Living in Alamo
My sister lives in Alamo with her two girls and they love it. They use to live in Oakland and made a move for similar reasons. Even though it is cheaper out in some of those areas, a large portion of the people are still fairly affluent. I like the convenience of being able to walk to places in Berkeley but I totally get wanting to have a yard that your kids can play in.
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Thinking of moving to Alamo
Has anyone moved to Alamo in recent years? We are thinking of moving there and I was wondering what it's like to live there. Friendly community? Fairly easy to make friends as a transplant? Our kids would be going into 2nd and 4th grades--what are the schools like? Are they impacted? We are looking at the neighborhood near Rancho Romero Elementary. My kids are not very sporty, big readers...would this be an ok fit? We really love Lafayette, but we're afraid it's just too far for a commute, so we started looking at Alamo. I would love to hear people's experiences moving here and what they have liked or not liked. Thank you so much! Maybe Alamo
Alamo is an unincorporated area that is small, wealthy, and kid-friendly. I have friends who live there and like it. It is quiet, great parks, almost woodsy. My sense is that it's sometimes hard to meet people or break into it, though your kids are young enough that they will find a community there, as will you. We live in Danville, just directly south, and I prefer it. It's larger than Alamo and there are more activities, restaurants, etc. I've been able to meet other moms and start a community. I'd at least consider Danville is you're looking at Alamo. Alamo is more prestigious but more expensive for housing as well. Schools are all great and the reason we moved here! Danvillian
We also were living in Upper Rockridge and were looking in the Lamarinda and Alamo areas. We decided to move to Alamo after looking for 1 year. We love the flat streets, sidewalks, wonderful parks (Hap Magee & Livorna Park), top rated schools and sunny weather. Also, the country clubs are great (Roundhill and Diablo) and have excellent swim and tennis teams for the children.
While many people here are a bit older, we've noticed that lots of families are moving in as home turn over. Our new neighbors just moved here from Orinda and Palo Alto and we're noticing a lot of kids under 5 in our vicinty now. We don't miss our old neighborhood at all now that we are here.
The only negative about Alamo is the high ticket price ($1.4 median home price) which is higher than Lamarinda area but it is well worth it if you can find a house you'd be happy with. Most of the homes are on .5 acre lot so there is a lot of spacing between the homes here
Highly Recommend Alamo