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The San Francisco Bay Area is world famous for its alchemy of warm weather, natural beauty and cultural offerings. Those lucky enough to call this region home enjoy living in close-knit communities that offer outstanding cultural options, great food and easy proximity to a wide variety of recreational opportunities.
Most people experience an immediate sense of community the first time they visit the scenic island city of Alameda, with its diverse array of beautiful homes, tree-lined streets and remarkable stretches of sandy shoreline. Its small-town atmosphere is reflected in quaint shopping districts, wonderful parks and beaches and good schools. Located in the geographical center of the Bay Area, Alameda also offers easy commutes to San Francisco and Oakland. The following is an overview of Alameda’s fine neighborhoods:
This vibrant cosmopolitan city boasts its own repertory theaters, ballet and opera companies and big time sports franchises. It’s an ideal option for someone who seeks an urban lifestyle but wants to avoid the congestion and high cost of living in San Francisco. With a patchwork of neighborhoods, Oakland feels more like a series of small towns than a big city. Housing options run the gamut from slick new lofts near Jack London Square, to historic properties in Rockridge and the city of Piedmont to dramatic contemporaries on hillside lots with picture perfect views of the bay.
The UC Berkeley campus is the centerpiece of this busy small city where you can get caught up in the bustle of merchants and students on Telegraph Avenue or enjoy quiet stretches of broad leafy streets in the Elmwood District where rose gardens and green lawns frame stately Arts and Crafts homes. Other housing options lie among the bungalows on Berkeley’s north side or in striking contemporary homes set up in the hillside neighborhoods.
SAN LEANDRO/SAN LORENZO
San Leandro and San Lorenzo are towns just South of Oakland. Bounded by the East Bay Hills and the San Francisco Bay, they have a combined population of a little over 100,000. The ample supply of housing here spans the decades from the early 1920s right up to the present day. Most of San Lorenzo’s homes are ranch style, although many have been extensively remodeled and enlarged. The more dramatic (and expensive) homes are hillside contemporaries in San Leandro, which feature expansive bay and canyon views.