Learning about my new neighborhood

24 Jun

My fiance and I must be a bit crazy, because in the midst of wedding planning, tons of other work, and just after an epic office move, we decided it would be a great time to move out of the apartment we’ve lived in for the past four and a half years. We absolutely love our apartment, but over the past year, it’s seemed to shrink. And as wedding gifts came in, we started to wonder where the hell we’d fit all this new stuff, especially since our kitchen is full well beyond capacity (yes, we already have pots and pans hanging from the walls).

So we started casually apartment hunting, checking Craigslist and going to see a place or two every weekend. We weren’t in a huge rush to move so we were willing to wait until we found the perfect home. And this past Saturday, we did. It’s an incredible bottom unit of a duplex.

I’ll borrow the description from Craiglist to give you an idea of why we fell in love immediately:

As you enter through a large private gate, the garden oasis greets you. As you cross a tree shaded foot bridge, you slowly escape reality, and lifes daily stresses. You may decide to stop on the foot bridge and gander at the year round flowing creek below. Then as you enter the home, you are immediately welcomed by the large living with lovely coved ceilings and floor to ceiling windows. Your eyes are immediately drawn to your wonderful surroundings. On a chilly night you might decide to light a warm and cozy fire in the living room fireplace, cuddle up with a nice book, or watch the latest movie. On a warm night you may decide to enjoy the weather on the deck, which overlooks the creek, with a nice glass of wine, or iced tea. This home is truly beautiful, a must see. Anyone would be happy to call this magical place home.

We jumped on it and found out Monday evening that it would soon be ours, but at the time, knew very little about our new neighborhood. That didn’t last for long though, since in response to a Facebook post about our move, my friends gave me a crash course education about our new neighborhood, Glen Echo. Here’s some of what I learned:

  • Glen Echo Creek used to be called Cemetery Creek, and I think it’s pretty obvious why they renamed it. Good thing I won’t be moving to the “Cemetery” neighborhood.
  • I can get around using bus lines 51, 1/1R, and 57.
  • There are tons of stairways in the neighborhood, one of which I noticed when we checked the place out last weekend. I can’t wait to explore them since there are no stairways in our current neighborhood.
  • There’s an active neighborhood listserve.
  • The neighborhood participates in National Night Out.
  • Several of my Facebook friends live there, nearby, or lived there in the past.
  • Everyone seems to think it’s a wonderful neighborhood, which I had a hunch about, but I’m happy to have confirmed.

And then, I learned a TON more on City Homestead yesterday, through an excellent post on the author’s neighborhood, which is right next to our new neighborhood.

Now I’m even more excited about our move and about learning more about our neighborhood. I’m sure I’ll be sharing more here as I learn in the coming weeks.

9 Responses to “Learning about my new neighborhood”

  1. Jaymie June 24, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    Hey don’t forget to come to the Emeryville Farmers Market on Thursdays (12-6 PM) across from Pixar!

  2. Nick June 24, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    My wife and I live around the corner from City Homestead. Love the area!!! When we moved to Oakland two years ago, we didn’t know much about the city except that it was cheaper than SF. We picked a place that was affordable and close to bus lines that could get me to BART (since I was a student at SFSU). Now, two years later, we’re in the same complex and we’re so glad we moved here.

    Welcome to the neighborhoodish!!!

    • Becks June 24, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

      Thanks Nick! We can’t wait to move in.

  3. livegreem June 24, 2010 at 8:02 pm #

    I’ve walked by the creek before and it is lovely. Imagine if more creeks were left uncovered, how even more special Oakland would b!

    For a glimpse of what it’s like by an even bigger creek, walk Sausal Creek in Dimond Canyon sometime (above El Centro & Hanly, the upper border of Dimond Park). Where you can walk with your kids on the rocks in the creek and have nature surround you, in the middle of a city…(Look up every now & then to spot red tail or red sholdered hawks flying by).

    Oakland, Bay Area Creek City

  4. Your old next door neighbor July 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    Welcome to the hood. Too bad we’re moving out as you’re moving in. Your neighbors above are really awesome, as are the ones next door to the north. And the creek makes for a wonderful setting. Great to find out that it used to be called Cemetery Creek.

  5. Robert July 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Welcome to the best neighborhood in Oakland.

  6. erocking July 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    Welcome to the neighborhood! I live around the corner on Randwick and ride by your place every day on my way to work.

    Don’t let the shootout on 580 scare you, it’s a pretty mellow neighborhood with the biggest problem being car break ins.

    But, yeah, Uptown keeps moving closer up Broadway and the transit is excellent. Enjoy!

    • Becks July 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

      Thanks! Happy to be your neighbor.

      Now if all those vacant storefronts on Broadway could turn into something…

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