Reasons to move to Oakland
Okay, I’m tired of the anti-Oaklandism. A friend is considering moving from the City to Oakland with her boyfriend. She said she had looked up the crime stats and felt it’d be unsafe living in Oakland, compared to the Haight. My pet peeve! argh! I once went to a networking event at Ramblas in the Mission, and one of the guys had the balls to ask me if I were afraid living in Oakland, and he admitted he’d never gone over the Bay Bridge to check out the East Bay. Don’t blast Oakland if you’ve never been. True, Oakland has a notorious, murderous rep, but all parts of Oakland don’t harbor raving lunatics (I do admit I hate the MacArthur BART station). I used to work for the City of Berkeley Police Dept and read police reports for a living. I know that even chintzy North Berkeley can be dangerous (last year a girl slashed an old woman’s throat at the Berkeley Rose Garden). No place is 100% safe.
Here are reasons why I “hella love Oakland”:
My #1 thing – there are trees and grass in Oakland, and it’s warmer! It’s not the “concrete jungle” that SF is.
Chabot Space Center – see Jupiter and Venus from the Oakland Hills!
Sibley Volcanic – yes, you read right! volcanic!
Davie Tennis Courts – best public courts around
Lake Merritt – 3 miles of paved trail, watch the rowers or see Disney’s inspiration for Disneyland (Children’s Playland)
** Club One has the best health club in the Bay at Oakland’s City Center. Indoor track, lap pool, spas in the locker rooms. A reasonably priced version of SF Bay Club (I know, I used to be a member there!).
The Parkway – snuggle in comfy couches and eat pizza and drink beer while you catch up on movies you missed in the big houses
Grand Lake Theater – historic art deco theater – well known for its political activism via its marquee
Piedmont Theater – another Landmark favorite
College Avenue – Jeremy’s, Heartfelt, The Homesteader
Piedmont Avenue- The Bees Knees
Yoshi’s Jazz – World class jazz in Oakland!
The Alley – Rock that piano, Rod Dibble!
The Paramount – fine art deco building, reminds me of the Emerald City of Oz
G.S. Warriors – okay, they’re not doing that great, but hey it’s fun to watch, plus you’ve got the Cal Bears!
If you’re considering moving to Oakland, look up these districts on craigslist.org. There are plenty of wonderful arts and crafts bungalows as well as Victorians and lofts:
Montclair – Mountain Blvd, Snake Road
Piedmont – specific streets include 41st, 40th, John, Monte Vista, Bayo Vista, Santa Rosa, Jean, Chetwood
Lakeshore – Grand Avenues – specific streets include Warfield, Mandana, Vermont, Brooklyn
Lake Merritt – specific streets include Bellevue, Perkins, Adams, Orange, Pearl
Rockridge – try searching College Avenue, Manila, Hudson
North Oakland/Claremont – Alcatraz, Claremont
Jack London Square – Oak, 3rd and 4th Streets
Glenview – Trestle Glen