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Welcome to Claremont Elmwood, Oakland.
This is a primarily residential neighborhood with a small commercial area, and while it doesn't have clear limits, it focuses around the College and Ashby Avenues. Elmwood used to be a streetcar suburb and was developed during the 1900s housing boom that followed San Francisco's 1906 earthquake. Today, it has a modest commercial strip on College Avenue, which runs through the neighborhood and spans about two blocks in each direction. The corridor is home to a small number of shops and restaurants that cater mostly to the local population, and among the establishments are also a movie theatre and a bank. In terms of architecture, Claremont Elmwood is very similar to the surrounding areas of Berkeley. The houses are mostly detached of moderate to large size, with a few apartment buildings in between, and the style of single-family homes is generally Brown Shingle, Arts and Crafts and Colonial revival homes, which feature one or two stories and generally well-kept, beautifully landscaped front lawns. The apartment buildings tend to be newer than the classic Victorian style of most Bay area buildings, and are generally built around the years of 1950-1970. The neighborhood is home to the Alta Bates Hospital, and schools in the area include the Maybeck High School and Willard Middle School. In terms of art, the Judah L Magnes Museum may be worth a visit, while bookworms can find plenty of good reads at the Claremont branch of Berkley Public Library. There is tons of opportunity for outdoor recreation as well, with the green space along Grizzly Peak Blvd and the Temescal Regional Recreation Area, as well as North Oakland Regional Sports Center nearby.
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