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Quiet, safe, warm community. Friendly and respectful habitants, frequent community events, right next to Berkeley, accessible and convenient public transportation. Great public school system, plenty of businesses on bustling Solano Ave.
This is by far the best place I have lived in the Bay Area and I have lived in various cities. It has a real small town feel. With monthly and yearly events it is easy to become a member of this community. All the neighbors know each other and you are going to meet much more people around town. There are many little shops and local restaurants that attract people from all over the bay. If you have any dietary restrictions then this is also a great place for you. Lots of entertainment choices and night light for all ages but far enough away from the university to not have loud nights outside your door.
Albany is a great area just north of Berkeley, CA. It is close enough to the UC and freeways to be easily accessible by car and public transportation, but still has a quiet neighborhood feeling.
The local police and fire are extremely responsive. Calls to emergency services are responded to in a timely manner.
Albany is a great place to raise a family. The schools are all solid and kids feel safe walking around town.
The housing is pretty diverse, but it is becoming very expensive.
Pretty close community, lots of activities, and there's a seasonal activity book and newsletter.
It's pretty safe, but it is vulnerable to crime and violence like any other city.
I love Albany, but I hate how it is becoming more difficult to live and afford the housing in the Bay Area. I love the weather, the food, the diversity, the open mindedness, but then again, most folks here have egos and live in this little bubble (Bay Area).
Overall this area is a great city to live in. It is very diverse with closed knit small community really brings up the value of lives.
Albany is a very cute, small, caring community. I loved my experience here and wouldn't choose anywhere else to grow up. There aren't that many things to do since it is such a small area, but overall it is a very pleasant and safe place to live.
Since I am not at the age to pay taxes, I don't have a big say on this. I just believe the government could spent our money in better ways and could tax the rich a lot more.
The weather is beautiful here, California is in a drought and small earthquakes are frequent more than any other place. Hopefully we don't have a big one coming up. But other then that the weather is great.
Since this town is family-oriented there is a lot of food in the area, but not a lot of options for clubs and bars.
Many people that live in the area, don't work very close to home. So, work is quite far for many residents.
Many businesses are booming, but there are some businesses that are vacant and could use some work. But most places to shop in my area are great.
The cost of housing in the East Bay (particularly Albany and Berkeley) is sky-high. The average 2-bedroom in Berkeley right now is $2,500/month. We live in a 3-bedroom and pay approximately $2,000/month for an apartment that is tiny and where things are constantly breaking.

Can't wait to leave California. Not worth the price of living here.
Can't afford the gyms in the area. Very expensive. Even the Albany YMCA is really expensive (and also very tiny and unattractive. No parking near it.
Paramedic services are very good in Albany.
There is a lot of property crime in Albany and bike theft. Lots of people aggressively panhandling at all the markets.

Do not feel very safe walking at night. Several break-in's in University Village where we live.
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