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Making the Move to Jack London Square: Your Neighborhood Guide

Kenny Truong

I love helping clients get through the home buying and selling experience with minimal stress and great results...

I love helping clients get through the home buying and selling experience with minimal stress and great results...

Feb 6 7 minutes read

At the heart of one of the most well-known commercial districts in Oakland, the waterfront neighborhood of Jack London draws a mixed crowd of tourists and resident neighborhood dwellers alike as they tour the sights and sounds of the harbor’s waterfront district. 

The name originally comes from Jack London Square, the main commercial district surrounding this Oakland neighborhood. It’s here where you can find an array of 1950s warehouses converted into hip storefronts, coffee shops, and quality dining spots. 

But first, coffee… 

We know how much you love, and need your daily caffeine fix. 

The people of Jack London know their way around a pour over. Grab a coffee at notable cafes Blue Bottle Coffee, Bicycle Coffee (they have free pour overs every Friday!), and Cafe Santana. 

This is, of course, a biased list of our neighborhood favorites. 

Like we said, the kind folks of Jack London know their coffee. Hop on over to Yelp to check out the 10 best coffee shops in the area. 

What to check out in Jack London 

There’s no shortage of things to see and do whether you’re a tourist or one of the lucky few who get to call this place home. Here are just a few of the local hotspots to check out

Jack London Square 

The main commercial hub, Jack London Square is filled with dining spots, local shops, and outdoor activities.

Rent a kayak or canoe and tour around the harbor, or walk along the pier and check out some of the amazing boats and yachts docked out on the water. 

There are always events taking place along the waterfront. 

Feel free to check out Jack London’s weekly events calendar here


A perfect storm between fresh sushi and live jazz music, notable Oakland favorite, Yoshi’s, serves up some of the best sushi in Oakland. 

For the full experience, dine in in the restaurant’s dining room, order yourself a cocktail while you take in a live jazz performance. 

If you’re planning on heading to Yoshi’s be sure to book ahead, wait times for a table often exceed 1.5 to 2 hours!

Urban Wineries

Inconspicuously located in Jack London’s popular converted warehouses, take in the local flavors of some of the country’s best vineyards at one of the area’s urban wineries. 

Check out Oakland’s Urban Wine Trail›


A chic take on American classics, Haven, perfectly brings a laid-back vibe with high-quality touches to the diners who flock to this local restaurant nightly. 

What’s great about Haven is that they change their menu frequently, often showcasing locally-sourced produce and meats curated from the mind of Executive Chef, Matt Brimer. 

Home of Chicken and Waffles  

The kind of eats that stick to your ribs and keep you coming back for more, Home of Chicken and Waffles, has been serving up a perfect combination of finger lickin’ fried chicken and waffles at fair prices for years. Kick back in the main dining area or park up by the bar.

Getting around Jack London 

By car: If driving in from San Francisco, take 1-80 E, exiting at Broadway/Alameda from 1-880 S; from Berkeley, take 1-580 E/1-80 W, exiting at Broadway/Alameda from 1-880 S

By train: There are several main routes which lead directly into Jack London Square station. To plan your route, go here

By ferry: Land right in the heart of Jack London Square by catching the ferry from either San Francisco or Alameda. 

By bus: Catch the free Broadway Shuttle from Uptown which heads directly into Jack London 

Check out our local map of Jack London› 

Buying a home in Jack London

Thinking about making the move to Jack London? 

Here are some useful tips from our real estate team if you’re considering purchasing a home in Jack London:

Decide which area to move to 

The first step in making the move to a new neighborhood is deciding which area suits you best. 

If you’re looking to be a part of all the action, in this case, closer to the dining hot spots and hip coffee shops, you’ll likely be looking for a home near Jack London Square. 

Homes closer to Jack London Square, while convenient, do have a higher listing price than the homes further away from the hustle and bustle. 

Where you decide to live totally depends on your lifestyle. 

Working with our local real estate team we can help you select the best option for you.  

Contact our team of experts to help you make the move to Jack London!

Shopping the market 

It’s no surprise that most people will take to online means first to search for local real estate listings. 

While convenient, there’s a downside to this.

By having a local real estate expert on your side, you’ll gain exclusive access to listings not visible to the public. 

If you’re at the stage where you’re shopping the market, contact our team of agents to see even more Jack London real estate listings. 

Making an offer 

The number of homebuyers making the move to Oakland neighborhoods like Jack London is growing more and more each month. As a result, homes in this hot neighborhood don’t last long. 

What does that mean for you?

When you do find a home that fits your needs, you’ll need to move fast!

Work closely with your real estate agent to put together a reasonable offer based on their knowledge of the market and your budget. 

Additional costs when buying a home

If you’ve bought a home before then you’re likely well aware of all of the costs often overlooked by many first time home buyers. 

For those of you looking to buy your first home, these costs can include closing fees, property taxes, the cost to complete home inspections.

Jack London brings together everything you could be looking for in your next neighborhood - breathtaking Bay views, an insatiable nightlife, and affordable housing market, compared to its San Francisco counterpart. 

If you’re thinking of making the move to Jack London, contact a Climb Oakland real estate expert today!

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