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The West End Commons were designed and built by David Baker Architects in 2005 and in 2006 received the "Golden Nugget award of merit - for best live work project". Check out this link to learn more about: West End Commons
The townhouse is situated on one of four meandering one way Lanes in the complex which create traffic calming in the landscaped outdoor common space, so residents can slow down the day upon arriving home. Covent Lane is accessed by a security gate and the deeded parking space is in front of the unit, to the right of the small outdoor patio / planting area by the entryway door.
On the first floor there are Industrial style concrete floors, high ceilings, and extra tall double pane windows which give an expansive feel to the main living room. The kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances (including a dishwasher), and bamboo cabinets. Laundry is stackable, in unit, and located in the closet by the kitchen. The bedroom and bathroom are upstairs along with some extra space which could be used as an office, nursery, or area for a guest bed.
32 Covent Lane is just minutes from Emeryville shopping, freeways to everywhere in the Bay Area, Raimundi, De Fremery, and Poplar parks, Mandela Parkway greenway and the West Oakland BART. Check out the neighborhood gallery / text to learn more about the surrounding area.
West Oakland is the small, northwestern pocket of Oakland situated north of Alameda and just south of Emeryville. It has a population of approximately 32,000. Perhaps no other Oakland neighborhood exemplifies the city's changing face like West Oakland yet the neighborhood is steeped in rich history and culture which shouldn't be overlooked. Check out the work of organizations like Community Foods Market, The Mural Project, Mandela Grocery Cooperative, and the Attitudinal Healing Connection.
The Black Panther Party set up their headquarters in West Oakland in the 60s at 7th and Peralta. For the better part of two decades, the group provided free breakfast and lunch for local children, free health clinics, and even sickle cell anemia testing.
Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, T-Bone Walker, Big Mama Thornton, and Al Green all performed along the strip on 7th Street. The exploding Blues scene helped the neighborhood earn the nickname "Harlem of the West." Music, art, and grassroots activism continue to have a strong hold in this area.
Today's popular restaurants include 10th and Wood (comfort food with a modern twist), Soba Ichi (Japanese cuisine featuring soba noodles) and the 7th West bar. The Kinetic Arts Center fitness & circus arts community is available for those who want to stay fit with a little more excitement than normal gyms can typically offer.
The walking trail in the middle of Mandela Parkway, one of the neighborhood's central north-south arteries, is popular with locals, as are the area's half-dozen parks. Coffee shops are an increasingly common sight, including Kilovolt Coffee and Milky Way Coffee on Mandela, while Mandela Foods Cooperative is a great place to get a quick organic or vegan lunch. Local art collective American Steel Studios, which offers classes in a wide variety of mediums, is responsible for the one-of-a-kind sculptures near the intersection of Mandela and West Grand, while The Crucible sponsors workshops in fire arts, from welding and glass-blowing to ceramics and jewelry making.
West Oakland residents benefit greatly from the BART station, through which all San Francisco-bound trains pass. Via BART, it is possible to commute to either downtown San Francisco or downtown Oakland in less than 10 minutes. AC Transit bus lines offer both weekday and weekend service to San Francisco, and the neighborhood is just minutes from the Bay Bridge toll plaza and three key local freeways.