Relocating to Oakland


San Francisco’s East Bay is becoming one of the hottest new places to move because it is booming with high-tech opportunities, new developments, predictably pleasant weather and many decide that relocating to Oakland is the best option for them.

If you decide that relocating to Oakland is also a good option for you make sure to contact us so we can give you more information about the different areas. San Francisco Relocate is proud to provide relocation services to the entire East Bay Area, including but not limited to: Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley, Emeryville, Alameda, Albany, El Cerrito, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Hayward, Castro Valley, Fremont, and Union City.

Dozens of big name companies are moving to Oakland and with the mass development of brand new homes, the area is thriving and becoming a hotspot for new and future residents who are excited to watch the expansion and growth of their favorite places.

During the rental tour when you decide relocating to Oakland, our Relocation Specialists will answer any questions you may have about moving to the Oakland Area. We will guide you through the experiences of day-to-day life there, allowing you to make a realistic evaluation of your new location. This will also give you the opportunity to prepare yourself and your family for what to expect when you decide on relocating to Oakland.

The Many Diverse Neighborhoods in Oakland

Our Relocation Specialist at San Francisco Relocate will guide you through the different areas of Oakland to help you pick the one to best suit your needs. San Francisco Relocate offers full and complete relocation assistance until you have signed a lease for the rental home of your choice. Once we have established what you are looking for and the areas in which you would consider living, we begin the process of finding houses that perfectly meet your preferences, lifestyle needs and budget.

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Pick the Best Oakland Schools For Your Children

East Bay schools within Castro Valley, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Livermore, Oakland, and Berkeley are some of the best in the area so you should consider them when relocating to the East Bay. Although located within the boundaries of Oakland, Piedmont is its own city with separate schools, government, services and taxes, and offers some of the best schools in the country. Many families relocating to Oakland choose Piedmont as their new hometown for this reason.

Working in Oakland

A strong reason to consider relocating to Oakland or any other neighborhood in the East Bay is its fantastic transportation system. The most popular transit system is BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), which transports millions of people per day. There are currently 30 BART locations scattered across the East Bay, with discussions of expanding the system even farther. In many situations, a BART trip is actually a shorter commute to San Francisco’s Financial District than commuting from within the city itself. For example, from Downtown Oakland’s 12th Street City Center Station, a quick trip on BART will have you at SF’s Embarcadero Station in a quick 12 minutes. The East Bay offers AC transit busses and the F bus will take you over the bridge to the Financial District of San Francisco.

Family Fun and Weekend Activities

There is an abundance of activities in Oakland that residents take advantage of all year round and if you decide to relocate to Oakland you will soon discover them also. Luckily, our Relocation Specialists know all the favorite local spots. For example, every Sunday rain or shine, the gorgeous Jack London Square waterfront hosts a Farmer’s market offering the best of California’s agricultural bounty directly from local farmers. Lake Merritt’s 3.4-mile heart-shaped shoreline is a common place for picnicking, walking its parameters, and taking younger members to Children’s Fairyland, a family destination park.

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Relocate to Oakland: Cost of Living

Relocating to Oakland is a great way to stay close to San Francisco but enjoy more affordable housing options. Residents love taking advantage of the East Bay’s affordability, while still being closer to San Francisco than most residents themselves. Home prices will vary significantly by neighborhood; generally speaking, the closer your home is to the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the more expensive your home will be.

Getting to Know Oakland Nightlife Hotspots

One of the finest remaining examples of Art Deco in California, Oakland’s Paramount Theater offers symphonies, movie classics, famous stand-up comedians (including Jerry Seinfeld in recent years), and choirs. Oakland’s neighboring Fox Theater in the Uptown District serves as the flagship live music venue for musicians and world famous bands.

Enjoy First Class Shopping in Oakland

Emeryville offers first-class retail shopping, include an IKEA store, Powel Street Plaza, Emery Bay Public Market, and an outdoor mall (Bay Street Plaza), with brands including J. Crew, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Victoria’s Secret, Aldo, American Eagle Outfitters, Barn’s and Noble, Bebe, Sephora, West Elm, Uniqlo, Express, and more.

The Best Places to Eat in Oakland

Emeryville’s Bay Street is lively outdoor mall strip, including such restaurants as California Pizza Kitchen, PF Chang’s, Pasta Pomodoro, and Pizza My Heart. Piedmont Avenue’s walkable strip includes Zagat rated favorites such as New American inspired Commis and Homestead, Italian restaurant Adesso, and Vietnamese style Xyclo.

Alicia recently helped us find an apartment in San Francisco for our son. She was organized, and knew the sections of the city well. We visited nearly twenty apartments in two days and we obtained our first choice. The competition for apartments is fierce and we would never have been able to obtain what we did on our own, despite being California residents and having spent time in the Bay Area previously. Wonderful person, knows her subject and knows her city. Highly recommended without reservation.

Kevin Wingert
Physician New Millenium Medicine
Moved from Santa Barbara (California) to San Francisco

Alicia was very easy to work with in our search for a San Francisco rental apartment. The rental market in the Bay Area can be difficult to navigate and complicated, but she made the process very simple and fun. She provided a great orientation to the various neighborhoods and we were able to secure a great apartment in less than 2 days. I would definitely recommend that you hire Alicia if you need to find an apartment in San Francisco and have a limited time frame. She was a tremendous help to us and very professional. Great job!

Ronald Lee
Physician Mark David Levine MD Psychiatrists Professional Corporation
Moved from Baltimore (Maryland) to San Francisco

Recommended by a mutual acquaintance, Alicia was great to work with. Most people who have been through a relocation process, particularly from the other side of the world, know how complicated and stressful the predicament of international relocation can be. Alicia’s deep local knowledge of the Bay area was key in finding the right house. Our new home meets both my professional constraints (budget, commute, etc.) and my family needs. Alicia went also beyond her role by providing numerous advices that have made our transition much easier. I can highly recommend Alicia for your relocation needs in particular if you are moving from the Old world.

Eric Gabrys
Trade and Investment CommissionerBrussels Invest and Exports
Moved from Brussels (Belgium) to San Rafael

It was by far the best introduction to San Francisco. We are a family of 4 coming from Spain and we really did not know much about the city. Alicia understood exactly where we wanted to live and which schools to take us. We are extremely pleased with their services and all this would not have been possible without her. We strongly recommend Alicia, she is very knowledgeable about the Bay Area and takes time to understand your needs and provide adequate solutions.

Fernando Diez
CEO Milesman Laser
Moved from Leon (Spain) to Tiburon, Marin County

Alicia is a very professional and results oriented relocator that knows every corner in San Francisco, can charm and convince any landlord and follows a very tight and efficient schedule. Alicia adapts immediately to customer needs and therefore delivers a perfect service. In my case, in just two days, we have visited over 15 apartments and singed the perfect deal thereafter. Hence, I can highly recommend her services.

Tobias Haag
Founder and CEO TBA
Moved from Berlin (Germany) to San Francisco

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