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A Guide to Moving to Oakland's Rockridge Neighborhood

Centered around the buzzing cafes and restaurants found along College Ave, Rockridge features tree-lined streets with beautiful homes built within the 1920s and the 1950s make-up this mature neighborhood. 

With quick access to family-friendly parks, top-rated schools, the Rockridge BART station, and a farmer’s market you can’t miss, young families and mature professionals are seeking solace outside of the high price tag and bustle of San Francisco. 

Nearby is the hip and happening neighborhood of Temescal. Want to learn more about Temescal? Check out our article Your Guide to Temescal

Getting around 

Many shops, cafes, as well as restaurants, are accessible without the use of a car. 

The main transit station - Rockridge BART station - is also centrally located and easily accessible making the commute to and from neighboring areas easy and convenient. 

Commute to San Francisco

With many routes leading to and from San Francisco, commuters can find themselves in the city from Rockridge in 20 minutes by car, 30 minutes by transit. 


A mix of old-timey bungalows, cottages, homes sitting on large lots as well as urban apartment buildings can found throughout Rockridge. 

Ideal for growing families and mature adults who enjoy the luxury of having bigger spaces, the homes found in Rockridge are considered larger than its neighbor, Temescal. 

A day in Rockridge 

The friendly neighborhood of Rockridge offers a number of local landmarks, parks, coffee shops as well as notable Oakland restaurants. 

Plan to spend the day in the charming Rockridge neighborhood and experience life as the locals do with our suggested itinerary. 

9 a.m. - Grab the morning paper and jump start your day with a good cup of coffee and avocado toast from Philz Coffee. 

11 a.m. - Taking in some of Rockridge’s history is as simple as strolling through the tree-lined streets - particularly through Lawton and Manila. Here you can find the moody bungalows and cottages that remain from the 1920s and 1950s, covered in well-manicured outdoor decor and gardens. Garden walks are quite common in Rockridge as there is an abundance of gardens through the nooks and crannies of its streets. 

2 p.m. - A staple among locals and Gourmet Ghetto chefs alike, Market Hall is a daily haven market collective consisting of locally-sourced produce, goods, fine cheeses, and deliciously cured meats. Come with an empty stomach as you stroll and nosh on fresh baked goods while checking out art pieces and handmade jewelry from local artisans. 

5 p.m. - Hopefully you’ve saved some room for dinner at local favorite, Wood Tavern. The contemporary, rustic neighborhood restaurant (as accurately described on their website) has been serving locals with such dishes as pan seared Alaskan halibut, Ahi Tuna Tartare, and fresh pasta. 

Buying a home in Rockridge  

For many looking to make the move from the big city to Rockridge, location is key. 

Having access to parks, schools, and grocery stores need to considered. 

Hiring a local real estate team who knows the area well is crucial in ensuring the next home you purchase checks off all of the necessary boxes. 

(Local real experts, Climb Oakland, have helped clients buy and sell homes in the Oakland area and the surrounding neighborhoods for years. Contact our team directly to start looking for your next home!)

If your family is thinking about moving to Rockridge, consider asking yourself the following questions….

Can you grow into the space?

While many of the homes in Rockridge are larger than those found in Temescal, finding a home with potential for growth will determine how large of a home you require, and ultimately, the area it is in. 

Larger homes tend to be located further away from the urban bustle whereas many apartment buildings are at the heart of Rockridge’s urban fare. 

Are you planning for schools?

For families, ensuring their kids are attending a top-rated school is the priority. 

Work with your local real estate expert to ensure that the home you decide to buy is within the proper district for the schools you anticipate having your kids attend. 

When is the best time to buy?

Purchasing a home in the spring and summer months are most ideal for families as it is makes it easier to move when kids are on summer break. 

If you have kids, consider when the school year starts and base your move on that time frame. It is typically best to have kids transition from an old school to a new one at the beginning of the year. 

Also, as spring and summer are “high move months”, finding your forever home is much more likely as you will come to find there is a larger inventory of homes during these busy months. 

Thinking about moving to Rockridge?

With a number of top-rated schools, cafes, and family-friendly outdoor spaces available, Rockridge has become the neighborhood of choice for those looking to be a part of a quaint, friendly community of families, artists, and local shop owners. 

If you’re interested in moving to Temescal, contact our team of local real experts today!

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