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The third largest city in San Francisco Bay area, Oakland has a population of 413,775, and it serves as the trade center for the area at large. Port Oakland is the busiest port in both the Bay and in all of Northern California. The political activism in Oakland and higher level of community engagement has led the area attracting dot-com startups and major investment brokers alike. Oakland is also one of the most ethnically diverse major cities in the country. Oakland has a much lower cost of living compared to other cities in the Bay Area in addition to a more competitive housing market making it a great location to consider Rent to Own homes.
Neighborhoods The city of Oakland has a highly diverse range of neighborhoods that include everything from highly affluent areas to trendy clubs, shops, and pubs, and working class neighborhoods. There are more than 50 distinct neighborhoods in Oakland which include the Central Business District, Lake Merritt, east Oakland, North Oakland, West Oakland, and the Oakland Hills. The median home value, according to Zillow, in Oakland is $579,900.
Do and See Despite a previous tainted reputation, Oakland has emerged in recent years as a travel destination and one of “America’s Coolest Cities” according to Forbes. It’s sophisticated restaurants, bars, and top music venues make Oakland an appealing place for anyone who enjoys the nightlife, and it has one of the best rations of theaters and museums per square mile of any American city.