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It’s all about the schools in Albany. Here you will find well rated schools from Elementary through high school which pumps up the prices big time in this area. There are charming shops and restaurants on Solano Avenue, and many services running along San Pablo. The houses are somewhat small with small lots, but people love it here with high walk scores from almost all locations in Albany. There are good parks with lots of fun play structures, and you are very close to BART, as well as the freeway. Directly adjacent to Berkeley, and El Cerrito and Kensington, this is a very community oriented city with a small town feel.