Glenview, Oakland, California

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Glenview is located in Oakland, California
Coordinates: 37°48′22.0566″N 122°13′17.3742″W / 37.806126833°N 122.221492833°W / 37.806126833; -122.221492833Coordinates: 37°48′22.0566″N 122°13′17.3742″W / 37.806126833°N 122.221492833°W / 37.806126833; -122.221492833
CountryUnited States
 • CouncilmanNoel Gallo
 • SupervisorKeith Carson
 • Total0.66 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 • Land0.66 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
272 ft (83 m)
 (1 April 2010)
 • Total5,599
 • Density8,500/sq mi (3,300/km2)
ZIP code

Glenview is a neighborhood in Oakland, California developed in the early decades of the 20th century, mostly with mid-sized 2 and 3-bedroom craftsman bungalows. The neighborhood lies in the Oakland foothills, bordering Dimond Park on the eastern side of the district, and Park Boulevard on the northwestern side. The upper portion of the neighborhood sits on the west side of Park Boulevard and is bordered by the Trestle Glen neighborhood as well as the City of Piedmont. Park Boulevard, as the neighborhood spine, also serves as the local shopping node, with a number of convenience shops and several restaurants stretching a few blocks. To the south, the neighborhood is delimited by MacArthur Blvd and the I-580 freeway.

The compact street grid along with a good number of amenities in the vicinity (a park, grocery stores, a library, and a number of restaurants) makes the neighborhood highly walkable, with the site rating it "Very Walkable: Most errands can be accomplished on foot."[1]. Per VisitOakland, "Glenview feels more like a very quiet Rockridge with a couple of good restaurants and well-manicured gardens.[2]. For trips further afield, AC Transit offers local and transbay bus service mainly from Park Boulevard and MacArthur Boulevard.

The neighborhood school, Glenview Elementary School, built 1927, was found to be seismically inferior by the State Architect and was demolished in 2017, except for the historic art deco facade. It is currently being rebuilt and is expected to open following the 2019 winter break. Since the academic year 2016/2017, the school has been operating in the Santa Fe neighborhood, at the Santa Fe campus. [3]


Per the 2010 Census,[4] there were 2,576 households in the neighborhood. Of these, 1,074 rented their unit, and 1,502 owned it. The neighborhood overall contained 5,599 residents of which 3,106 were female and 2,493 male. Relative to Oakland as a whole, there were fewer teenagers and young adults, while members of the baby boomer generation born from the mid-1940s and 20 years hence were heavily represented (as of 2010). With a size of 0.66 square miles (1.7 km2), Glenview has a population density of 8,500 persons per square mile, slightly higher than the citywide average of 7,500.

Glenview neighborhood, age distribution Glenview neighborhood, race and ethnic breakdown

The neighborhood is more affluent than Oakland as a whole, with a median household income of $84,375 (versus $57,778 for Oakland) per 2016 data.[5] Yet, an until recently relatively affordable neighborhood with many good family starter homes and ease of commuting to San Francisco, the neighborhood, along with large swaths of the East Bay, has seen its prices increase rapidly, to the point where Redfin, the real estate broker site, featured the area on a national list of "10 Hottest Neighborhoods to Close out the Year [2017]."[6]


The neighborhood was subdivided around 1910 by the developer Wickham Havens Inc (in which Walter Leimert, builder of Leimert Bridge was an executive[7]), and initially referred to as Fourth Avenue Terrace (east of Park Blvd) and Fourth Avenue Terrace Extension (west of Park Blvd).[8] In the early subdivision maps, which doubled as marketing materials, the company attempted to entice would-be-owners with the prospects of good access to the city ("residence sites so close to the heart of Oakland that they should be classed as City, NOT suburban--It is but fifteen minutes from the center of Oakland by car line"). [9] Not only could buyers get to the city via Park Blvd lines, but the early maps shows a second wider right-of-way for Key System streetcar route extension running between Wellington St and Hampel St. While this must have been part of the attraction for early buyers, this extension was never realized.

The district was largely built out by the mid 1930s. Seven out of 10 units in existence today were built before 1939.[10] By the mid-1930s, in a report on creditworthiness of the neighborhood written for the Federal Government's Home Owners' Loan Corporation program which would later earn notoriety for fostering the practice known as red-lining or denying home loans to African American neighborhoods, local officials described the neighborhood approvingly as a "[h]omogeneous district of semi-modern and modern homes and cottages. Convenient to local transportation, excellent schools, and shopping district, in demand by better class people of moderate income." [11]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Living in Glenview Oakland". Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "VisitOakland". Glenview. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Oakland Unified School District Glenview Reconstruction project update" (PDF). The Glenview Project. Oakland Unified School District. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ "US Census Bureau, Census Block level data". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  5. ^ "B19013 Median Household Income in the past 12 months". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Hot or Not? Redfin Reviews its Hottest Neighborhood Predictions and Identifies 10 Areas that are Just Heating Up". Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  7. ^ California. State Real Estate Commissioner's Dept (1918). California Real Estate Directory-bulletin of Licensed Real Estate Brokers and Salesmen. California State Printing Office. p. 72.
  8. ^ "Maps of Fourth Avenue Terrace and Fourth Avenue Terrace Extension". Earth Sciences & Map Library. Wickham Havens, Inc. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Fourth Avenue Heights, Oakland : on sale by Wickham Havens Incorporated". Earth Sciences & Map Library. Wickham Havens, Inc. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Table B25034 YEAR STRUCTURE BUILT". American Factfinder. Archived from the original on 14 February 2020. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  11. ^ "T-RACES: a Testbed for the Redlining Archives of California's Exclusionary Spaces" (PDF). Retrieved 2 May 2018. External link in |website= (help)

37°48′22″N 122°13′31″W / 37.80609°N 122.22532°W / 37.80609; -122.22532