Allendale Neighorhood

Oakland's Allendale Neighborhood

The Allendale Neighborhood of Oakland is one that truly deserves the name “neighborhood”.   It fits in comfortably with the long established and popular collection of neighborhoods that surround it- Laurel, Dimond and Maxwell Park, and is well liked by those that live there. Whether you are buying home, or selling your home, it is interesting to note that recent surveys reveal that the residents value Allendale as welcoming, family friendly, and one that offers a real sense of community.   The neighborhood’s tree lined streets are especially appealing, and many homes have additional gardens and back yards filled with long established fruit and evergreen trees that add to the charm.  The variety of architecture in the available homes for sale includes everything from Craftsman and Bungalow to Spanish Mediterranean. There is a wealth of opportunity for food, shopping, entertainment and family activities within a very short distance, and as a result, the neighborhood has a  Walk Score of 77, and has been dubbed a “commuter’s dream” in recent publications.


Allendale is ideally located for those who would like an efficient commute system, and want to be centrally located enough to enjoy all the pluses of being surrounded by other appealing hometown neighborhoods.  Bounded on the west by 35th Avenue, and on the east by High Street, and topped by Highway 580, there is always a direct path to anywhere in Oakland, San Francisco, San Leandro or Contra Costa County via Highway 580 or Highway 13 further up the hill.  High Street also leads directly to Highway 880, and from there, south to San Leandro, Hayward, Fremont and, ultimately, San Jose.  For those who prefer not to drive to work, buses along nearby MacArthur Boulevard furnish connections directly to BART, or into downtown Oakland.  Additionally, once in downtown Oakland, a commuter can take a ferry directly from Jack London Square into San Francisco.   


Allendale is close to the both the Laurel and Dimond neighborhoods which furnish residents some of the most popular and varied shopping and dining spots in the area.   Some of the top shopping choices are the Farmer Joe’s Marketplace, Safeway, and The Food Mill.  Food choices include La Farine French Bakery, The Fists of Flour Pizza Company, Everett and Jones Barbecue, and the well reviewed Vientien Café. 

One of the highlights of both the Dimond and Laurel neighborhoods are their annual street fairs.  In late Septmeber, the Dimond District offers the family friendly Oaktoberfest that features more than 200 craft beers, food and entertainment.  Not to be outdone, the Laurel neighborhood hosts The Laurel Street Fair and World Music Festival.  Also family oriented, it is a community fund raiser, has free admission, and offers art, dance, and foods from all over the world.  

Other family friendly activities just off nearby Highways 580 and 13, include visits to the nearby Oakland Zoo, Chabot Science Center, and the Redwood Heights Recreation Center.  Additionally, there are numerous parks and trails among the same hills that surround these facilities, and Allendale boasts its own Recreation Center.    


Allendale has its own primary school in the immediate neighborhood, and the Allendale Recreation Center is immediately adjacent to it.  Up 35th Avenue and along Highways 580 and 13 are Merritt Community College, Holy Names University and Mills College.