5.3 out of 10

The Triangle

37.832504506119 -122.280409647425
Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Resale or Rental Value
Who lives here?
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"L-Shaped Neighborhood"

The Triangle is a section of Emeryville that wraps around the southeast corner of the Emeryville Civic Center. On its northern end where it meets the Gaskill neighborhood at 53rd Street, the Triangle is a residential neighborhood that varies little from its northern neighbor. The homes here are all pretty old and many of them look a little bit run down. Rents are fairly inexpensive here, with a two-bedroom going for about $1,100 and with some steals on the order of $700 for a studio.

This is definitely an area that focuses on families. There is a park at this northern end, Temescal Creek Park which is small but has both basketball courts and a play area for young children. Anna Yates Elementary is down on 41st street and Emery Middle School is to the west. Anna Yates is generally well-regarded by local parents but doesn’t fair so well on objective standards.

On its southern end the neighborhood is a commercial draw filled with box store outlets like Pic-N-Save, Petsmart, Office Depot and a Babies-R-Us. This is another big draw for people who come here to check out Ikea.

In addition, along 40th Street you will find a row of those new boxy condominiums with the mix of tan colors. These are the kinds of highly fortified apartments that gentrification has rushed into Oakland.

Overall, this is a good place to go shopping but I’m not so sure I would like to live here.
  • Good Box Stores
  • Affordable Rents
  • Close to Emeryville Commercial Area
  • Crime
  • Ugly and Flat
innerducky I live right on the border of The Triangle. I ride my bike throough it each day to work, and I am continuously impressed by the positive changes happening in this neighborhood. The San Pablo stores are both vibrant and useful (Arizmendi, Los Cantaros, a deli, CVS). Escuela Bilingue Internaciaonl opened its West campus here last year, Anna Yates is flourishing. The streets are extremely safe to drive and bike on (with new traffic calming landscaping). Houses are modest and affordable (for the Bay Area), and there are numerous affordable - but quality- housing options.

I suspect this review, like others around this area, is written by someone who lives in the hills, and drives through this neigborhood here and there on the way to Ikea or West Elm, without ever knowing anything about it. Some of us choose to live in the "ugly flat" area, near myriad public transportation options, with a high walkability score. This is, ultimately, a city and we choose to balance a house with what a city can offer.
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