A sprawling Bay Area city with plenty to offer.
Welcome to Oakland
Oakland, one of the largest cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, is known as an incredibly diverse and vibrant place to live. With great restaurants, fun local events, and plenty of outdoor activities, Oakland is one of California’s most exciting cities.
Oakland was developed in 1851, at the time just a small town with fewer than one hundred residents, two hotels, a wharf, and a few warehouses. Thanks to the rapid growth of local railroads, Oakland became a major city in the 1870s, becoming a significant rail terminal and adding a shipping port. Today, Oakland boasts a thriving and trendy downtown with plenty of green space among the urban setting.
While the cost of living is high in most parts of the Bay Area, Oakland offers some fantastic places to live where you can get a real bang for your buck. Million-dollar homes with comfortable backyards, world-class amenities, and stunning views are available within Oakland’s city limits; some are located within the desirable Redwood Heights neighborhood.
What to Love
- Vibrant urban landscape
- Great restaurants and shopping
- Lots of outdoor activities
- Close proximity to San Francisco
People & Lifestyle
Oakland is a major city with a population of over 390,000—because of this, there are always fun things to do and great people to meet. Even among the urban sprawl, there is plenty of greenery, with nearby parks and trails to explore. A wonderfully diverse city, Oakland is an excellent place for anyone looking to live around a wide variety of cultures. Young professionals love Oakland’s exciting nightlife and plentiful things to do, not to mention the proximity to San Francisco, which makes for an easy commute. Ranked one of the healthiest cities in America, this is also a nice place for families.
Dining, Entertaining & Shopping
Oakland is known for its thriving downtown and lively nightlife, with a food scene that’s perfect for finding new restaurants to enjoy. There are also some great opportunities for shopping.
Visit Oakland’s famous Jack London Square
, the city’s waterfront entertainment district, for a fun night on the town! Here, you can shop at trendy retail locations like Oakland Supply Co
., grab a quick snack at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
, or enjoy a stellar sit-down dinner at one of the district’s incredible restaurants.
One of Oakland’s finest restaurants, Wood Tavern
is a Michelin-awarded contemporary restaurant serving California-inspired dishes in a cozy setting. Stop by the award-winning Brown Sugar Kitchen
for delicious soul food, or enjoy seafood on the outdoor patio at Quinn’s Lighthouse Restaurant & Pub
Things to Do
In Oakland, there are always plenty of fun activities and community events that welcome local participation. From festivals to outdoor sports, there are lots of great things happening in this city by the Bay.
Enjoy live music, dancing, delicious food, and other family fun at the Art + Soul
festival each summer! There’s also the annual Greek Festival
,which provides residents with homemade Greek food, as well as authentic music and dancing.
Get outside and enjoy nature from Jack London Square
! Take to the water on a California Canoe & Kayak
excursion, immerse yourself in history on a USS Potomac Tour
, or take a stroll or jog along the Bay Trail
. You can also enjoy the natural beauty at Lake Merritt
or enjoy an Oakland Athletics
game at the Oakland Coliseum.
Oakland is zoned to the Oakland Unified School District and is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: