A diverse city with an abundance of activities
Oakland California is commonly picked by residents over its larger neighbor San Francisco because it is just as diverse, offers real character as well as access to great outdoor activities with ease. Great food and shopping provides residents with everything you could look for in an urban area and easy access to the bay as well as beautiful Lake Meritt. Oakland offers the same benefits of San Francisco with its own culture, and history, even its own China town, but with less crowds and a feeling of home. Oakland is a great place to settle down with a family or on your own because you will always find friendly faces and great new activities to explore.
Occupying a large area west of Alameda, south of Berkeley, and north of San Leandro, Oakland is a large city that offers easy access to many areas in the East Bay as well as quick travel into San Francisco by I-80 Bridge. With its own airport, many convenient roads, access to national parks and culture makes Oakland an great fit for many.
Landmarks & Scenes:
With Lake Merritt at its center Oakland has great views as well as old architecture like The Grand Theater, built in 1926, or Children’s Fairyland.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, at over 200 years old, serves as a beautiful reminder of San Jose's past as a mission city.
Oakland has an abundance of great restaurants with a lot of variety. Champa Garden, a Laos and Thai restaurant found in the residential neighborhood near Lake Merritt. It is tiny and constantly swamped until close. Or visit True Burger, which has fresh ingredients and creamy milkshakes.
Knickknacks and backpacks, smoothies and snacks all over downtown Oakland and Chinatown is full of shops, restaurants, malls and markets making shopping for anything a breeze.
Fox Theater is a large draw in the community attracting large audiences for its beautiful venue and interesting shows.
Sports & Outdoors:
A flatland freestyle bicyclist performs during the annual Pedal Fest in Jack London Square and you will constantly see residents exercising all around town.
Arts & Culture:
Each person in Oakland helps it create its own sense of community and culture with friends sitting around Lake Merritt while a boat zips by and a local artist creates and sells handmade stitches near Jack London Square.
Oakland is a family town with so many activities for kids and families like the rides at Jack London Square