7.1 out of 10

Broadmoor District

Ranked 3rd best neighborhood in San Leandro
37.7326301638712 -122.156792809166
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Clean & Green
  • Internet Access
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Schools
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 24, 2012

"Quiant Old Neighborhood"

I had a friend from college who lived in this neighborhood for a while. I always thought this place felt a lot like Berkeley because of the nice bungalow style homes and quiet streets. It is one of those places that still has those fluted cement lamps. Some streets here are really beautiful—like Cambridge Avenue, with its wide variety of home types, well-kept lawns with unique décor.

The homes here all date from the first half of the 20th Century and they are so well kept that they fetch almost twice the prices of most homes in San Leandro, with the median home here running about $325K and prices ranging from roughly $250K to $500K.

People who live in the City like I do don’t often think of San Leandro as date night destination, but Old San Leandro just to the south of this neighborhood does have some nice spots and there is a bit of spillover the Broadmoor District. Maybe one of my favorite restaurants in San Leandro is Paradiso—a really nice restaurant on Bancroft where they just do everything from the linguini and clams to frittata well.

On the other side of Broadmoor District you can get a completely different kind of experience by visiting Hoagy Steak—a cheesesteak shop on 14th Street. Very nice, but hold the onions if you want anyone to be anywhere within fifteen feet of you for the rest of the day. Seriously!

Schools, of course, are a problem here, since San Leandro schools are pretty much below average virtually across the board, with schools like Lincoln High and Bancroft Middle School with dismally low API’s.

Crime is relatively low here, compared to more dangerous neighborhoods just to north, with only a couple of assaults every month.

Overall, this is one of the very nicest residential neighborhoods in San Leandro and I would highly recommend it, unless you are looking to raise a family and intend to send your kids to public school here.
Pros
  • Nice Older Tudors
  • Quiet Streets
  • Good Restaurants
Cons
  • Terrible Public Schools
  • Some Crime
  • Somewhat Overpriced
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
LeahH
LeahH My family moved here from Berkeley back in 2000 when I was pregnant with our only daughter. We've been raising her here for the past 14 years. Looking back, we were also very attracted to the Berkeley feel of the Broadmoor District. It wasn't until living here for several years until we realized how wide the gap of differences to that comparison truly is. As you note, the public elementary schools have very low test scores. Because education is so important to us and we could afford it (with lots of belt tightening) we enrolled our daughter in an excellent independent school in downtown Oakland. She will now be attending another private high school in the Oakland Hills this fall.

There are many wonderful aspects about this neighborhood but also some key unmet promise and potential. I'd have to say that one of the worst problems is the lack of complete streets. Thru traffic going to and coming from 580/880 and E. 14th/San Leandro Blvd. is simply nasty. Some residential streets in The Broadmoor are fortunately not impacted, but several key streets are not so lucky. Durant Avenue, which is designated as the municipal boundary between Oakland And San Leandro for several residential blocks is quite literally "ground zero" for these concerns. Over 5000 drivers use this narrow residential street each day to go someplace else. The municipal truck routes provide more confusion than clarity. Car owners park their cars on the sidewalks to try to keep from being hit. Our cities need to stop turning their backs to one another and work together to find solutions. We need a coordinated transit network and complete streets with street trees and great public spaces for pedestrians and bike and transit riders. Durant Task Force, a group of residents and professionals have banded together to raise awareness of the problems and community resources available for making our neighborhood much more livable. If we do this, and I think we can, more young professionals and married couples will want to move here and raise their families. This would be a big shot in the arm for our local public schools along with increased state and local funding per student.
Aug 02, 2014
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3/5
Jun 29, 2009

"Exciting vacation spot"

I visited here while on one of my trips to california. I thought for a vacation spot this was fun and exciting. There were tons of amazing restaurants to choose from of which I tried quite a few all were awesome. The shopping was great although I am not normally into shopping that had some one of a kind shops that I felt was worth my time. I also thought they were a little pricey on many of thier items but on vacation I hardly complain about prices. I thought it was a great spot to have some fun just dont expect your pockets to be very full afterwards.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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