Albany Homes for Sale and Real Estate

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Known for its excellent schools, quaint residential streets, and bustling Solano Avenue that runs through its core, Albany has a lot to offer for a small town of less than 20,000 residents. Initially established as a bedroom community for commuters to San Francisco, the city has blossomed into a thriving community all its own.

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With many modest-sized single family homes, Albany maintains a strong market due to limited inventory.


With a population of less than 20,000, Albany exudes a charming, small-town vibe yet has plenty of options for dining out, outdoor activity, and commuting.

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Solano Avenue for restaurants, cafes, and shopping. Every year, an annual street festival called the Solano Stroll draws huge crowds. Albany is also known for its excellent school system.

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Albany is an idyllic bedroom community but with all the amenities -- dining out, shopping, commuting -- of a city.

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Albany schools consistently place in the 90th percentile, producing some of the highest academic test scores in the state. Accordingly, homes here go for top dollar. You’ll find primarily 2- and 3-bedroom single-family homes, including Craftsman bungalows, Mediterranean-style residences, and charming MacGregor homes, which have touches of storybook whimsy. Most residents do their shopping on Solano Avenue, which is dotted with specialty shops, cafes and restaurants. Every year people from all over the Bay Area descend on this beloved Main Street for the Solano Stroll, an annual street fair (and people-watching extravaganza) that runs more than 25 blocks.

Albany’s city limits extend to the waterfront, where you’ll find an unlikely — and fiercely contested — bit of wildness, the Albany Bulb. A former landfill turned park and art installation, the Bulb is a popular destination, with spectacular views of the bay. Adjacent to Golden Gate Fields, it also connects to the Bay Trail, which you can take to access the Richmond Marina, the tip of Emeryville, and beyond.

Sharing borders with Berkeley, Richmond, and El Cerrito, Albany is close to major freeways as well as to BART and other public transportation. Oakland is about 15 minutes away and San Francisco can be as close as 20 minutes in light traffic.


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