East of Lake Merritt between East 33rd Street, 13th Avenue, East 24th Street and Ninth Avenue.
As one of Oakland's oldest neighborhoods it began to be settled by those other than the elites F.M. Smith and Dr. Pinkerton in the 1890's. (Oakland Tribune
Oakland, California. Wed, Jun 18, 1890)
A lot of western settlers, particularly in the area of the Lynn neighborhood, originally spent time on the East Coast prior to settling California. Potentially for this reason early advertisements of the Bella Vista neighborhood tout it as "The Beacon Hill of Oakland". (Oakland Tribune Oakland, California Thu, Sep 10, 1891 · Page 6)
85 large lots were auctioned on August 26th of 1893. (Oakland Tribune Oakland, California Thu, Aug 24, 1893 · Page 4)
(Oakland Tribune Oakland, California Sat, Aug 26, 1893 · Page 10)