Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood is an eclectic mix of vintage homes and a commercial district that reflects its wonderfully diverse inhabitants. Located approximately two miles southeast of Lake Merritt, the neighborhood is in an area that was principally fruit orchards in the late nineteenth century. Annexed by the city of Oakland after refugees from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake flooded the area, this section of Oakland is now a culturally vibrant neighborhood that offers close proximity to downtown Oakland, Mills College, Alameda, and numerous freeways.