This area, also known as the Loft District, is a beautiful section of Oakland that commonly attracts tourists and residents alike. Jack London is just south of Interstate 880 along the embarcadero. The popular shopping and dining collective, Jack London Square, is stationed right by the water with cute boutiques, upscale restaurants and fun bar and grills.
In the late 19th century a team of grocery store owners migrated to 11th Street between Webster and Harrison. Governments limited where produce and other food items can be displayed so the local grocers purchased most of the surrounding land for expansion. This additional 38 lots of space allowed the vendors to be closer to the waterfront and train station. The district was later named after the author, journalist and social activist, John Griffith “Jack” London. At the time, he was the owner of Oakland’s Port and pushed many political agendas for the city’s development.
There is so much to choose from in such a small area it can be rather overwhelming for the first-timer. Bronze walkways can lead guests down a “Jack London History Walk” starting at Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon and finishing at the Presidential Yacht Potomac. Walkers can see engraved wolf tracks in the ground that correlate to areas of significance. Those who don’t mind getting wet behind the ears can embark on yachting, kayaking and even canoeing. There are several events held here such as Family Fun on the Fourth and Under the Stars Night Time Farmer’s Market. Local eateries such as Buttercups Grill and Bar is a classic example of American dining and the breakfasts are simply amazing. There’s also a movie theater for the popcorn fiend and several parking spaces for local bicyclists. Art lovers can also view the handful of murals that embody the creativity of Oakland’s expression.
Because Jack London appeals to the professional and tourist crowds, there are not many notable schools compared to other Oakland neighborhoods. However, the Food Craft Institute rings true to its background offering hands-on training designed “to teach traditional food-making techniques and the entrepreneurial skills needed to build viable businesses.”
Oakland enjoys a reputation for great quality schools, including public, charter & private. For more educational options, school ratings and reviews, visit Greatschools.org
Jack London Square has an Amtrak Station and a Ferry that travels to San Francisco and South City. The ferry connects to Alameda as well. There is also a free bus shuttle that runs up and down Broadway with its final stop at the waterfront. Several BART Stations are also accessible at nearly every other block on Broadway. AC Transit is another option and Broadway still remains the most convenient point of entry. There are also many bikers in this area which may be easier than hitting stop lights and crosswalks. Lastly, the nearest highways are I-80, 24 to 980 and I-880.
It’s very important to keep an eye on the market. Housing prices can ebb and flow due to economic, seasonal and local factors. For a true understanding of your property’s value or determining the “right” price to offer for a home, consult with a Realtor. Johanna provides free marketing appraisals in Jack London Square.
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