If you are looking for the best place in Oakland, I would try Montclair or Piedmont. If you are looking for ferry commute I would try the city of Alameda and take the ferry from Alameda to San Francisco. Now a lot of this will depend on your price point.
I live in Alameda, and many of my clients commute to San Francisco. When they couldnâ€™t afford to buy in the City, they decided to look to East Bay. It doesnâ€™t take them long to fall in love with our island that is so private and secure, yet so conveniently located for easy access to other cities.
There is a wonderful collection of vintage homes, ranging from beautiful Victorians, stately Tudors, charming Craftsman and many styles of bungalows. This is truly a history and architecture buffâ€™s paradise.
Alameda has great climate, great schools, and believe it or not, a wonderful selection of restaurants and ethnic cuisine.
We think weâ€™ve â€œarrivedâ€ now that we have our a shopping center by the beach featuring Trader Joeâ€™s, Old Navy, Bed Bath & Beyond, TJMaxx, and soon Borderâ€™s bookstore. And in May 2008, the historic and restored Alameda Theater will open its doors to our first 8-cineplex.
As for fine restaurantsâ€¦.the chef of the famous Baywolf CafÃ© in Oakland has opened his own restaurant in Alameda called Pappoâ€™s. We also now have a new Cuban restaurant called Havanaâ€™s. Thereâ€™s a really good Vietnamese restaurant called Dragon Rouge, the freshest sushi at Yume, dim sum at East Ocean, and more.
And to find out more about Alameda, hereâ€™s what Wikipedia says about our lovely island town of Alameda http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alameda,_California
We commute to San Francisco via ferry and express bus to SF. Or take the regular bus to Oakland to catch BART. But the express bus and the ferry are the best and most enjoyable ways to go to the City.
Incidentally, I found this really good source of info for comparing crime statistics between cities. You can see that Alameda truly shines! http://oaklandca.areaconnect.com/crime/compare.htm?c1=Alamed
Alameda has great schools, and is the school scores are collectively better than Oakland and other surrounding areas. Check out the Academic Performance Index http://api.cde.ca.gov/AcntRpt2007/2007GrthAPICo.aspx?cSelect=01
You can even go for wine-tasting at Rosenblum Cellars next to the ferry. Itâ€™s open every day for wine tasting until 6 pm.
There are so many fun events that define our small town. We have sand castle building and free outdoor concerts at Crab Cove every summer, wine and arts and street festivals, a good old-fashioned July 4 parade, arts in the park, and more.
Besides the Alameda Civic Light Opera that showcase award-winning plays, we also have the Altarena Playhouse.
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I'll be happy to provide you with scores of possibilities, in Alameda and in other neighboring cities in the East Bay .
Where is the best place will really depend if you want to be walking distance to the Ferry or if you would be okay with driving and parking at the Ferry. I noticed from your profile that you are in New York. Is that still the case and you are looking to relocate to the West Coast? (I am origionally from NJ)
I would also ask if you are willing to consider BART, becuase this will open up the possibilities for commuting.
In Oakland some popular areas are Rockridge, Crocker Highlands and Montclair. Rockridge has a BART station and is a short drive to the ferry. It is a urban area with lots of shops and resturants. Crocker Highlands is a little less urban with easy access to bus lines and a short drive to BART and the Ferry. There is a great area along Lakeshore and Grand Ave that have access to shops and resturants. Montclair is also a popular area. Montclair is the least urban in my opinion of the 3 areas, but access to public transportation is good and there is a Montclair shopping area.
You may also want to consider Piedmont. Piedmont is a small city that is basically surrounded by Oakland. Many consider the schools in Piedmont to be stellar and access to the ferry and public transportation is similar to areas in Oakland.
As mentioned previously, Alameda is also a potenital possiblity. It definitely has a less urban feel to it, but access to the ferry is great and again many consider the schools to be excellent.
One resource for checking out neighborhoods and parents opionions of schools is the Berkeley Parents Network at http://parents.berkeley.edu/ This site has a lot of great resources and information regarding schools in and around the Bay Area. Finding a school that fits a family can be a very personal choice and being able to talk to other parents regarding different schools I found to be very helpful when I was researching schools for my kids.
Another onsite resource is http://www.greatschools.net
Below are links to the school districts in Oakland, Piedmont and Alameda for you take a look
If you would like more information regarding homes in these areas, please contact me.
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Oakland is not as close to a Ferry station as many parts of Alameda, an island adjacent to Oakland. Alameda has good schools and nice areas to live with your choice of newer homes in Harbor Bay (walking distance to a Ferry station) or older, classic homes in the East, West or Central part of town. Alameda has another Ferry Terminal in the West end of town.
I can certainly provide you more information about Alameda properties and the area in general.
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