Maxwell Park is located in the foothills of Oakland and is adjacent to local landmark, Mills College, established in 1852. It is bordered by MacArthur Boulevard, High Street, Foothill Boulevard, 55th Avenue, and is next to Brookdale Park and Fairfax neighborhoods.
The community is notoriously tight-knit with block parties, communal garage sales, plant swaps, a bicycle group, as well as online groups the keep neighbors informed and connected. The area also boasts some of the best weather in Oakland as it is part of the East Oakland “warm belt,” and used to be largely agricultural. The neighborhood is named after its developer, John P. Maxwell, and is now almost entirely residential with single-family bungalows built in the 1920’s.
Although walkability is not this neighborhood’s strong suit, as there are not many businesses nearby, it is famed as a great place to raise a family by many, notably the Berkeley Parents online network. Schools in the area include Maxwell Park Elementary, Sequoia Elementary and Bret Harte Middle School as well as others in the Laurel, Fruitvale and Dimond Districts just a few miles away. Maxwell Park also enjoys sweeping views of the Oakland Hillside and SF Bay.
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