Jack London Square is one of the most historic, and recently revitalized, sections of Oakland.
Located on the waterfront, the area is home to a variety of activities and over 30 different restaurants. Many of Oakland’s best restaurants are in Jack London Square, including the popular restaurant and music venue, Yoshi’s, and Oakland’s beloved BBQ staple Everett & Jones, as well as the innovative cuisine of Haven or Bocanova. Jack London Square also boasts Oakland’s oldest bar, Heinhold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, which celebrates a colorful history, including when Jack London himself would come in for a cold libation and contemplate his next novel. In addition to the stores and restaurants, there is always something going on in the outdoor areas—from live music, outdoor movie nights in the summer, the annual Eat Real Festival, to the very popular farmer’s market on Sundays.
The real estate in the area is a wonderful mix of historic and modern. Many of the warehouses retain their outside appearance from the days when the area was primarily a warehouse district. While many of the façades are virtually unchanged, their interiors are stylish, newly renovated chic lofts. Amongst the historic warehouses are a variety of modern high-rise apartment and condominium buildings with amenities like gyms, concierge services, and even private dog parks. The area is very dog friendly, and it is not uncommon to see small gatherings of people walking dogs along the waterfront. Many new home owners are transplants from San Francisco who wanted to remain in a vibrant setting, but desired more square footage and better amenities. The many young business professionals who now call Oakland home, decided to take advantage of the nightlife, amenities, and the better value that the real estate in Jack London Square has to offer. The outcome is that the area is filled with energetic, diverse residents who add to the vitality of the community.
It is convenient to get anywhere from Jack London Square as it is a central hub for transportation. If you are driving, you have immediate access to Interstate 880. Public transportation options are also excellent and make it easy to commute to almost anywhere in the Bay Area and avoid traffic by taking the BART or a ferry. There is also a free bus service which runs from Jack London Square along Broadway to the Uptown District. To go beyond the Bay Area you can leave your car behind if you choose and take a train from the Amtrak station located right in Jack London Square.