Alameda, City Of Homes And Beaches
This ground level flat in a Victorian duplex is located in the island city of Alameda which may be the best kept secret in the East Bay. Ideally located just a Bay Bridge ride away from San Francisco, it provides relative peace and quiet in an island setting.
Things To See And Do
Downtown Alameda is like Alameda's version of Oakland/Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto. The restored Alameda Theater has 8 screens. Explore Spirits Alley at Alameda Point, and choose among wine/vodka/beer tastings.
Sunset Magazine has named Alameda as being one of the best locations for kite and wind surfing. And beginners can take lessons at the Crown Memorial State Beach with a fabulous view of San Francisco.
Since this is an island, it’s no surprise that there are 9 marinas and yacht clubs. Alameda is also home to Barnhill Marina where one can admire the colorful floating homes right on the Estuary, across from Oakland.
The aircraft carrier USS Hornet, a museum ship, has been moored at the former Naval Air Station as the USS HornetMuseum since 1998. This ship was originally named the USS Kearsarge, but was renamed in honor of the previous Hornet CV-8 (famous for the Doolittle raid), which was lost in October 1942.
For fun, check out the Pinball Museum. For a glimpse at the history of Alameda, stop by the Alameda Museum. Or tour historic Victorian home Meyers Home and Garden.
Ride a bike, or walk around the main island. According to Alameda Magazine, there are about 3,000 Victorian-era homes in Alameda, one for every 25 people who live here. In addition, there are another 1,000 historic buildings, including City Hall and many of the shops along the Park Street and Webster Street commercial corridors.
Alameda is also known for its Fourth of July parade, which is advertised as the second oldest and second longest Fourth of July parade in the United States. It features homemade floats, classic cars, motorized living room furniture, fire-breathing dragons, marching bands, and large crowds. The parade route is about 3 miles (5 km) long.
The city restored the historic Art Deco city landmark Alameda Theatre, expanding it to include a theater multiplex consisting of 8 screens. A nice feature: go to Cinema Grill next door, buy your tickets, order your food and drinks (yes, wine and other liquor too!), take it inside the theater via a not-so-secret entrance.
Street Festivals are enjoyed throughout the year. Park Street hosts the Park Street Spring Festival, Park St Art and Wine Faire and the Park Street Classic Car Show. And Webster St hosts the Peanut Butter and Jam Festival (Yes, Skippy’s peanut butter was born in Alameda).
In the summer, the city enjoys a series of outdoor monthly concerts at Crab Cove, just a short walk from Crown Beach. Concert goers pack a picnic, lay their spread on the grass across the stage, enjoy good music under clear skies. Food, wine and beer also available for sale.
Commuting to the city a mere 13 miles away is a breeze: ride the express bus (bus stop is just two blocks away), or the ferry where one can even bring a bike.
YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME
This is a light-filled lower unit of a duplex across from Littlejohn Park in Central Alameda. This home is located on a fairly large and fenced in yard with many flowers and fruit trees. Pick lemons year round. Figs are nearly ready while the avocados are expected in the Fall. The plum tree practically rained plums this summer. Spend time in the patio --- play with the owners' dogs, or your small dog if you want to bring yours with you.
Open plan makes this place bright, airy and feel more spacious. Tiled floors in the living/dining areas, kitchen and bath; and laminate floors in the bedrooms. Solid floors and wood blinds mean cleaning is a cinch --- a plus for people with allergies or an aversion to dirt hidden in rugs and draperies.
For those with limited mobility, there is only one step down to get to this one-level unit. And there are safety bars in the bath tub/shower. One step up to the laundry room, and then step out to the patio and the yard.
Alameda's temperate climate means there's no need for air-conditioning; but on those warm days where a little more cooling is needed, ceiling fans perform their magic.
Fully equipped kitchen include gas 4-burner stove/oven, dishwasher, refrigerator. There is a washer and dryer dedicated for the tenant's use in the laundry room.
Feel free to relax in the patio overlooking the garden. if you plan to bring a dog (small dog only), your dog will delight in the spacious and fenced yard. Owners' dogs love small dogs! And so do the owners.
You will love walking around the neighborhood. There are so many magnificent vintage homes on tree-lined streets. Several small parks dot the island. Bike safety is paramount. And if you drive, note that the speed limit is 25 mph everywhere.
The owners live upstairs, so you will always have a resource for information, repairs, replacement. We will even lend you our bike(s) so that you can explore this wonderful island town.