Alameda is a former Navy town, but before that, it was home to many San Franciscans who wanted a warmer summer and an easy commute. It has several business districts, many shops, restaurants, movie theaters, places for production of plays, lots of parks and of course, the Alameda shoreline with beaches and bike paths.
Many of the houses date from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Restored, revitalized, they are charming and historic, each with a unique floor plan. But with WW2, many houses were built near the base. Houses nearer the shoreline at the western side of the island were built in the 1950s and 1960s. The small island below Alameda, Bay Farm Island, is mostly homes built in the 1970s or more recently.
The island has a very mid-western feel to it, in part because it is all level, but also because of the large tree-lined streets, wide sidewalks, and so many people walking or biking. The old Navy base is now home to a monthly antiques fair, some high-tech companies, indoor soccer fields, and many spirits producers, including St. George Spirits, Rockwall Wine Company, and Hangar 1 Vodka. The views of San Francisco from here are amazing.
Several ferry terminals provide commuter service to landing spots in San Francisco. And there are several bridges and a tunnel that provide access to the island. Being in the Bay it has a lovely moderate climate. Much to love.
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