I wasn't sure if you were asking about the neighborhood listed under your name, Oakland Ave./Harrison, or the Prescott area? I thought the question was about Prescott- which is part of West Oakland. If indeed you're inquiring of Prescott, here are my thoughts: check out the website: http://popna.blogspot.com/ This is a really good local site. I have a friend Marcus who has lived there for decades, and he frequently posts.. feel free to email Marcus through the site. He is exceptionally knowledgeable about the area, about the neighborhood events, crimewatch, politics, developments, and is an all around wealth of info about the area.
I've sold a couple of homes there to first timers who got great deals on homes that needed work. Both couples have told me they're enjoying life there so far. Like many parts of the "flatlands" of Oakland, either west or east, it is really important to drive around, walk around and talk to people there prior to putting an offer in on anything. Lots of info online to check out too!
If I misunderstood, and you are asking about Oakland/Harrison.. different feel in that part of town. The individuals and couples I know who live in condos there complain about parking and traffic, and what may be an uptick in car break ins. However, they love the proximity to Whole Foods, the lake, downtown and overall central location.
Good luck, and feel free to contact me if I may help!
I think that condos have overall heald their value pretty well, and they are pretty large. Lots of 1 bedrooms being converted to 2 bedrooms. FYI: since the buildings are older, you are unlikely to have in-unit laundry in a condo. This may or may not be a deal breaker for you.
The neighborhood is a mix of singles, typically 25+, young couples and young families. Not many student types in the immediate vicinity. You'll also run into 55+ people as well. It is pretty diverse, although not many kids over 5.
My personal opinion is that the closer to 580 you stay, the better the homes and the neighborhoods. I've yet to hear any complaints about the freeway noise, as I've been working in the alameda county area for quite some time now.
The area in question is different per street really.
Oakland and Harrison are very busy streets, so I would not consider them "walking" area.
Side streets of these two major roads are great. The closer you get to the Lake the better ( or the further away from the 580 noise).
Some area's are mostly condo style living. So if interested in a SFR, you may want to be more precise in what streets you are interested in.
You are very close to shopping and restaurants, and the park and lake.
We would need get more detailed requirements from you here. Tell me what street exaclty.
Antoine. Check my site for extensive info
Also, there has good shopping area, gas station, supermarket, and many restaurant too.
It is close to freeway 580, 880 and 13 for good transportation, and have bus stop 1 to go china town within 5 minutes.