Maxwell Park is a mostly residential neighborhood near Mills College.

There are mostly families that live here (lots of single-family homes) but you'll also find Mills students living here. It's an area with a very active community life (see "neighborhood groups" below). Maxwell Park is also where the mosaic tile trash can trend started (specifically, it originated from one of the community groups).

The area was originally owned by John P. Maxwell, who bought it with the intention of selling it for housing. Lot sales began in 1921 and sold out by 1922. Southern Pacific ran electric train lines close to the entrance of Maxwell Park and Maxwell made sure the 55th Ave. Streetcar would come into the area. During the 1920s development, the houses had to be designed with some type of individuality, so the tract ended up with a variety of styles. 

The quick sales of the homes could be attributed to the streetcar, the variety of designs, the ridiculously low downpayment required- $1- or the "newness," since each house was custom built. 

*Information retrieved from Local Wiki (https://localwiki.org/oakland/Maxwell_Park).

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