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Like many, we moved here for the schools. With budget cuts it has been a challenge for schools to keep high standards but the wonderful teachers and families have really helped. Albany has lots of restaurants and shops which give it an urban feel but people are friendly which give a small town feel.
very calm, friendly, small community. easy to become a close knit town. there could be more diversity bc albany is largely white and asian.
I think it's a great little community. The main thoroughfares of Solano and San Pablo Ave have a great deal of things to do!
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Albany is a very small but elegantly diverse town north of Berkeley, Ca. This place is quiet, peaceful, and has more to offer than you think. There are restaurants up and down Solano Ave and all along San Pablo, from Oakland to Richmond. During the summer, they have plenty of events for all ages. The police authorities, including the fire department, are very friendly and helpful with the services they provide. The cost of living is not the best, I'll admit, but if one can afford to live in this area comfortably, then I would recommend Albany to anyone.
Very small town but very compact with lots of things to do. Lots of restaurants and cafes. Very good school district and nice town for families.
Overpriced and not like it used to be. The school pad the grades And the cost of living has gone way up. Many people are moving out of the area as they cannot afford to live here
It's a great, quiet little town that is right on the bay. It's a hidden gem, close enough to San Francisco that you can experience culture, but far enough away that you don't have to deal with any of the city traffic. People move here for the school system, but almost everyone commutes.
Lovely & walkable - If you can't afford Albany, look at the Richmond hills and at the little portion of San Pablo that is East of 1-80 - a hidden gem - we paid $500,000 less than you would for a small cottage in Albany for a spacious home off Alpine in San Pablo w/ panoramic views of the Bay - but Albany is just 5 min away and we love it! There's plenty of free street parking so its easy to drive there and walk. Great restaurants and cafes and a great indie movie theater too. And good schools.
Albany is a quite town. There are many good restaurants on solano and san pablo st. The East Pacific mall is worth checking out too.
Positives: small town community feel. You know your neighbors and retail shop owners. Good community resources and activities. Great schools with parents and teachers who care. Excellent transportation options if you have to commute. Ability to walk just about everywhere. There is a generally high police presence in terms of patrol car visibility which I think helps a lot. You can walk the streets at all hours and it's generally safe.

Negatives: petty crime such as prowling and vehicle burglaries that you see in places like Berkeley and Oakland. Used to be a much bigger homeless population but most have been moved out. Housing and rental prices are ridiculously high given the size of most homes and apartments. More demand than supply.

Albany was once very conservative, but the demographics are slowly changing and the city has had its share of ups and downs with regard to race, tolerance, and diversity.
In most cases, the place is very quiet. Easy connection to interstate 80. Also, a large number of restaurants and bars.
Albany is a nice suburb that's not so far from a city that there's nothing to do, but not so close that it's bustling. There's a diverse selection of food where I live, so any kind of food I want will be within 5 miles or so. It's also very connected to public transit, so if I wanted to travel to San Francisco, I could get there in 30 minutes or so by BART. Albany is like the experience of a city without the bustle.
While Albany seems on paper like a tiny town, it never feels like it. While it is a common catchphrase that says it is only '1 square mile', Albany is situated between Berkeley and El Cerrito, two much larger cities so it has plenty of access to a wider range of entertainment and opportunities. BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit System, our public transport, is an amazing system. On it, one can reach any place in the Bay Area fairly quickly, including San Francisco.
Albany is incredibly environmentally sustainable, and has had a huge community push for walk-ability. Even though we are small, we have so many interesting places on our biggest streets, San Pablo and Solano.
We have all the benefits of small town suburbs, with wide streets and beautiful houses, and all the benefits of large cities, such as an amazing school system and loads of access and opportunities.
I’ve been procrastinating, writing about this amazing little town for a very long time. Albany has a small town family, fitness, leisure vibe. Nestled between the bay and Berkeley hills, Albany is magical. I love the walkability, diversity, amazing weather, and restaurants. Solano Ave is a gem and should be explored. Albany is very well centralized and reflects the best of both worlds a bedroom community that’s a hop skip and a jump to the big city and any amenity or form of indoor or outdoor activity you can conjure up. The homes are older and smaller though charming and whimsical and very well maintained. The weather here is amazing the best weather in my humble opinion in the world though at night it can get a little chilly. The schools as are some of the best in CA and all have been refurbished. The police department is community supportive and very responsive. Albany is a very safe community with artistic, open minded, intelligent creative people as its inhabitants.
Great user-friendly city to live in . Lots of amenities - but doesn't have a hospital. Public transit is easy and readily available If you live in Albany, you're no more than a 10-minute drive to the San Francisco Bay (just take Marin Avenue to where it ends). There are a ton of restaurants and shops on Solano Avenue. Several parks but none of them admittedly are spectacular and they are small. Our family loved living there although in the past several years it has become very expensive, almost as much as Berkeley which is legendary for its rents.
Over all a pretty nice small town, safe and with nice neighborhoods. It has its own public library and other public services. Next to Berkeley, so it pretty convenient.
Albany is a small town and feels like a nice community and the schools are very safe, sweet places, though lately there has been a bit of drama with a bullying incident at the high school which is why I do not want to give it more than three stars for the time being. Albany is a small town, most people go next door to Berkeley for more exciting nightlife and Berkeley is definitely a more diverse place than Albany. I do not know much about the real estate market because I am a teenager, I also do not have a job, though many students at my high school do work locally so I am guessing that job opportunities, at least for millennials. I also do not need to commute in and out of Albany because I live only thee blocks away from my high school. Most of my schoolmates also walk to school because Albany is so small, most of us do not meed to commute.
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Albany is a small city, but is close to bigger districts, such as Berkeley. The city is extremely safe for kids and adults. The people living here are diverse and extremely friendly. The school system in Albany is amazing. One thing though, is that the cost of living in Albany is expensive due to the awarded school system.
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.
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