Looking to buy in Oakland hills. What neighborhood names classify for Oakland hills in Trulia.com?

Asked by Kimberlee Mac, Oakland, CA Mon Jul 20, 2009

Want to correctly identify Oakland hill neighborhoods for best search for property via Trulia.com. This website lists more than we realized so we appreciate a realtor narrowing it down for us. Taking this question one step further, we'd like your suggestions for the neighborhoods with good/safe elementary schools as well. Thank youl

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Kenneth Lee, Agent, Piedmont, CA
Mon Jul 20, 2009
Hello Kimberlee,

Some of the more highly regarded elementary schools that cater to residents in the Oakland Hills are the following:

Hillcrest & Chabot: Upper Rockridge
Kaiser: Hiller Highlands
Thornhill and Montclair: Montclair
Joaguin Miller: Parts of Montclair and Piedmont Pines, Joaquin Miller neighborhood

Keep in mind, that the Oakland school district does not guarantee that there will be space available even if you are residing with in the school district's boundary line. Many residents near Hillcrest were assigned Chabot and Kaiser in the past few years.

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Katie O'Shea, Agent, Oakland, CA
Mon Jul 20, 2009
H Kimberlee
In a nutshell...
Montclair 94611
Rockridge 94618
Ridgemont 94619
Upper Leimert 94602
All lovely ...still pricey...7's to well over a million(s).
All depends on what your life style is....walk to coffee? walk to children's school?walk to the grocery? close to Bart? Drive everywhere?
Need help in the hunt, call me!
Katie 393-KATE
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Cameron Platt, Agent, Oakland, CA
Mon Jul 20, 2009
The short answer -- it depends on who you ask!

Some define the Oakland Hills to be the areas above and around Highway 13 with superior school districts: Upper Rockridge, Montclair (including Thornhill, Montclair, and Piedmont Pines), Oakmont, Hiller Highlands, Claremont Highlands, etc.

Others define the hills to be everything above I-580, and would also include Piedmont Avenue, Crocker Highlands, Trestle Glen, Glenview, Dimond, Laurel, Redwood Heights, etc.

Living "in the Oakland Hills" is often used as shorthand to refer to any one of the safer, more residential neighborhoods in Oakland with good schools.

If you want to do a rough approximation of the most sought-after areas in the Oakland Hills, target the zip codes 94610, 94611, and 94618 in your search. That won't get you as far east as Dimond (94602), Redwood Heights & Laurel (94619), and others, but will get you most of the way there.

Other questions? Feel free to contact me anytime.

Cameron Platt, JD, CRS
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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Mon Jul 20, 2009

You're opening a flood gate of ideas. But are you restricted to the hills?

Redwood Heights

For a quick summary, see what Wikipedia has to say, too
Panoramic Hill
Claremont (southern portion)
Hiller Highlands
Glen Highlands
Mountain View Cemetery
Shepherd Canyon
Piedmont Pines
Upper Rockridge
Montclair Business District
Joaquin Miller Park
Lake Temescal
Broadway Terrace

[edit] Southeast Hills

Sequoyah Heights
Skyline-Hillcrest Estates
Caballo Hills
Leona Heights
Chabot Park
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Antoine Pirs…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Mon Jul 20, 2009
If you have an idea where you think you want to look for property, have your agent do a search by TB area or by mapping. That will avoid the "lower" area's your are not interest in. You cannot do it on Trulia.
Call me if you need assistance. Do not be afraid to use a Realtor. It seems from your email you are trying to do everything yourself.
(510) 485 7270
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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Mon Jul 20, 2009
I have a listing coming up on Skyline. Approved short sale. Built in 1998. Fabulous amenities and views. 3 BR/2/5 Baths, just under 2000 sq ft. In the high $600K to low $700K. Not exactly on top of the WalkScore's chart, but the peace...the tranquility...the views....

I like going to Montclair Village's shops and restaurants which are so easily accessed --- so if this is your lifestyle and your budget range, certainly it's worth a shot.
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Liz Stevens, , Berkeley, CA
Mon Jul 20, 2009
If it depends on who you ask...my suggestion is that you ask Katie O'Shea. smart and to the point.
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