Considering buying real estate in Oakland’s Lakeshore-Grand area? This vibrant neighborhood is located just above Highway 580 near the north end of Lake Merritt. Years ago, Lakeshore Avenue started out as a trolley stop for the historic Trestle Glen rail line. Today, you can still feel its “meeting place” personality as people flock to Lakeshore to stroll along the lake or enjoy its many boutiques and bistros in the bustling shopping district.
Lakeshore/Grand is an upscale neighborhood with a vibrant business district within walking distance. This tree-lined community extends from the northern tip of Lake Merritt through Oakland’s busiest commercial districts. The Lakeshore/Grand area also has a charming residential aspect, with well-maintained homes spreading across the rolling hills from the border of Piedmont at the north and Crocker Highlands/Trestle Glen to the east.
The Neighborhood Feel of Lakeshore/Grand
Wherever you live in Oakland, you’ll find yourself spending time in Lakeshore/Grand neighborhood. These two parallel streets are packed with people enjoying the cafes, clothing and bookstores, ethnic restaurants and one of the last independent theatres: the Grand Lake Theatre. This landmark movie house has a colorful art deco marquee that boasts first run movies as well as political statements from its owner. Parking can be a challenge on Saturdays when the rain-or-shine Farmer’s Market fills the plaza. Any day of the week, however, you can find artisanal coffees, fresh flowers and a diverse community enjoying the shopping and community of one of Oakland’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
Home Prices in Lakeshore/Grand
The majority of homes for sale in Lakeshore-Grand were built just before the Great Depression. You’ll find large stucco Craftsman and California Bungalows as well as several Spanish Mediterranean, Tudor and Mid-Century Modern homes to choose from. There are only a few condo options available along with some duplexes and four-plexes. Property values in Lakeshore/Grand vary widely: you can find “fixer” 2-bedroom bungalows starting in the low $600’s, while some of the immaculately restored larger homes may sell in the $1.2m to $1.5m range. Homes in the Lakeshore-Grand area are typically assigned to Crocker Highlands and Piedmont Ave. Elementary schools and Westlake Middle school.