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Jingletown, the Pride of the Oakland Riviera

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Over the Park Street Bridge and just a mile from Fruitvale BART is a lively community bursting with energy and growth. Vintage architecture and luxury condos are mixed with converted artists’ lofts keeping the streets filled with relaxed people, colorful art installations, and the electric vibe that continues to make Oakland real.  Jingletown is a gem packed with natural beauty and artistic spirit.

Galleries are plentiful here. Many of the galleries open their doors for visitors on the weekends. The monthly 2nd Friday Art Walks become a local celebration of open galleries, music, food, and revelry. The annual Jingletown Art Fair is another don’t miss activity.  The buildings and even the streets are decorated with murals and mosaics for daily enjoyment. This community has been a longtime thriving arts district, harmoniously mixed with tech-savvy millennials, young families, empty nesters, and a very few of the original factory workers that gave this little village its roots.

Jingletown also enjoys distinction in convenience. Pedestrian-friendly in every way, Jingletown is ideal for those who love to live life outdoors. The Park Street Bridge connects residents to Alameda’s bustling Park Street, an area filled with outstanding dining and shopping. Alameda Marketplace supplies the area with a locally-sourced food court and organic specialty groceries. Public transit benefits include Fruitvale BART just over a mile away, and dedicated AC Transit stops. Freeway access surrounds Jingletown.

A housing building boom happened in the early 2000’s when Mike Ghielmetti with Signature Development and John Protopappas with Madison Financial introduced many of the luxury condos and converted lofts that stand on Glascock and Chapman streets now. These Oakland developers and visionaries are still very involved. Madison Financial just completed over one hundred new leased residences in Jingletown. City Ventures plans to build over two hundered new townhomes beginning in 2018, and BuildZig’s brought 14 modern condominiums in 2017 with Bay City Views.

What does the future hold for this incredibly important area of East Oakland? Brooklyn Basin is set to begin leasing its first development in 2018 (part of a planned 3500-unit master planned community) and the Oakland Coliseum Transit Corridor has at least one hundred prefabricated homes under construction now. The University of California rowing team chose Jingletown and the Estuary as the site for their state-of-the-art training facility. It is clear, continued development is guaranteed. Many prominent Bay Area developers see the proximity to Fruitvale BART and to Alameda’s famed Park Street as valuable amenities to an increasingly commuter-based population.

Jingletown, Fruitvale, and the Alameda Corridor will be Oakland’s newest redevelopment targets. Today Jingletown’s artistic vibe, serene waterside walkability, and commuter convenient location are making it the hottest area for Oakland’s visionary set to invest and call it their home.

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Estelle Mitchell

Estelle Mitchell is a Tennessean who moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2008. The world-class food scenes, legendary music venues, and stunning architecture have captivated her ever since. She has lived in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Point Richmond, and Bay Point. This jewel of the West Coast is her chosen home and she is thrilled to help other people build their dreams here. Estelle began her real estate career in 2015 when she won a competitive internship with a Seattle-based real estate technology company at their San Francisco headquarters. Her most successful project involved charting the weekly progressions of the Oakland/Berkeley housing market and using that data to create new sales trackers, scripts, and Home Buying 101 classes for local agents. Oakland/Berkeley became one of the company’s top-producing teams in the nation during her internship. Life before real estate was colorful and varied! For over a decade, Estelle has held her professional Nail Technology license and was a sought-after manicurist in several of San Francisco’s most famous luxury day spas. She also enjoyed many years as a nutrition educator for elementary and middle school students, and in 2010 had the great pride of authoring San Francisco Catholic Schools’ first Nutrition Education curriculum. Being a real estate agent is a perfect fit for her because it combines her passion for beautiful service with her talent for communicating complex information. In 2015, Estelle was the recipient of the American Heart Association’s “Volunteer of the Year” award for her work authoring and teaching the national middle school nutrition education curriculum, “Kids Cook with Heart”. This is one of Estelle’s proudest personal achievements.