Top 4 Reasons to live in Albany
Defined by Water! Albany, with a population of nearly 19,000, lies adjacent to Berkeley, and it calls San Francisco Bay its western boundary. One of its most interesting features is known as 'The Bulb,' a former landfill that juts into the bay and was once home to a succession of disenfranchised squatters. Now local residents walk their dogs, visit the park to view the ever-changing array of urban art or simply come to get close to the water and explore the interesting salt-marsh vegetation. After visiting The Bulb, stop in at The Pub near the center of Albany. You can get comfortable in an overstuffed chair and share your experience with anyone who will listen. Patrons are even encouraged to talk to one another. There's no Internet. There are also no credit card machines. Cash only!
Sellers' Market! Following the real estate downturn of the past several years, local property is again in demand with prices rising because of limited availability. If you are looking for rent to own houses, consider all possibilities. If you can do some work yourself, you might even score a bargain on a distressed home or a house that needs updating. This is a safe and walkable community, so you might want to locate where you can easily meet friends for a cool drink at the Hotsy Totsy Club or bring your own bottle of wine for dinner at Bistro 1491.
East Bay Popularity: If you have your heart set on living in Albany, keep your eyes open for the perfect house, and allow plenty of time to look. Average price per square foot is $580, up more than 13% over last year. Popular neighborhoods are Albany Terrace, which has some new houses, Hillside, Solano Hill and Thousand Oaks. From any of these areas, you will be able to get out easily to meet friends for a bite at Suzette Crepe Cafe or to share exotic Indo-Nepalese fare at Hamro Aangan.
Planning for the Future: The city is currently considering ideas for development of a strip of land known as the Ohlone Greenway, with two pending concepts being a par course or a fruit and nut orchard. The city is serious about sustainability, and it welcomes citizen input for energy conservation, solid waste reduction and recycling. The city that began with a trash protest sponsors several community cleanups during the year as well as a waterfront cleanup each September. In May, there is an Arts and Green Festival, in addition to a citywide garage sale.