Walk, Bike or Hop on BART—Make the Bay Area Feel Small, in the Best Way Possible and Make Downtown Oakland Your Next Place to Call Home
Written By: Kandace Cornell New Apartments Oakland
If you love the idea of a Bay Area lifestyle, in a luxury high-rise with breathtaking views, allow us to present downtown Oakland for your consideration. Like the Brooklyn of the Bay, sophisticated urbanites are flocking to call this town home. With its array of local eateries and hotspots, plus the buzz of the big city just across the bridge, we promise if you leave your heart in San Francisco, you won’t even miss it.
1 | Luxury Living New Apartments Oakland
A slew of luxury high-rises are popping up all around town, waiting to give you a taste of the good life. The ultra-luxe 17th & Broadway apartments boast stunning panoramic views of the Bay and luxury amenities, such as a 24-hour fitness center, a rooftop lounge, a penthouse level game room and a washing and grooming station (you have to see to believe) for your pup!
Native Knowledge: 17th & Broadway is a 1-minute walk to Bart Station, 2-minute bike ride to Lake Merritt and surrounded by 40+ restaurants within a 10 block radius.
17th & Broadway Apartments
447 17th St
Oakland, CA 94612
2 | Entertainment for All New Apartments Oakland
Despite what you think you know about Oakland, plenty of activities abound to keep you entertained. Culture buffs can check out several museums and festivals like the Oakland Art Murmur and the First Friday Street Festival—an immersive community experience in the heart of Oakland’s hip KONO District. From street artists and musicians to the best culinary classics in town, you can support the community and get to know your neighborhood vendors at this unique event. If you’re in search of some family fun, take the kiddos to the Oakland Zoo or the Chabot Space & Science Center where they can meet animals, create and explore!
Native Knowledge: Downtown Oakland is super easy to navigate on foot or by bike. If wheels are your thing, plenty of cycle rental and bike-sharing businesses are sprinkled around to help cut down on the carbon footprint (not to mention traffic).
3 | Music Scene New Apartments Oakland
With an abundance of theaters and concert venues sprinkled across Oakland, there are copious amounts of shows to see. Oakland is home to one of the hottest blues night spots—Eli’s Mile High Club—which features legends like Fillmore Slim and Bobbie Webb. Be sure to check out who is playing at the well-known Fox Theater or Paramount Theater.
Native Knowledge: American rapper G Eazy was born and raised in Oakland, CA.
4 | Home to Foodie Favorites
Home to some fantastic food, downtown Oakland offers a range of restaurants. From casual dining and hidden gem holes-in-the-wall to upscale gastropubs and trendy tapas spots, there’s something to suit any craving. Hop on over to Hopscotch, a quaint local favorite for seasonal American dishes influenced by Japanese flavors—plus, a full menu of robust cocktails for some serious sippin’.
5 | Night Life New Apartments Oakland
If you’ve got night fever, look no further than the heart of the city. Chock full of cocktail bars, craft beer and happy hour spots (for the earlier crowd), a bevy of clubs and lounges are at your disposal for night owls to dance the night away. Hello Stranger, just minutes from 17th & Broadway, is a bi-level cocktail lounge and club with a rotating cast of DJs, swanky vibes, violet lighting, and a huge gold disco ball! If you’re more of a mellow sipper, head down to Dogwood for an “old hunting club” vibe, classic cocktails and yummy meat and cheese pairings!
6 | Waterfront Hotels New Apartments Oakland
Staycation mode calls for a vacation-worthy hotel. Soak in those water views from one of downtown’s finest like The Waterfront—a pet-friendly boutique hotel with breathtaking views and an ideal, center-of-it-all location. Whether you’re looking to shop, bar-hop, or show the kiddos around, the Waterfront’s friendly staff is ready to help you plan the perfect day in Oakland!
7 | Proximity to the City
If the out-of-towners insist on visiting the Painted Ladies from Full House, San Francisco is only a breezy 12-minute drive or a 16-minute trip on the BART—ranging from $2 to $4—with a shuttle running every 15 minutes. Talk about accessible!
For a peaceful day away from the hustle and bustle, strap on some hiking boots and wander the winding trails of Redwood Regional Park. Only 20 minutes away and less touristy than nearby Muir Woods, you can check out some of the oldest (and tallest) redwood trees around.
Native Knowledge: In the mid-1800s, This forest grove was a designated space for extensive logging to supply building materials for the San Francisco Bay Area.
9 | Wineries Galore!
If a weekend trip is in order, grab some pals or take your significant other to wine country. With grapes sourced from all over California, Oakland’s Urban Wine Trail is an ideal place to shop, eat and explore all that Oakland has to offer. Hit the road, and in less than an hour, you could be sampling sauv blanc in Sonoma or taking a nip in Napa.
Native Knowledge: If you prefer brews over reds and whites, head on over to the Oakland Ale Trail to learn about local breweries and additional craft beer destinations in Oakland.
In addition to Oakland’s recurring First Friday Street Festival, culture buffs and art enthusiasts can immerse themselves in local artistry at several museums across Oakland, such as the Oakland Art Murmur, Alena Museum and Pardee Home Museum.
Native Knowledge: The Oakland Art Murmur is a collection of over 50 galleries that puts on weekly art walks, guided tours, and other exclusive events.