Central Alameda is the heart of the city and contains thousands of beautiful vintage homes including Victorians, colonial revivals, craftsman, tudors, bungalows, Mediterranean, Italianate and more. One of the more prolific builders of the late 1800s was Marcuse & Remmel who built hundreds of Victorians in the area. Many of the older buildings have been converted into multiunit dwellings and there are a sprinkling of newer apartment buildings in the area. Local churches, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other businesses dot the neighborhood including the always fun to visit tiki bar Forbidden Island.
The Gold Coast spans the southwest section of central Alameda and is regarded as Alameda’s premier and exclusive area. It’s home to the most spectacular and beautiful vintage homes and commands a premium price for its properties. The historic Franklin Park sits amidst some of the prettiest homes and contains playgrounds, tennis courts, a swimming pool, ball fields, and picnic areas shaded by giant redwood trees. Halloween is a particularly big deal in the Gold Coast and people come from all over to visit the splendid decorations.
The Bronze Coast spans the southeast section of central Alameda and contains many beautiful vintage homes as well. Here you can find the particularly beautiful Queen Anne homes in the section called Leonardsville; all built by the prolific builder Joseph Leonard.
The North Side of central Alameda includes some newer housing developments including Marina Village which has water view homes and the newest complex Marina Shores which was recently completed. Several new developments are planned including the restoration of the Del Monte warehouse into a mixed use building, Encinal Terminals which would be mixed use area with public access to the shoreline and the recently approved Marina development which will revamp the existing docks, repurpose some of the existing WWII era buildings, add more residential and commercial buildings and add more water access for the public.