Dimond District Neighborhood Overview

A Dimond in the Rough

Walk Score: 76

Transit Score: 54

Bike Score: 50

In case you’re wondering, no, that’s not a typo – there’s no ‘A’ in Dimond District. 🙂

This neighborhood is right off the 580 a couple miles east of Lake Merritt and north of Fruitvale. For the trivia buffs out there, this area originally got its name from Hugh Dimond, who came to California during the Gold Rush and purchased the land comprising the district in 1800s.

Today, the Dimond District is a charming multicultural neighborhood where the hills meet the flatlands. This neighborhood starting to fill up with young professionals and families. Homes in the Dimond District, much like in the Laurel District, are mostly bungalow and craftsman style homes that are still relatively affordable by Bay Area standards.

The neighborhood is centered on a modest commercial strip around the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Fruitvale Avenue. Here you’ll the popular local market Farmer Joe’s Marketplace, great neighborhood coffee shops like Hive, the Place to Bee, and a range of great ethnic food options like Taqueria Los Comales. Nearby, Dimond Park offers playgrounds, great hiking trails, and even a swimming pool.

Commuting to the city? Not a problem. With its proximity to Highway 580, this area has lots of commuter options available. Though there’s no BART station nearby, there are buses that will take you down to Fruitvale BART Station, as well as casual carpools and express buses that go directly into San Francisco.

The Dimond District is a hot up-and-coming neighborhood that’s evolving quickly.

Local Amenities

Shops and Restaurants

The commercial strip in the Dimond District includes a number of local businesses, as well as larger chains like Safeway and Peet’s Coffee. Here are a few of my favorites:


Outdoor Adventures

One of the best hidden gems in the Dimond District is Dimond Park, which includes tennis courts, a swimming pool, multiple play structures for both older and younger kids, and basketball courts. You can also hike the fairly flat trail in the small canyon that winds along Sausal Creek. We love doing this hike, then returning to one of the playgrounds to get the rest of the kids’ energy out and enjoy a picnic lunch (kids always seem tired on the trail yet get a miraculous energy spike when they lay eyes on the play structure, amirite?).

The Dimond District is also just a short drive away from some great regional parks, including:



Public Schools

  • Sequoia Elementary | Grades K-5
    • “It is the mission of Sequoia Elementary School to provide a powerful education to all students, enabling them to become effective, contributing citizens in our democratic society.”
    • GreatSchools Rating: 7/10
    • Average parent/community rating: 5/5 stars
    • Test scores: Above state average
    • School size: ~430 students


  • Laurel Elementary | Grades K-5
    • “Laurel Elementary School is located in the foothills of East Oakland. Our campus serves a densely-populated, ethnically-diverse, predominately working-class neighborhood. Our mission is to improve students’ academic achievement in a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment where the needs of the whole child are met.”
    • GreatSchools Rating: 3/10
    • Average parent/community rating: 5/5 stars
    • Test scores: Below state average
    • School size: ~540 students


  • Fruitvale Elementary | Grades K-5
    • GreatSchools Rating: 1/10
    • Average parent/community rating: 4/5 stars
    • Test scores: Far below state average
    • School size: ~385 students


  • Bret Harte Middle | Grades 6-8
    • “Bret Harte has one of the most diverse programs and student bodies in Oakland. We offer a variety of electives, programs for English Language Learners, an accelerated math program and special education programs for students with disabilities.”
    • GreatSchools Rating: 2/10
    • Average parent/community rating: 4/5 stars
    • Test scores: Far below state average
    • School size: ~550 students


Private Schools

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