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The Laurel

At the turn of the 19th century, what is now called the Laurel District was merely a handful of homesteads surrounded by vegetable gardens, lush hillsides, family dairies and grazing livestock. After the Great Earthquake of 1906, refugees from San Francisco flocked to the area, and by 1910 The Laurel (named for the area's first school) boasted sidewalks and streetlights. By 1920, the Key Route Rail-car system connected the area to downtown and established Hopkins Street (now MacArthur Blvd.) as a bustling thoroughfare.

As Oakland's industries grew, so did the need for housing, and spectacular incentives were offered to stimulate home building. The district continued to grow through the Depression, and by the time the country was at war there were two new movie theatres, Laurel and The Hopkins, where locals could see the latest news reels. While the businesses and organizations operating within its walls have changed over the years, the facade of the Laurel Theatre building (3814 MacArthur) is still recognizable today.

The post-war period brought another housing boom to the Laurel, and area businesses flourished. Many of the storefronts lining MacArthur Blvd. were built in the 40s and 50s, evidenced by their simple lines and lack of architectural embellishments.

Today, the Laurel is a bright neighborhood with a vibrant and diverse population. A mini-melting pot, the people of the Laurel are proud to be a part of this distinct section of Oakland, confirmed by all the warm greetings found at the small local farmer's market, the original Farmer Joe's with a larger store in the adjacent Dimond district, and in the wide range of inexpensive ethnic restaurants along MacArthur Boulevard.


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The Laurel Real Estate

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3657 39TH AVE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 850 sqft (apx)
$475,000
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4566 TOMPKINS AVE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 949 sqft (apx)
$699,000
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3825 LAUREL AVE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,695 sqft (apx)
$798,000
Pending
 

4646 FAIR AVE, OAKLAND
4 bed | 3 bath | 2,376 sqft (apx)
$995,000
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3760 39TH AVE, J, OAKLAND
2 bed | 2 bath | 1,098 sqft (apx)
$569,000
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4556 MERRILL AVE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,731 sqft (apx)
$798,888
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5025 DAISY ST, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 2,306 sqft (apx)
$1,088,000
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2901 MACARTHUR BLVD, 312, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 822 sqft (apx)
$340,000
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3922 HIGH STREET, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 990 sqft (apx)
$549,000
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3676 MADRONE AVE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,636 sqft (apx)
$725,000
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3051 SYLVAN AVENUE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 914 sqft (apx)
$699,000
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5025 DAISY STREET, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 2,306 sqft (apx)
$1,088,000
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3225 MACARTHUR, OAKLAND
3 bed | 1 bath | 1,162 sqft (apx)
$575,000
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3923 HIGH STREET, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,100 sqft (apx)
$588,800
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4046 LAUREL AVE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 1 bath | 1,855 sqft (apx)
$899,000
Pending
 

3769 39TH AVE, OAKLAND
4 bed | 2 bath | 1,759 sqft (apx)
$699,000
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4039 PATTERSON AVE, OAKLAND
4 bed | 1 bath | 1,696 sqft (apx)
$850,000
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3480 38 TH AVE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 544 sqft (apx)
$450,000
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3699 35TH AVE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,232 sqft (apx)
$669,000
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3800 MAYBELLE AVE, 3, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,031 sqft (apx)
$495,000
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3829 BUELL ST, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,708 sqft (apx)
$679,000
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3691 MAYBELLE AVE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 1 bath | 1,068 sqft (apx)
$525,000
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3901 3901 35TH AVENUE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,233 sqft (apx)
$588,000
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