I live in Alameda, a small island on San Francisco Bay, between San Francisco and Oakland. Many of my clients lived and worked in San Francisco before they decided to move to Alameda. Generally, the homes here are priced reasonably less than what you would find in San Francisco, but higher than in other parts of the East Bay.
The commute is great --- either by ferry or the express bus. Or take the bus to Oakland and get on BART.
The climate is phenomenal --- almost always sunny, a few degrees warmer than San Francisco.
It's picturesque, historic, charming.
> Population of nearly 80,000 people
> Land area of approximately 12 square miles
> Had the highest concentration of Victorian homes on the west coast with over 3,000 Queen Anne and Italianate homes and structures built before the turn of the 20th century. Many still exist.
> Became an island when the Army Corps of Engineers completed the Tidal Canal (Estuary) in 1902
> Early beginnings as a favorite summer vacation spot, as well as primary residence for new middle class who worked in San Francisco and commuted home to Alameda via local ferries
> Small town atmosphere with quaint neighborhoods on tree-lined streets, vintage homes in various architectural styles that range from mansions on the Gold Coast area, to enclaves of small cottages, Tudor cottages in the park-like setting of Stonehenge, Craftsman and California bungalows. modern townhomes and contemporary homes in Bay Farm, and floating homes in Barnhill Marina across the Estuary from Jack London Square
> Beaches as favorite destination for families. On any windy day, there are many water sports enthusiasts who frolic in the waves with the city of San Francisco serving as an excellent backdrop
> Our very own wine tasting at the Rosenblum Cellars
> Arts and crafts faires
> Antique Faire every first Sunday at Alameda Point
> Outdoor free and live open air concerts in the summer
> Yacht clubs
> Water, water, water everywhere
> Also fondly referred to as "Silicon Island" due to growing number of high tech firms like Wind River Systems who have settled in modern business centers in the area
> Influx of new retail businesses like Starbucks, Borderâ€™s, Old Navy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Trader Joe's and more!
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