Moving to Alameda CA is a joyous occasion for many people who have discovered this wonderful island city.
Many of my clients commute to San Francisco. When they couldn't afford to buy in the City, they decided to look to East Bay. It doesn'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.
And to find out more about Alameda, here's what Wikipedia says about our lovely island town of Alameda.
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 buff's paradise.
Alameda has great climate, great schools, and believe it or not, a wonderful selection of restaurants and ethnic cuisine.
We think we've "arrived" now that our Alameda Town Centre shopping center by the beach features Trader Joe's, Old Navy, Bed Bath & Beyond, TJMaxx, Kohl's. There are even plans for a Target store -- but that is still in the planning stages.
In May 2008, the historic and restored Alameda Theater opened its doors to our first 8-cineplex.
As for fine restaurants....the chef of the famous Baywolf Café in Oakland has opened his own restaurant in Alameda called Pappo's. We also now have a Cuban restaurant called Havana's. There's a really good Vietnamese restaurant called Dragon Rouge, the freshest sushi at Yume, dim sum at EastOcean, and more. And now, we have Zen Asian Fusion Tapas Bar, Spice I Am (Thai), Burmese Super Star, Angela's Bistro opened next to the newly restored an historic Alameda Theater.
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.
Here's really good source of info for comparing crime statistics between cities. You can see that Alameda truly shines!
Alameda has great schools, and is the school scores are collectively better than Oakland and other surrounding areas. Check out the Academic Performance Index
You don't have to drive to Napa or Sonoma for wine company. Simply ride your bike for wine tasting at Rosenblum Cellars next to the ferry. It's open every day for wine tasting until 6 pm. And one shouldn't miss Rock Wall Wine Company which you will find in one of the hangars at Alameda Point. If vodka or whiskey is more up your alley, check out Hangar One/St George Spirits
And do check out Alameda Wine Company next to Alameda Theater. The selection is fabulous -- and there are so many inexpensive choices, too.
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 and wine faire. lighted boat parade and more.