The neighborhood dynamic of Redwood Heights embodies the phrase, “best of both worlds.” Resting at the foot of the Oakland Hills, its community spirit mirrors the happy-go-lucky times of the 1950s. While an essence of simpler times lingers through the air, the neighborhood’s close proximity to Oakland and San Francisco bring the perks of modern-day living as well. Big-city influences and resources are as prevalent as summer block parties and weekend barbeques.
The Redwood Heights Neighborhood Association was established in 1944. As one of the oldest voluntary neighborhood associations in Oakland, it gave Redwood Heights a more residential focus. Prior to that, the land was mainly used by logging companies. Keeping up with San Francisco construction demands, loggers hauled giant Redwoods down from the East Bay Hills and into the city.
As one of Oakland’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods, Redwood Heights appeals to the likes of many. With over 24,500 residents, approximately 33.9 percent are Caucasian, 31.3 percent African-American, 20.5 percent Asian, and 15.1 percent Latino. An extremely family-oriented community, the esteemed Redwood Heights Elementary School receives a great deal of praise and parental involvement.
Check out the Redwood Heights Community Recreation Center, a prized gathering spot for locals. Looking for a new hobby? You’ve come to the right place. The center offers an exciting plethora of classes. Choose from: youth and adult karate, ballet, Afro-Haitian dance, ballroom dancing for adults and seniors, Tai Chi, cooking classes for kids, and finally every parent’s favorite˜youth drumming classes. Available for weekend reserve, use the center to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and family functions.
Residents take pride in their neighborhood’s sunny disposition and often refer to it as the “banana belt” of Oakland. The area’s temperate climate and number of sunny days per year support its favored reputation. Most Redwood Heights’ homes were built from the 1920s to the 1950s. A wide selection of architectural designs, home styles include: English Tudors, California Ranch, Classic Craftsman, Storybook, Mediterranean and French Normandy. Impressive home restorations and maintenance have allowed Redwood Heights to age gracefully.
Each spring, volunteer efforts from the RHNA annual planting project burst into color as more than 3000 Daffodils bloom. April showers bring May flowers? Sure looks like it in Redwood Heights. Explore this scenic paradise and travel up Redwood Road until you’ve reached the Redwood Regional Park. Stretching across more than 1,800 acres, you’ll be amazed by the beautiful Sequoias, Evergreens, Chaparrals and grasslands which occupy this leafy space. Keep a camera handy because you may even spot a rare Golden Eagle or Alameda Striped Racer Snake. With over 38 miles worth of trails, the Redwood Regional Park is a great place to run, hike, mountain bike, horseback ride and walk your dog.
Because Redwood Heights is predominately residential, a set of wheels is required for most shopping and dining excursions. Not to worry, the Laurel and Diamond Districts, Leona Heights and Montclair Village are all nearby. Packed with goods, services and local attractions, Redwood Heights’ residents find what they need and retreat back to the serenity of home. Throw on some shades and take a sunny afternoon cruise down to Rockridge, Lakeshore, and the ever-so popular Piedmont Avenue; all of which are just a short drive away.
Surrounding neighborhoods include: Maxwell Park, Laurel, Crocker Highlands and Crestmont.