Meandering tree lined streets and mature gardens give much of Crocker Highlands (which includes the Trestle Glen area) an English garden community feel. This natural beauty and the charming homes that line the streets make Crocker Highlands a very desirable neighborhood in Oakland. A mixture of early 20th century architectural styles abound: including Craftsman, Prairie, Mediterranean, Tudor, and Classic Revival homes built in the 20s and 30s; a fair amount of these homes were designed by notable architects Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck.
Located between Lakeshore Avenue, the 580 Freeway, Park Boulevard and the Piedmont border, the landscape in Crocker rolls with hills that provide pretty views for many of its residents. Proximity to the shops and restaurants on Grand and Lakeshore Avenues add to the appeal of the neighborhood, many Crocker Highlanders can be seen strolling down for Sunday coffee or an evening cocktail, or to see a movie at the historic Grand Lake Movie Palace.
Crocker Highlands also boasts one of the highest rated schools in Oakland, Crocker Elementary School. The neighborhood is close to transportation, and many commuters utilize the “casual carpool” to make it to San Francisco in the morning. Others bike to the nearby BART station or take the express transit bus that drops riders off downtown.
Trestle Glen is named for a railroad trestle that was built over “Indian Gulch” in 1893. The trestle was torn down in 1906 when the railroad was re-routed, but the name stuck. Today, houses wind through the gulch in a winding street that creates a cozy feel to the neighborhood.