7.7 out of 10

South Shore / Shoreline

Ranked 3rd best neighborhood in Alameda
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Great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • No ratings yet
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Beach Lovers


5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Cool Bayside Living"

The aptly named South Shore/Shoreline neighborhood of Alameda stretches all the way from Crown Memorial Beach Park to Bay Farm Island Bridge which connects this main section of Alameda to the Harbor Bay/Bay Farm section island area—which is not actually an island like Alameda is. (It is connected to the rest of Oakland and is home on its southern end to Oakland International.)

On the northwestern end of South Shore is the Crown Memorial Beach, a historic beach that has been preserved by having sand pumped in and reinforcements constructed to keep the beach from eroding. It looks very much like a real beach and is a weekend destination for many on the few hot summer days that we experience. The bike trail that comes out from the beach is great too—a really great spot for a morning bike or jog, with fantastic views of the bay and the city.

There are some apartments in the area such as South Shore Apartments and Tennis Club, but don’t be tempted to move in there. I had a friend who lived there until recently and she says that since they are under new management, the apartment complex, a big 1970’s style apartment complex (kind of nice), has kind of come apart with a bunch of new rules, a rise in crime despite a whole new security detail, and a fair amount of neglect (like not cleaning some stairwells regularly).

Luckily that is only the biggest of the apartment complexes along Shoreline Drive. You will also find a number of other boxy 1970’s style apartments that stare out onto sand-dunes and the Bay. Apartments here run between $1100 and $1900 with 1-bedrooms and studios going for around $1200 to $1500, and 2-bedroom going for between $1350 and $1900 depending on the apartment complex.

Along the northern end of South Shore, there are a series of cul-de-sacs that extend like fingers onto an enclosed waterway, somewhat reminiscent of Foster City on the Peninsula. Most of the rest of South Shore looks like a pretty typical 1950’s style Ranch Home neighborhood with sidewalks and squarish lawns, except that when you look down the lanes you can see the San Francisco Bay where the streets end. The median home price here is around $550 K.

On the southeastern end of South Shore you will find a shopping complex that includes everything from a supermarket to a chiropractor’s office. You will also find an Old Navy, a 24-Hour Fitness, a Panera Bread, a Walgreen’s drugstore, and a Bed Bath and beyond. There are some fast food places and banks here as well. It is basically the full set of stores you expect if you were in the ‘burbs.

Wood Middle School and Lum Elementary are both in this neighborhood as well. Wood gets very bad ratings but Lum Elementary and the Alameda High School are very strong.

Overall, a pretty nice spot if you like living right by the edge of the Bay. You can count me in that boat, I wouldn’t mind that at all.
  • Great Bay Views
  • Good Choice of Apartments
  • Close to Suburban Conveniences
  • Ugly 70's Style Apartments
  • Bad Middle School
  • Some Crime Worries
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5

"Beachcombers welcome"

South Shore has a bit of an old, roughened beach town feel to it. For one thing, it’s prime real estate. The neighborhood is located on the banks of the San Francisco Bay and stretches about five miles wide along the waterfront. It’s social economic class is split between all levels of middle-class, considering some use it as a vacation/renting spot.

The residential neighborhood consists of a lot of plain looking houses and empty streets. Those that live here enjoy the reserved appeal of the one-story homes, tightly packed along ordered streets. Houses are somewhat colorful, but there’s nothing else that varies one house from the next. Also, front yards are usually poorly decorated with white pebbled pits and small trimmed bushes.

The neighborhood’s population is steadily approaching 10,000 people, most of which are of white or asian descent. Household incomes typically range from $65,000 to $80,000/year while most residents are between the ages of 25-45. If you’re looking to rent, apartments are upwards of $1,800/month while more expensive homes sit on Rosewood Way.

The neighborhood’s most appealing aspect is, of course, it’s location. Those who stroll along Shoreline Drive have a beautiful view of the bay along with miles of jogging paths. Locals are also close to the Alameda hospital and Donald D Lum Elementary School. South Shore’s commercial real estate is all located within Alameda Town Centre, a large shopping plaza located in the heart of the neighborhood. The shopping area consists of a Trader Joe’s, Safeway, TJ Maxx, Applebees, a Ross clothing store, Big 5 Sporting Goods and a 24 hour fitness center.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"Fabulous place to live"

Some people who have lived in Alameda gripe about South Shore because of the construction and traffic, but what you're really getting is small town living with nice, suburban amenities. Having the new shopping center available means you have access to groceries, restaurants (independent ones like Loard's ice cream and Sushi House, as well as chains like Chipotle and Daphne's), Trader Joe's, Kohls, and a whole lot more. You're also within minutes of Park Street for other local shopping, and just a short drive from BART and the Oakland Airport.

You can walk on the beach or go windsurfing, or just enjoy a picnic at the Crab Cove park. There are also community sports like softball and a dog park, all within walking distance. The homes are lovely, and while they are pricey for the United States, they're much less expensive than the rest of the Bay Area. Furthermore, home values have stayed much stabler locally than they have for the rest of California, so buying a house in the South Shore neighborhood is a sound investment.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"Absolutely perfect spot"

I would love to live in this section of Alameda while the entire city does have its charm it was this section that really wowed me. The waterfront views are such a knockout. The area is kept clean and the real estate might surprise you with how low these prices actually are. I would be moving here in a heartbeat if I had the money. It was a charming wonderful neighborhood that I am renting a house in this summer. I cant wait to spend more time here. This would also make a great vacation home spot but I think you'll want to be here all round after you spend some time here.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in South Shore / Shoreline


Shoreline Dr

"Lively place with beautiful scenery"
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Otis Dr

"Twist and turns of a water-way make this street a stand out"
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Unranked Streets in South Shore / Shoreline

"Urban area but still quite nice."
37.7515110511561 -122.23938260805
"Rickety Drawbridge Over the Estuary"
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Grand St

"Best When Going Downhill"
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"Wonderfully located but remains reclusive "
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Westline Dr

"Busy Road but great beach vibe"
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