7.8 out of 10

Highland Terrace

37.792799069062 -122.233613333791
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Medical Facilities
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Public Transport
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Students
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 14, 2016

"A hundred year old neighborhood - with close knit neighbors"

Living in Highland Terrace was at first a confusing experience. The neighborhood is all but ignored by city works and public safety. If the police are called they rarely respond. SeeClickFix is broken in our neighborhood, but the city is presently in the midst of a ten month renovation of our streets and piping.
The houses look old because most were built in this area over a hundred years ago and the architecture has survived countless earthquakes. The culture and history here is rich, if you take the time to commune with your neighbors.
The neighbors, whom are all vastly different in culture and ethnicity know each other intimately and our children play together in the streets. We oppose gentrification because like the houses and structures our families have been here for generations.
Pros
  • rich culture
  • close to hospital
  • historical neighborhood
  • Affordable Rents
  • Unusual Old Homes
Cons
  • invasion of gentrification
  • Unkept Homes and Yards
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
2yrs+

"Grim, lower-class neighborhood with no hope in sight"

Highland Terrace encompasses East 21st Street to the south, 14th Avenue to the west, East 27th Street to the north and 23rd Avenue to the east. Between its borders though, is a lack of neighborly spirit. It is most notable for its highly dense (around 5,000 residents), lower-class status, crippled from a myriad of crime related afflictions. Residents are a mixed batch of ethnicities, but Asian families are among the majority of the population. The neighborhood offers a large chunk of unappealing apartment buildings mixed with gritty, affordable homes. Rents are cheap, but let’s just say you’re not paying for your safety. House fronts are typically suffering from a lack of maintenance with chipped off paint being the main culprit. Along the streets, you’ll see grungy sidewalks and rusty old cars. And worse yet, there seems to be no renovation plans in the near future.

The district is completely residential. Commercial activity is a bit of a drive from the community. Shoppers either venture to Crocker Highlands or drive into Cleveland Heights for all their dining needs. Public transportation is inconvenient, so most residents take their cars into work. However, street parking comes a bit easier, especially along the side streets.

The one perk about the community is the Manzanita Recreation Center. The community playground lies on the northeastern corner of Highland Terrace, offering plenty of open space for children to run around. Morgan Plaza is also a stretch of small grassy terrain, but the swings look like they haven’t been played on for a long time.
Pros
  • Affordable Rents
  • Unusual Old Homes
Cons
  • Crime
  • Dirty
  • Unkept Homes and Yards
Recommended for
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A Dilapadated Neighborhood"

This is another one of those Oakland residential areas that could easily be used to film a movie set in the 1950’s since many of the streets in this neighborhood don’t have any fixed structure from after 1960 on them. Though most of the structures in the area are the typical California bungalows, there are also a fair number of 1950’s style Ranch Homes and also a pretty good number of 1960’s style shoe box shaped apartment complexes.

The whole neighborhood, unfortunately has a run down, worn out look to it which is reflected in the peeling paint jobs and generally dilapidated feel of the area. Lawns are overgrown, lots look unkept, homes which have been there ages feel in some cases plopped down and out of place. There are even some homes that have clearly been abandoned—often wooden shells left to rot on dirt lots.

Put simply, this is not really the sort of place most people want to live.
Pros
  • Affordable Rents
  • Unusual Old Homes
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Crime
  • Unkept Homes and Yards
  • Dirty

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