6.5 out of 10

Harbor Bay

Ranked 7th best neighborhood in Alameda
37.7405977699914 -122.244026400553
Great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Medical Facilities
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Students


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5

"Traditional Upper Middle-Class Aesthetics"

Bounded by MeCartney Avenue, Island Drive and Sea View Parkway, Harbor Bay is an upper middle-class, family-oriented suburb with lush green community aesthetics. And it boasts a good two or three miles of bayside residential terrain on top of that. The area itself spans about 1.1 square miles of exclusive residential terrain. Demographically speaking, the community is pretty dense, totaling about 8,000 residents split evenly between white and asians.

Situated on the western end of Alameda, Harbor Bay is one of the nicest residential communities in Alameda. Most homes are fairly new (in Alameda standards), built within the 1980’s and colored in a sort of beige tint, eliciting a sense of community (or anonymity depending on how you look at it). But houses tend to have a nice upkeep about them, with modern house fronts and large, manicured front yards. This gives plenty of space for children to play in the front yards (which is rare for Alameda). For prospective residents, house values are around $900,000, but can spike up to $1.3 million. Also, most households tend to rake in about $130,000/year, on average, which is twice as much as the typical Alameda community.

If you’re looking for something cheaper, condominiums scatter the neighborhood. They are usually pretty large, two stories in size and have a two-car garage (which usually takes up most of the ground floor space). Rents can still be a bit expensive though, circling around $2,700/month.

For recreation, the Alameda Municipal Golf Course skirts the eastern side of the neighborhood. And for transportation, the Alameda Fairy, that docks around Adelphian Way, transports people from Alameda to San Francisco in a nice thirty minute boat ride.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

Best Streets in Harbor Bay


Sheffield Rd

"Peaceful but a little dull"
37.7439251775854 -122.24708635231

Unranked Streets in Harbor Bay

Anderson Rd

"Quiet cul de sac near commuter ferry"
37.7395966030228 -122.254732741669

Capetown Dr

"Great quiet place for a family."
37.7421865841761 -122.246734684853

Clipper Dr

"Beautiful street with little traffic and access to small park"
37.7411239931268 -122.246581514138

Dublin Way

"Great access to parks, far from shops and restaurants"
37.7425649965413 -122.253499903141

Harbor Rd

"Wide street without many houses, more of a connector than anything else."
37.7469909204114 -122.248966547807
"Nice quiet cul-de-sac to raise a family"
37.7402738204981 -122.242007073255

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