The city of Oakland is the eight-largest city in the state of California and also known as the heart of the east bay section of the San Francisco Bay Area. This San Francisco Bay city is located about eight miles east of the city of San Francisco. It is one of the heavily populated city in Bay area that is home to 404,155 residents residing the area based on the 2008 United States Census Bureau population data.
The city was founded in the year 1852, and takes it name from the original Spanish name for the downtown area “encial” which means an oak groove. Oakland, is a major west-cost seaport, in fact the fourth busiest container port nationwide. Globally, Oakland is one among those ports to specialize in inter-modal container operations that made a big impact in the area’s international trade.
Oakland is a place that’s full of entertainment and sports attractions that feature games of popular professional teams of basketball, baseball and football, respectively, the gardens and wildlife sanctuaries at Lake Merritt, and Chinatown. Children will enjoy the Oakland Zoo, Chabot Space and Science Center, and the Children’s Fairyland.
Real Esate in Oakland is an area where you can find a variety of home types and styles, from single detached homes, apartments, condominiums and duplexes. Oakland real estate home prices are much lower compared to other California coastal areas. An average of $647,000 for single family homes, about $600,000 for condominiums and nearly $458,000 for town homes.