Fruitvale Neighborhood Overview

Vibrant and Full of Culture

Walk Score: 80

Transit Score: 55

Bike Score: 48

Located about 4 miles southeast of Lake Merritt, Fruitvale is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Oakland. Roughly half the residents in this neighborhood are Latino, and boy does the food and culture reflect it. You can find some of the best tacos in Oakland here!

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park is a fantastic cultural resource right in the middle of Fruitvale. Here you’ll find tours, events, youth programs, and interactive museum exhibits about the history of Native and Mexican Americans in Oakland, as well as a beautiful park and nature area around Peralta Creek.

The main commercial strip in Fruitvale is centered around International Boulevard, where you’ll find a variety of local shops, markets, and restaurants.

Nearby, you’ll also find Fruitvale BART Station, making commutes into San Francisco a breeze. There are also plenty of bus and express bus options.

The homes in Fruitvale include a variety of bungalows, craftsman style houses, and Victorians. If you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to check out the murals throughout Fruitvale as well.

All in all, Fruitvale is an up-and-coming neighborhood that’s full of culture, history, and a strong sense of community.


Local Amenities

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park

This six-acre park is at the heart of Fruitvale and is a historical landmark, hailed as the birthplace of Oakland. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the house and park offer educational and arts programs, performances, exhibits, and community events.

International Boulevard Shopping Area

The main commercial area in Fruitvale is centered around International Blvd. Here you’ll find some of the most amazing, diverse, and authentic restaurants in Oakland, including:

  • La Mexicana Restaurant
    • Fresh, authentic Mexican food
    • Try the chile rellenos and carne asada. Yummm.
    • 4.5 stars on Yelp
  • Los Cocos Salvadoran Restaurant
    • Great little neighborhood restaurant serving authentic and affordable Salvadoran fare
    • You have to try their pupusas. To die for.
    • 4 stars on Yelp
  • Mariscos La Costa
    • Crazy delicious seafood spot
    • Ceviche lovers unite!
    • 4 stars on Yelp


Proximity to Jingletown

Just west of Fruitvale BART Station, you’ll find Jingletown, a small and vibrant local arts community along the Oakland Estuary. Here you’ll find lots of artist lofts and studios, Ale Industries Brewery and Taproom, and annual neighborhood arts events.


Proximity to Alameda

Take a short drive across the Park Street Bridge, and you’ll be in the heart of Alameda, with way too many incredible food and shopping options to list, including:


Public Schools

  • Think College Now Elementary School | Grades K-5
    • “Our vision is to ensure that all students have the tools to choose their life’s path and desired occupation with an equal opportunity to attend college and pursue their dreams. In 2014, students from our first group of alumni realized this dream!”
    • GreatSchools Rating2/10
    • Average parent/community rating: 5/5 stars
    • Test scores: Far below state average
    • School size: ~300 students


  • International Community School | Grades K-5
    • GreatSchools Rating2/10
    • Average parent/community rating: 5/5 stars
    • Test scores: Far below state average
    • School size: ~335 students


  • Urban Promise Academy | Grades 6-8
    • “We are a full-service community school. As one of our students put it, ‘I would define UPA as one big community of family and friendship where everyone treats and respects each other equally and gets along. UPA is a place where you can be yourself and nobody else. It gives you the power to never give up.'”
    • GreatSchools Rating: 3/10
    • Average parent/community rating: 5/5 stars
    • Test scores: Below state average
    • School size: ~325 students

Public Charter Schools


  • ASCEND School | Grades K-8
    • GreatSchools Rating3/10
    • Average parent/community rating: 4/5 stars
    • Test scores: Below state average
    • School size: ~430 students





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