The Lake Royal


Welcome to The Lake Royal, the mid-century modern jewel of Lake Merritt.  The Lake Royal is a 55 unit residential community with sweeping views of Lake Merritt, Oakland Hills, Downtown Oakland and the Bay.  The Lake Royal was designed to combine the elegance of a single family home with a sense of community that comes with apartment living.


Door attendants are located at the lobby entrance. As visitors enter the lobby, they are greeted by our friendly staff who record their entrance, guide them to visitor parking and announce their arrival to residents. There are over 20 CCTV cameras throughout the property to monitor and record activity outside and inside the parking garages. Key fobs and garage door openers are assigned only to residents, staff and select others to restrict entry to the building entrance doors, elevators to resident floors, and garages for added security.


177 19th Street, at the corner of Jackson Street, in the Lakeside District of Lake Merritt in Oakland California. Refer to the map below under Contact.

Interested in buying here?
Refer to current listings of apartments for sale on Redfin or Zillow: 177 19th Street, Oakland, CA.

This is not a rental building. Owners do occasionally rent their apartments which are advertised by individual owners. Building management does not have information on apartments available to rent.

Our Community

We are a diverse and welcoming community……….

Many of our owners and residents have joined committees, formed groups or participated in other activities to share in common interests, welcome new residents and help to foster a sense of community.

The Lake Royal community is like a second family for us. A building full of aunties and uncles! The nearby restaurants and bars allow us to enjoy Oakland city life, while Snow Park and the lake are like our personal backyard.”

Fred and Erika

“We love looking out our window onto Lake Merritt and seeing people of all ages out being creative, enjoying exercise, friends and hanging out with their dogs.” 

Tom and Jodie

The Epicureans
The Cyclists
and the Runners

“Spacious apartments, stimulating people, involved community, and access to so much….that’s why we love it here.”

Bob and Mary Ellen

“Aging in Tranquility at the LRA.”

Paul and Jessie

Everyday the view from our apartment takes our breath away.  And brunch or dinner on our balcony can’t be beat!

Minna and Cynthia

The Gardeners and Nature Lovers

Lake Merritt and a 98 Walk Score. What more could we ask for?

Martin and Robert

Wild about Art, Culture
 and Music

When visitors come over, all they can say is WOW.

Ellen and Gene

Our beautiful light filled apartments and camaraderie that comes with cooperative ownership make a special home in this complex and dynamic city.”

Robin and Jake

We are a diverse and eclectic group of around 100 residents with various interests and backgrounds. We are ……. academics, accountants, actuaries, administrators, artists and wild about art, culture and music…. avid readers, bakers, bankers, biologists, bird watchers, board members, chefs, children, community organizers, cyclists, data scientists, designers, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, epicureans, event planners, executives, families, film makers, gardeners, grandparents, lawyers, marketers, musicians, motor cycle riders, nature lovers, parents, photographers, political junkies, professors, project managers, public servants, race car drivers, realtors, scientists, singers, sports enthusiasts, teachers, technologists, wood workers, and writers.



The Lake Royal is in the beautiful Lakeside District on Lake Merritt, well located within walking distance to the vibrant dining, shopping, arts and entertainment districts of Oakland’s Uptown, Old Town, China Town, Grand Avenue and Lakeshore.

A 5 minute walk to BART allowing you to be at your destination in San Francisco in less than 30 minutes or Berkeley in 15 min. A 5 min. drive to the Oakland Ferry Terminal to head to a Giants or Warriors Game or Concert in SF.

BART Map and Schedules:

San Francisco Bay Ferry:

Lake Merritt – The Jewel of Oakland – America’s First Wildlife Refuge
Lake Merritt Overview:
The Gardens:
Lake Merritt Boating Center:
Lake Merritt Rowing Club:
Public Library:
Children’s Fairyland:

Oakland Museum of California:

Theatres and Music Venues
Grand Lake Movie Theatre:
The New Parkway Theater:
Paramount Theatre of the Arts:
Fox Theatre Oakland:
Berkeley Rep:
The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley:
The Sound Room:

Sporting Events
Oakland Athletics:
San Francisco Giants:
Golden State Warriors:
Cal Bears Athletics:
Laney College Athletics:
Oakland Roots Soccer Club:
Oakland Bears Hockey Club:

Other Useful Links
Oakland Downtown Senior Center:
Oakland YMCA:
Grand Lake Farmer’s Market:
Jack London Square:



Built in 1959 as luxury apartments for sale on the lake front,  the Lake Royal is a mid-century modern  building with  55 apartments, spread over 11 floors, and two secure parking garages. An additional apartment, located at the lobby level of the building, is owned by the Lake Royal Apartments and is rented out for rental income. It is currently leased and not available for rent. In 2019, the Lake Royal completed an almost $9 million seismic retrofit of the building.  This endeavor increased the building’s safety against total collapse almost eightfold.  Mar Structural Design was the structural engineer and Pankow Builders led the construction.  


Expansive ground floor patio, rooftop with panoramic views, lobby lounge, free assigned indoor parking space in one of two secure parking garages, free on-site storage unit and bike storage. Door attendants are located at the building entrance who receive and announce visitors and direct them to guest parking, receive deliveries, store packages, and deliver newspapers daily. Door attendants also monitor CCTV cameras located in over 20 locations outside of the building, in the adjacent owned guest and resident overflow parking lot, and in parking garages.


Each floor has five spacious, 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans  (A, B, C, D, and E), ranging from 1511 to 1774 square feet, all on one level with private balconies ranging from 18 to 55 feet in length. Owners are allowed to remodel their apartment interiors following guidelines set by The Lake Royal.

Owners and Residents

To reach the Lake Royal Manager or to access announcements, events and governing documents, log in to Lake Royal’s internal website from the Login button below.

The Lake Royal’s vendor for monthly statements, fees, utilities and other financial services is Condominium Financial Management. The link to their website is

Board of Directors and Officers of Lake Royal Apartments, Inc.:

The Lake Royal is managed under the direction of a Board of Directors comprised of five (5) members.    Directors are elected by the Shareholders annually.  To reach any member of the Board of Director’s please contact the Manager at the phone number below.  

Lake Royal Community Vision

Lake Royal is a joint venture in which our obligations to each other are what make us a cooperative.  Our responsibilities are to:

  • Create and foster a sense of community, encouraging participation in community life and service.
  • Maintain and improve the functionality and appearance of our building and grounds.
  • Ensure shareholder confidence that our financial health allows us to protect our future and maintain building, operations and services to a high quality standard.
  • Maintain and continue to improve to the highest possible level, the health and safety of our residents and staff and effectiveness and efficiency of our operations.



Phone and Email: 

Concierge/Door Attendant: (510) 444-8840

Manager: (510) 444-8841


Manager Office Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday 8:30am  to 4:30pm