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Welcome to Our New Apartment in the Heart of Downtown Oakland!

10/12/12 - Oakland, CA

Finally posting photos of our new apartment in Oakland's historic Old Oakland district

Since moving in in early July, we've been enjoying our new downtown apartment and neighborhood immensely.  While our old place in the Rockridge district was quaint and full of historical architectural details (not to mention basement storage!), it simply lacked the modern layout, design, energy efficiency and appliances that we craved.  We do miss having a private outdoor space but we sure love not having to mow the lawn and our new apartment, a corner unit situated on the fifth (top) floor of a 4-year-old building has almost everything else we wanted (including slightly lower rent).


Our new neighborhood of Old Oakland is quite diverse and includes a vibrant, youthful population, attracting a variety of interesting bars and restaurants.  In addition, bustling Chinatown is mere blocks from our front door and the upscale-casual restaurants, kayak rentals and waterfront of Jack London Square are a short walk away as is the 3-mile walking path that rings man-made Lake Merritt, located just one mile from our building.


While we miss being an easy walk to our Rockridge butcher, produce shop, and Trader Joe's, we are now a shorter walk to the BART train station.  In fact, Caroline just discovered yesterday that she can get to the station in about 5 or 6 minutes if she really hurries and it's a quick 10-minute trip back to Rockridge to the grocery shopping we miss.


Earlier this week, we hosted our first guests at the new apartment and they pronounced the air mattress to be quite comfortable.  Our guests also enjoyed exploring the city we now call home and it's an easy 15-minute BART ride into San Francisco too!


We love visitors, so let us know if you're ever going to be in the area and need a place to crash; you're welcome to our air mattress.  And if you're not an air mattress kind of person, we are a 5-minute walk from the downtown Marriott.  Meanwhile, we'll continue exploring our vibrant new neighborhood, looking for cool places to share with you when you come visit!


Kitchen, prior to moving in


Living and dining room


Living room view - the tall building above the lamp is Clorox headquarters and the Marriott Hotel is on the far right with the red lettering


Spare room, with air mattress set up for guests


Master bedroom: small but comfortable enough and has nice carpet and views


Master bedroom also has palm tree view


The bar stools we ordered just came in yesterday!


View of apartment as you enter, coming out of entry hallway and just past kitchen


We love that there is a perfect nook for our bar cart and glass rack as well as space for our giant free-standing counter/storage unit from the old apartment!





Living and dining room, prior to moving in


Kitchen, prior to moving in


Front door and entry hall with coat closet


Dining room view - the palm trees are located in a full-city-block park across the street


Living room, taken from dining area


Guest bath - both bathrooms have gleaming white subway tiles from tub to ceiling that I love!


Master bedroom, taken from master bath (which is long and skinny and not worth trying to photograph!)


The chef, in his kitchen


Kitchen sink with a view (complete with cook's companion's wine-drinking bar/countertop)!


Living room at dusk