According to a local reviewer, “Diversity, openness, and acceptance are at the heart of the Upper Laurel, making it a true microcosm of what makes Oakland great as a modern American city.” Indeed this community is making a turn for the best from its obsolete California Bungalows to a more present feel.
This district was either named after the “Laurel Grove Park” residential tract or from the street car company “Key Route Heights”. Although, the actual designation is unclear, the district has a golden history of expansion and innovation. The Laurel district witnessed an intense level of growth during World War II. I-580 was created to rid Macarthur Boulevard of its previous duties as U.S. Highway 50. By the 21st century, a project to brighten up the artistic value of this area was executed by the Golden Associates. Thanks to them, “arts and crafts” lettering of the word “Laurel” appeared all over the place.
Upper Laurel is home to some of the best nature spots in the bay. A simple walk will lead you to Joaquin River, Roberts, and Redwood Parks. The Chabot Space and Science Center is nearby as well. Mills College is great for walking your dog or to simply stroll through for a breath of fresh air. In recent years, newer restaurants targeting younger audiences have popped up in addition to a local yoga studio. There are over 20 shopping options such as Hot House Interior and Unique Hardwood Floors. Dozens of grocers are available such as the famous Oaktown Market on High Street. Although it’s small in size, its friendly customer service is what kept them in business. Furthermore, there are several eateries along Masterson Street such as the Laurel Lounge where guests can watch the game and socialize with drinks.
Upper Laurel has over 15 schools within a mile radius such as Laurel Elementary and American Indian Public Charter School. Laurel Middle School received an API score of 927 in 2013. The district has an overall rating of B+ for education on Area Vibes.
Oakland enjoys a reputation for great quality schools, including public, charter & private. For more educational options, school ratings and reviews, visit Greatschools.org
AC Transit offers a number of lines such as the 14, 57 and 54. Higher numbered routes such as 648 and 654 cater to students in the region. The 805 line is an “all-nighter” bus. Fruitvale Bart Station is nearby and riders can hop on the free shuttle at Macarthur Bart station. Highway 580 is the major outlet for drivers along with Highway 13 towards Berkeley and Walnut Creek.
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 Upper Laurel.
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