5.5 out of 10


37.8391379999681 -122.279427013793
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Eating Out
  • Medical Facilities
  • Schools
  • Childcare
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5

"Up and Coming"

This tiny neighborhood on the border of Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville is an untapped secret. Lush old-growth yards surround beautiful victorians and craftsmen in the process of being restored. Nothing too flashy-no snobs or glossy flipped houses here-cozy established family homes is the vibe. Walkable to Bart, bordering the new Temescal creek park with a great children's' area, dog park and basketball hoop, but also separated from the craziness of the Berkeley commercial district, this neighborhood feels warm, down to earth, and friendly in general.
  • Lush overgrown gardens
  • Hummingbirds and turtledoves!
  • Close to Commercial Emeryville
  • Close to Public Transportation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Unsafe Feeling"

In college, I came to check out a room for rent in this tiny neighborhood. I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I never actually got out of my car to check it out. I just did not feel safe in this neighborhood. It has a very run down look to it and the fenced in yards, barred windows and strangely curtained windows just make one feel a bit uncomfortable. It just feels like a high-crime neighborhood. I am sure that this does not reveal good things about by middle-class prejudices.

Looking at the objective data of crime statistics for the area I see that I am half right and half wrong. There have not been any recent murders in this tiny nook of a neighborhood, but assaults and burglaries are apparently a daily occurrence. So, even though I find the architecture in this area really interesting—it is not unlike many of the Berkeley neighborhoods that I love—I simply can’t recommend it.

That said, I am sure there are some brave, good hearted souls who will take advantage of the very attractive rents and have no real hassles. It is a bit too urban for my tastes however.
  • Affordable Rents
  • Close to Commercial Emeryville
  • Close to Public Transportation
  • Crime
  • Rundown Houses
  • Dirty Streets
SylviaY This particular "review" is outdated, however I lived in the neighborhood during the time the "review" was written/posted.

From reading several "reviews" by NightOwlnOrinda, on SEVERAL North Oakland neighborhoods, it seems that this poster is on a one-man/woman, negativity smear campaign.

Golden Gate/Gaskill is a WONDERFUL, diverse neighborhood with friendly neighbors who are involved with the community/neighborhood and each other.
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