Winkler Real Estate Group agrees with everyone who loves Alameda’s small town feel and wonderful architecture. But it’s not just beautiful homes that draw families and professionals alike. It’s the good schools and fine dining, too.
Not far from a growing international airport, the island Alameda occupies was originally a peninsula connected to Oakland. Much of it was marshland, but on higher ground grew the largest coastal oak forests in the world. The area was called Encinal, Spanish for "forest of evergreen oak".. Alameda is Spanish for "grove of poplar trees" or "tree-lined avenue", and lovely trees still grace streets dotted with old Victorian homes.
Although Alameda is called “the island”, the current city occupies two islands as well as a small section of the mainland. The old section, a former naval station, is now home to the popular monthly Alameda Antiques market, as well as various wineries, Hangar 1, and St. George Spirits. The aircraft carrier USS Hornet is moored as a museum. Then there’s the south shore, and Bay Farm Island, which is part of the mainland proper. Once the site of large oyster beds, Bay Farm Island is covered by a subdivision known as Harbor Bay Isle, including a 36-hole golf complex, an 18-court tennis club, and a business park. From there you can catch a ferry to the city.
- The Ohlone tribe was here before the Spanish arrived. Today Alameda is home to a thriving Filipino community, as well as many Portuguese and Japanese Americans.
- Due to its proximity to the Bay, wind surfing and kite surfing at the beach are popular pastimes. Views of the San Francisco skyline and the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge are wonderful!
- The historic Park Street business district, with buildings that date back to the 1800s hums with shops, restaurants and attractions, including a 1932 renovated movie theatre.
- You’re close to the city, close to the beach, surrounded by wonderful amenities in a small-town setting. That’s Alameda!
Winkler Real Estate Group can help you find your home on “the island”.