The Island of Alameda has all you could ask for in a city to call home: location, walking trails along the beach, artsy shops, top-rated restaurants, great schools, gorgeous historic buildings and residences, and a laid-back, slow-paced feel—as evidenced by the city’s mandate of 25 mph on all streets. Alameda is a comfortable and beautiful place to raise your kids, enjoy the middle years, and grow old together.
Alameda Island sits just off the mainland of Oakland and is just a ferry-ride away from San Francisco. Alameda has two districts: Alameda Island, and Bay Farm Island. An estuary separates the two parts. Victorian homes are a prevalent architectural theme in Alameda, and notably, the city has more pre-1906 homes than any other section of the Bay Area. The weather is sunny and mild, and the streets are walk-able and flat—perfect for a bike ride to coffee on Park Avenue, South Shore shopping or the aquarium at Crab Cove. Another unique part of the city is the Alameda point at the decommissioned Naval Air Station. The large plot of concrete has gone un-used since 1997 and is in the process of being turned over to the city, with much promise for industry in the coming years. In the meantime, businesses such as Baladium indoor sports, St. George distillery, and Rock Wall Winery have since taken residence at the point—and urban wine tasting with a view of San Francisco really can’t beat.
Alameda is a highly desirable place to live in the East Bay and has enjoyed a steady value in residential real estate. The city is served by the Alameda Unified School District, which has many fine educational institutions on either side of the Island. Some of the great restaurants in the area are Burma Superstar, Speisekammer German restaurant, Ole’s Waffle Shop, and East Ocean Seafood Restaurant. Favorite destinations for locals and visitors include the classically restored historic Art Deco Alameda Theater, Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream Parlor, the Pacific Pinball Museum, and the USS Hornet Museum Ship—all of which tell the story of a prideful city who has not forgotten its history.
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