Dimond and Laurel

I lived in Dimond and consider it the most desirable entry-level community in Oakland for single family homes. Laurel District, to the east, is similar. Both possess bustling commercial centers and enjoy the best, moderate Oakland micro-climate. Their tranquil, tree-lined streets are very walkable. My mornings would start with a dip at Dimond Park’s Lions Pool, followed by a short stroll to La Farine on Fruitvale Ave.

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Dimond’s approximate boundaries are Davis Street (south), Dimond Avenue (west), Carmel Street (north), Maple Avenue (east).

Laurel lies adjacent, bounded on the south by 580 and Maple (west), Carlsen/Victor/Thompkins (north), and CA-13 (east).

Oakland Dimond District and Laurel District single family home average cost

Charming prewar bungalows dominate Dimond and Laurel. Condominiums are rare; there is the occasional tri- and four-plex conversion. Most single family homes are modest 2-bedrooms built in the 1920s and 30s. Many have been expanded over the years. The area’s topography ranges from flat to a tad elevated. Lots are usually level, inviting green thumbs and backyard play…and residential streets are easy to navigate.

Oakland Dimond District and Laurel restaurants and shopping

Dimond’s and Laurel’s commercial centers are ever-bustling. Farmer Joe’s—with its original Laurel location and the expanded supermarket in the Dimond—is the area’s anchor store attracting shoppers with its organic and gourmet eats. Diners in both districts have an assortment of choices, from cafes to fast food to moderately-priced family restaurants.

Dimond Grocers: Farmer Joe’s, Safeway
Dimond Eats: Taqueria Los Comales, Nama, La Farine, Peet’s, Dimond Café, Full Moon Seafood House, Bayleaf
More Merchants: Long’s Drugs, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase, Radio Shack, Dimond Post Office
Laurel Grocers: [original] Farmer Joe’s, Lucky supermarket
Laurel Eats: Café of the Bay, #1 Chicken & Seafood, Phnom Phen Restaurant, KFC, Razzo’s, Laurel Lounge, Lucky Donuts & Sandwiches
More Merchants: Komodo Toys, Bank of America, Citibank, H&R Block, Kragen, Laurel Ace Hardware

Oakland Dimond District and Laurel District parks and recreation

Go for a swim or gather for BBQ at Dimond Park, a 12-acre retreat nestled between Upper Dimond and Oakmore. The park hosts the family-friendly Dimond Picnic each summer. Annual street festivals include the Laurel Street Fair and Dimond’s Oaktoberfest. Excellent hiking is just a 10-minute drive up Lincoln Avenue to either Joaquin Miller or Redwood Regional.

Oakland Dimond District and Laurel schools

Children in Dimond attend either Sequoia or Fruitvale for elementary, while Laurel Elementary covers most of the Laurel. Bret Harte is the area middle school. Skyline is the area public high school. Parents and guardians are advised to consult OUSD regarding attendance areas and enrollment.

API scores are viewable online at the CA Department of Education’s site. Generally, a school scoring in the 800’s is considered a “good school.” Scores in the 900’s are considered exceptionally high.

For nearby private schools, Head Royce is located on Lincoln Avenue and offers K-12 programs. The block on Dimond Avenue between MacArthur and Dimond Park offers an assortment of preschools.

Oakland Dimond District and Laurel commuting and transportation BART

Like Montclair, many Lower Hills residents take a car or AC Transit to reach BART—Fruitvale station is the closest. If BART were within walking distance, then area property values would rise to the heights of Rockridge’s!

Commuters to San Francisco often take AC Transit’s express Transbay Lines for work. The NL and NX lines have convenient stops along MacArthur Boulevard.

Dimond and Laurel are highly accessible to two major freeways. Ramps onto I-580 are located at the intersections with Fruitvale Avenue, Coolidge, 35th Avenue, and High Street. Ramps onto CA-13 are located at Redwood Road and Lincoln Avenue.

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