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Albany/El Cerrito

Just a few miles north of the Bay Bridge, between El Cerrito and Berkeley, Albany is close to major freeways, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), and other public transportation, making commuting to San Francisco or to other East Bay communities a breeze.

With a population of only 17,000, Albany has the warm, congenial feel of a small, community-oriented town.  The highly respected public schools in Albany attract young families, who also enjoy waterfront parks and the unique shopping to be found along Albany’s Solano Avenue, which extends from the Berkeley Hills through Albany, and ends at San Pablo Avenue.  Solano Avenue is a vibrant, pedestrian friendly boulevard filled with unique shops, restaurants, and family operated business.

Albany has developed into a thriving neighborhood of small businesses, charming bungalows, and cottages, which reflect Albany’s earlier working-class origins.  Among Albany’s architectural claims to fame are the 1500 small homes built in the late 1920s and 1930s by Charles MacGregor.  MacGregor specialized in building good quality, modest, affordable homes; most of which still stand today.

Albany is a community of small, single-family homes and small businesses.  Residential real estate in Albany is reasonably priced in comparison to some of its East Bay neighbors, and consists primarily of single-family homes, many of which are California bungalows and small homes in an interesting, eclectic mix of style and vernacular.


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