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Living in the Mills College/Millsmont Neighborhood (Oakland, CA)
We want to live in a single family home with a back yard with our two young kiddos. Since moving to the e.b. from out-of-state 4years ago, we've lived only in apartments in central Berkeley and north Oakland, soaking up the glorious parks, culture, and atmosphere the area has to offer. But it looks like in order to afford a house w/ yard, we would have to branch out of the area we've loved. We don't think it's a good idea to continue raising our kids in this exact location: it's noisy, trafficky and we don't have even some shared outdoor community space in our complex, which is hard when you have energetic kids. But I am struggling with the thought of giving up the proximity to all our favorite things (especially all the family friendly businesses and community offerings) in the area and tend to resist change.
I know we could and would still drive here for fun, but it would take more gas, time,and time spent on the freeway. I can't find any single family homes that are affordable for us in the area and do not want to relocate to yet another apartment. Do you think we should keep waiting for something that could work in this area or do you suppose that is a lost cause?
Has anyone moved from this part of town to the Mills College area and felt happy with that decision? Is it easier to settle into non-Berkeley life than I think it is? Any information you have about the neighborhoods around there will be helpful. OR if you have given up the more urban life for more of a quiet neighborhood setting that resulted in nicer living space, I'd like to hear your thoughts too. What did you think of the change? Did it all work out for the better? Thank you for your help as I grapple with this decision. reluctant home hunter
[moderator note] reviews were also received for Maxwell Park, Redwood Heights, and San Leandro
Re: Affordable Neighborhoods in Oakland
The trick is not so much affording a decent neighborhood, but that neighborhood having good schools. The good news, in my opinion, is that Oakland has a few really great charter schools (and in case you are unfamiliar with these, they are free). Millsmont is our neighborhood - a little known gem, on the wooded side of Mills College near the top of Seminary, by hwy 13 and 580. This area is affordable and very attractive.
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