The Laurel district offers a lovely blend of quiet tree-lined streets and smaller comfortable homes, at the base of the Oakland foothills and rising up toward Redwood Heights and Highway 13. It is bordered to the west by the newly-energized MacArthur Boulevard business corridor, which offers many shops, markets, bars and cafes to this increasingly active, bustling community. The heart of Laurel is on MacArthur between 35th Avenue and High Streets, bordered by the Upper Fruitvale and Lincoln Heights areas to the north and the Mills College/Upper High Street neighborhoods to the south.
Most of the homes in Laurel are from the 1920’s and 30’s, offering craftsman, California bungalow and Mediterranean styles along with some simpler post-war construction. As young families have moved in over the last 10 years and blended with older residents, a welcoming community with local pride, festivals and events has grown.
Nearby, along Fruitvale Avenue just below MacArthur Avenue, the highly-regarded Farmer Joe’s Market, LaFarine French bakery and Peet’s Coffee have brought long-awaited and welcome fresh, organic and delicious salvation to food-lovers of all stripes.
“The Laurel” also offers easy access to the all of Oakland’s shopping (and eating!) districts: Fruitvale, Glenview, Montclair, Downtown, Grand Avenue, Lakeshore and College Avenue are only minutes away. Highway 580 is also nearby, as is Fruitvale BART, giving San Francisco commuters a quick route to The City. And the East Bay Regional Parks in the Oakland Hills are just up 35th Avenue, which becomes Redwood Road. Here, adventures in natural are awaiting enthusiasts of all ages.
The Laurel District Association is a neighborhood association for residents and merchants.