Alameda maintains a small town charm even as its popularity grows – families stroll and ride their bikes to the historical business districts for ice cream or Saturday brunch. Highly rated schools and a family friendly culture draw residents who want to enjoy the quaint charms of “island” living.

Queen Anne, craftsman bungalows and other period styles line the leafy streets of Alameda Island. Bayfarm, also known as HArbor Bay Isle, is home to newer planned communities, built in the 1980s and 1990s.

Six miles of beach stretch along the island’s edges, and most homes are within walking distance or a short bike ride to one of its beaches. The ferry to San Francisco provides a majestic commute for those who work in the city.

Historical Tidbit:

Alameda was originally a peninsula connected to downtown Oakland by a marshy stretch of land, and the higher ground of the peninsula was covered by one of the largest coastal oak forests in the world.