Golden Gate—Location, Location, Location

Golden Gate is Oakland’s northwestern tip, bordered by the Santa Fe neighborhood to the east, Berkeley to the north, and Emeryville to the west and south. Today’s Golden Gate is an consolidation of three historic sections: Golden Gate (west of San Pablo), Paradise Park (north of Stanford), and Gaskill (south of Stanford).

Those labels are sometimes used in real estate listings. But the label realtors love most is their newly minted “NOBE” (North Oakland/Berkeley/Emeryville).  Annoying? It could be worse if the first industry rebranding stuck.

In the late 1880s, the area was unofficially called Klinknerville, thanks to Charles Klinkner’s tireless self-promotion. The developer’s aggressive marketing of his vast Klinknerville properties earned him plenty of sales but not the vote for the township’s official name. Instead, residents chose Golden Gate, which was annexed to Oakland in 1897.