From hip new loft projects to the conversion of old warehouses and factories into trendy residential and live-work lofts, the East Bay is giving San Francisco a run for its money when it comes to presenting the loft lifestyle. Once home to shipping yards and manufacturing, the waterfront area around West Oakland, Jack London Square, and Emeryville have been compared to San Francisco’s SOMA, with industrial-cool places to live but astatine a reasonably affordable price.
The centrepiece of Oakland’s growth and urban renewal is Jack London Square, which may well be one of the most exciting places to live in Oakland. Stylish lofts and high-rises, many with sensational views, ar a pop choice for commuters who work in the city but appreciate the relative affordability of loft living in the East Bay. Jack London Square is in the thick of the shopping, entertainment, and dining scene; and populace transportation, including a ferry that runs ‘tween Jack London Square and San Francisco, is just outside the front door.
Just north of Jack London Square is West Oakland. Ongoing renovation and renewal projects are turning old factories and warehouses into some of the hottest live-work lofts in Oakland. Only a few proceedings to San Francisco via BART, West Oakland promises to be an exciting prospect for commuters, professionals who work from home, and loft buyers who don’t want to pay city prices for a fashionable, up-to-date place to live.
Another democratic venue for the loft lifestyle is Emeryville, where lofts and condos with dazzling views of the Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the San Francisco skyline attract upscale urban dwellers. Home to many award winning loft projects, Emeryville is handily located for commuting to San Francisco and other Bay Area locations. Several loft developments even offer residents a free shuttle to BART.
While Oakland and Emeryville are the premier areas for residential and live-work lofts in the East Bay, a few loft-style buildings can be found in Berkeley. Close to UC Berkeley, these lofts admit units in mixed-use buildings and many ar live-work spaces.
The East Bay has benefited from what urban planners call “smart growth”. This policy of creating cities within cities, oblation proximity to public transportation, commodious amenities, and reusing existent structures has created a win-win situation. East Bay cities ar given a renewed vitality and homeowners can enjoy a modern urban lifestyle in vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods astatine a cost that is (as a rule) less expensive than in San Francisco.