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Albany Real Estate

Albany is located on the Eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, across from the Golden Gate Bridge.

The city lies in the northwestern corner of Alameda County, bordered by the cities of El Cerrito and Richmond on the north and the city of Berkeley on the east and south sides. The terrain is mostly flat, except for Albany Hill, which rises to 338 feet above sea level. The Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge is just a few miles south of Albany, off Interstate 80, which runs along the western edge of the city. AC Transit bus lines and a BART station in neighboring El Cerrito provide easy accessible transportation service to San Francisco, Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland and beyond.

Albany is located in the center of almost any desired form of recreation and culture available. With San Francisco to the west and Berkeley to the east and south, theaters and museums of all types are only minutes away. In addition, professional and college sports activities abound throughout the area.

Within Albany itself, Golden Gate Fields, one of the largest thoroughbred racetracks in the United States, draws its participants from throughout the entire Bay Area. Throughout Albany, but especially on Solano Avenue, there are sidewalk cafes, as well as numerous full-dining establishments that offer everything from simple fare to a variety of international dishes.

Committed to environmental preservation, Albany has an ongoing creek restoration program, and recently dedicated 1/3-mile of land to the San Francisco Bay Trail. The Albany Mudflats are frequented by numerous shorebirds, such as, snowy egrets, double-breasted cormorants, and Canadian Geese, as proof that the preservation efforts are certainly worthwhile and effective.

Albany also operates a Community Center/Library, Senior Center, Teen Center, Child Care Center, and seven local parks with playgrounds, ballfields, and tennis courts. The school district owns and operates an indoor swimming pool that is open to the public.

Community groups also put on a variety of activities of general interest to the community. One such event, The Solano Stroll, is a mile-long celebration of food, fun and music and draws about 75,000 people from throughout the Bay Area each year on the second Sunday in September.

Albany includes the friendly communities of Key Route Albany, Key Route Baja Albany and Albany Hills. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in any of these fine communities, call Dave and Carla Higgins. Double Your Expectations