Upscale in Uptown

Condo living at Broadway and Grand puts dwellers in the thick of it.


The spacious fourth-floor corner unit at Broadway Grand does not skimp on the amenities and is right in the heart of Uptown.

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Built during the boom of the new millennium, Broadway Grand at 438 W. Grand Ave. brought upscale living to Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood. Ever since then, the neighborhood has been busy catching up.

“Unit 522 is a highly desirable, fourth-floor home, located on the interior of the seven-story building,” said Ryan Akin, partner and Realtor at Urban Nest. “Quiet, sunny, and spacious, the unit has amazing flow.”

It also has all the amenities an urban professional has grown to expect—modern appliances, hardwood floors, spa-worthy bathrooms, and a vibrant city steps away without the San Francisco price tag.

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Once a vacant lot along Broadway’s Auto Row, the mixed-used development features 132 condominiums and 20,000 square feet of commercial space.

“This development really marked Oakland’s renaissance,” Akin said. 

The two-bedroom, two-bath dwelling occupies an interior corner overlooking Broadway Grand’s verdant courtyard. Large windows in almost every room flood the home with natural light minus the street noise.


Step through Broadway Grand’s street entrance into an exquisitely decorated lobby, complete with impeccable, modern furnishings and dazzling lighting. The seller continued the building’s interior design tone in her own home with saturated colors and eye-catching chandeliers.

“Think Central Park’s Viceroy Hotel,” Akin said. “Sexy, masculine, understated.”

Surprisingly spacious, the light-filled unit is also thoughtfully designed. Efficient yet roomy, a tastefully appointed galley kitchen features de rigueur stainless-steel appliances, granite counters, and expanses of natural wood. Bar seating creates space for casual countertop meals or morning coffee.

Beyond the kitchen, inviting living and formal dining areas share equal prominence, each complementing the other’s design elements. Large windows let in the breeze and flood the room with light, a distinct advantage of the suite’s corner location.


A long hallway, replete with tech-forward office nook, separates the unit’s two bedrooms—another purposeful design touch by developers, Signature Development Group.

Broadway Grand’s HOA recently voted to increase its owner occupancy to 75 percent.

“It’s an exceedingly clean and well-maintained building,” added Akin. “The pride in ownership is apparent.”


In the epicenter of Oakland’s arts and culture district, the Uptown area continues to attract businesses from the tech sector as well as happening restaurants and popular clubs. Broadway Grand is surrounded by greenery, murals, and plenty of lighting. Rideshare giant Uber will be moving into new headquarters—the renovated Sears Building—near the development in 2018.

“We’re seeing a lot of interest from people who would normally live in San Francisco,” Akin said. “Oakland’s on fire.”


The Particulars

438 W. Grand Ave., Unit 522

Price: $699,000

Broker: Ryan Akin, Urban Nest

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Square Feet: 1,388

Parking Space: 1

HOA Dues: $530 monthly


Published online on Dec. 1, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.