Comments on: Oakland! http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:23:48 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Rosie http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-788841 Rosie Sat, 23 Nov 2013 23:12:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-788841 We moved to the East Bay from Brussels two years ago with two little boys. In many ways it was with such a heavy heart. We had a great calm family life over there and couldn’t imagine finding something better. But…. two years in and we can’t imagine leaving! I feel our whole family is thriving in our new and more outdoorsy life! We found a wonderful French/English bilingual school so that they don’t lose their French (Ecole Bilingue, Berkeley).
I’m
excited for you being new and having it all to discover! Lots of luck!

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By: Emma http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-715222 Emma Tue, 03 Sep 2013 04:57:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-715222 We just moved to Oakland as well and I’m enjoying reading your posts about what all of you have been up to since you got here.

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By: Audrey - This Little Street http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-558536 Audrey - This Little Street Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:46:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-558536 Gabby – I was catching up on Liz’ blog and read the news, congrats on the move! I am moving with my little family to Berkeley this summer also, and like you I am so excited to be moving to this beautiful, super-dynamic region – even though, being from Normandy myself, part of me will always miss France, and all the great food…and wine. Good luck with everything, and hope we’ll run into each other at some point.

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By: the emily http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-530922 the emily Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:12:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-530922 My husband is from the Bay Area (Benicia) and I just love that area. It’s so green and beautiful! I still kick myself every time we visit for choosing my hometown temple (Albuquerque, NM) to get married in over the Oakland temple. Such views! :)

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By: Sarah from a fine line http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-523526 Sarah from a fine line Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:59:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-523526 I had no idea you were related to Liz AND Jordan, what a small world! My husband and I have toyed with the idea of moving our family somewhere exotic, but ultimately feel that family close by is most important when you have young children!

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By: TopHat http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-522070 TopHat Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:37:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-522070 Oakland is the bee’s knees! Great weather, happy people. I’ve been living here for 3 years now and I will never leave! Lots of things to do all the time. We’re carfree and the public transit and bike infrastructure isn’t that bad either (though improvements are always possible). Also, the ward is the best. ;)

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By: Sarah http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-519847 Sarah Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:22:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-519847 Congratulations on your decision to move to the Bay Area! The most wonderful place to live:) I grew up in Napa Valley and moved to the East Bay shortly after getting married. Although we lived in Berkeley for 4 years, we were always in Oakland for different reasons. Oakland is divided into different districts and as long as you stay above Highway 580, you should be fine. Oakland tends to be weird when it come to neighborhoods, where one side of the street is fine and the other is sketchy. That’s why most people stay in the hills: Montclair, Piedmont, Skyline. The Claremont area is what connects Berkeley to Oakland from Highway 13 and is a beautiful area. Below that would be Redwood Heights and Crocker Highlands and some areas of the Laurel District. A hip area with access to boutiques, shops, restaurants and public transportation is Lake Shore and Rockridge & Temescal. Rockridge basically connects you from UC Berkeley to Oakland. Another area where people move to because of the school district is Alameda, which is a small island off of the Oakland port. It has beautiful neighborhoods and homes.
Some of my favorite places in Oakland: Joaquin Miller Park beautiful hike, Lake Merritt (Where they have Children’s Fairyland if you have small kids.) and lots of restaurants and shops around the lake. Lots of bookstores, cafe’s, boutiques, restaurants in Rockridge. A must try: Lavender Ice Cream from Tara’s Organic. http://www.tarasorganic.com/
You can easily schelpp your way to Berkeley where there is a farmer’s market every day of the week :) Plus you must explore Berkeley Bowl Market http://www.berkeleybowl.com/ and Monterey market http://www.montereymarket.com/for produce..the best Trader Joe’s is in Rockridge, it is well stocked and very friendly. It is also right next to the Rockridge Bart Station.
The Bay Area has so much to offer and is diverse. You are a skip and a hop a away from SF, can cross the tunnel East to Walnut Creek, take a short drive North to Napa and go wine tasting. Best wishes and safe travels!

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By: Lady Steed http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-519265 Lady Steed Mon, 08 Jul 2013 05:27:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-519265 I am a bit starstruck at the idea that I might bump into you at Stake Conference. The Oakland Stake is wonderful and our Stake President is amazing. I am a member of the Berkeley Ward but have friends in the Oakland Wards and each one sounds great.

I am very excited for you and your family and your move to Oakland–I think that you will love it here!

PS After you’ve been to Fenton’s a few times, head down the street and try out the gelato at Lush.

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By: Mimi @ hello shiso http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-516554 Mimi @ hello shiso Fri, 05 Jul 2013 23:16:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-516554 Congratulations on your upcoming move! I agree with all the wonderful amenities that everyone’s mentioned before, but one thing that I really love about living in the East Bay is that I’ve found our neighborhood to be such a community. We keep an eye out for each other and see each other often during block parties. Also, there are lots of families and tons of kids, so our kids are often out and about in the midst of a pack of kids. It feels old-fashioned to me, and I love that they can do that. I hope that you find such a community where you end up!

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By: Ethyl http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-516226 Ethyl Fri, 05 Jul 2013 18:56:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-516226 Oakland is not San Francisco by a long shot. A bay separates the two. It is not referred to as locals as “East Bay” but “located in the East Bay” nor “Berkeley” as that is a different city. It also is not part of Silicon Valley, but it is close. Hopefully you enjoy Oakland, because SF it is not.

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By: Michelle b. a. http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-513339 Michelle b. a. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 06:45:48 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-513339 We live in Oakland and love all the above mentioned features. It looks like no has mentioned BPN ( berkeley parents network) yet, if you are not familiar it is the greatest resource in the east bay. Need an doctor, look up the recs or post a question or sell/buy a kids bike. bPN has it. Good luck on your move and finding schooling check out the charters there are many worth the wait list.
Cheers!

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By: Amy http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-512405 Amy Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:34:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-512405 I was thrilled when my sister just informed me of your move to Oakland. I live just down the road from Oakland in the East Bay, and while I can’t remember the ages of your daughters, they most likely will attend girls camp and dances with mine! I heard a few young women speak last night from 3 of the Oakland wards and they all seemed like such lovely girls. I’m sure your daughters will be happy. A few random and unsolicited items I love about Oakland: 1) My husband and I have heard some great live Jazz (and other music) at Yoshi’s in Jack London Square. It is a super fun venue. 2) Oakland Zoo is a great, accessible zoo and my crew has enjoyed many hours there. 3) My friend runs his business Urbio out of Oakland and it seems to be a great place for design minds, so perfect for you. 4) The stake president lives in Piedmont right outside of Oakland, and really he could not be more amazing. 5) (and very random) our orthodontist is in the Oakland area and I really, really like him. If you are in need his name is Dr. John Huang. Best of luck to you and your family!

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By: Lauran http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-511806 Lauran Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:41:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-511806 Hi Gabrielle. I was born and raised in the suburbs of the East Bay, and have lived in Oakland for 20 years. Like everyone else has told you, it’s incredible. Weather, people, art/artists, and true diversity. My husband, son and I went to the Oakland Museum last Friday night for the food trucks/live music/wine tasting event that’s held every Friday night, and all night I kept looking around saying “This is why I live in Oakland!” You can find every single type of person here–single, married, straight, gay, transgender, black, white, Latino, mixed, whatever! And while everyone cares for each other, no one cares if you’re “different” than them. We are a mixed race family and it just isn’t an issue here. But just to be clear — Berkeley, Alameda, Emeryville are all separate cities with quite different identities. But all are pretty great. I just went through the whole private vs. public school search last year so if you need any help please shoot me an email! Welcome to Oaktown!

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By: Anneliese http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-511774 Anneliese Sun, 30 Jun 2013 21:51:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-511774 Oakland! Wow. Very cool. We lived there during the dot-come era. Right in downtown Oakland. Near Lake Merritt. Totally urban. Went to church right by the O-town temple. There are some beautiful neighborhoods there. We were not in one of them! You have to eat at Pho 84–it’s the best! And right downtown. So many good foodie spots. Can’t wait to read all about it. Good luck with the France-Oakland balance. Should be fun and thoughtfully designed.

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By: U http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-511086 U Sat, 29 Jun 2013 07:50:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-511086 Welcome from an Oakland resident! The blank stares aren’t surprising – plenty of people have never heard of Oakland and plenty around here just don’t know what to think of it, but it’s a wonderful place. I thought we were basically moving to a suburb of SF when we came here but I was completely wrong.

For my Love the Place You Live submission:
- everything about Lake Merritt – it’s just the right size (3 miles around, a perfect 45-60 min stroll with a friend), and on weekend mornings, the mood is especially neighborly and warm
- the weather – it’s pretty much perfect. (We moved here from LA so my standards are high!)
- the Great Wall of Oakland during Art Murmur, the Oakland Museum of California on Friday nights, Children’s Fairyland (it’s bizarre but charming), the cathedral on Harrison and Grand (the sunlight filtering through it during the day is stunning), the Crucible
- the food – Burma Superstar, Bakesale Betty, Ike’s, Plum, Flora, Kamdesh, Zachary’s, Farley’s East (this is coffee but the community feel here is what I really love)
- the farmers’ markets – the Lake Merritt one is crowded but fun, and the Temescal one is peaceful and better for actually buying things
- the proximity to other wonderful places – hikes in Marin and brunch in Sausalito, the steam train and merry-go-round at Tilden Park, Half Moon Bay, the easy commute to SF (truly, it’s faster than most commutes within SF), South Asian and Afghan food in Fremont, Alameda’s cute downtown

Really, though, the best thing about this place is, as it should be, the people. The playgrounds are diverse and the parents are friendly; the businesses really want to be here; even the Whole Foods feels like a community spot. I’m stopping myself now but thank you – writing this was so fun! I’ll say hi if I see you and your brood out and about.

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By: Michelle Glauser http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-510799 Michelle Glauser Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:10:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-510799 Ha, I love how on that “Shiz People Never Say” video, they say, “We should move to Oakland!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-x8t0JOnVw

I do love the Rockridge area. So lovely.

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By: Monica http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-510798 Monica Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:10:33 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-510798 I lived in Alameda for 5 years and was a middle school teacher there, so I really knew that town like the back of my hand. It’s an island city that is right next to Oakland–basically between Oakland and the City. I highly recommend looking into living there. Great diversity, easy-to-access farmer markets, local businesses, good schools (I can recommend which ones, if you’re serious), great history behind the city and great city pride, two down towns, very very walkable, family oriented, running trails, biking lanes, tons of parks and even a beach, and on and on. I am Mormon and the ward was the perfect mix of old/young, liberal/conservative, white/diverse, etc. Can you tell I miss it? We moved further out in the East Bay, over the Oakland Hills and bought a house. Alameda was too expensive for us to buy, but we are really hoping we can get back there some day.

I taught at a scary middle school in Oakland for a bit as part of my student teaching (I went to Mills for my teaching credential, which is a women-only college in the Oakland hills), so that’s what I tend to think of as Oakland. I know people really love some neighborhoods by Lake Merritt and further up the hills, but you really do have to be careful about where you choose to live. Crime is pretty terrible overall and the public school district has been through some devastating times. There are some great charter schools, but I’d be wary of most of the public ones. However, you find the right neighborhood and schools, you will likely love it as many, many of my friends do. That being said, can I recommend you at least drive around Alameda? If anything, you’ll fall in love with all the victorian houses… Good luck!

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By: Alyssa http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-510251 Alyssa Fri, 28 Jun 2013 05:30:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-510251 Oakland is a great place to live! Such diversity on many different levels. I’m a native northern Californian and can’t imagine living anywhere else. There are multiple day trips — Santa Cruz, Napa, Sonoma, Calistoga, Santa Rosa/Petaluma, Half Moon Bay. And plenty of options for longer road trips — Tahoe, Yosemite, Kings canyon and Sequoia National Park, Southern California (Disneyland!).

I second the reccs for Fentons’s, the saturday farmer’s market on Grand (right near Lake Merritt), or Sunday farmer markers at Jack London Square, and the zoo (we keep an annual family membership)

I’d also add the Chabot Space and Science Museum and Lawrence Hall of Sciences (in Berkeley). So fun!

Bakesale Betty’s in the temesal neighborhood is a must for friend chicken sandwiches. Zachary’s pizza in the Rockridge district is a popular deep dish place. My advice to avoid the long wait to sit is to order a half baked and bring it home to cook and enjoy. I also like Cactus Taqueria in Rockridge because it’s really family friendly. I go to a French bakery about 15 min from Oakland called Swiss Delice in Castro Valley. The owner is French.

The Piedmont theater is great for independent movies, as is Shattuck Cinema and California Theater in Berkeley. Grand Lake theater shows mainstream movies and is a beautiful old theater with a long history. Don’t miss the New Parkway for movies. I haven’t been to this new one since it reopened but loved going to the old one.

Redwood Regional Park is beautiful for hikes (and redwoods!). So is Tilden Park in Berkeley. Make sure to ride the steam train and beautiful merry go round there (if its opened). The farm there is also a fun outing with kids.

This is getting really long but obviously I love Oakland/Berkeley and all they offer. There really is so much! And also so much beyond Oakland (SF, Marin, other east bay, south bay, the peninsula). My last recc is don’t miss the Berkeley Bowl, the one Heinz Ave. The produce section is beyond belief. Best of luck to you and the Blair family. Look forward to reading about the adventures.

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By: Amy http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-510101 Amy Fri, 28 Jun 2013 02:37:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-510101 We are also moving to the Bay Area, not sure where yet, these tips are great!

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By: Kirsten http://www.designmom.com/2013/06/oakland/comment-page-2/#comment-510096 Kirsten Fri, 28 Jun 2013 02:33:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=38043#comment-510096 Oakland is fantastic and I think you will be very happy there. I’m so jealous. San Francisco is my favorite city and you will be so close. And then there is Napa, Santa Rosa….I love the area.

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