The Mystery of the Old Coast Guard housing in Alameda CA

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The Mystery of the Old Coast Guard housing in Alameda CA


Alameda is such a small island, and has its share of mysteries such as what they’re going to do with  Alameda Point, a former naval base. That’s a big question mark.  


One of our favorite walks is along the Coast Guard near Alameda Point, and literally around the corner from Rosenblum Cellars and the Alameda Ferry on Main Street.



The old housing


I have a question about the old Coast Guard housing that caught caught my eye. Beautifully kept grounds.


At one time, this complex was teeming with people engaged in all kinds of activities. There are remnants of soccer fields, basketball courts, huge playgrounds. There are  housing units, six to a building .... but today, all are vacant. There must be around 200+ units there. Each unit has an enclosed patio and storage building.


The Coast Guard does an excellent job maintaining the grounds. However, there are signs that vandals have slipped by and smashed some windows and doors.  Nonetheless, this area still looks beautiful thanks to the people who make sure the grass is cut, the trash and litter picked up. 


Old Coast Guard Marina Housing in Alameda CA


The new housing


The old housing complex is directly across a newer one where each unit has 3 stories with attached garages.  Each building has a small play area, instead of a larger or master playground to allow families to mingle and interact. This new complex has units crammed together with less open space than the old one but somehow, this arrangement appears to foster less outdoor activities than the old one.


Coast Guard Marina Housing in Alameda CA


What are the plans for the old housing?


So the question is....what are they going to do with the old housing?


Because housing in Alameda can be pretty pricey, maybe the Coast Guard may consider renting it to our Alameda’s public servants  ---- teachers, police officers, firemen, nurses and others who contribute in a big way to Alameda’s well being?


Or how about helping Midway Shelter of Alameda for abused and homeless women and children?


Or Alameda’s Housing Authority?



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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


It will be interesting to see what they end up doing. It's a shame to have housing just sitting there getting vandalized when so many could make use of it. I suppose it ultimately has to do with money. :(  Or government regulations.


Mar 19, 2013 01:42 PM #1
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Jeff --- it's a mystery to me. There are people maintaining the grounds. But since the country is broke, I thought perhaps the federal government can lease these units to the county or city which can either take over the maintenance, or add to their part of the rents to their own coffers 

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