Rockridge. The neighborhood enjoys high name-recognition even to those vaguely familiar with Oakland. Maybe it’s the local BART station. Or the College Avenue eats and treats. Or its affluent streets. This tony neighborhood—among Oakland’s most desirable—has it all.

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Rockridge is roughly bounded by Telegraph Avenue (west), 51st Street / Moraga Avenue / Mountain View Cemetery (south), CA-13 (East), and the Berkeley border (north).

The district’s sub-neighborhoods include Rockridge proper, Upper Rockridge, Shafter, and Fairview Park.


Small bungalows to large single family homes dominate the area. They vary widely in architecture and age. Most were built in the 1910s and 20s. Upper Rockridge has a high concentration of mid-century homes; large parts of this area were rebuilt after the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire, accounting for the newer construction there. You’ll find condo buildings lining the foot of Broadway Terrace. And there is a small townhome community—Clarewood—along Clarewood Drive.

A broad range of prices exist across every Rockridge sub-area. Within any given three-block radius, you may find homes from, e.g., $750,000 to $1,200,000. Rockridge neighborhoods may not be so much differentiated by price as they are by walkability to shopping and BART. Most of the district is flat. Density is high. Upper Rockridge, however, is unique in its hilly terrain and Bay view homes…and it hosts larger yards, plus a higher concentration of properties over $1,300,000.


College Avenue runs through the heart of Rockridge. From Broadway to the Berkeley border, this one-mile stretch is replete with cafes and fine dining…lounges, day spas, galleries and all manner of boutiques. Rockridge BART station lies at the midway point. There’s also Rockridge Shopping Center, a large plaza at Broadway and Pleasant Valley Avenue. For area residents, everything is often a literal step away.

Area Grocers: Trader Joe’s, Market Hall, Safeway (two)
Area Eats: Wood Tavern, A Cote, Zachary’s pizza, Crepevine, Great Bread Harvest, Dryer’s Ice Cream, Cactus Taqueria, Pasta Pomodoro, Pizza Rustica, The Burrito Shop
More Merchants: Rockridge Two Wheels, Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Atomic Garden, Rockridge Kids, Rockridge Rags, Childs Play, In Full Swing, Hank & Frank Bicycles, CVS Pharmacy


Picnic or cast your fishing rod at Lake Temescal in Upper Rockridge. Nearby Chabot Recreation Center features several tennis courts and a softball field. Or join Chabot Canyon Racquet Club. Hit the links at Claremont Country Club, a veritable urban oasis. The Rockridge branch library, on College Avenue, is among the most trafficked of Oakland public libraries. Popular neighborhood street festivals include the Holiday Jazz & Wine Stroll and Rockridge Out & About.


Children in Rockridge attend either Chabot, Peralta, Hillcrest (K-8), or Emerson for elementary. Hillcrest (K-8) and Claremont are the area middle schools. Oakland Tech and Skyline are the area public high schools. Parents and guardians are advised to consult OUSD regarding attendance zones 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, The College Preparatory School in Upper Rockridge is an elite, independent coed high school renown for academics and intimate class sizes.


Rockridge BART station is a ten- to fifteen-minute walk from most Rockridge locales, except Upper Rockridge.

Commuters to and from San Francisco can also take AC Transit’s express Transbay Lines for work. Line C stops by Rockridge Shopping Center. Lines CB and V stop along Broadway Terrace. Line E stops along Claremont Ave.

CA-24 bisects the area, with ramps at Broadway, Telegraph Avenue and 51st Street. CA-13 runs along the foot of Upper Rockridge, with ramps at Moraga Avenue and Broadway Terrace. The area is very convenient for those heading to San Francsico or Walnut Creek.

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