Albany

Albany is a small town just north of Berkeley that is known for its tight knit community feel and outstanding schools. With grassy parks and playgrounds, and many other family friendly amenities, Albany is an ideal place to raise a family.

Solano Ave cuts through Albany, it’s restaurants and shops offering residents a variety of delights, within walking distance of much of the town. Many home seekers choose Albany for its small town feel, it’s cute Solano strip, and its excellent schools. Albany schools consistently score among the top schools in California, keeping the demand for homes here strong.

Albany’s housing stock consists primarily of 2- and 3- bedroom homes in variations of California Bungalow, Mediterranean, and other period styles.

Historical Tidbit:

In 1908, a group of women, armed with 2 shotguns and a rifle, confronted a wagon train loaded with garbage near the corner of present day San Pablo Avenue and Buchanan Street. The women were protesting the dumping of garbage in their community, and they successfully sent the wagons back to Berkeley. Shortly thereafter, Ocean View was incorporated, and the name was changed to “Albany” a year later, after Albany, NY, the birthplace Frank Roberts, the first mayor of the town.