Alameda's Gold Coast Homes For Sale
Alameda's Gold Coast neighborhood is one of the most gracious and appealing neighborhoods in the city. Currently bounded by Grand Avenue, Otis and Central streets now, and not far from Central Alameda and neighboring Ballena Bay, it's western side once faced San Francisco Bay, and the pleasant vistas that it provided. Before the 1950's when the South Shore development was built, Gold Coast residents could sit by the beach for hours at a time. The popular Encinal Yacht Club used to be right on the water, (where Wood Middle School is now) and hosted many parties and yacht races.
Luxury Homes in the Gold Coast
The main thoroughfare through the neighborhood, Grand Street, lives up to its name in that it is the location of some of the most stunning architectural homes in Alameda. Over the latter part of the 19th Century, and into the early part of the 20th, wealthy businessmen from San Francisco built homes here, and found it convenient to commute to San Francisco on the Alameda ferries.
Home architectural styles include, but are not limited to, Italianate, Victorian Queen Ann and Stick designs, Colonial Revival, and Spanish Colonial. Because of the accumulated wealth that developed in and around this area, it was given the name "The Alameda Gold Coast".
The tree lined streets recall the nostalgic time of early America. In fact, one of the most popular activities each year in the neighborhood is to revive the hometown flavor of the 4th of July. On that day, residents line Grand Street with tents and picnic tables, and invite friends and neighbors to enjoy a picnic in their front yard as they watch the annual Alameda 4th of July Parade pass them by, and cheer as they recognize fellow Alamedans who participate each year.