7.3 out of 10

17th St, Lake Merritt Park

37.803907331286 -122.261672342336
Great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Schools
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Great Central Neighborhood"

If I could purchase my place, I would. 17th Street has a retail district that is quirky and real, and it is close to 12 Street, 19th Street & Lake Merritt BART, as well as many bus lines. Plenty of jobs, especially in gov't, but also diverse downtown opportunities. There are some bars and small-scale grocery in the area, but most larger and hipper places are a bit of a hike or a short drive. It is tree-lined and there is generally an abundance of pedestrians on their way to/ from home. It's not a quiet street, and there are a variety of characters that add to the diversity. Housing-wise, there is much to choose from except single-family homes: rental/ ownership, affordable/ luxury/ senior, long-term/ short is all here. Crime is small-scale for a downtown city: car vandalism and occasional theft- though be a smart city-dweller. Lake Merritt is in some ways the heart of the city, and it is within blocks of the street and the Lakeside Apartment district, where anyone/ everyone in Oakland walks, jogs, bikes around.

All-in-all, I would highly recommend this neighborhood to those looking for a central location. It's not for everyone, but it holds great appeal.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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