Interesting Neighborhoods and Things to Do
A re-creation of a Victorian neighborhood, Preservation Park is home to 16 historic office buildings in a park-like setting. Visitors and tenants can enjoy manicured lawns, charming Victorian park benches and antique street lamps. In addition to its office space, which houses 45 businesses and non-profit organizations, Preservation Park has five rooms available for conferences, classes, meetings, receptions and other events for up to 250 people.
A vibrant cultural and retail center dating back to the 1800s, Oakland’s Chinatown came about when immigrant gold miners first settled in the vicinity of 8th and Webster streets. Today, lovers of Asian and ethnic cuisine make Chinatown a popular destination for lunch, dinner and late-night knoshing. Chinatown is located just south of City Center and is also a thriving shopping hub when it comes to fresh produce, meats, jewelry, clothing, home decor and many other items.
A group of grandly restored commercial properties built between 1865 and 1880, the area known as Old Oakland is located in the heart of Oakland just a few blocks west of City Center. Featuring restaurants, art galleries, a pub and retail stores along with offices, this district is also home to a seasonal weekly farmer’s market.
Pardee Home Museum
Built in 1868-69 by Enoch Pardee — a Gold Rush immigrant from the Midwest — Oakland’s Pardee Home is a treasured architectural and historical landmark in Northern California. After mining gold, Pardee became an eye doctor in San Francisco and went on to a successful legal career. The mission of the Pardee Home is to preserve and interpret the historic Pardee family residence, including its gardens and collections, for the education and enjoyment of the citizens of Oakland and the greater Bay Area, and for visitors from throughout the nation and world. Once threatened by the construction of Interstate 980, there was an effort to save the house in the 1970s. That success was an important early chapter in the historic preservation movement in Oakland. The Pardee Home was designated a city landmark in 1975, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, and named a California state landmark in 1997.
Jack London Square
Author of The Call of the Wild, White Fang and Sea Wolf, Jack London was a well-known figure in Oakland after coming to Oakland during the Yukon Gold Rush in 1897. In 1970, the cabin where London lived was moved to Jack London Square, a waterfront destination that is popular for shopping, dining and outdoor attractions.