Alameda real estate offers its residents an impressive quality of life, featuring waterfront views, an easy commuting distance from San Francisco, and a plethora of exciting entertainment options. As the Bay Area becomes an increasingly popular place to live, this city continues to evolve to provide enticing new real estate, business, and cultural experiences for locals. Let’s take a look.
The Alameda Waterfront Park
Sitting adjacent to the Seaplane Ferry Terminal and across the bay from downtown San Francisco, this exciting new project is an investment made by the city and developers to elevate the whole area. The development will include a variety of state-of-the-art luxury condos and 150 acres of landscaped park for everyone to enjoy. By embracing Alameda’s bayside location and the area’s penchant for an active, outdoor lifestyle, this impressively designed waterfront park will quickly become a highlight of the area.
Just south of this park and near many Alameda homes for sale is the Alameda Seaplane Ferry Terminal
. This striking facility allows commuters and visitors to ditch the headache of rush hour traffic and enjoy a delightful and refreshing way to travel to San Francisco. The Seaplane Route has service to and from downtown Monday through Friday and offers bicycle rentals across the Bay Trail and Cross Alameda Trail. The parking lot at the terminal holds up to four hundred vehicles, but overnight parking is prohibited. This Ferry Terminal is an essential component of what makes Alameda so attractive as it renders commuting to the business centers and cultural scenes of San Francisco a breeze.
After admiring the thoughtfully designed outdoor space of the waterfront, head over to Spirits Alley
along Monarch Street to explore the multiple distilleries and beverage tasting rooms before continuing to tour Alameda real estate. Given the abundance of destinations to explore on this stretch of road, you should plan out several trips to eventually try each one.
When in the mood for beer, check out popular locales like Faction Brewing, The Rake and Admiral Maltings, and Almanac Beer Co.
is located near Alameda homes for sale and is a local brewhouse run by Rodger Davis and Claudia Pamparana. The brewery produces Belgian-style beers, lagers, and stouts with over twenty on draft for tasting. Playfully self-described as “we are bitter, our beers are not,” Faction Brewing takes care to embrace its local community by regularly showcasing the artwork of talented local artists. The location is open Wednesday through Sunday. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, guests are welcome between 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 8:00 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Eater SF
The Rake Pub
offers brews from Admiral Maltings
from Ron Silberstein and Dave McLean. The pub provides deliciously prepared club fare to complement over twenty beer options. The Rake is popular amongst owners of Alameda real estate and is open Sunday and Monday from noon to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 8:00 p.m.
Enticing menu options include soft pretzels, tomato soup, hot dogs, bratwurst, and entrees like ribs and chicken brined in malt. The available beers and spirits list is updated daily, so repeat visits are highly encouraged.
Inspired by California’s agriculture past and present, Almanac Brewing Co.
brews its beer with ingredients purveyed by the state’s farms and vineyards. This venue is located in a former naval hangar featuring 37-foot tall ceilings, original redwood beams, and hundreds of wooden barrels.
The building cultivates a brewery experience distinct to California. Visitors come to enjoy the remarkable atmosphere while savoring robust stouts, nuanced barrel-aged sours, lagers, and more. Visit the Taproom daily starting at noon with varying closing hours through the week. Food is available from a rotating lineup of food trucks, including Scolari's Good Eats
and Loco's Only
California is known for its wine country, and it is only fitting residents of Alameda indulge in this fact with local tasting rooms like Urban Legend Cellars and Building 43 Winery.
Few things pair better than a glass of crisp, refreshing Chardonnay with sweeping views of downtown San Francisco. At Urban Legend Cellars
, visitors come to enjoy the delicate tastes of the meticulously crafted Merlots, Sauvignon Blancs, and Carbents in a refined ambiance that takes full advantage of its waterfront location.
Residents of Alameda real estate can drop by for wine tastings on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Reservations
may be made online for wine tasting in the outdoor pavilion or wine by the glass, trio, or bottle in the City View Pergolas. Walk-ins are permitted when capacity is not fully booked.
Building 43 Winery
focuses on small-batch varieties that prioritize sustainability and the enhanced flavors of handcrafted winemaking. This Latina and veteran-owned winery houses its tasting room in a renovated aviation locker and adorns the space with both military and wine memorabilia. Outside, their garden patio features a cozy fireplace to enjoy during the cooler evenings and its vistas of the city. Reservations
are required for wine tasting Thursday through Sunday, with seatings starting at noon, on Fridays at 4:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. Food trucks are present on Saturdays and Sundays, with the lineup of delicious eats
constantly changing to allow customers to enjoy a variety.
Besides the plethora of spaces to sample wine and beers, Alameda also has its spirit tasting establishment at Hangar 1 Vodka
. The gorgeous distillery features resplendent oversized copper tanks and offers flights of mini cocktails and vodka in addition to their tours. It’s not often one finds a tasting room dedicated to vodka, so this experience can’t be missed. Check out their website for recipes
using vodka from the distillery, or book a reservation
to visit their site.
New and upcoming restaurants
Alameda is proudly home to many highly anticipated new dining experiences, keeping up with San Francisco's world-class culinary scene.
Capullo Cocina Mexicana
has recently expanded to include a location in Alameda near Alameda homes for sale. Complete with a relaxed and sophisticated ambiance, the owners take care to serve authentic and flavorful Mexican cuisine prepared with local ingredients and complimented by a full bar and impressive wine list.
Delectable choices include pomegranate guacamole with chips, vegan options like grilled veggie enchiladas, classic carne asada burritos, etc. The restaurant is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.Sunday through Wednesday, 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, and 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. On weekends, Capullo Cocina Mexicana opens an hour earlier to serve breakfast options like breakfast burritos and tacos, pancakes, and French toast.
Photo courtesy of Capullo Cocina Mexicana
Enjoy the classic tastes of Italy without leaving your neighborhood! Founded by celebrated Chef Rudy Durran, who has garnered recognition by the Academia Italiana Della Cucina, C’era Una Volta at Flavor Island
is located near Alameda real estate in Spirits Alley.
As the name is Italian for “Once Upon a Time,” this restaurant serves timeless homeland favorites like Spiedini and Risotto Mare e Monte. Diners come to C’era Una Volta for elevated Italian fare, making this place a highlight of the area. Visit for lunch Tuesday through Saturday between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., dinner Tuesday through Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
is coming soon to 2402 Central Avenue near Alameda homes for sale. The popular chain offers modern Mediterranean cuisine like flavorful wraps, pitas, and bowls. Much like at Chipotle
, you choose your base, followed by ingredients like hummus and other spreads, proteins including steak and chicken shawarma, and then various toppings and dressings. Hummus Republic is perfect for an easy and delicious Mediterranean meal.
As we approach summer and temperatures rise, the Bay Area will come alive with festivals celebrating the arts, street fairs, national holidays, and more. Highlights include the upcoming Art Market
at the Fort Mason Center in April, which purveys impressive contemporary photography, painting, sculpture, and more from the top dealers of the field.
For an experience unique to the San Francisco area, the Chinese New Year Celebration
is a colorful and vibrant event filled with flower markets, street fares, and the iconic annual parade. For cinephiles, the longest-running film festival in the Americas and the largest one in the Bay Area — the San Francisco International Film Festival
— showcases an impressive lineup of movies worldwide and talkbacks.
New housing developments
To accommodate increasing demand and rising expectations for residential real estate, many new housing developments of Alameda homes for sale are popping up, including Chancery Lane at Metro Crossing, Bay 37, and the townhomes planned at the Pennzoil Site.
Chancery Lane at Metro Crossing by Toll Brothers
gives residents the conveniences of a property with low maintenance, the privacy of a home, and the amenities of a luxury residence. The development has new condos for sale in Fremont and parts of Alameda County and is ready for quick move-in as of March 2022. Condo features include garages for two cars, open concept designs with two to four bedrooms, and private outdoor patios. Shared amenities include entertainment areas, outdoor barbecue pits, and a fitness center.
Photo courtesy of Bay37 by Pulte Homes
Bay37 by Pulte Homes
is ideal for couples with children who want the space to raise a family while being near public transit to San Francisco. Featuring several neighborhoods: Breeze, Compass, Lookout, and Landing, these Alameda homes for sale include apartments and condos coming in various sizes and price points. Buyers can choose large properties with four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and two-car garages or more contained and affordable condo flats with two to three bedrooms.
However, one of the most exciting developments coming to the area is the Pennzoil Site. Made up of townhouse-style living with two to three-bedroom properties, this residential community will feature modern-style architecture, a landscaped pocket park, a parking garage large enough to accommodate all residents, and will connect to several nearby bike routes to allow easy access to the Seaplane Ferry Terminal and other points of interests.
If you are interested in learning more about what’s new in Alameda or about Alameda real estate, please reach out to local realtor Michael Lane
for expert guidance.