6.3 out of 10

Marina Village

Ranked 8th best neighborhood in Alameda
37.7839345414862 -122.270839995082
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Resale or Rental Value
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jul 23, 2012

"A Motley Marina Neighborhood"

Marina Village on the far north section of Alameda is connected to Oakland’s Jack London Square vicinity by the Posey and Webster Street tubes. Marina Village is a mix of condos, planned communities, hotels and industrial parks all surrounding a marina, as the name indicates.

Among the companies you will find here are Jetson Systems (a softward development firm), Herbert Solutions (providing software solutions for ships and offshore platforms), Calipers (a biotech firm, obviously) and MICROS (developing software solutions/content management systems for entertainment venues, from restaurants to stadiums). As you would expect, in the SF Bay Area it is a tech heavy grouping.

Argosy University is also on the southern end of the college. It offers courses in psychology, life sciences and business.

You also have some of the usual conveniences you would expect in a more average suburban sort of area, like a Lucky Supermarket, CVS Pharmacy, a Supercuts and Goodyear tire store.

As far as restaurants go there is some pretty average fair like Straw Hat Pizza and Quiznos.

As to living in the area, you have two choices: the planned community on the western end or the condos up closer to the marina itself. In the planned community—which is one of those fairly bland looking places where all the homes are barely distinguishable—home prices go for about $600K. In the condos—which I personally rather prefer for their appearance and location, prices go for about $500K.

And then, of course, there is the yacht club and marina with the yachts. I am definitely not in the tax bracket to have an opinion on those.
Pros
  • Close to the Marina
  • Strong Business Ecosystem
  • Conveniences of the Suburbs
Cons
  • Uniform Housing
  • Traffic
  • Mediocre Schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
Jul 13, 2012

"Modest Alameda neighborhood"

Bounded by the Oakland Inner Harbor, Alameda Avenue and Constitution Way, Marina Village is a heavy commercial zone. The neighborhood itself, spans about 0.4 square miles is very sparsely populated. In fact, less than 1,000 residents call Marina Village home. That is due, in large, part to the district’s abundant commercial presence and open road terrain. The area is also located adjacent to the College of Alameda, a two-year community college for locals.

Marina Village’s residential quarters are only concentrated within a two to four block radius around Independence drive. Here, you have your selection of modest, two-story condominiums with nice communal landscaping for everyone. They offer one to two bedrooms of living space and are fairly new built (probably within the 1980‘s). Most people just come here because of the Encinal Yacht Club, or the hundreds of boats floating out on the Alameda harbor.

Marina Village’s commercial quarters overwhelm the community. Its staple is number of nicely remodeled business parks, which tend to be surrounded by lush green landscaping and a plethora of employee parking. If you’re driving through the community, you’ll be led into these commercial quarters by quaint, tree-lined streets. Its largest commercial business is that the of Telecare Corporation, which is situated along the Alameda/Oakland waterway. For numbers sake, the median household income, according to the 2010 US Census, is around $105,000, almost double the city’s median average, while rents are upwards of $2,000/month.

While highly commercialized, Marina Village doesn’t offer much for the resident, but a couple things for the local employee. For one, it is very commuter friendly. The neighborhood is adjacent to the Jack London Square Amtrak station, which feeds all through California and a few cross country tours to the east coast. To get there, you head through the convenient underground tunnel to the north that connects residents into Oakland and to Highway 880. There is also a pretty sizable commercial plaza situated along the Marina Village Parkway. The shopping area serves as the local business clientele, providing visitors with a plethora of lunch spots (chain restaurants, small eateries and even a few department stores) so they don’t have to travel too far to get a quick bite to eat.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees

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