Crocker Highlands, Oakland, California

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Coordinates: 37°48′48″N 122°13′33″W / 37.81333°N 122.22583°W / 37.81333; -122.22583 Crocker Highlands, an affluent neighborhood of Oakland, California, overflows with an abundance of character and charm, described as having "the genteel ambiance of an old Hollywood movie set,"[1] is one of several distinct neighborhoods comprising a larger area collectively known as the "Lower Hills" that lies in between the 580 and 13 freeways.[2]

Crocker Highlands is bounded by the adjacent affluent residential city of Piedmont (which is completely surrounded by Oakland) to the north and nestled in between Oakland's Grand Lake/Lakeshore (to the west), Trestle Glen[3] to the south), and Glenview (to the east) neighborhoods. It is roughly bordered by Lakeshore Avenue to the west and Mandana Boulevard to the north and east.[4] It lies at an elevation of 285 feet (87 m).

Population is approximately 2,400, there are 1,026 single-family homes, and land area is about 0.3 square miles or 0.8 square kilometers. Zip code is 94610.[5]

The upland area and rolling hills of Crocker Highlands offer close-in city living; it is a small, walkable neighborhood with shaded, tree-lined, curvilinear streets lined with gracious traditional homes of varying architecture (many built in the 1920s and 1930s) that follow the natural contours of the topography, providing easy access to coffee shops, fine restaurants, retail, Lake Merritt, and public transportation.

"Crocker Highlands, once known for reliance on Key Line of electric trains, offers elegant examples of Tudor, Spanish, Arts and Crafts, Beaux Arts, and Art Deco period homes dating back to the 1920s. Notable homes were designed by architects Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck. Tree-lined streets and authentic street lamps from the 1920s are laid out along the rolling hills and frame spacious, manicured lawns in a neighborhood reminiscent of English garden suburbs."[6]

Many residents of Crocker Highlands and adjacent Trestle Glen are members of the Lakeshore Homeowners Association, one of the oldest homeowners associations west of the Mississippi River, which was established to protect the area's numerous Sycamore trees and the "wonderful natural beauty of the property."[7]

Median household income is $192,174 versus $206,392 for the City of Piedmont and $51,683 for the City of Oakland and 262% higher than the national average. Income per capita is $100,092.[8] Almost two-thirds (64%) of Crocker Highlands' households have an annual income of at least $150,000. One-in-five (19%) have incomes between $75,000 and $150,000.[9]

Crocker Highlands Elementary School, an elementary school located on Midcrest Road, established in 1925, serves around 365 students from kindergarten through 5th grade.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crocker Highlands - Oakland, HomesintheEastBayHills.com , retrieved 2016-05-18 
  2. ^ Lower Hills - Oakland, LocalWiki.org , retrieved 2016-05-18 
  3. ^ "Trestle Glen - Oakland". LocalWiki.org . Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  4. ^ "Neighborhood Search Map". Oakland Museum of California. Archived from the original on 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  5. ^ Detailed Profile: Crocker Highland neighborhood, City-Data.com , retrieved 2016-05-18 
  6. ^ "Area Info". Pacific Union International, Inc. 
  7. ^ "History- Lakeshore Homeowners Association". lakeshorehomes.net . Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  8. ^ "Crocker Highlands". AreaVibes.com. Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  9. ^ "Economic Profile - Trestle Glen - Oakland". places.findthehome.com . Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  10. ^ "Crocker Highlands Elementary". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2008-02-29.