8.9 out of 10

Lincoln Highlands

37.8045039040682 -122.199474824212
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Cost of Living
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Medical Facilities
  • Eating Out
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • LGBT+
  • Students

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Mar 28, 2019

"Quiet living, yet a stone's throw away from the cities"

It gets more comfortable and safer as you get up the hill in Dimond and into Lincoln Highlands, and you even start to see great views of the city the further up you get. Although it is a bit secluded, you are still very close to the Dimond downtown, which is starting to get a lot of popular restaurants popping up in the area (Dimond Pizza offshoot started by Cheeseboard alum; also a new Grand Lake Kitchen location). You're also close to the Laurel, which is also seeing a lot of new restaurants, bars, etc. come through.

All being said, you're a relatively easy ride away from SF (if you need to get there) by bus or casual carpool from downtown Dimond or the Laurel (door to door in 30-45 min on a good day), and just about 10-15 minutes from anywhere you want to be in Oakland by driving / rideshare.

Why I love it? You get a nice balance of neighborhood feels and friendly community vibes while still being close to a happening urban environment (all while still feeling safe). You're also so very close to a lot of parks (both smaller community and bigger mountains), with a lot of trails to run or ride on.

I believe the area in general is past calling it "up and coming", as there is currently a lot of attention from various places (housing market, new restaurants & bars). I guess you can say the secret is out about how desirable it is to live out here, which goes for Oakland in general.

I've been told the Dimond / Laurel area in general has a feel of what SF was 15 years ago: a sense of community, real, and diverse.
Welcome to the neighborhood :)
Pros
  • Beautiful Temple
  • Good Leafy Streets
  • Quiet
  • Accessibility to Parks
Cons
  • A Bit Secluded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Mormon Temple and Greek Church"

Lincoln Highlands is an upper middle class neighborhood that stretches out at the edge of foothills of Oakland, just across the Warren Freeway from Woodminster, near where Holy Names College is located.

On its western end, the neighborhood doesn’t have great views for the most part because it is located on a very gentle grade. It does however have enough of an incline to create some interesting topography for the homes placed there—mostly Craftsman style homes dating back to before World War II.

As you get up by Charleston Road, however, the views become much more impressive.
The homes up in this area appear to be a little bit newer, dating from the 1950’s perhaps. You find lots of Ranch and Prairie Style homes up in this section of Lincoln Highlands. As one crests to the Warren Freeway side of the neighborhood—the eastern end—the winding streets become much more woody, the Ranch and Prairies slip back behind more leafy cover and the rents and homes price climb precipitously.

You will find the Oakland Temple and the Greek Orthodox Cathedral on this side right by Highway 13. Standing at the very crest of Lincoln Heights, the Mormon temple stairs out over the SF Bay in quite magnificent fashion. The walkway up to the Temple is lined by tall palms and a beautifully designed garden leading up to a fountain and the impressive frontispiece of the Temple. It is definitely an attempt to portray what some might view as heaven on earth—all clean and pristine. By comparison, the glassy dome of the Greek Orthodox church—just a few blocks away, seems much less impressive. In addition, the multiple story parking lot that sits adjacent to the Greek church takes quite a bit of the luster off what could be an impressive place of worship in most places.

Overall, a good place to live quietly.
Pros
  • Beautiful Temple
  • Good Leafy Streets
  • Quiet
Cons
  • A Bit Secluded
  • Views Could be Better
  • Hillside Problems
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Students
  • Country Lovers

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