Neighborhood Profile: Adams Point

On Lake Merritt’s northern shore sits Oakland’s Adams Point, a diverse, walkable neighborhood coming into its own.

The lake, hailed as “one of the most unique urban spaces in the United States,” and adjacent Lakeside Park offer myriad recreation activities for residents. Run the three-mile trail surrounding the lake, rent a canoe at the Boating Center, visit the public gardens or take in Fairyland, a small family amusement park.

In the Grand Avenue business district, choose from an eclectic range of eateries. Grab traditional Korean BBQ (including a rainbow of banchans) at Jong Ga House, or take in views of Lakeside Park over a latte while jazz music plays in the background at Coffee with a Beat. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are the neighborhood’s go-to spots for fresh food, and there’s a Saturday morning farmer’s market.

BART is about a mile away from the center of the neighborhood, and the Transbay NL bus line stops on the east side of Lakeside Park.

Renovated single-family homes and condominiums share space on the hill’s narrow streets. With home values are on the rise, Adams Point appeals to students, professionals and families alike.

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