6.8 out of 10

Adams Point

Ranked 6th best neighborhood in Oakland
37.8120881610469 -122.255345871841
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Schools
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Shopping Options
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"From an Adams Point Resident"

I love this neighborhood. It is a wonderfully diverse walking neighborhood right across from the best section of Lake Merritt (in my opinion). It is has great aesthetics--lots of trees and greenery, great classic architecture and it is now a lively neighborhood with a lot of activity going on, but not overly noisy. That said, you also should know that when you read reports about Oakland having the fastest rising rents in the country, Adams Point is one of the parts of Oakland for which that is true. The more popular it becomes, the higher the rents go. Fortunately,Oakland does have some rent control. And, although people walk the streets at all times of night, there is a fair amount of crime. My security building has been broken into several times and bicycles have been stolen out of the garage. My car has been broken into on the street 3 times in 2 years. A neighbor of mine was hit over the head and knocked out when he was carrying a long board (which was stolen) up my street. Another friend of mine had his bike stolen off his car's bike rack while he was in the car. The guys who did it threatened him with physical violence. I walk the streets at all times of the day and night around my neighborhood, but don't be lulled into thinking there is no violent crime. And, the worst drawback of Adams Point, in my opinion, is parking. The vast majority, of the older buildings don't have enough parking for their residents so residents have to park on the street. The City of Oakland uses residents with cars on the street as "cash cows." They don't provide any parking options for residents or parking permits and they ticket vigorously. The lower section of Adams Point nearest the Lake is mostly 2 hour parking only and the City will ticket residents who are parked in front of their own apartment buildings if they are in a 2 hour section (and there are no exemptions or permits). Add to that street sweeping 4 days a month and it gets to be a nightmare. Expect that there will be days that you will drive around 20 min. to a half hour trying to find a spot. Business and popularity are growing in Adams Point, which means there is less and less parking available. And, beware if you are looking to rent here. Managers are often not honest about parking. If they tell you there is "a waiting list" for parking in a building, you might want to ask just how many years it takes for a space to open up.
Pros
  • Aesthetically pleasing--nice architecture and plenty of greenery
  • Lots of weekend activities in the area
  • Diverse Community
  • Good Restaurants
Cons
  • significant property crime
  • horrendous street parking situation
  • quickly rising rents and property values
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
3/5
2yrs+

"In the Thick of It All"

Situated on the north shore of Lake Merritt with easy access to freeways, public transportation, and restaurants to suit any palate, Adams Point attracts Oakland homebuyers who place a premium on convenience.

Triangular in shape, Adams Point is bordered by Grand Avenue to the south, Vernon Street to the north and west, and Interstate 580 to the north and east. The latter connects directly to several of the Bay Area’s major highways, including Interstate 80 and state Route 24.

Those who commute by public transportation will appreciate Adams Point’s close proximity to the 19th Street BART station, one of the system’s East Bay hubs. AC Transit’s NL bus line, which runs down Grand, offers another way to quickly reach downtown San Francisco.

Though almost exclusively residential, Adams Point is within an easy stroll of several of Oakland’s most bustling neighborhoods, including Downtown, Uptown, and Lakeshore.

Even so, Adams Point residents don’t need to go past the neighborhood’s southern border to find a more than suitable meal. Standouts include Coach Sushi, which offers a bottomless sake promotion, and Sidebar, which serves a variety of entrees, snacks, and cocktails. Other restaurants on Grand dish up a diverse array of cuisines, such as Mexican, Ethiopian, Thai, and Chinese.

Residents also won’t need to stray far to grocery shop, thanks to a Whole Foods Market located in the neighborhood’s southwestern corner.

Adams Point lies directly to the north of Lake Merritt Park, home to the majority of the tidal lagoon’s attractions. Families enjoy Children’s Fairlyand, a miniature theme park that has entertained local kids since 1950. Park visitors can also stroll through botanical gardens and rent a boat, canoe, or kayak at the Lake Merritt Boating Center.

Perched along hilly streets – some with views of downtown Oakland – single-family homes in the neighborhood come in a range of architectural styles, including Craftsman and Mediterranean. According to MLS data, the December median sales price for a home in Oakland’s 94610 ZIP code, which includes Adams Point, was $985,000, a year-over-year increase of 26 percent and the highest in the past two years.

One of the major trends we saw in Pacific Union’s East Bay region in 2013 is buyers’ willingness to pay more than list — anywhere from 2.4 to 13.5 percent above original price.

The 94610 ZIP code was no exception to this rule, with buyers bidding over asking price in all but one month of 2013. In December homebuyers in the ZIP code paid an average of 9.6 percent more than list price.
Pros
  • Good Restaurants
  • Affordable Apartments
  • The Lake
Cons
  • Some Crime
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
2yrs+

"Convenient to all things Oakland"

Framed by Grand Avenue, Harrison Street and MacArthur Freeway, Adams Point is a hilly, apartment home haven close to all things Oakland. There’s nothing very glamorous about this neighborhood. It spans about 0.4 square miles of strictly residential terrain fit for the lower middle to middle-class. As such, crime is a bit of a concern for most locals, as like most of the city. The neighborhood also has a rather dense population of almost 10,000 residents. Demographically speaking, the district is split between white and black residents. And to give you a better insight on its population, the median household income is around $50,000/year, right on par with the city.

Adams Point’s residential terrain offers a wide variety of housing options. Its housing inventory is mixed between flavorless, two to three-story apartment buildings and boxy, shack-like homes. For the former, there are some gritty, mid-rise and vastly underwhelming one and two-bedroom apartment facilities. I guess they could appeal to the younger, not-so-well-off community, but I wouldn’t dare. Elsewhere, you can find a number of old, pre-1940‘s, quasi-Mediterranean style homes that fit on these rather petite sized lots. Many of these properties hardly have room for a driveway, just a dirt path that runs alongside the house. You can, however, find a few 1950’s, Victorian style housing that offer two-stories of living space. These tend to be a bit nicer and elicit a sense of coziness and comfortability that’s hard to find in the area. For numbers sake, median rent is around $1,100/month.

Located at the northern shore of Lake Merritt, Adams Point has a variety of amenities to choose from. In fact, it is centered between two downtown plazas, downtown Lakeshore and Uptown Oakland. Each location features a plethora of shopping and dining options fir for any taste and budget. You can also find numerous ground floor retail businesses clustered along Grand Avenue, which is walking distance to the neighborhood. For young families, Lakeside Park encompasses the Children’s Fairyland and a large grass area for residents to exercise and walk along the lakeside path. The neighborhood is also within walking distance to the 19th Street Oakland Bart Station which connects residents to the greater Bay Area.
Pros
  • Affordable Apartments
  • Diverse Community
  • The Lake
Cons
  • Over-Crowded
  • Ugly Apartments
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"Middle class and close to everything"

residential with diverse, blue-collar families making up the majority of the population. Many of the residences are two-story stucco homes or old, mid-size apartment buildings with plain or blemished features. If you’re looking for nicer and more attractive homes, look towards the northern end of Adams Point.

Adams Point aesthetic appeal is somewhat of a work-in-progress. Many of the locals enjoy the tall palm trees and other bushy shrubbery that are peppered along the sidewalks. Locals take advantage of the abundant street parking considering many of the driveways are short and narrow.

For business, restaurants line Lake Merritt’s northern edge while ground floor retail shops cluster around Grand Avenue Street (just outside of Adams Point). The neighborhood is also conveniently located to Downtown Oakland and its public transit system. 12th Bart and 19th Street Bart Stations are within walking distance to the community while buses run along Broadway Street periodically.

Locals typically take advantage of the lakeside front and the many amenities that come with it. Joggers run around the narrow cement path that wraps around the lake, while others use the exercise equipment that lines the parkland. During the night, decorative lights are strewn across tall poles, illuminating the lakeside pasture. On the south end of Adams Point lies Children’s Fairyland, a small park that holds events for children.
Pros
  • Affordable Apartments
  • Diverse Community
  • The Lake
Cons
  • Over-Crowded
  • Ugly Apartments
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
NateB
NateB "residential with diverse, blue-collar families making up the majority of the population". Umm, what decade are you living in? "locals enjoy the tall palm trees and other bushy shrubbery that are peppered along the sidewalks. " What palm trees? Serously, write about neighborhoods you have lived in, not ones you drive by.
May 09, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Lakeside Apartments"

Adam’s Point is a densely packed lower middle class neighborhood on the northeast side of Lake Merritt. It stretches up from the lake into the hills at one of the prettiest spots along the lake, just Lakeshore Blvd. This is at the spot that is right by the Lakeside Park.

Adam’s point has a lot of apartments. It is, in fact, four times more packed than your average Oakland neighborhood because of the high density of apartments, and the residential high rises near the lake.

This neighborhood, like much of Oakland, has also undergone gentrification, as is evidenced by businesses like Gold’s Gym and Whole Foods. Overall, however, the neighborhood has kept its diversity, being fairly evenly divided in terms of numbers of African Americans, Asians, Latino’s and Whites. In fact, this is one of the main selling points of the neighborhood.

A number of good restaurants take advantage of the lake side location and make their homes here on Grand Avenue. Here are some of my favorites. ZZA’s Tratoria is a smallish Italian place that features what they call “home-made” Italian food and a fine wine bar. They also cater events, so keep them in mind next time you have an event. If you crave something a little bit more off the beaten track, you might try Enssaro Ethiopian. And if you would prefer a Mediterranean buffet, Bacchesso might be the place to try. There are also restaurants like Milano Spretto, Coach Sushi, and Ahn’s Burgers.

If you are okay with living in an apartment in a very crowded area, this is actually a pretty cool place to live. You can jog at the lake in the morning, be anywhere in the East Bay or the city in less than an hour via public transportation, and be within walking distance of a number of nightspots. Perfect for twenty somethings just out of college.
Pros
  • The Lake
  • Affordable Apartments
  • Diverse Community
Cons
  • Over-Crowded
  • Ugly Apartments
  • Noisy
Recommended for
  • Singles

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Staten Ave

3/5
"Not bad for gentrified Oakland"
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Unranked Streets in Adams Point

Adams St

2.5/5
"Idealist retreat for young professionals"
37.815299884181 -122.254305930491

Bay Pl

3.5/5
"I come here for one thing - wholefoods"
37.811908911098 -122.260665640677

Bellevue Ave

3.5/5
"Time to rest and enjoy some relaxation."
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Chetwood St

4.5/5
"Lovely Neighborhood"
37.8161835166365 -122.252164947669
"A small precursor to Lakeside Park"
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Lee St

3.5/5
"Apartment fairly gorgeous. "
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Palm Ave

2.5/5
"If you're going to live in Oakland..."
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Perkins St

3.5/5
"Quiet and scenic street with a lakeview"
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