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Maxwell Park, Oakland, California

 

Maxwell Park, Oakland, California

Maxwell Park
Neighborhood of Oakland
A view over Maxwell Park
A view over Maxwell Park
Location of Maxwell Park in Oakland
Location of Maxwell Park in Oakland
Coordinates:
Country United States
State California
County Alameda
City Oakland

Maxwell Park is a neighborhood in Oakland, California located in the foothills of Oakland and is known for its close knit community (made up largely of middle-class professionals) and relatively low crime rate. It is geographically bordered by MacArthur Blvd, High Street, Trask Street, Foothill Blvd, and 55th Avenue and is adjacent to Mills College, I-580, Brookdale Park, and the Fairfax neighborhood. It lies at an elevation of from 138 feet to its highest point of 266 feet on Knowland Ave (42 m).

Many of the homes in the neighborhood have panoramic views of the Oakland hills to the north, to Alameda and San Francisco Bay to the west.

History

The area is named after its developer, John P. Maxwell. The original development area was bounded by 55th Avenue, Trask Street, Monticello Avenue and Camden Street.

The land was opened zoned for development on May 7, 1921 and Burritt and Shealey, the main developers were the same developers from many of the homes in the nearby upscale enclave of Piedmont.

Nearby streetcar transportation and a salubrious climate were cardinal selling points. It is in East Oakland's justly famed 'warm belt'. The streetcars were replaced by AC Transit buses in 1960. Lines 47 and 14 service the neighborhood to and from the Fruitvale BART station, along with many other lines that run along MacArthur Blvd.

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