I have lived here in the King Estates area since 2007. Yes we have crime like anyplace in Oakland. Just not as much. There is a neighborhood watch program and it works. The home prices are climbing and most of the homes look very nice. It's a very diverse neighborhood if you ask me. Many dog walkers and children at play. Neighbors are friendly. Block parties every year. Going to the grocery store is a bit of a hassle but you don't see homeless folks around like you would near the stores and fast food chains. Or near the coffee shops of the Laurel district. Public transportation is close by. Never had problems on the bus. One agent that lived in the area for several yrs regrets he moved. He can help you find a new home in the area now that the market is picking up. Some of my neighbors are preparing to sell. Some retiring and some relocating for work. I do not know of anyone who moved because of ongoing s in the area. My only regret about this area and Oakland as a whole is the high taxes.
Overall, King Estates is an awesome place to live. Property value will increase dramatically when ground breaks at Oak Knoll. Contact Ernie Sexton of the Sexton Group Realty when you ready to purchase in this area. A super great, honest and loyal agent.... more
Oakland already IS Brooklyn! The area from lower Park Blvd to lower San Antonio is on the old maps as Brooklyn. It tried to succeed from Oakland a long time ago. If you look on property records, and do some research about Oakland, particularly through The Cultural Heritage Survey,,, headed by City of Oakland's own historical expert Betty Marvin email@example.com , you can learn a lot about Brooklyn, in Oakland.
Many of us were part of the Brooklyn Neighborhood Preservation group, that planted trees, worked on neighborhood issues, etc. and, that group will be starting up again!
Many of us still call our area of Oakland, Brooklyn! As someone born and raised in New York, (along with a lot of Oaklanders), I love this! I've lived here, in the Brooklyn area of Oakland for thirty five years.
Our area, just east of lower Park Blvd, has always been culturally diverse, with lots of community-involved folks. Now we have a few cafes and the great Champa Garden restaurant.
Oakland is still the most diverse city in the entire country!... more
um... I would get a copy of the zone map and find out the measurements of yours and your neighbor's lot. Then I would measure it out and make sure that where he wants to put the fence is not on your lot. If it is not, then I think there is nothing much you can do as city easement usually only means the access to the land by a third party (ingress, egress, driveway, city access, utilities, etc.) but not the limitation of the use of land itself. But I might be wrong. Get a land map from zoning, and while you are there, talk with the agents there.... more