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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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3708 MIDVALE AVE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 1 bath | 1,215 sqft (apx)
$829,000
Active
 

3263 KANSAS STREET, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,175 sqft (apx)
$749,000
Pending
 

2901 MACARTHUR BLVD, 207, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 903 sqft (apx)
$299,000
Pending
 

4349 HYACINTH AVE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 858 sqft (apx)
$580,000
Active
 

4672 FAIR AVE., OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,144 sqft (apx)
$699,000
Active
 

3039 FLORIDA ST, OAKLAND
2 bed | 2 bath | 1,252 sqft (apx)
$799,900
Active
 

3521 LOMA VISTA, OAKLAND
3 bed | 1 bath | 1,034 sqft (apx)
$528,000
Active
 

3299 ARIZONA ST, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 936 sqft (apx)
$695,000
Active
 

3914 MAGEE AVENUE, OAKLAND
4 bed | 2 bath
$899,000
Active
 

3716 MADRONE AVE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,152 sqft (apx)
$599,000
Active
 

3814 MAGEE AVE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 2 bath | 1,297 sqft (apx)
$650,000
Active
 

3458 COOLIDGE AVE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 1 bath | 1,343 sqft (apx)
$590,000
Pending
 

4026 ASPEN PLACE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,011 sqft (apx)
$719,000
Pending
 

3856 MAYBELLE AVE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,036 sqft (apx)
$449,000
Active
 

4556 MERRILL AVENUE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,731 sqft (apx)
$688,888
Active
 

4678 FAIR AVE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,170 sqft (apx)
$689,000
Pending
 

2901 MACARTHUR BOULEVARD, 206, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 763 sqft (apx)
$368,888
Active
 

3808 BAYO ST, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 744 sqft (apx)
$390,000
Pending
 

3741 MCCLELLAND STREET, B, OAKLAND
1 bed | 1 bath | 650 sqft (apx)
$345,000
Pending
 

4357 ALBERT ST, OAKLAND
3 bed | 1 bath | 923 sqft (apx)
$499,000
Pending
 

3021 KANSAS STREET, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,410 sqft (apx)
$750,000
Active
 

2917 MACARTHUR BLVD, 3B, OAKLAND
1 bed | 1 bath | 864 sqft (apx)
$389,000
Active
 

3225 MACARTHUR, OAKLAND
3 bed | 1 bath | 1,162 sqft (apx)
$575,000
Active
 

4039 PATTERSON AVE, OAKLAND
4 bed | 1 bath | 1,696 sqft (apx)
$750,000
Active
 

3699 35TH AVE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,232 sqft (apx)
$599,000
Active
 

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