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Alameda was once a peninsula connected to the Oakland docks. In 1902, a canal was dredged to enable easier shipping access, and that turned Alameda into an island. A little off the beaten track, Alameda has a laid-back vibe all its own. Despite its 80,000 residents, there's still a small-town feeling in Alameda. Begin browsing our listings of Alameda homes for sale.

Civic pride runs high here. A 4th of July Parade, complete with horse-drawn carriages, embodies the small-town feel in Alameda, which has preserved much of its Victorian and cottage housing stock. A central, walkable shopping district can be found along Park Street. The Alameda Theater has been restored to its 1930s art deco glory and the Alameda Free Library, formerly the Carnegie Library, was transformed into a multimillion-dollar showplace that earned a Silver LEED certification. Kids play soccer on former grounds of the converted army barracks. Crown Memorial State Beach and Shoreline Drive attract wind surfers.

With more than 10,000 buildings constructed before 1930, there is a rich and varied architectural heritage in the area, playing a role in Alameda's real estate market conditions. More than 1,500 ornately decorated Victorians, historic Queen Annes, and California Craftsmans are some of the most desirable homes here along its tree-lined streets. To learn more, visit our Alameda market conditions page.