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Alameda County

Welcome to Alameda County

Alameda’s central location, warm climate, vibrant culture, and strong economy make it a popular county in which to live and work. Alameda is one of the most diverse counties in the Bay Area. This diversity imbues the cities and towns with a rich variety of cultures that flavor everything from local bookstores, cafes, and restaurants to theatres, galleries, and shopping. From the largest cities to the smallest residential neighborhoods, Alameda residents have great access to transportation, schools, recreation, shopping, and other services.

A wide variety of businesses and enterprises are centered in Oakland, Emeryville, and in the corridors along the major highways. The city of Alameda, with its sparkling views and excellent location, is attracting innovative new companies to work out of the former naval base. The eastern county is experiencing a housing boom, and the Livermore Valley’s vineyards attract locals and tourists alike. The bustling Port of Oakland—with its large Seventh Street Terminal—handles the bulk of the Bay Area’s shipping activities, which once went through San Francisco. Science, technology, and innovation have long had a place in Alameda, anchored by the Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, and the University of California-Berkeley.

For such an urban county, Alameda has an incredible array of outdoor areas to explore, whether you’re enjoying sweeping views of the Bay from the top of the Berkeley Hills, towering redwood trees in Oakland’s Redwood Park, rolling hills and vineyards in Livermore, waterfront views of windsurfers and kite boarders racing by at the Berkeley Marina, or bird watching and bay views from Coyote Hills Park.

The lay of the land

The county is sandwiched between Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties, and takes up a significant portion of the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay. A network of hills forms a dramatic divide, beginning with the Berkeley Hills and running south into Santa Clara. These are the northernmost part of the Diablo Range. Beyond them are the gentler rolling hills of the Tri-Valley area (Pleasanton, Livermore, and Dublin), and the more rural communities further east.

Although Alameda is the second smallest county in the Bay Area (at 739 square miles), it has the second highest population, with 1,610,921 residents (according to the U.S. Census’ 2014 estimate). The majority of the county residents reside in the urban centers spread out between the bay and the hills, including Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward, and Fremont. Oakland is the largest city and the county seat. The eastern part of the county is much more spread out. While these communities are smaller, they are experiencing some of the most rapid growth. Dublin is the fastest-growing city.

Getting around

The county takes full advantage of its central location and many transportation options. Alameda is intersected by several major highways (80, 580, 680, and 880), which connect to the Bay, San Mateo, and Dumbarton Bridges. Ferries run from Oakland and Alameda to San Francisco and South San Francisco. AC Transit and BART provide ample buses and trains. The Oakland International Airport is also centrally located. All of this leads to easy, speedy options for county residents and commuters.

Local highlights

The award-winning Alameda County schools range in size and diversity, and reflect the technology and innovation that is so common to the Bay Area. More than 220,000 students are enrolled in 414 public schools within 21 districts. There are a variety of Catholic, parochial, secular, and other independent schools in the county.

Alameda County is home to several colleges and universities. The University of California-Berkeley, Mills College, Cal State University-East Bay, and Chabot College are a few of the leading schools in the area. They bring jobs, sporting events, and recreational opportunities as well as a steady influx of students interested in calling the area home.

Sporting enthusiasts have plenty to cheer about. Aside from the U.C. Berkeley teams, Oakland is home to the Oakland Athletics, the Oakland Raiders, and the Golden State Warriors.

Live music lovers can attend a variety of shows, from headliners at Oracle Arena and Coliseum, U.C. Berkeley’s Greek Theatre, and the art deco Paramount Theatre to jazz musicians at Yoshi’s and small acts at the Starry Plough and Freight & Salvage.

For science exploration, Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland and the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley are both popular field trip destinations. The USS Hornet Museum in Alameda celebrates the area’s deep military and naval history. Children’s Fairyland and the Oakland Zoo are fun family outings.

Many of the Alameda communities have regional theatre and local art scenes for performance and visual art. The university and colleges in the area have rich offerings in the performing, musical, and visual arts. And, of course, San Francisco is minutes away. The Berkeley Rep Theatre in Berkeley is a longstanding contributor to the theatre scene, and is well worth your time.

More than 150 places are registered on the National Register of Historic Places in Alameda County, too many to list here. A few highlights include: Alameda, Berkeley, and Oakland City Hall, the Fox and Paramount Theatres in Oakland, the Meek Mansion in Cherryland, just outside of Hayward, the Mission San Jose in Fremont (one of the original missions), and several spots on the U.C. Berkeley campus, including Founders’ Rock, Bowles Hall (the first residence hall), California Hall (one of the original buildings), Salther Tower, the Hearst Greek Theatre, and California Memorial Stadium, home of the Cal Bears.

The great outdoors

The East Bay Regional Park District operates a network of parks and regional trails in more than 75,000 acres in Alameda and Contra Costa. Bayside options include Aquatic Park in Berkeley and Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda. Lake Merritt in Oakland offers an oasis in the heart of the city. Lake Chabot Park, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park district (the largest in the state), or Joaquin Miller Park are terrific spots for running, hiking, and exploring the hills.

Cities Located in Alameda County

  •  Alameda
  •  Albany
  •  Berkeley
  •  Castro Valley
  •  Dublin
  •  Emeryville
  •  Fremont
  •  Hayward
  •  Livermore
  •  Newark
  •  Oakland
  •  Piedmont
  •  Pleasanton
  •  San Leandro
  •  San Lorenzo
  • Sunol
  •  Union City

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    Open House
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,448 sqft   lot 3,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 30
    MLS 40771450
  2. Photo of 34350 Benedick Lane, Fremont, CA 94555 (MLS # 454384)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2.50 baths
    1,368 sqft   lot 7,985 sqft
    Walk Score® 56
    Listing provided by Roweena Nastor, BHHS California Realty
    MLS 454384
  3. Photo of 1794 8Th St, OAKLAND, CA (MLS # 40771448)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,806 sqft   lot 2,500 sqft
    Walk Score® 53
    MLS 40771448
  4. Photo of 5538 Carnegie Loop, LIVERMORE, CA (MLS # 40771447)
    Open House
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    3,036 sqft   lot 10,491 sqft
    Walk Score® 12
    MLS 40771447
  5. Photo of 2001 Chiplay Ct, HAYWARD, CA (MLS # 40771446)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,621 sqft   lot 6,039 sqft
    Walk Score® 59
    MLS 40771446
  6. Photo of 3518 Knollwood Ter, Unit: 202, FREMONT, CA (MLS # 40771445)
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    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,083 sqft  
    Walk Score® 73
    MLS 40771445
  7. 4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,560 sqft   lot 7,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 44
    MLS 40771443
  8. Photo of 1433 Kokoma Rd, FREMONT, CA (MLS # 40771441)
    Open House
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,803 sqft   lot 8,532 sqft
    Walk Score® 13
    MLS 40771441
  9. Photo of 39887 Cedar Blvd, Unit: 345, NEWARK, CA (MLS # 40771438)
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,071 sqft   lot 6.32 ac
    Walk Score® 76
    MLS 40771438
  10. Photo of 2456 Jamaica Way, SAN LEANDRO, CA (MLS # 40771435)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,404 sqft   lot 6,120 sqft
    Walk Score® 58
    MLS 40771435
  11. Photo of 21103 Gary Dr, Unit: 112A, HAYWARD, CA (MLS # 40771434)
    Open House
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,100 sqft  
    Walk Score® 50
    MLS 40771434
  12. Photo of 14768 Saturn Dr, SAN LEANDRO, CA (MLS # 40771433)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,315 sqft   lot 5,593 sqft
    Walk Score® 51
    MLS 40771433
  13. Photo of 37284 Spruce Ter, FREMONT, CA (MLS # 40771429)
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    593 sqft  
    Walk Score® 23
    MLS 40771429
  14. Open House
    1 bed,  1 full bath
    743 sqft   lot 6.58 ac
    Walk Score® 75
    MLS 40771427
  15. Photo of 45030 COUGAR CR, FREMONT, CA (MLS # 40771426)
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,743 sqft   lot 9,600 sqft
    Walk Score® 8
    MLS 40771426
  16. Photo of 1530 mendocino Road, LIVERMORE, CA (MLS # 40771419)
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    lot 6,400 sqft
    Walk Score® 20
    MLS 40771419
  17. Photo of 763 Franklin Street, Unit: 424, OAKLAND, CA (MLS # 40771418)
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,004 sqft  
    Walk Score® 99
    MLS 40771418
  18. Photo of 814 Voyager Way, HAYWARD, CA (MLS # 40771417)
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    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,110 sqft  
    Walk Score® 57
    MLS 40771417
  19. Photo of 2615 Hillcrest Avenue, HAYWARD, CA (MLS # 40771416)
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,013 sqft   lot 13,171 sqft
    Walk Score® 48
    MLS 40771416
  20. Photo of 1709 Broadway, ALAMEDA, CA (MLS # 40771413)
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,074 sqft   lot 4,620 sqft
    Walk Score® 93
    MLS 40771413
  21. Photo of 43331 Gatewood Street, FREMONT, CA (MLS # 40771302)
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,100 sqft   lot 5,723 sqft
    Walk Score® 51
    MLS 40771302
  22. 4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,950 sqft   lot 3,784 sqft
    Walk Score® 38
    MLS 40771409
  23. Photo of 6276 Acacia Ave, OAKLAND, CA (MLS # 40771406)
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,997 sqft   lot 7,168 sqft
    Walk Score® 45
    MLS 40771406
  24. Photo of 1802 Sioux Dr, FREMONT, CA (MLS # 40771403)
    Open House
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,321 sqft   lot 10,235 sqft
    Walk Score® 17
    MLS 40771403
  25. Photo of 3245 Magnolia Street, Oakland, CA 94608 (MLS # 455051)
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    2 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,350 sqft  
    Walk Score® 82
    Listing provided by ChienShen Huang, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 455051
  26. Photo of 2618 79Th Ave, OAKLAND, CA (MLS # 40771397)
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,173 sqft   lot 4,598 sqft
    Walk Score® 69
    MLS 40771397
  27. Open House
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,372 sqft  
    Walk Score® 96
    MLS 40771389
  28. Photo of 570 Canyon Oaks Drive, Unit: G, OAKLAND, CA (MLS # 40771386)
    Open House
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,123 sqft  
    Walk Score® 26
    MLS 40771386
  29. Photo of 1624 12th St, OAKLAND, CA (MLS # 40771383)
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,342 sqft   lot 3,375 sqft
    Walk Score® 77
    MLS 40771383
  30. Open House
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,023 sqft   lot 7,068 sqft
    Walk Score® 68
    MLS 40771358
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