About Albany Real Estate
Albany is the bayfront city just west of Berkeley and immediately south of El Cerrito. It is a coveted destination for home buyers due to its highly rated school district, its proximity to shopping and dining on Solano Avenue and its easy access for commuting. It’s a relatively small with a population of about 18,500 and has a small town vibe with a supportive and involved community. Its homes are predominantly designed in the California “Bungalow” style and many were built in the 1920’s – 30’s.
Single family home values range from the $800,000’s while the waterfront condos on Pierce Street, next to the highly regarded 99 Ranch asian mall offer more affordable options ranging in the $400,000’s.
With easy access to I-80, Bart, casual commuting to San Francisco and the University of California at Berkeley (Cal), Albany is an appealing Bay Area home destination. Feagley Realtors has an office right in the heart of Albany on Solano Avenue to help you explore this coveted location with a local’s eye and knowledge.
- Curtis St./Solano Ave. The northeastern portion of Albany features large homes on verdant streets. On the thoroughfare there are lots of little boutiques like Oaks Jewelers and award winning restaurants like Zachary’s Chicago Style Pizza; old faves like Peet’s and Starbucks; and new fun places to sample like Xocolate Bar.
- Marin Ave./Ordway At the southeastern most part of the city, this neighborhood shares Solano with the Curtis/Solano Ave section, but has soft rolling hills leading to Berkeley. The southern part of this section is close to Monterey Market, an intimate grocer with a wide assortment of fresh organic produce; Espresso Roma Cafe, a fun italian cafe with outdoor seating; and Country Cheese Coffee Market, where you can sample coffee or cheese (or both) to your heart’s content.
- San Pablo/Washington East of San Pablo from Solano north to the El Cerrito Shopping Center. This neighborhood is home to beautiful, cozy more affordable cottages. Solano offers a whole host of cafes, fun eats like Mr. Dewie’s (icecream made from cashew milk) and the Albany swimming pool. From Solano, it’s 4 blocks to the El Cerrito Shopping Center and just 2 more to the El Cerrito BART Station.
- City Center East of San Pablo and South of Solano, this neighborhood includes fun little cafes like Hal’s Office with it’s new crowdfunded parklet, the Tay Tah Cafe which also offers yummy vietnamese sandwiches, and exotic eats like Oori Rice Triangles. The Ohlone Bike Path leads you down to Berkeley and the new outdoor Beer Garden, Westbrae Biergarten.
- Buchanan Ave. / Jackson West of San Pablo on the hill and everything north of Buchanan Avenue, you find a continuation of the cute cottage homes found east of San Pablo; posh pads on the hill with amazing views on the water and the city; and the more affordable condo apartments on the other side of the highway. The neighborhood is home to the northern part of the Albany Bulb, an off-leash playground for pups.
- Buchanan Ave. / Marin Ave. West of San Pablo and south of Buchanan, you find lovely homes bordered by the award-winning Oceanview Elementary School and the Gilman section of Berkeley in the south, featuring Whole Foods, Philz Coffee and REI not to mention loads of cute new boutiques and microbreweries.