Sandwiched between San Francisco and Oakland, this island has near-perfect weather, neighborhood charm and some of the best views in the Bay Area.
Communities, Families, Casual, Cottages, Victorians
Nestled between downtown San Francisco and downtown Oakland, Alameda has its own escapist charm without losing any of the convenience.
With a picturesque downtown, Alameda’s allure comes from its many pre-1930s homes and buildings lining leafy streets. You won’t find too much nightlife here, but instead, you’ll find lots of community events and plenty of open space.
Alameda is casual and family-friendly, and when you’re stretched out on the state beach, taking in views of San Francisco in the distance, you’ll feel as far from urban busyness as possible. This little island is ideal for anyone who wants to get to know their neighbors.
While it may not have it have a non-stop nightlife scene, Alameda is close to the Bay Area’s major cities, and it’s also home to its own Spirits Alley, an old naval base where breweries, wineries, distilleries and food trucks have taken up shop in massive hangers with unbeatable city views.
Alameda’s small-town charm is growing in popularity, and with its cottages, beautiful Victorians and other classic homes on quiet streets, it’s easy to see why. With the median home price approaching $1 million, this island’s reputation is catching on.
Alameda is the perfect place for families looking to claim a little bit of space, and for anyone who appreciates a slower pace — at least on the weekends — and, of course, a gorgeous sunny day.