6.2 out of 10

Chabot Park

Ranked 11th best neighborhood in Oakland
37.7395265955041 -122.132939575778
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Shopping Options
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
2yrs+

"Countryside living"

Situated along the eastern side of Highway 580, Chabot Park is split between a modest urban development and affluent countryside properties fitted within the outskirts of Oakland. It is a large neighborhood spanning about 2.7 square miles of which most is uninhabited hillside terrain. Demographically speaking, the district is somewhat sparse (3,000 total population), but vary diverse. Its racial makeup is mostly black (75%), with a relatively small white minority.

Chabot Park is a pleasant, almost exclusive residential neighborhood. Its easterly limits consist of long, 1950‘s California ranch homes and two-story moderns that cling to the steep hillside, many of which are tucked away into the environment. As an example, many of these well-groomed homes are hidden by the majestic evergreen trees towering over the neighborhood or behind the rolling savannah hills (grassland) that the district inhabits. As a result, the district can be very isolated from downtown from the many winding country roads it takes to get there. But it does have its luxuries. Many homes are perched on the tops of hills, affording spectacular views of the countryside and providing plenty of property space for front gardens, driveways and lawns. As such, it exudes a sense of seclusion that’s hard to find in Oakland.

If you’re looking for cheaper residences, head towards the freeway where you’ll find a more suburban feel. Homes here are a bit dated, and don’t offer anything special in comparison. They are your typical California ranch homes with a modest amount of lot space and traditional aesthetic that doesn’t garner too much high praise. For prospective residents, house prices seem to vary, but tend to circle around $600,000, while median household incomes are around $95,000, according to the 2010 US Census. If you’re looking to rent, you can find affordable accommodations for around $1,300/month.

For recreation, the district is surrounded by the vast Chabot Regional Park, a grassland that encompasses more than 5,000 acres of hiking trails, horseback riding and cycling along with a couple camp ground sites. Chabot Park is also located close to the Lake Chabot Golf Course, an 18-hole course that garners a positive reputation among locals.
Pros
  • Good Views
  • Nice 50's Style Houses
Cons
  • Out of the Way
  • Poor Public Transportation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Good Hillside Neighborhood and Golf Course"

As you might expect given the name of this area, much of this neighborhood is Chabot Park and its Golf Course. The southern border of the neighborhood is with Chabot Lake and you will find a lot of trees and green spaces here. Country lovers are sure to be drawn to it.

That said, there are two residential area in Chabot Park. The first is to the north of the golf course, in an area that could easily have been included with the Sequoyah neighborhood if there were not a natural border formed by Knowland State Park. Ranch homes characterize this area. As you go up the hill farther and farther, you find that the homes which start off as a bit shabby and worn seem to get spruced up and better kept, with the wide lanes near the top being pocked by palms and manicured lawns. The elementary school up by the crest, Grass Valley Elementary is a good school with great parent involvement.

You can also find pockets of streets here that are extremely narrow and curvy and much leafier, but for the most part there is a wide open feel to the neighborhood—the sort of use of space we associate with the large living fifties.

Down near the freeway, there is a bit of the neighborhood that could easily have been included with Sheffield Village across the freeway. The homes here are mostly prairie style homes and Craftsman styles. They are nice and give the neighborhood a very placid, old-fashioned feel. It is the sort of area you grandparents might live.
Pros
  • Nice 50's Style Houses
  • Good Views
  • Good Schools
Cons
  • Out of the Way
  • Wildfires and Erosion
  • Poor Public Transportation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers

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