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Alameda has been known for its good schools, and has attracted many families for that reason. This compact island city in the Bay just west of Oakland is divided into several distinct areas too.

East End

Tons of properties have frontage on the Estuary, and there is great shopping available at the Nob Hill Shopping Center. Some of the best schools in Alameda are located on this side of the island, and there are a fair number of lovely Victorians and Craftsman gems in this neighborhood.

Park Street District

Park Street District is a thriving shopping area with upscale shops, restaurants, and bars. The renaissance that has taken place in Alameda may be largely due to the shopping and dining experience that Park Street provides. It’s just plain fun.

The Gold Coast

The loveliest and grandest Victorian mansions in Alameda can be found here, along with significant homes by Julia Morgan and other famous “First Bay Tradition” Architects. This area has many parks, and the schools are terrific.

Bay Farm Island

If you like manicured homes that are part of a planned urban development, flat, easy terrain, good shopping nearby, walking trails, golf, and access to the Bay, this is a great place. There is regular ferry service to San Francisco and Oakland from this area.