7.1 out of 10

Old Alvarado

37.5943570077512 -122.078828208153
Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+


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

"Nothing Too Old Here"

It is called Old Alvarado but that name is a bit outdated--as you will notice if you drop by for a visit here. You can roughly divide Old Alvarado into three sections.

The first section, and by far the newest looking is on the northwest segment north of Horner and west of Union City Blvd. These newer Contemporary style homes (mostly tan with grayish tiled roofs--pretty homogenous looking overall) sell for a median price of about $600K. There are also some condos on the eastern portion of this neighborhood which are even newer--dating from just before the Real Estate Crisis--they sell for around $200K.

There is nothing “old” about this neighborhood.

The section to the southeast (north of Alvarado and east of Union City Blvd.) is a bit older, being mostly made up of slightly older homes dating to about 1980--sort of an older version of the northwest section. Given however that most of the neighborhoods here date to the 1950s, this is still hardly a neighborhood that you would call old. Homes here have been going for about $300K.

The final neighborhood is to the north and is by far the most expensive area, with homes selling for around $700K. These are large luxurious looking homes with high roofs and curving staircases dating from the mid to late 1990’s--probably built for the would be dot millionaires of that era.

There is nothing “old” about these neighborhoods taken together or individually. As to the other aspects of neighborhood such as schools, crime and amenities? Shopping and the usual amenities are definitely not missing here with Dyer Triangle just to the northeast.

As to schools, they are solid as well with Alvarado Elementary and Middle School both have solid if not spectacular test score ratings.

Crime is relatively low as far as I can tell as well.

Overall, maybe one of the best spots in this section of the East Bay.
  • Newer Homes
  • Close to Shopping
  • Relatively Safe
  • A Bit Homogenous
  • Some Traffic
  • Schools Could be Stronger
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+

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