LIVING IN CROCKER HIGHLANDS
An insider’s view on living
in CROCKER HIGHLANDS
Zip code » 94610
Best thing about living in Crocker Highlands is » The tree lined streets!
Biggest challenge » Although it is an extremely walkable neighborhood, it is a bit of a hike to get to the nearest BART station for public transportation.
What new neighbors moving into the area should know » The residents take pride in their community and maintain their beautiful homes and yards.
TwinHill’s favorite spot in or around Crocker Highlands » Penrose on Grand Avenue.
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Tucked in between Interstate 580 and Highway 13, Crocker Highlands is a charming neighborhood in Oakland’s lower hills. You will immediately notice the unique way the streets curve along the lower hillside and the impressive architecture of the homes. During the 1920s and 30s famous architects like Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck chose this idyllic location to display their architectural styles. Beautiful Craftsman, Prairie, Tudor, and Neo-Mediterranean style homes flank the curvy tree lined streets.
The pride that Crocker Highland residents take in maintaining their homes and yards is quite apparent. Many Crocker Highlands homeowners, along with residents of nearby Trestle Glen, belong to the Lakeshore Homes Association, the second oldest homeowners association west of the Mississippi. Residents of Crocker Highlands enjoy their community and revel in being so close to all that Oakland has to offer while maintaining a small town feel in their unique corner of the world.
Crocker Highlands neighbors the popular Lakeshore and Grand Lake neighborhoods. This area is quite popular and boasts outdoor activities at the lake, fantastic restaurants and even a bit of nightlife. Glenview is also near Crocker Highlands and has a small but solid assortment of restaurants and specialty shops. Although Crocker Highlands has the feel of a quiet, tight-knit community, there is action just around the corner accessible by walking, biking or driving for those that want it.
Location & Commute
Crocker Highlands is bordered by affluent Piedmont to the north and Oakland’s Trestle Glen neighborhood to the south. The popular Grand Lake/Lakeshore neighborhood is to the west and Oakland’s Glenview neighborhood borders the eastern part of the area.
The neighborhood is one where you often see people walking. One can easily walk to Grand Lake/Lakeshore from Crocker Highlands. In the Grand Lake/Lakeshore neighborhood there are a multitude of public transportation options, however if walking to the nearest BART station from Crocker Highlands it can be a bit of a walk. Crocker Highlands is between Interstate 580 and Highway 13, thus it is a quick drive through the neighborhood to get to a major thoroughfare. Residents have quick access to the Bay Bridge and neighboring San Francisco, as well as the South and North Bays.
Schools near Jack London
Crocker Highlands is part of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). There are many public, private and charter schools in Oakland and cities surrounding Oakland. The public schools in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) can be somewhat complicated to navigate which is why it is important to discuss your different options with real estate experts TwinHill when selecting a neighborhood to purchase a home. In OUSD priority is generally given to students who live within the neighborhood boundary for the school, and top priority also goes to siblings of current students. Visit the OUSD Map to view the neighborhood schools for Crocker Highlands.
There are two k-5 public elementary schools in the Crocker Highlands area, both with an excellent reputation. Crocker Highlands residents are proud to have their children attend either Cleveland or Crocker Highlands Elementary Schools, (although Crocker Highlands Elementary School is one of OUSD’s best elementary schools.) Many parents transition their children to a charter or private school during middle school.
There are many private schools in the area, and two that are conveniently located to Crocker Highlands. Nearby private k-8 Bentley School has an impeccable reputation for academic rigor and students who excel. They also have a high school program that is in nearby Lafayette. Head-Royce School is another admired k-12 private school. It is diverse, has excellent academics, and a student-faculty ratio of 8:1. Here is a full list of private schools in the area.