Archive for April, 2010

Discover Dogtown!

April 14, 2010


What is Dogtown?

Dogtown is a small and diverse neighborhood in West Oakland named for the dogs that once guarded the local junkyards. A mix of artist studios, modern loft houses, and revived Victorian homes has since replaced the guard dogs and the junkyards. True to its history, the area retains a balance of residential, light-industrial and work-shop uses.

Dogtown presents an excellent opportunity to live and work in an exciting and developing community situated in the heart of the Bay Area.

The Dogtown Arts District is conveniently situated on the Emeryville border adjacent to the Bay Bridge on-ramp. Dogtown features an eclectic mix of architecture ranging from Queen Anne Victorians to modern live/work lofts. An easy walk to Starbuck’s, Brown Sugar Kitchen, Can’t Fail Cafe, Home Depot and other retail outlets.

What’s happening in Dogtown?

Extra Space Storage is putting the finishing touches on arguably the best looking mini-storage facility in the Country! In addition to providing a new colorful structure to the neighborhood the building will have a glass-walled, 3,000 square foot retail space on the corner. The owner has been in conversations with local vendors and is planning on a coffee shop, a florist, and other neighborhood serving retail services in a market hall style format. Look for this to wrap up this summer!

City Slickers Farms has started construction on what will be a beautiful urban organic farm. City Slickers is a West Oakland based non-profit that focuses  on growing affordable fresh produce on urban farms throughout West Oakland. When completed, the park will have produce fruits and vegetables that will be sold on location on Saturdays. The park will have a community space in the front and be surrounded by a beautiful fence made from reclaimed wood and lined with espalier fruit trees.

The Dogtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) has recently applied for a City of Oakland grant for $75,000 to add street trees, motion activated lights, a new modern fence and to paint the façade of the building on the corner of 34th and Hollis St. The façade improvement will make the corner of 34th & Hollis one of the most bright and colorful in the East Bay!

Who lives in Dogtown?

In addition to the many homeowners who have lived here for 20 + years, Dogtown has become home to an influx of new working professionals and first-time homebuyers that have found Dogtown the best place to make their initial home purchase. The neighborhood has also seen tremendous growth in small, local businesses that have decided relocate to the warehouse shop spaces in the area.

For more information about Dogtown, please contact:

Michelle Vasey, Co-Owner
mvasey@Caldecott.com
510.594.2400 x 223\

Andy Read, Broker
aread@Caldecott.com
510.594.2400 x 222

 

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