Is an island community located West of Oakland and across the bay from San Francisco. The City of Alameda is situated on one main island and one smaller island called Bay Farm Island Alameda has a small town feel but is close to is all with 2 ferries that run to San Francisco and several bridges and the Webster Tube that provides easy access to freeways and BART stations located in Oakland. Alameda is a charter city, rather than a general law city, which allows it to provide for any form of government. Alameda became a charter city and adopted a council–manager government in 1916. Alameda has a mix of historic homes (many large mansions and stunning Craftsman era home are located on the “Gold Coast” of Alameda). There is an eclectic mix of Victorians, craftsman era homes to modern townhomes. Currently the old Naval base is going through a major development after closing and is the location of wineries, breweries, distillers (often referred to as “Spirits Alley”) and housing. One of the main shopping areas on Park Blvd is bustling with small shops, bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Don’t forget the beaches! There are several areas where you can enjoy the sand and water all while checking out the dead on San Francisco views. Schools are considered some of the best in the area and many enjoy the small town feeling but with the easy access to everything.
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