LIVING IN THE DIMOND DISTRICT
An insider’s view on living
in the DIMOND DISTRICT
Zip code » 94602
Best thing about living in Dimond is » A charming community with a bustling row of shops and restaurants.
Biggest challenge » This area is still developing and evolving.
What new neighbors moving into the area should know » This is an unpretentious diverse neighborhood where many families love to call home!
TwinHill’s favorite spot in or around Dimond » Celebrating at Oaktoberfest!
Dimond is an Oakland neighborhood not far from Lake Merritt at the base of the rolling Oakland Hills (known also as “The Dimond” and “The Dimond District”).
Centrally located to shops and easy freeway access, it is a bustling neighborhood filled with a diverse community and many families. The neighborhood is the perfect blend of urban convenience and nature. Dimond Park is a beautiful park that is in the middle of the neighborhood and where many take advantage of the woodsy secluded trails and areas to picnic.
The neighborhood has an active community that celebrates its history, including an annual Oaktoberfest that commemorates a prior era of ample beer gardens. In the 1890’s the neighborhood attracted many German settlers that established a multitude of beer gardens drawing many local residents. The annual fest continues to celebrate the history and diversity that makes the neighborhood so unique. Dimond has always drawn a diverse array of residents. The Dimond was named after Hugh Dimond, an Irish entrepreneur who came to the Bay during the Gold Rush purchased the land in 1867.
The area has a nice mix of locally owned and national chains of grocery stores and restaurants, including La Farine bakery, Farmer Joes, and Safeway, to name a few. Dimond is just a quick drive to the trendy 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 Dimond and has a small but solid assortment of restaurants and specialty shops. Fruitvale and Laurel are also vibrant neighborhoods that surround the Dimond. Dimond is bustling and in the middle of the action; everything is accessible by public transportation, walking, biking or driving. It is a fantastic neighborhood for young families who want charming homes (1920s bungalows and Mission Revivals), easy freeway access, and great schools.
Location & Commute
Dimond is visible from Interstate 580 and is centered around the active intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Fruitvale Avenue. It is just two miles east of Lake Merritt and the popular Grand Lake/Lakeshore neighborhood. To the south of Dimond is Fruitvale, and to its east is the Laurel District.
One can easily walk or bike around the neighborhood. Public transportation is easily accessible. For those who commute, Interstate 580 is extremely easy to access.
Schools near the Dimond District
Dimond 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 Dimond. Sequoia Elementary, Redwood Day, Fruitvale Elementary, and Bret Harte Middle School are a few of the schools in this area.