neighborhoods and neighbors

From great old family homes on tree-shaded streets to quality-built condos and townhomes, Oakwood offers a wide range of desirable housing choices at surprisingly affordable prices. Oakwood's immaculately kept homes are a great investment. There are lots of leasing, rental, and temporary executive housing opportunities, too, and property owners' cooperation with the city's high property maintenance standards make every Oakwood home a quality home.

Oakwood is a city of front porches for lingering to watch the fireflies on summer nights, and backyards for barbecuing or lazing in a hammock. You can find just about any style of home imaginable, from Tudor to Dutch Colonial to Craftsman, from a Cape Cod cottage to an Italianate villa, arranged on neat city blocks or winding hillside roads. The city presents Beautification Awards to residents and businesses during the summer months, and holiday decorating awards in the winter, but in any season Oakwood offers something beautiful to the eye and welcoming to the heart.

With its family-sized population of 9,200 and its compact area, Oakwood is an intimate residential community of interlocking, diverse neighborhoods. It is a highly walkable community with schools, shops, houses of worship, parks, and community services all within blocks. And it is a safe community, with historically low crime rates and citizens who watch out for one another. Oakwood kids walk or bike to school (no school buses needed in a city this size) and many walk home for lunch, or to the Gardner Pool at the Oakwood Community Center on summer days.

Oakwood isn't just a city of neighborhoods, it's a neighborly city. Merchants know their customers by name. Neighbors exchange news over coffee at Central Perc or Starbucks, in the aisles of Dorothy Lane Market, or while jogging or dog-walking along Shafor Boulevard. Mothers of young children find a welcome from the MOMs of Oakwood group, which offers playgroups, fieldtrips, speakers, book and cooking clubs, and MOMs Night Out activities. From the New Resident Breakfast to the annual Ice Cream Social that kicks off the school year, from summer block parties to the holiday season Lighting Up of Oakwood, when flickering luminarias line streets lightly brushed with snow, you'll find hundreds of ways to meet your new neighbors and be welcomed home.