3.7 out of 10


Ranked 22nd best neighborhood in Oakland
37.8262383769336 -122.264491851008
Great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Cost of Living
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Nightlife
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Childcare
  • Resale or Rental Value
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Students


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Schools 2/5

"Below average Oakland neighborhood"

Mosswood maintains much of the same characteristics of its bordering neighbors--that is, small, flat, unkempt and poor. The district is relatively residential, with lower class families living in old, off-putting households. Many of the residences were built before the 1930’s and maintain that same aesthetic. Homes are long and thin, mostly lodged in between narrow driveways. Other houses boast an attached garage that fits underneath it. Currently, houses are selling in the $300,000-$400,000 range with rents being moderately cheaper than the surrounding communities.

The streets are lined with bushy trees and ugly phone wires obscuring the beautiful skyline. The district is made up of lower income families, evenly mixed between white, Asian and African American families.

If there’s anything to boast about in the neighborhood, its Mosswood Dog Park. The park is three square grassy blocks, offering a basketball and tennis court, a small baseball field, a children’s recreational playground and a handful of picnic areas. On warm sunny days, the area fills up amongst the local community, but many homeless like to congregate here. Mosswood’s southeastern corner is filled with mid-rise, mixed use office buildings.

Telegraph Avenue also streaks through the neighborhood, hosting a myriad of slummy store fronts, diners and unattractive motels. Just off of the strip is Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. The hospital anchors the east border, along with satellite medical centers and plenty of hospital parking. Crime is a huge concern in the community with most of the criminal acts taking the form as robberies, assaults and petty crime.

MacArthur Bart Station is a convenient public transit option serving the district to the greater Alameda county and Bay Area. However, most residents are car owners and street parking is of no concern.
  • Close to Temescal
  • Run Down Looking
  • Some Crime
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5

"Not the Prettiest Neighborhood"

Mosswood is a poor neighborhood just to the northeast of the junction between Highway 24 and 580. Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland branch hospital is on the eastern end of the neighborhood and some of the satellites of the hospital are within the Mosswood neighborhood. (The Surgery Center, for example, is just off Telegraph next to the BART Station.)

This is basically Little Korea, so you will find a number of great Korean joints (including BBQ’s) up and down Telegraph in this area. One that is actually in the Mosswood neighborhood and not in Temescal to the north, is Seoul Gomtang. Of course, you will also find your share of Carls Jr.’s and such in this neighborhood.

The buildings here are also very, very old, most having been built before WWII. These structures are typical of the kinds of structures common to the East Bay—lots of bay windows and red shingled roofs. Some streets are largely bereft of tree cover, and what few trees there are are slim and sickly. This makes the stone surfaces of sidewalk and building seem all the more stark and inhuman. Luckily, many of the homes on inner streets provide lots of green bushes and shady trees to make up for the lack of shading from the sidewalk.

Several organizations and government entities take advantage of the low rents and place their offices here, including the Highway Patrol, the Cal State Auto Association, the Red Cross and the Alameda County Offices. For similar reasons, you will also find several law offices, laundries and repair shops. (Manifesto Bicycles has their shop at the northern end of the neighborhood as well.)

Overall this is not a particularly attractive neighborhood, but the rents are inexpensive and you are close to Temescal.
  • Affordable
  • Close to Temescal
  • Good Public Transportation
  • Run Down Looking
  • Some Crime

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