What’s Happening in Oakland’s Grand Lake Neighborhood?
(Or, Around the World in Three Blocks)
When you’re tired of Rockridge, or had enough of Berkeley, check out one of the original Oakland neighborhoods that has it all and is now undergoing a revival. Around Oakland’s famous Grand Lake Theater, you’ll find an epicurean tour of the world. Over 30 restaurants of every international taste and persuasion operate within a three to four block radius... some with Chez Panisse roots. This is also home to the East Bay’s and perhaps the Bay Area’s most happening Farmer’s market every Saturday – with food, music and entertainment for all.
On top of that, there’s an original piano bar called The Alley, where people still sing their hearts out. A neighborhood book store called Walden Books still sells books. And, of course, one of the original Art Deco theaters of the West Coast is here, the Grand Lake Theater.
What’s amazing is that you have a dose of the best of national chains … Peets, Starbucks, Gap and Trader Joes … side by side with Oakland originals, revivals and rising star chefs. Try Camino on Grand, for example. Chez Panisse without Alice Waters. Farm to table food by a Chez Panisse alum. The Grand Tavern is an English pub with a 1930’s living room environment. Boot and Shoe Service is, again, a salute to Chez Panisse and the same thin crust pizza of Pizzaiolo. Sidebar offers a 5-star burger and locovore cocktails. Or you can try any of about 20-30 others, including the requisite Greek, Japanese, Thai, Chinese and Mexican.
It’s original Oakland and new Oakland all rolled into one walking neighborhood and all centered around the Grand Dame of them all, the Grand Lake Theater.
Located three blocks to Grand Lake Theater is this stunning Grand Lake Traditional home overlooking the action, with all the period details fully in tact. Three bedrooms and au pair, close to everything. $829,000. www.725Rand.com