The Borland House is in the Jefferson neighborhood, which is one of Oakland’s older neighborhoods.  We’ve put together this list of resources to help you learn more about Oakland and the surrounding neighborhoods and their services.

City of Oakland

The City of Oakland website contains lots of great information about what’s happening in Oakland.

  • Click here to access the City’s website.
  • Click here to learn more about Oakland’s Cultural Heritage Survey, which rates historic buildings like The Borland House


Oakland is a diverse city made up of many different neighborhoods.  The folks at Oakland Wiki have put together a great website with tons of great information and maps all about Oakland.  Click here to see what it’s all about.


  • BART – Click here for Fruitvale BART station information, which is approximately 1.5 miles to the northwest.
  • AC Transit Bus Service – Click here for information on Bus service in the area


There are a number of restaurants and coffeehouses in the nearby Laurel & Fruitvale District neighborhoods.

  • Click here for Yelp reviews of Laurel District restaurants.
  • Click here for Yelp reviews of Fruitvale District restaurants


There are many stores, professional services and commercial businesses in the nearby Laurel District, just up the street, as well as to the west towards the Fruitvale District.

  • Click here for a list of merchants and services in the Laurel District
  • Click here for a list of merchants and services in the Fruitvale District

One of our personal favorites is Farmer Joe’s grocery store, which is on MacArthur Blvd. in the Laurel District.


The wonderful campus of Mills College is just a few minutes away.  They often have interesting lectures and programs that are open to the public. They also have a lap pool that is open to the public for a nominal fee.

  • Click here to learn more about Mills College
  • Click here to learn more about elementary and secondary schools in the Oakland Unified School District


There are literally miles and miles of hiking and biking trails in the East Bay, as part of the East Bay Regional Park District.

  • Click here to learn more about nearby outdoor recreational opportunities

Helpful Restoration Resources

We have put a lot of love and energy into restoring The Borland House.  And, we’re proud that we utilized many creative re-use strategies in doing so.  The following is a partial list of professionals and resources that we could not have completed this project without.  Each contributed greatly to help us bring new life back into this amazing building, and we thank them sincerely:

House of Antique Hardware – Victorian era picture hooks and other period fixtures

Abercrombie Electric – assistance with lighting, baseboard heaters

JM Campbell – custom stainless steel countertop

Fasade – custom kitchen backsplash

The ReUse People – creatively re-used kitchen cabinets

Restore, Habitat For Humanity – re-used Heath tiles, new lighting fixtures

Thrift Town – gently re-used window treatments

Restoration Hardware – bathroom fixtures, cabinet knobs

Omega Lighting – period light fixtures

Second Home – gently re-used window treatments

Urban Island – front porch furnishings

Bargain Basket – entry hall mirror

The Frameworks – period appropriate wood window repair & replacement

Benjamin Moore – paint


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