Albany, California

Albany is often referred to as one of the Bay Area's "best kept secrets." 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. Albany is an easy day or half-day trip from all of the popular Bay Area attractions such as wine country, Tahoe, Berkeley, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and the ocean. The town is the epitome of quaint, with a few lovely shops, restaurants, cafes, and a movie theater. Perspective home buyers in Albany will find a pleasant refuge from the larger cities and town in this area.

Albany Schools and CommunityView of Albany in  Alameda County, California.

Albany is often referred to as "kid town," with over half of the population 35 years of age or younger. About 75% of Albany residents live in family households with 75% of households being headed by married couples. Albany's schools are some of the best in the area. The town's public schools have an outstanding reputation with student test scores at the elementary, middle and high school levels among the highest in the state. The schools are especially important to families, but Albany is a great community for singles and seniors alike.

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Albany Real Estate

The average home price in Albany, CA for April 2008 was $513,625. These figurs represent both single family homes and condominiums. While this data is collected from the MLS and is deemed reliable, it is not guaranteed.

Points of interest in Albany, California:

- Golden Gate Fields - the only horse racing track in the Bay Area.

- The Solano Stroll - a street festival on the 2nd Sunday of September which attracts more than 250,000 visitors on the annually.
Albany Facts:
  • Area - 5.5 sq mi 
  • Population - 15,974
  • Median income - $54,919
  • Median age of residents - 36 years old