As an Albany native I would highly disagree with his blanket description of the houses themselves. The majority of the homes were built in the 1920's although there are a smattering of Victorians and some newer homes. I have been in many homes over the years of my friends, and truthfully i have watched some them be altered in perhaps not always the most desirable of ways.
However, originally, most of the houses had beautiful hardwood floors, fabulous fireplaces and Deco style ceramic tile. When I speak to current residents of Albany, they talk about their lovely homes with pride, and just try to get one to sell!!
Either Craftman style homes appeal to you or they don't, but they are called Craftsman homes for a reason. It's not just the schools that keep people in Albany.
- 3Bedrooms/ 2Bathrooms
- Attached garage w/ interior access
- 1416 sq.ft/ lot size 3800 sq.ft
- Large backyard with fruit trees (Lemon, Apple, Orange, Plum)
- Gleaming Hardwood floors/Double-Pane windows
- Fireplace in Living Room
- Updated Kitchen (New floor, New Granite Countertops, New Tiles, New stove/oven range + hood)
The address is 1225 Brighton Ave, Albany CA-94706, and
OPEN HOUSE IS ON SUN AUG 16, 2-4PM. CHECK IT OUT!!
You can see the photos/property details/contact info of realtor etc at the url:
or on the Realtor's website:
Or you can call her at: 510-612-5546.
Btw, Keith is right and to add to it, there was a heavy reliance on the old KEY train system so many places within walking distance of Key Route were built to support easy use of this old resource.
I totally agree - great city (schools, retail, feel), but the housing is substandard (small sq. footage, tiny lots, no character/charm/design, and hideously expensive for what you get!!). Most homes that are larger are really smaller homes that often have poorly integrated additions. Bummer!!
The prices in Albany make North Berkeley/Berkeley Hills look like a bargain (well, sort of...) (but of course, you don't get the high-scoring Albany schools....)