Welcome to Alameda
The tree-lined island city whose colorful history and mild waterfront climate are the foundations for a lifestyle of irresistible tranquility
Across the Bay from the many marinas of Alameda, the radiate lights of San Francisco twinkle and shine with a fairytale glow. A vibrant heartbeat pulses in Alameda, whose Art Deco landmarks and sweeping rows of Victorian homes are reflective of simpler times, even as the city blossoms to a population of more than 78,000 residents.
Alameda easily lives up to the translation of its name — groves of popular trees — with its assortment of swaying palms and towering evergreens weaving throughout the city, especially prevalent in Historic Downtown. What was originally a low-lying marsh connected to Oakland was developed into a flowering residential oasis, incorporated in 1954 and referred to by Mark Twain as “the garden of California.”
The residential real estate market of Alameda is best known for two things: stately Victorian homes that make up more than 9% of the total single-family houses and architectural diversity denoting the shifting styles throughout the centuries. Adorable Craftsman abodes nestled steps away from main commercial districts and in-construction, swanky condos are in harmony in Alameda, giving residents a selection that can more than suit nearly any aesthetic.
What to Love
- Convenient location adjacent Oakland and the Oakland International Airport
- Waterfront dining and shopping with scenic beaches
- Architectural diversity that creates a stunning palette of interesting neighborhoods
Living in Alameda means getting a laid-back island and waterfront atmosphere paired seamlessly with all the bustle and fun of a major urban city. Quieter than Oakland next door, Alameda is a place for simple weekends sipping wine at local tasting rooms and enjoying the unbeatable access to the Bay.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Alameda is equipped to take care of the day-to-day needs of its residents, thanks to a solid number of grocers and convenience shops. However, the city is best known for its array of eclectic, niche boutiques and incredible dining options. From metaphysical supplies at Feathered Outlaw to handcrafted gifts at Whales and Friends, this island town has no lack of high-quality local shopping.
Things to Do
The variety of entertainment in Alameda is just as diverse as its architecture and caters to a wide scope of interests. For the beer and wine connoisseurs, there’s Spirits Alley, while the interactive Pacific Pinball Museum and USS Hornet Museum appeal to the history buffs and gaming enthusiasts throughout the city.
Standard days out at the movies are elevated thanks to the historic Alameda Theater & Cineplex, where the latest cinematic releases are showcased in the vintage 1930s Art Deco venue. The Cineplex also has a bistro and bar, giving moviegoers the option to pair their screening with a mouthwatering meal and craft cocktails.
Getting out and about in Alameda typically consists of exploring the city’s green spaces or partaking in one of the many events on the city’s steady stream of community affairs. The refined fairways of Corica Park Golf Course are open and free to the public, ranking consistently among the top municipal courses in the nation. Robert Crown Memorial State Beach is where residents can get their fill of water-based activities, including swimming, board sports, and fishing on the 2.5-mile beach. Getting in touch with neighbors and connecting with the city is as simple as checking out the West End Flea Market — open every Saturday — or attending large events like the Fourth of July Parade.
The city of Alameda has many excellent schools. To request more specific information about local schools, please use our contact form and we will be happy to provide you with more information.