6.2 out of 10

Oakmore

37.8108452618629 -122.209024124219
Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
  • Parking
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Pest Free
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
2yrs+

"A mix of nice homes and ragtag blocks"

Oakmore is a small, triangularly shaped neighborhood tucked away in the Oakland hills. It is a relatively inviting residential neighborhood, bounded by Park Boulevard, Highway 13 and Lincoln Avenue. The district is somewhat uncharacteristic of the average Oakland community, isolated by many windy roads, rolling hills and neatly groomed front lawns. Residents are predominately white, middle-class residents while Asian and African American families make up a small percentage of the population.

Oakmore seems to be split between high-priced homes to the north and a handful of ragtag blocks anchoring the southernmost end of the neighborhood. Of these homes to the north, many are perched on a hillside, offering refreshing views of the Oakland skyline. Many of them are charming two-story homes, giving way to considerably narrow streets that climb steep inclines.

As you travel south, the neighborhood mixes in a handful of smaller homes and ragtag blocks. It’s almost a crapshoot to have a neighbor keeping with the relatively nice aesthetic appeal the area is trying to cultivate. While some homes are bordered with charming picket fences, others are surrounded by bushy, unkempt shrubbery. However, most of the neighborhood is lined with leafy sidewalks.

Looking to unwind, Dimond Canyon Park, a lengthy wooden open space that edges the western border. The outdoor recreational grassland offers plenty of open space to go hiking or mountain biking.

Public transportation is rare to almost non-existent considering the neighborhood’s relatively isolated location.
Pros
  • Nice Homes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
MarvinM
MarvinM This does not at all describe Oakmore or Oakmore Highlands! It is a well maintained area of Oakland with bus service running up and down its main ave. Nothing about this area has changed since the above report has was written except on the positive side of things. It is a great and safe area to live in with Piedmont on one side and Montclair just on the other side of hwy 13.
2yrs+
AlbertCamusing
AlbertCamusing MarvinM:

I agree completely. Ntrench has written a TRAVESTY. Lower Oakmore is an upper-middle class neighborhood of Craftsman, mid-century ranchers, and some smaller Mediterraneans and Tudors. Prices began in the upper 500,000 and move up to just under one million, the higher up the hill one goes.

Upper Oakmore, on the other hand, is an outright wealthy neighborhood of grander Tudors, Mediterraneans, some mid-century Ranchers and Moderns, and even some Post-Modern homes. Mansions, sprawling, woodsy estates, and lesser but still large, expensive homes jostle for space on the precipitous hillsides and summits. Prices begin at one million dollars and go well beyond multi-million for the largest (and oldest) estates, a number of which rival those found in Oakland's Montclair, Claremont Pines, Crocker Highlands, and Claremont Hills neighborhoods (some of the city's wealthy hillside neighborhoods) as they do anything in the Berkeley Hills or Piedmont.

Either ntrench confused Fruitvale with lower Oakmore, or he just didn't even bother to do his basic neighborhood research, Either way, his description indicates incompetence and sloppiness and is NOT HELPFUL to homebuyers interested in upscale, distinctive properties outside of the McMansion suburbs.
2yrs+
GaryS2
GaryS2 It's unfortunate that ntrench didn't visit the Oakmore neighborhood before writing his review, his frequent references to "ragtag" homes does not represent the Oakmore neighborhood we live in and have loved for nearly 20 years. And the hipster criteria of a cafe or cutesy shop squeezed between every other home sounds more like a desire to live in the Mission. There's lots of nearby shopping, but will require getting off your duff and leaving the house.
Sep 03, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A Bridge Between Two Freeways"

Oakmore is yet another of these tucked away hilly neighborhoods that hide out in the Oakland Hills. As with the other neighborhoods in this area, you can roughly divide the neighborhood between its eastern and western ends.

On the western end, near the freeway, the neighborhood is pretty much a middle class neighborhood. The lanes here are long and without side streets for long stretches and the homes that populate these streets are California Bungalows, Ranch Homes and the occasional Mission Style deals on small lots. The streets are leafy and mostly straight.

On the eastern end, as you move farther up into the hills it is pretty much a wealthy neighborhood. The streets up in the hills snake around the hills, offering up great views of the Bay and of Oakland. The homes perch along the hillside in various styles, all of which take advantage of the sight lines by pointing themselves out towards the Bay. Lots of porches and bay windows thus stick out along the hills.

The homes on the eastern end also vary greatly in terms of architectural styles so that you can find everything from unusual Contemporary houses, Modernist homes, some Tudors and some California Bungalows, about a third of these dating back to the 1920’s when this neighborhood was (like adjacent Piedmont Pines) carved out of the hills.

One of the cool features of the neighborhood is the Leimart Bridge that crosses over Dimond Park to connect Crocker Highland and Oakmore. Right by the bridge, there is a little commercial village area with a little market, a pizza place and some local businesses just so that residents don’t have to find their way down into Oakland to get basic necessities.

This neighborhood borders both Highway 580 on the western end, but also Highway 13 (right at the point where it turns into Piedmont Pines). The connection between these two sections thus gives the highly expensive area along Highway 13 a much more secluded feel than the other section on the western end of the neighborhood. You feel on the eastern side as if you are far away in the middle of woods. (Or you would if there were not so much traffic on the Warren Freeway.)
Pros
  • Nice Homes
  • Good Schools
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Hillside Problems
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish

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