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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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3861 35TH AVENUE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,232 sqft (apx)
$429,000
Active
 

3221 MACARTHUR BLVD., OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,554 sqft (apx)
$499,000
Active
 

3604 HARBOR VIEW AVE, OAKLAND
1 bed | 1 bath | 1,370 sqft (apx)
$499,000
Pending
 

3949 39TH AVE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 2 bath | 1,352 sqft (apx)
$689,000
Pending
 

4509 TOMPKINS AVENUE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 3 bath | 2,617 sqft (apx)
$759,000
Pending
 

2886 GEORGIA ST, OAKLAND
$799,000
Pending
 

3638 REDDING, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,084 sqft (apx)
$599,000
Active
 

3638 REDDING STREET, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,084 sqft (apx)
$599,000
Active
 

4700 MACARTHUR BLVD, OAKLAND
$560,000
Pending
 

3030 CALIFORNIA ST, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,254 sqft (apx)
$675,000
Pending
 

3101 MADELINE ST, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 906 sqft (apx)
$650,000
Pending
 

3001 MADELINE STREET, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,002 sqft (apx)
$685,000
Pending
 

4032 NORTON AVENUE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,148 sqft (apx)
$635,000
Pending
 

3059 GEORGIA STREET, OAKLAND
$975,000
Pending
 

3487 MIDVALE AVE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 968 sqft (apx)
$620,000
Active
 

4727 DAVENPORT AVE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,165 sqft (apx)
$649,000
Pending
 

3901 35 AVE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,233 sqft (apx)
$599,000
Active
 

3623 KANSAS STREET, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,566 sqft (apx)
$609,000
Pending
 

3608 HARBOR VIEW, OAKLAND
2 bed | 2 bath | 1,325 sqft (apx)
$699,000
Pending
 

3314 FLORIDA ST, OAKLAND
4 bed | 3 bath | 2,132 sqft (apx)
$900,000
Active
 

2836 MONTANA AVENUE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 2 bath | 1,071 sqft (apx)
$595,000
Pending
 

3479 LOMA VISTA AVE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 876 sqft (apx)
$427,500
Pending
 

4844 DAISY ST, A, OAKLAND
1 bed | 1 bath | 556 sqft (apx)
$300,000
Pending
 

3825 HIGH STREET, 207, OAKLAND
2 bed | 2 bath | 999 sqft (apx)
$449,000
Active
 

0 FAIR AVE, OAKLAND
$150,000
Active
 

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