Considering buying real estate in Oakland’s Hillcrest and Crestmont area? Perched on the hills of Oakland, these two adjacent neighborhoods boast sweeping views and woodsy surroundings.
Hillcrest is located just off Skyline Boulevard, and is comprised of two sections: Hillcrest Highlands and Hillcrest Estates. Many Hillcrest homes are virtual extensions of the surrounding forests of the Regional Park system. Homeowners who hike, bike or ride horses love having nature in their own backyard. Crestmont Location Crestmont is a smaller area of the hills between Redwood Road and Skyline Boulevard. The Oakland Hills Tennis and Swim Club and a number of equestrian facilities are nearby. In lower Crestmont, you’ll find more recently developed area with more “look-alike” homes than you will find in the older, higher sections.
While not rating too high on the “walkability” scale (unless you are trail walking!) both areas are close to Highways 13 and 580. Public transit is less of an option, so you will need a car to live here. Dining and shopping options are limited, but you can jump on the freeway and be in Rockridge or Temescal in minutes. For outdoor enthusiasts, this lack of a commercial district is more than compensated for by living in the midst of the East Bay’s Regional Park System.
The Hillcrest area features a combination of ranch-style homes from the 1960’s and 70’s as well as larger estate-like homes occupying lots up to an acre in size with stunning views. The Crestmont neighborhood has more ranch style architecture from the 1950’s and ‘60’s, many with spectacular views as well. Home prices in Hillcrest and Crestmont range from an entry level of the mid $600’s to an estate level of $1.5 million and up. Both Hillcrest and Crestmont have several options for schools, including Oakland Hebrew Day School, Redwood Heights Elementary, Skyline High School- one of the most diverse high schools in the nation- as well as Skyline Community College, Holy Names High School, Holy Names University, and Merritt College.