7.4 out of 10

Bronze Coast

Ranked 6th best neighborhood in Alameda
37.7634923715291 -122.253290336172
Great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Childcare
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Public Transport
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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

"Good Hospital, Good High School, and Nightlife to Boot"

Bronze Coast is home to several major institutions: Alameda High School, Alameda Hospital, and St. Joseph Notre Dame High School. Alameda High School which is actually a pretty strong school—if test scores can be used to judge the effectiveness of schools anyway. (This is a little unusual in that Wood Middle Schools that feeds it is actually below average in terms of test scores, which usually is a bad indicator for the local high school.)

The Alameda High School location is also home to the Emma Hood Swim Center where there are water polo leagues, swim meets, and times for public use. It has two outdoor Olympic size pools and the usual locker facilities you would expect.

The Alameda Hospital facility boasts having the shortest wait times in the East Bay and, in addition to being a stroke center, also has a number of community outreach services, including classes and volunteer services.

The private Catholic Saint Joseph High School is also here. It is well-known as a college prep institution and for its yearly science fair.

In addition to these institutions, there is the unusual feature of the waterway that makes up the southern end of the neighborhood. It is shallow and not particularly attractive on this eastern end, but it does offer some character for the neighborhood.

As to home prices here, the median home goes for around $500 K, with prices ranging from $450 to $600 K. These are mostly older homes with a fair number of them being bungalows.

The southern end of Park Street is on the eastern end of this neighborhood. That is where you will find the Alameda gym, a handful of pubs and restaurants like Angkor Grill (a Cambodian joint) and Troy (a Greek joint).

Overall a pretty good spot.
Pros
  • Good Hospital
  • Good School
  • Relatvely Affordable
Cons
  • Too Many Foreclosures
  • Poor Middle School
  • Old Home Problems
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
2yrs+

"Traditional charm and pedestrian-friendly"

Bounded by Central Avenue, Park Street, Otis Drive and Union Street, Bronze Coast is a pedestrian-friendly, middle-class Alameda community. It is a pretty dense residential community, totaling 7,500 residents in a span of about 0.7 square miles. Of that, the racial makeup is predominately white, with a somewhat sizable asian minority. As for the community itself, it boasts some orderly streets, family-friendly atmosphere and is within walking distance to the San Francisco Bay.

Bronze Coast residential terrain is a flat, almost exclusively residential community and offers a wide variety of housing inventory. The community is evenly split between condominiums and single family houses. Of the latter, the neighborhood is saturated with old one and two-story Victorian homes (built around the 1940’s), but have, for the most part, been well-kept over the years. Most homes, however, are tightly packed along each residential block affording just a narrow driveway (no garages) that runs into the side of the property. The landscaping on each lot gives off a sense of traditional values, with its sculpted bushes and neat lawn space. For the prospective resident, median household incomes are around $62,000/year. If you’re looking for something cheaper, there is plenty of affordable renting options that will only run you about $1,200/month. These accommodations offer a few two-story apartment facilities nestled between the many homes of the community. However, they can be a bit more bland than their housing counterparts.

While the neighborhood can be a bit boring, there are a couple amenities that residents can take advantage of. For one, the area is centrally located in Alameda and encompasses the Alameda Hospital. There is also a small shopping plaza that is located just to the south end of the neighborhood. It offers a Trader Joe’s, a 24 Hour Fitness, a Applebee’s, a Sushi House and a Ross department store. If you continue along the road, you’ll hit Park Street, which hosts a variety of restaurants, bars, coffee shops and some eclectic entertainment options (i.e. new movie theater, etc.).
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Small town charm, walking distance to parks, shops, restaurants and movies"

In the Bronze Coast neighborhood of Alameda, San Jose Ave is a pretty community close to lots of great amenities. Not as pricey as the Gold Coast down the street, this neighborhood has an affordable mix of gorgeous old victorians and more affordable appartment living. A 10 minute walk to the increasingly happening Park St. commercial district for restaurants, bars, and the new movie theater. Closer are shops at Chestnut and Ensenal including a neighborhood market, dry cleaner, coffee shop and breakfast joint. San Jose Ave also has easy access to Franklin Park which features a playground, tennis courts, picnic tables, baseball diamond, and a community swimming pool. Great place to raise kids or settle down.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Bronze Coast

1

Park St

4/5
"Great place for shopping and eating"
37.7609353253747 -122.245522816422
2

Otis Dr

3.5/5
"Busy street with good schools and excellent shopping"
37.7602035573097 -122.252963266122

Unranked Streets in Bronze Coast

Clinton Ave

3.5/5
37.7625354893637 -122.252007871734
"NormanRockwellVillle but 20 mins to downtown SF"
37.7633137760817 -122.251203931691

Willow St

2/5
"Gross, Noisy, and Dangerous"
37.762349502052 -122.25322458489

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