"Decent street with plenty of options for families"
Sheffield Avenue is one of the nicer streets in Oakland. The houses actually look like the typical California houses. There are also some cute and off looking ones. My favorite sits on a corner and is white with odd shaped it angles. It almost reminds me of the house you see in the illustrations for the lady that lived in the shoe. Great architectural imagination. Sheffield Avenue is both residential and clientele coordinated. So both spectrums of the world are coherent on this street. It is also very close to the popular Central Reservoir Recreation Area and I-580. Great place for families.