Welcome to Alameda
A charming escapist town nestled between two big cities
Located between downtown San Francisco and downtown Oakland is the quaint 6-mile-long island of Alameda. This beautiful small town is defined by its historic architecture and delightful sunshine. Historic homes, dating to before 1930, surround the charming downtown area, creating an old-fashioned vibe.
Alameda's allure stems from the picturesque downtown and centuries-old historic buildings lining its leafy streets. The real estate in Alameda offers excellent homes, from stunning Victorians to charming single-family homes and new contemporary spaces. This charming city is ideal for families seeking a peaceful escape from the bustling cities of Oakland and San Francisco.
What to Love
- The shady tree-lined streets with elegant 100-year-old vintage homes
- Waterfront homes along quiet lagoons and the island's scenic shoreline
- Lots of community events and open spaces
- Relaxed atmosphere with strong small-town vibes
Alameda is a cosmopolitan city with a robust small-town vibe, although it is close to the Bay Area's major cities. Locals enjoy a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere on beautiful sunny days. The town is home to a Spirits Alley with wineries, breweries, distilleries, and food trucks where locals hang out while enjoying unbeatable city views.
A series of bridges and a tunnel connects Alameda to the outside world. Boating is also an option, allowing residents to sail away to surrounding bustling cities. Locals easily access Bay Area business centers, shopping districts, and entertainment from Alameda by car, ferry, or BART. San Francisco is just 20 minutes away, while Oakland is right across the bridge. The Oakland International Airport is a convenient 5-10 minute drive for residents who prefer air travel.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Alameda is home to various businesses, from unique footwear and apparel stores to exciting gift shops. Find the perfect gift for your loved one at Daisy's gift store or a vintage pair of Adidas or air Jordan sneakers at PRSTG Shop. If you don't find what you are looking for within the borders of Alameda, take a quick drive to San Francisco or Oakland for a more extensive choice.
Locals get quick bites and drinks at the town’s Spirits Alley, packed with food trucks, distilleries and wineries. For more elegant dining, consider Marina Village Inn, a three-star hotel, or take a scenic ride to one of the Bay Area's nearby restaurants.
Things to Do
With Alameda Beach — the Bay's largest sand beach — and Lincoln Park close at hand, outdoor enthusiasts have more than enough fun things to do. Stroll along the long, sandy strip while enjoying miles of spectacular views, or enjoy a game at the volleyball courts that ends in a designated bird sanctuary.
Have fun at numerous local festivals, from the monthly West End Mercantile community event to Latin Music Festival and the Feathered Outlaw Party.
The city is served by nine elementary, four middle, and four high schools. The Alameda Science and Technology Institute offers a magnet program where students take college courses.
Notable schools in the area include:
Amelia Earhart Elementary School, grades k-5, #22 in Best Public Elementary Schools in Alameda County
Encinal Junior/Senior High School, grades 6-12, #13 in Best Public Middle Schools in Alameda County
Alameda High School, grades 9-12, #8 in Best Public High Schools in Alameda County