Posts Tagged ‘walkability’

If you’re interested in some of the more urban spots in Oakland I’ve recently helped buyers purchase in these central locations. They all fulfill what I call “The latte factor” requirement!
Many buyers moving to the East Bay are hoping to maintain easy access to San Francisco and at least some of the urban buzz! They want  to purchase at a decent discount compared to the city prices, but they don’t want complete suburbia and a car drive to pick up milk and a few groceries!

181 Glen Ave.

Glen Ave is one of the little streets just off Piedmont Ave, the homes are mostly older and many are very charming craftsman style buildings. Parking can be limited depending on the street, certainly better than many areas in San Francisco… I remember driving around!
You can click on the photo of Piedmont Ave below to access neighborhood resources all over Oakland including the Piedmont Ave district.

And by the way, Piedmont Ave is not in Piedmont!

525 Mandana Blvd. #329

Mandana Boulevard is superbly located between the thriving Grand and Lakeshore avenues. Super close to Lake Merritt, and does any other location have anything quite like the Grand Lake theater? They frequently post some neon political commentary, and the bus to SF stops outside.

Click on the link below to catch a show!

1936 Market

One  neighborhood that helped put Oakland 5th on the “Time’s” list of places to visit in the world is the appropriately named “Uptown district”. Amazing restaurants and nightlife, WholeFoods and on the first Friday of every month the unique ambiance of Art Murmur. All close to one of our few districts with Victorians, including this roomy Queen Anne. Click on the link below to explore some art!

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 According to current data two thirds of Millennials (born 1981-2000) say living in a walkable community is important, and they will pay more for what I call “the latte factor!” . In fact, the overall trend with all age groups in the EastBay is a preference for the car-free lifestyle . Walkable neighborhoods provide a desirable quality of life and data suggest that residents of these neighborhoods are happier, healthier and more likely to volunteer in their communities.

I recently worked with two different buyers who were looking to purchase in an urban area with good walkability. One buyer purchased a super 2 bedroom condo in the Rockridge area of Oakland; it’s a reasonable walk to Rockridge BART and all the amenities of College Avenue.

5335 Broadway Terrace Rockridge; entry

The second buyer was downsizing from a house in San Francisco, and looked for several months at quieter neighborhoods in Berkeley. Eventually my client realized the sleepy streets were not for him, and he still needed that urban vibe! He purchased a home on a busier Berkeley street , close to Whole Foods and the Elmwood shopping area.

Both buyers prioritized access to transport and resources.

2948 Florence St. Berkeley

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