Since moving in in early July, we've been enjoying our new
downtown apartment and neighborhood immensely. While our
old place in the Rockridge district was quaint and full of
historical architectural details (not to mention basement
storage!), it simply lacked the modern layout, design, energy
efficiency and appliances that we craved. We do miss
having a private outdoor space but we sure love not having to
mow the lawn and our new apartment, a corner unit situated on
the fifth (top) floor of a 4-year-old building has almost
everything else we wanted (including slightly lower rent).
Our new neighborhood of Old Oakland is quite diverse and
includes a vibrant, youthful population, attracting a variety of
interesting bars and restaurants. In addition, bustling
Chinatown is mere blocks from our front door and the
upscale-casual restaurants, kayak rentals and waterfront of Jack
London Square are a short walk away as is the 3-mile walking
path that rings man-made Lake Merritt, located just one mile
from our building.
While we miss being an easy walk to our Rockridge butcher,
produce shop, and Trader Joe's, we are now a shorter walk to the
BART train station. In fact, Caroline just discovered
yesterday that she can get to the station in about 5 or 6
minutes if she really hurries and it's a quick 10-minute trip
back to Rockridge to the grocery shopping we miss.
Earlier this week, we hosted our first guests at the new
apartment and they pronounced the air mattress to be quite
comfortable. Our guests also enjoyed exploring the city we
now call home and it's an easy 15-minute BART ride into San
We love visitors, so let us know if you're ever going to be in
the area and need a place to crash; you're welcome to our air
mattress. And if you're not an air mattress kind of
person, we are a 5-minute walk from the downtown Marriott.
Meanwhile, we'll continue exploring our vibrant new
neighborhood, looking for cool places to share with you when you
Kitchen, prior to moving in
and dining room
Living room view - the tall building above the lamp is Clorox
headquarters and the Marriott Hotel is on the far right with the
room, with air mattress set up for guests
bedroom: small but comfortable enough and has nice carpet and
Master bedroom also has palm tree view
bar stools we ordered just came in yesterday!
of apartment as you enter, coming out of entry hallway and just
love that there is a perfect nook for our bar cart and glass
rack as well as space for our giant free-standing
counter/storage unit from the old apartment!