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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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4063 PATTERSON AVE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,457 sqft (apx)
$799,000
Active
 

3454 LOMA VISTA AVE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 796 sqft (apx)
$549,000
Pending
 

3632 REDDING ST, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 748 sqft (apx)
$349,000
Pending
 

3944 HUNTINGTON ST, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,069 sqft (apx)
$659,000
Pending
 

3060 DAKOTA ST, OAKLAND
2 bed | 2 bath | 1,109 sqft (apx)
$655,000
Pending
 

4151 EASTLAKE AVE, OAKLAND
4 bed | 2 bath | 2,637 sqft (apx)
$859,000
Pending
 

4001 MAYBELLE AVE, OAKLAND
4 bed | 2 bath | 1,855 sqft (apx)
$899,000
Active
 

4527 PAMPAS AVE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 940 sqft (apx)
$649,000
Active
 

3214 NE SYLVAN AVE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 1 bath | 1,313 sqft (apx)
$699,000
Pending
 

3501 35TH, 2, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,083 sqft (apx)
$407,999
Pending
 

3901 35TH AVENUE, OAKLAND
3 bed | 2 bath | 1,233 sqft (apx)
$595,000
Pending
 

4122 REDDING ST, OAKLAND
2 bed | 2 bath | 1,201 sqft (apx)
$650,000
Active
 

3143 CALIFORNIA ST, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,210 sqft (apx)
$849,000
Active
 

4526 MERRILL AVENUE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 1 bath | 1,146 sqft (apx)
$649,000
Active
 

3825 HIGH ST, 103, OAKLAND
2 bed | 2 bath | 984 sqft (apx)
$499,000
Pending
 

4031 LOMA VISTA, OAKLAND
3 bed | 1 bath | 1,095 sqft (apx)
$499,000
Pending
 

4844 DAISY ST, D, OAKLAND
1 bed | 1 bath | 556 sqft (apx)
$199,998
Pending
 

3039 FLORIDA ST, OAKLAND
2 bed | 2 bath | 1,252 sqft (apx)
$699,900
Pending
 

3814 MAGEE AVE, OAKLAND
2 bed | 2 bath | 1,297 sqft (apx)
$599,000
Active
 

2917 MACARTHUR BLVD, 3B, OAKLAND
1 bed | 1 bath | 864 sqft (apx)
$365,000
Active
 

4039 PATTERSON AVE, OAKLAND
4 bed | 1 bath | 1,696 sqft (apx)
$650,000
Pending
 

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