Redwood Heights is a middle-class and mostly residential area in the Oakland Hills. It is sandwiched between the Dimond and Laurel Districts, and finds its center around Redwood Road, which was historically used as a logging road. The area was developed in the 1920’s through the ‘50’s and thus the home styles vary greatly from early craftsman bungalows, storybook, and Tudor architectural themes, to Mediterranean and ranch style houses. The first development in the area was called “Avenue Terrace” and is marked as such by a large rock sign at Victor Avenue and 35th/Redwood Road.
The community boasts a variety of businesses and conveniences including access to AC Transit, eco-friendly dry cleaners, coffee and gluten-free pastries at Café 3016, natural grocer Farmer Joe’s, and yoga at either Loka Yoga on Macarthur, or at the Redwood Heights Rec Center—which also offers swimming, day camps, a basketball gym, and movies in the park during the spring and summer. Redwood Heights is distinctly one of Oakland’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods, and the community is extremely tight-knit and social. Neighbors throw block parties, garage sales, Easter egg hunts, and there are many email groups to keep residents informed and connected. The Redwood Heights Neighborhood Association is also one of Oakland’s oldest neighborhood groups. Schools in the area are Laurel Elementary, Sequoia Elementary, Bret Harte Middle School, and the Redwood Heights School, which was state ranked 9 out of 10.
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