7.1 out of 10

Glenview

Ranked 4th best neighborhood in Oakland
37.8056936212191 -122.220598746973
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Safe & Sound
  • Cost of Living
  • Pest Free
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jan 08, 2011
Editors Choice

"Solid Family Neighborhood"

Glenview is a mostly upscale neighborhood just to the south of Trestle Glen and Crocker Highland. I say mostly because although it is pretty much a middle class neighborhood near Highway 580 on its western end, it slowly ascends in terms of income levels as it climbs up towards its eastern end. In some cases, the wages as it nears its border with Piedmont actually rise to the six figure range on average. At this far end, the neighborhood bears a strong resemblance to its very posh northern neighbor.

For the most part however, Glenview is characterized by modest California Bungalow and Mission Revival style homes on gently inclining straight streets. There are views of the City and the Bay from spots, but not particularly outstanding ones. As with other neighborhoods in the area, 2/3 of the homes here were built before WWII.

This is a relatively safe family neighborhood. There has been only one killing in this neighborhood in about three years and in this one case, the victims were new to the neighborhood and had problems follow them.

At the southern edge of the neighborhood, is Dimond Park a long wooded space marking the border with Oakmore and the Upper Dimond neighborhood. Dimond Park not only has the usual play area and stretches of green space for the little guys, but a community pool that is well kept and where an assortment of summer programs are run. The pool is called Lions pool.

Down by MacArthur Blvd., you get a far great proportion of apartment buildings and rundown looking businesses. You can find a smallish market, a public storage place and a auto repair shop, for example—but they mostly have a rather dingy, 1950’s kind of look to them. You can also find a handful of churches in or just outside of the neighborhood and at least one synagogue. Many of these facilities also run daycare centers so they are good resource.

The schools in the area are Glenview Elementary and Edna Brewer Middle School. Edna Brewer is a pretty strong, progressively run school. Glenview however, despite being well liked by the parents, hasn’t seemed to translate this good feeling into student achievement—not, at least, in terms of test scores, which are middling at best.

Overall, however, this is a solid family neighborhood that is both affordable and diverse.
Pros
  • Affordable Housing
  • Okay Schools
  • Diverse
Cons
  • Small Homes
  • Hillside Problems
  • A Bit of Crime
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Dec 13, 2013

"The Latte Factor!"

So you’re moving across the bay from SF to get more room, a garden and warmer weather!

But… you also want close proximity to transport, walkability, a charming older home with more than 2 bedrooms and you realize you’re priced out of Rockridge.

When buyers are looking for older charming homes and what I refer to as “the latte factor” the Glenview is a wonderful option.

The very active casual car pool scene on Park Blvd offers a convenient commute to SF. There are several lines of carpoolers waiting to go into San Francisco in the morning, and many residents take the express AC transit bus back in the evening and walk to their parked cars or home.

The view is much better than being underground on BART!

The streets are pretty to walk around and bordering the Glenview is Dimond Park, complete with rec center, swimming pool, playground and trail access to a delightful walk along Sausal Creek.

A testament to the attractive homes, popular community and convenient location is that home prices have now risen above their previous highs in 2007.
Most smaller homes are now selling well into the $600s, with a budget of $750-$900K giving you more options for a 3/2 in this area, and several larger homes topped $1M in 2013.
Pros
  • Great places to eat
  • Good Location
Cons
  • Car break ins
  • Parking is always tough
4/5
Aug 13, 2013

"People Are Finally Starting to Figure This One Out....."

Spending time in Oakland’s Glenview neighborhood makes it easy to forget you’re in the middle of a major metropolitan city. As high rents and home prices push more and more people out of San Francisco, this once off-the-radar neighborhood is starting to stand out more.

The Craftsman-style bungalows and well-tended front yards remind you of a small town somewhere far removed. Neighbors linger over coffee at restaurants and cafes and browse the shops along the small but lively commercial district on Park Boulevard.

It’s a place residents are glad to call home.

Glenview is located in the Oakland foothills, almost in the center of the city, bordered by Dimond Park and Sausal Creek to the east and Park Boulevard to the west, between Highway 13 and Interstate 580.

In recent years, Glenview has developed a reputation for fine dining. Bellanico, Marzano, Rumbo al Sur, Sushi Park, and Blackberry Bistro – all located in the 4200 block of Park Boulevard — attract diners from across the East Bay and beyond. In a 2009 review, Diablo Magazine called Glenview “Oakland’s Gourmet Ghetto.”

But it’s the homes in Glenview that turn visitors into residents.

Pacific Union’s top real estate professional in Glenview calls them “architectual gems” — the classic Craftsman and Mediterranean-style homes, many dating from the 1920s and ’30s, that make streetscapes look like postcard views.

Home sales in Glenview nearly doubled from 2011 to 2012, and prices rose 15 percent. They’ve gone up another 10 percent so far this year, a testament to the neighborhood’s appeal.

In 2012 two-bedroom homes in Glenview sold for an average price of $551,000, and three-bedroom homes went for $665,000.

Community groups like the Glenview Neighborhood Association are quite active, and the Glenview Neighborhood page on Facebook tracks local events and alerts residents to criminal activity in the area. Additional information is available on the Glenfriends Wiki page.

Public schools in the neighborhood include the highly regarded Glenview Elementary School and Edna Brewer Middle School. Older students attend Skyline High School.
Pros
  • Good Location
  • Nice and Mellow
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
Apr 19, 2013

"Small-town appeal in bustling Oakland"

Spending time in Oakland’s Glenview neighborhood makes it easy to forget you’re in the middle of a major metropolitan city.

The Craftsman-style bungalows and well-tended front yards remind you of a small town somewhere far removed. Neighbors linger over coffee at restaurants and cafes and browse the shops along the small but lively commercial district on Park Boulevard.

It’s a place residents are glad to call home.

Glenview is located in the Oakland foothills, almost in the center of the city, bordered by Dimond Park and Sausal Creek to the east and Park Boulevard to the west, between Highway 13 and Interstate 580.

It’s an upscale neighborhood, but not as showy, or pricey, as nearby Rockridge. Its residents are a diverse lot — seniors, professionals, singles, young families, and San Francisco transplants.

In recent years, Glenview has developed a reputation for fine dining. Bellanico, Marzano, Rumbo al Sur, Sushi Park, and Blackberry Bistro – all located in the 4200 block of Park Boulevard — attract diners from across the East Bay and beyond. In a 2009 review, Diablo Magazine called Glenview “Oakland’s Gourmet Ghetto.”

But it’s the homes in Glenview that turn visitors into residents.

Pacific Union’s top real estate professional in Glenview calls them “architectual gems” — the classic Craftsman and Mediterranean-style homes, many dating from the 1920s and ’30s, that make streetscapes look like postcard views.

Home sales in Glenview nearly doubled from 2011 to 2012, and prices rose 15 percent. They’ve gone up another 10 percent so far this year, a testament to the neighborhood’s appeal.

In 2012 two-bedroom homes in Glenview sold for an average price of $551,000, and three-bedroom homes went for $665,000.

Community groups like the Glenview Neighborhood Association are quite active, and the Glenview Neighborhood page on Facebook tracks local events and alerts residents to criminal activity in the area. Additional information is available on the Glenfriends Wiki page.

Public schools in the neighborhood include the highly regarded Glenview Elementary School and Edna Brewer Middle School. Older students attend Skyline High School.
Pros
  • Affordable Housing
  • Diverse
  • Okay Schools
Cons
  • Parking is always tough
  • A Bit of Crime
  • Hillside Problems
  • Small Homes
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
Oct 08, 2011

"Family friendly with a splash of Piedmonts upscale flavor"

Glenview is a modestly upscale, predominately white family neighborhood nestled in between the Dimond District and Trestle Glen. It offers a myriad of different sized homes which makes it a tough area to describe. Houses are priced at an average of $500,000, which closely resembles its bordering neighborhoods. The geography is a steady incline up into the beautiful Piedmont hills, but many say they don’t notice the transition--a compliment to Oakland’s Glenview. There the houses can get a bit larger, and consequently nicer. While homes built towards the freeway are older and decrease in price. But for the most part, attractive housing is hit or miss and varies street by street.

Park Boulevard acts as the main drag in Glenview. The road traverses north to south with two lanes traveling in each direction and divided by string of large trees. Italian restaurants, small shops and a market are clustered near the southern end of the street while the northern end offers a bunch of neat, two-story stucco houses.

Glenview’s other commercial hub lies on MacArthur Boulevard. However, this area is a bit less attractive providing a public storage facility, an auto repair shop, abandoned residences, unflattering apartment buildings and a small neighborhood market. However, Glenview is a rather safe neighborhood, with relatively no crime. Public transit is limited due to the area’s relatively reclusive location, but boasts quick access to Highway 580.
Pros
  • Affordable Housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees