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Bay Farm Island is actually a peninsula that is connected to the main island of Alameda by a drawbridge over the Oakland estuary. It was a farming and agricultural community before homes were built there in the 1950's. Some of the farms remained into the 1980's. Bay Farm also features a number of townhome developments dating back to the 1970's and 1980's. Its close proximity to Harbor Bay Isle, the business park, Oakland International Airport and a convenient parkway leading to the Airport, San Leandro, and freeways adds to its desirability.