Oakland's Bartlett Neighborhood
Oakland’s Bartlett Neighborhood is well located, and, while its a bit smaller than the appealing nearby neighborhoods in the Laurel, Dimond, Fruitvale and Allendale sections of Oakland, it still has a great deal to offer. One of its strongest assets has to be the sense of neighborhood that its many tree lined streets, and well established lawns create as you visit. If you are interested in buying a home in this area, you will be impressed by the available garden space and long established fruit, redwood and fir trees that add charm and shade to the area.
Most of these homes were built in an era when attention to detail, quality of workmanship, and charming design were at their peak. If you enjoy the appealing styling of Craftsman, Bungalow or Spanish Mediterranean architecture, you will want to reach out to me as your real estate agent to discover your many choices among the homes for sale here, many of which are currently available for sale.
One item worth noticing is its Walk Score of 70. Bartlett is literally just a few minutes by foot or car to an amazing variety of unique food and restaurant choices, as well as multiple imaginative shops and stores-particularly in the Dimond, Upper Fruitvale, and adjacent Laurel neighborhoods.
WHERE IS THE BARTLETT NEIGHBORHOOD?
It would be hard to find a better neighborhood in terms of its location. As indicated above, it is surrounded by attractive nearby neighborhoods, and additionally, is very close to well established transportation routes–making commuting to work or recreation a breeze.
Bartlett is bounded on the east by 35th Avenue, on the north by Highway 580, on the west by Coolidge Avenue, and on the south by Brookdale Avenue. Its proximity to Highway 580 allows rapid access to virtually any city in the county. Driving west takes one to downtown Oakland, Berkeley, and routes to San Francisco and Contra Costa County. Heading east, 580 will take you to San Leandro, Castro Valley and Hayward, or via the Dublin Pass, to Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore.
Additionally, Bartlett’s two boundary streets of Coolidge and 35th Avenues are direct links to 580, mentioned above, and just a few blocks away.
One of the benefits of an established neighborhood like Bartlett is the availability of well established bus routes. They are easily located on Coolidge, 35th and Brookdale streets. These will quickly take a rider to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), and from there, all over the Bay area, or, if preferred, take the rider to work in downtown Oakland. Once in downtown however, a ferry system exists in Jack London Square which reaches out to cities all over the Bay Area.
This convenience to transportation is one of the most highly rated feature of this neighborhood, according to area surveys.
THINGS TO DO IN THE BARTLETT NEIGHBORHOOD
Because of its smaller size, and mostly residential composition, Bartlett residents need to step out of their neighborhood for shopping and dining. That certainly doesn’t present a problem, because everything is nearby. Some of the very popular grocery shopping is done at the Farmers Joe’s Marketplace, Safeway, and the long established Food Mill nearby. Other popular choices for food include the many small restaurants along MacArthur Boulevard, especially in the Laurel District. Favorites in the area also include La Farine French Bakery, Fists of Flower Pizza Company, Everett and Jones Barbecue and Vientien Café.
Two annual street fairs are the highlight of the area, and both are well attended by those inside and outside the neighborhoods. The first is the Oaktoberfest, held in the Dimond District, and as you might guess features a wide variety of craft beers, food and entertainment. The second is the colorful Laurel Street Fair and World Music Festival, which is family oriented, and offers art, dance and foods from all over the world.
Stepping outside the neighborhoods, and heading uphill along Freeways 580 and 13, residents can find family friendly activities being held at the Chabot Science Center, The Redwood Heights Recreation Center, and the Oakland Zoo. Additionally, there are lots of small parks, picnic grounds, and hiking trails to discover all along these routes.
Moving downhill towards the 880 freeway will lead one to the popular Oakland Coliseum Complex, which hosts the Oakland Athletics and the Golden State Warriors.
BARTLETT AREA SCHOOLS
There are two elementary public schools on either side of the neighborhood, so school assignments would have to be verified with the school district. The same would be true of upper level schooling. Just up 35th Avenue, and along Highways 13 and 580 are Merritt Community College, Holy Names University, and Mills College.