Lake Merritt / Jack London
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Area Description

Not too far from Oakland’s vibrant downtown core, a diverse community of city dwellers takes refuge from the bustle of the surrounding neighborhoods to find sanctuary near the beautifully restored area of Lake Merritt.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Lake Merritt’s residents include trendy San Francisco transplants, young families, and long-time ‘Merritters.’


With a number of diverse and lively neighborhoods surrounding Lake Merritt, there is ample opportunity to find an area that speaks to you and your lifestyle.

You'll Love

The large number of cafés and restaurants popping up at every corner; the surprising affordability; and the incredible lake access. Finding a home near Lake Merritt and the surrounding neighborhoods is a growing trend for those looking to trade in high San Francisco rents for owning a home.

Around the Area

Around the Lake Merritt Area:

The obvious thing to do while touring the area’s surrounding neighborhoods is, of course, the lake itself. Bike or take a calming stroll around the lake, or, if you’re so inclined, grab a friend or two and hit the water with a rented paddle boat. Don’t miss a visit to the Grand Lake Theatre. locals and tourists interested in taking in the theatre’s breathtaking architecture. Portal is a local hotspot serving up contemporary sake cocktails and locally sourced foods. Did we mention their open-air beer garden, bottomless mimosas and hefty craft beer selection? If you’re near Lake Merritt on a Saturday, be sure to check out the Grand Lake Farmers’ Market and taste fresh local produce, meats, cheeses, and take your pick from the bevy of food trucks that convene there.

Around the Jack London Area:

At the heart of one of the most well-known commercial districts in Oakland, the waterfront neighborhood of Jack London draws in a mixed crowd of tourists and residents as they tour the sights and sounds of the harbor’s waterfront district. The name originally comes from Jack London Square, the main commercial district of this Oakland neighborhood. It’s here where you can find an array of 1950s warehouses converted into hip storefronts, coffee shops and quality dining spots.

The coffee…The people of Jack London know their way around a pour-over. Grab a coffee at notable cafés Blue Bottle Coffee, Bicycle Coffee (they have free pour-overs every Friday!), and Café Santana. The main commercial hub, Jack London Square, is filled with dining spots, local shops, and outdoor activities. Rent a kayak or canoe and tour around the harbor, or walk along the pier and check out some of the amazing boats and yachts docked out on the water.


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