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18 Things You Need to Know About Living in Berkeley


Located just across the bay from San Francisco, Berkeley offers a more laid-back, less congested alternative. But is it the right city for you? Here are 19 things you need to know before moving to Berkeley, California.


1. It’s Bike Friendly

With 9.7% of residents commuting by bicycle, Berkeley is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. Whether you bike along the flat and easy Bay Trail or challenge yourself to ride up the Berkeley Hills, you’ll enjoy glorious weather and the company of other cyclists. New to biking in the city? Bike East Bay offers free urban cycling classes. The train stations even have bike areas to encourage people to bike to the train when commuting into San Francisco.


2. It’s a Healthy Town


Many folks in Berkeley take their health seriously. While Berkeley folks are busy biking around town and eating nutritious food, Berkeley’s politicians are busy taxing sugary sodas. Berkeley’s latest city health initiative was to impose a tax of 1 penny per ounce on sugary sodas in an effort to reduce the diabetes risk among children.


3. Tons of Restaurants

Berkeley has more options than you can shake a shish kebab at and it’s home to a strip of restaurants nicknamed “The Gourmet Ghetto”. You can find everything from Jewish delicatessens to Laotian restaurants here. The Gourmet Ghetto is also home to one of Berkeley’s most legendary and upscale restaurants—Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse, which emphasizes fresh, local, organic ingredients and which is widely credited with sparking the “California cuisine” movement in the 1970s. The restaurant offers 3 course meals ranging from $75 to $125 depending on the night—and they also have a cafe and bakery for those on a more modest budget.

There are also tons of cheap food options. Since Berkeley is home to a large number of students, who have a reputation for being broke, Berkeley offers many cheap options including Thai, creole and a vegan diner.


4. Tilden Regional Park


Berkeley has oodles of parks but Tilden Park is a true gem. Perched high atop a hill, it offers sweeping views, tons of recreation options, including a golf course. Tilden Park is also home to a 100-year-old merry go round—one of the only antique carousels left in the U.S.


5. Bookstores Galore


If you’re looking for anything from popular romance novels to an obscure piece of Portuguese fiction from the 1800s, Berkeley’s got you covered. Berkeley has 32 bookstores, including Moe’s and Pegasus. And Berkeley also boasts the oldest independent bookstore in the West, Books Inc., which was opened way back in 1851 (before reading was even invented).


6. So Much Knowledge is Floating Around


There’s so much knowledge floating around Berkeley, you can learn stuff by osmosis. Berkeley is home to the University of California, (known affectionately as “Cal”). UC Berkeley has been ranked by US News and World Reports for the past 17 years. You’ll feel smarter after simply eavesdropping on a conversation at a bar.


7. You May Spot a Nobel Laureate


UC Berkeley boasts 25 nobel laureates! In fact, there are even parking space on the UC campus that are “reserved for Nobel Laureates at all times.”


8. Go Bears!


Berkeley peeps are passionate about the the Bears, the UC Berkeley football team. From bustling bars filled with fans watching the game to the blue and gold Bears sweatshirts sold in the shops, the “Go Bears!” spirit is infectious. Though if you’re not a fan of crowds, you might want to steer clear of the UC Berkeley area on a nights when there’s a home game.


9. Protesting is Popular


Berkeley has a history of protests going back to the 1960s Free Speech Movement and anti-Vietnam War protests. Even now, Berkeley residents are known to protest everything from police shootings to the removal of the beloved eucalyptus trees from Claremont Canyon.


10. The Modern-Day Hippies of Telegraph Avenue

If you want to feel like you’re stepping back in time, stroll down Telegraph Avenue. You’ll find people selling tie-dyed t-shirts, Bob Marley CDs and incense.


11. It’s So Green


Berkeley is eco-conscious and leads the way on environmental initiatives. In 2012, the city banned plastic bags, which led to both a reduction in plastic filling the San Francisco Bay, and an increase in the use of really cute re-usable bags.


12. It Smells Like Eucalyptus


Ok, not the whole city, just the eucalyptus grove in UC Berkeley. But still, if you like eucalyptus as much as a koala, you should consider moving here. The eucalyptus found here is the Tasmanian blue gem variety so it’s a little different than the eucalyptus found in Australia, and since Berkeley lacks koalas with the munchies, the trees here are much healthier than the trees in the land down under.


13. Pot is Legal and Popular


So while Berkeley does smell like eucalyptus, it sometimes also smells like pot. And what legendary hippie town would be complete without the smell of pot wafting around? Berkeley is home to legal medical marijuana and dispensaries. There’s even a handy map showing the dispensaries and cost comparisons.


14. Diverse Neighborhoods

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Berkeley has a wide range of neighborhoods, all with their own distinct vibe. You can choose from the student-driven area of downtown/UC Berkeley to the posher Berkeley Hills. South Berkeley is more affordable, while the Rockridge area is home to swanky restaurants and has more of a New England small-town feel.


15. The Only Snow Day You’ll Ever Need


Berkeley has perfect year-round weather, and rarely gets to see snow. But that doesn’t stop the city from making its own. Once a year, the Gourmet Ghetto hosts a holiday event with snow. 


16. Public Transit Options


Berkeley’s most popular transit option for commuting into San Francisco is the rail system Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART for short). One thing to note though—the train stops running around midnight – leading people to scurry back home from San Francisco as if they’ll turn into pumpkins. Rest assured, if you do miss the last train, you won’t turn into a pumpkin—there’s a late night bus option to get you across the bridge back to Berkeley—but it only runs once an hour.


17. Your San Francisco Friends May Get Lazy About Visiting You


People in San Francisco sometimes grow reluctant to venture across the bridge to the East Bay. Whether they don’t want to deal with a train commute or don’t want to drive, you may find yourself crossing the bridge to meet them. But with all the food, beverage and entertainment options here, why would you want to leave?


18. Finding a home for sale in Berkeley



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Do You Live in a State that Prefers Sweet Potato Pie to Pumpkin Pie or Are You Surrounded by Idiots?

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Pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie are similar in appearance, texture, and flavor, but that doesn’t mean people like them equally. With Thanksgiving on the horizon Estately set out to map America’s pie preferences. To do this we used Google Trends data to measure Google searches for “pumpkin pie” and “sweet potato pie” over the past decade. The results showed the Deep South, particularly Mississippi was solid sweet potato pie country. All other states showed far more interest in pumpkin pie, and the Mountain West and Great Plains were the most pro-pumpkin pie of all.

Why do American preferences lean so heavily toward pumpkin pie? The geography of where these pies’ primary ingredient is grown is one factor. The majority of pumpkins are grown in states outside the Deep South, while eight of the ten largest sweet potato-producing states are in the South. While explains historical pie preferences it doesn’t fully explain why Americans so strongly prefer pumpkin pie today. The simple fact is sweet potato pie is far more delicious than conventional pumpkin pie. In fact, it is better in every possible way than pumpkin pie, and if you disagree with that statement you should consult a doctor about your horribly stunted and deficient taste buds.

The year is 2015. There is simply no excuse for people in modern day America to be subjecting their families to pumpkin pie when there is such a clearly superior alternative. It’s time America straightened out its pie preferences once and for all. People of Montana and Wyoming need to Google “sweet potato pie” and find a recipe, cook it up, and realized the error of their ways. If we as Americans can’t reach consensus on this simple issue than there’s no hope for our future. Set aside your cans of pureed pumpkin, America. The time of the sweet potato is nigh!

U.S. states ranked 1-50 based on enthusiasm for sweet potato pie compared to pumpkin pie.




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The States Where You’re Most Likely to Encounter Fights at Black Friday Sales

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Black Friday is upon us again, that annual sales event where crowds gather at store entrances in hopes of securing the best deals on holiday gifts. Without fail some of these shopping scrums end in fisticuffs as shoppers exchange blows over who gets the last discounted video game console or Rachel Ray cookware set.

To determine just where it’s most dangerous to participate in Black Friday we at Estately sought to determine where people are most likely to be participating in Black Friday sales and where people are most prone to violently attacking each other. Our findings come from ranking each state from 1-50 for these two data sets and then averaging the results.

  1. Facebook users expressing interest in Black Friday sales — (source: Facebook user data)
  2. Frequency of aggravated assaults (attempts to cause seriously bodily injury purposely) — (source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports—2014)

Enthusiasm for abandoning one’s family to participate in premature shopping is not a universal interest in America. According to Facebook user data, fewer than 2% of users express any interest in Black Friday sales in California and Hawaii, while over 10% of users in West Virginia and Kentucky do.

As for which states are the most violent that varies widely as well. Tennessee had the highest rate of aggravated assaults (453.2 incidents per 100,000 people), and Maine had the fewest (66.9 incidents per 100,000 people).

If our study is accurate, you will definitely want to take precautions when participating in this dangerous shopping day in the following ten states…

  1. Arkansas
  2. Tennessee
  3. Alabama
  4. Louisiana
  5. Missouri
  6. West Virginia
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Indiana
  9. Kansas
  10. South Carolina


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Six Maps Shedding Light on Immigrants and Refugees in America

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There’s been a lot of talk the past week about refugees coming to the United States, particularly Syrian refugees who are fleeing chaos and violence in their war-torn land. Over 3,000,000 Syrians have fled their homeland for neighboring countries and Europe, but few of them have made it to the United States.

Out of the 69,985 refugees admitted into the United States in 2014 just 132 of them were from Syria, a minuscule 0.19% of all refugees. Eighteen other countries had more refugees admitted into the United States than Syria did. The largest source of refugees was Iraq (19,651), Burma (14,577), Somalia (9,011), Bhutan (8,316), Democratic Republic of Congo (4,502), Cuba (4,063), and Iran (2,833).


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The U.S. states taking in the most refugees last year were Texas (7,214), California (6,108), New York (4,082), Michigan (4,006), and Florida (3,519). However, when you account for which states accepted the most in proportion to their population the results are quite different:  North Dakota—1st, South Dakota—2nd, Idaho—3rd, Nebraska—4th, and Vermont—5th.

The bottom five in both total numbers and per capita numbers were Alabama—46th, West Virginia—47th, Arkansas—48th, Mississippi—49th, and Hawaii—50th.


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Refugees are only a fraction of the foreign-born people who live in the United States. In fact, there are around 40 million foreign-born residents in the United States right now—about 13% of the population. California has the highest percentage of foreign-born residents—27.2%, while West Virginia has the fewest—1.2%. The number of foreign-born residents are particularly low in sparsely populated states, the Deep South, and Appalachia.


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Unless you are one of the 5.2 million Americans who are American Indian or Native Alaskan then you or your descendants arrived here as immigrants at one time or another. According to the 2010 Census, just 1.8% of Americans are American Indian, Alaska Native, or a combination of the two.


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One of the few groups American Indians and Native Alaskans outnumber is Arab-Americans, which account for just 0.5% of the U.S. population. While the number of Arab-Americans is small, it is growing rapidly in recent years. Between 2000 and 2011 the Arab-American population increased 47%. Currently, Michigan is home to the highest percentage of Arab-Americans—just 1.7% of the state’s population. Arab-American numbers are particularly sparse in the Mountain West and Deep South. Syrian Americans make up just 8-9% of the all Americans of Arab ancestry.

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Dozens of American governors have loudly expressed opposition to Syrian refugees being resettled within their states’ borders. However, a few states have openly encouraged Syrian refugees to settle in their states, including Washington state Governor Jay Inslee who said in a statement, “Washington will continue to be a state that welcomes those seeking refuge from persecution, regardless of where they come from or the religion they practice.”


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20 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Las Vegas

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Most people think of Las Vegas, Nevada as a place to visit, not necessarily a place to live. But that can’t be true for everyone, since over 600,000 people live inside its city limits and more than 2 million residents call the greater metropolitan area home. Read on to learn about the ins and outs of Sin City before you try your luck at living there yourself.


1. It’s more than just The Strip.


Technically, The Strip isn’t even in Las Vegas; it’s in Paradise, Nevada, along with—get this—the Las Vegas airport (McCarran International) and the technically misnamed University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Either way, The Strip is what the city’s most famous for, but it only stretches out about four miles. The city itself encompasses nearly 140 square miles, surrounded by plenty of suburbs.


2. It’s crazy cheap to buy a home there.


The average 2015 cost of a single-family home in Las Vegas is just under $182,000. For the 29th largest city in the US, that’s not too shabby at all. By comparison, the average home in Portland (#28) runs $282,000 these days, while Sacramento (#35) clocks in around $278,000. You can view over 4,000 Las Vegas homes for sale on Estately.


3. You’re gonna need a car, though. 


Yes, there’s public transport, but no, it’s not really going to take you anywhere very effectively. Particularly if you’re interested in going somewhere other than The Strip, you’ll need your own set of wheels. Luckily, you’ll probably have plenty of cash to spend thanks to the low cost of housing in the area and the absence of state income tax.


4. No, that’s not Zach Galifianakis.


Celebrity impressionists are certainly nothing new to Vegas—it is, after all, the origin point for every Elvis impersonator, ever—but there’s one in particular who’s garnered some pretty great buzz (and income) for himself. Building on the popularity of The Hangover franchise and its ties to the city, a Zach Galifianakis lookalike became so notorious a few years ago for wandering around the city, posing for pictures with fans, that the actor himself spent a day with him just to see what he was all about.


5. Curious things are afoot downtown.


In 2012, Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh embarked on something of a social experiment and called it The Downtown Project, investing $350 million into downtown Las Vegas via a school, a medical center, a venture fund, and a slew of startups and small business ventures. As tech industry publication Re/Code puts it, “It is strange. And it is struggling. But it’s the most ambitious experiment in building a 21st century utopian city in the U.S.” It’s certainly changed the demographic of downtown Vegas, thrusting well-to-do twentysomething startup founders and a handful of luxury high-rises into a part of town long known as the city’s unofficial skid row, and only time will tell if it changes anything.


6. The Real World is coming back, for better or worse.


This is the true story of yet another seven strangers picked to live in a house… actually, make that a hotel… to see what happens when people stop being polite. The popular downtown hotel and hangout known as Gold Spike is currently filming the MTV show’s 31st season there, marking its third stint in Vegas since the show’s inception. Place your bets now on how many roommates spend at least one night in the Clark County Jail before the season’s up.


7. Want a customer service job? You’re in luck. 


The “Entertainment Capital of the World” clearly has no shortage of hotels, casinos, restaurants, bars, venues and shops in which to pick up a hospitality job. The leisure industry employs around 270,000 people all on its own, and acts as a pretty solid backup for those trying to make it as performers while still paying their rent.


8. Want another one? You’re still in luck. 


Like the fast pace and flexible schedule of customer service work but tired of slinging trays of food and wishing you could sit down on the job? Las Vegas is home to more than a dozen established call centers, and on any given day, more than 1,000 call center positions are up for grabs on all the usual job search sites. With average salaries in the $30Ks, it’s no fast-track to a penthouse suite, but it’s certainly a stable way to make some money in a city with a relatively low cost of living.


9. There’s great Thai food on Fremont Street.


Not exactly known for its fine cuisine, Fremont Street—the cheaper alternative to The Strip—still manages to deliver one restaurant with absolutely incredible Thai food. Off the beaten path stands Le Thai, with Short Rib Fried Rice, Ga Pow (basil stir fry) and Waterfall Beef to die for. It’s a popular eatery among the Downtown Project crowd, so if you don’t want to overhear conversations about how the folks at nearby tables are “disrupting” their industry, bring headphones or a talkative dinner companion.


10. There are a LOT of things on Fremont Street.


The most colorful part of Fremont Street is by far the Fremont Street Experience thanks to its 1,500-foot-long, 90-foot-wide video canopy overhead, also known as the largest video screen in the world. Powering 12.5 million LED lamps and blasting its audio through a 550,000-watt sound system, the “Viva Vision” screen displays a variety of light shows day and night to entertain the revelers below. Filled with entrances to hotels, casinos, shops and fast food restaurants, the downmarket alternative to The Strip is quite the visual onslaught, complete with zip lining, live music, and more.


11. The best food in Vegas is hidden from tourists.


There’s a common saying among Vegas insiders: “Everything good here is actually in a strip mall.” In other words, in Vegas, if it looks fancy from the outside, it’s meant to draw in tourists and may involve more sparkle than substance. Locals often argue that the best food, shops and local services aren’t found inside upscale hotels or amid the glow of The Strip; they’re tucked away in unassuming places, and as such, it pays to ask around for nuggets of wisdom from folks who’ve lived there a while. A few starters: Egg Works, Sunrise Coffee, and Velveteen Rabbita breakfast-heavy diner, work-friendly coffeehouse and craft-cocktail date night spot, respectively. All in strip malls, too.


12. Like one of the best Korean spas in the nation.


If spa treatments, tasty bibimbap and unlimited K-Pop sounds like your idea of a good time, look no further than Imperial Health Spa. It’s one of the few Korean day spas in town, not to mention one of the best in the U.S., and the greatest part is, the 32,000-square-foot relaxation mecca is inexpensive and rarely overcrowded.


13. And the best donuts, too.


O-Face Doughnuts, if you’ll pardon the double entendre, lives up to its name with the super-sweet concoctions it makes from its humble address on 6th Street. Enjoy flavor combinations like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Maple Bacon, Banana & Nutella, plus a handful of vegan options that might even tempt the staunchest of carnivores.


14. There’s not a celebrity that hasn’t been through town.


If you’re big into celebrity-spotting or just plain like going to lots of concerts, Vegas is a haven full of stars every day of the year. And one of the perks of being a local is the fact that you have access to discounted tickets to most shows on The Strip if you go on Thursday nights.


15. You can take high-roller vacations without leaving home.


Also incredibly cheap on weeknights are the high-roller hotel suites frequented on the weekends by out-of-town guests. A swanky $2,000 suite for only $400 or a standard $200 room for just $14? It’s been done, using same-day booking apps like Hotel Tonight. A midweek break never looked so good.


16. If the line’s too long at Lotus of Siam, you can just cross the street.


As he often does, the well-intentioned Anthony Bourdain has probably quintupled the wait time at one of the many restaurants he’s highlighted on his show. The northern Thai cuisine at Lotus of Siam is indeed delicious, but if the line’s out the door and your stomach can’t wait, Komol Restaurant across the street is secretly every bit as good (according to Las Vegas Weekly and lots of locals—it just hasn’t been on television, which means you’ll be ordering off the menu a whole lot faster.


17. There’s no shortage of museums.


Some might call Sin City devoid of culture and natural beauty, and let’s face it: they may be right. But while there’s no shortage of ways to unwind and have some admittedly artificial fun, that doesn’t mean you can’t expand your horizons while you’re at it. When the casinos, shows and roller coasters start to lose their luster, plenty of fascinating museums stand ready to help you while away a weekend afternoon. From the Mob Museum and Neon Museum downtown to Symphony Park, Discovery Children’s Museum and the Pinball Hall of Fame, there’s plenty to hold your attention and teach you a thing or two, too.


18. Outdoor excursions can be pretty grand.


When you need to breathe some fresh air in the great wide open, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon are just a three and four-and-a-half-hour drive from Vegas, respectively. If you want to run, hike or bike a little (or a lot) closer to the city, then Red Rock Canyon, Calico Tanks Trail and Bristlecone Trail are perfect places to sweat it out—and you’ll be doing plenty of that, since the average high only dips below room temperature five months out of the year and summers are known to spike up to 106 degrees or more.


19. Just don’t bother trying to keep your plants alive.


In a word: succulents. Just buy some and call it a day.


20. House Hunting in Las Vegas


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50 Reasons Why Buying a House Is Better Than Buying a Condo


Trying to decide whether to buy a condo or a house? Estately has you covered with this concise list of 50 reasons why buying a house is vastly superior to buying a condo. 

  1. Condo living is described as all the joys of renting, but all the pains of owning.
  2. Spoiler alert:  Your condo neighbor is loudly playing the latest episode of House of Cards and you’re still two episodes behind!
  3. Becoming a member of a condo association is often more painful than getting jumped into a street gang.
  4. With a house, you can have your newspaper delivered by a kid on a bicycle just as the founding fathers intended.
  5. Living in a condominium means adhering to countless condo association rules. No such rules for house dwellers who are basically the punk rockers of homeownership.
  6. Throwing the ball around with your kid is more fun in a backyard than in a condominium hallway.
  7. There are no famous Norman Rockwell paintings of condos.
  8. Whether a neighbor is a terrible or amazing lover, only the condo owner will have auditory proof one way or another.
  9. In case of a nasty divorce, you can divide a house in two just like in War of the Roses.
  10. Trick-or-treating indoors in a crowded condominium will be illegal someday. Trick-or-treating is an outdoor activity.
  11. Houses tend to hold their values better than condos so you can sell it later and then downsize to a condo and have extra cash to lavish your condo with a bitchin’ aquarium or heated toilet seats.
  12. When the upstairs neighbor clips his toenails on his deck the clippings rain down on your deck and that’s gross.
  13. Sucks to be the condo owner living next door to the absent minded person who forgets their iron is on.
  14. A home loan for a house often comes at a lower interest rate than a condo does.
  15. In rare cases where a band gets back together, those with houses can jam in their basements in preparation of the reunion tour.
  16. In the event of a collapse of modern civilization house dwellers can farm turnips in their backyards to feed their families.
  17. Houses are generally in greater demand so they’re easier to sell than condos.
  18. Good fences make good neighbors, and there is no fence between you and your condo neighbor, just a few inches of drywall and insulation.
  19. House owners simply let their dog into the backyard to do its business. Condo people put their pooch on a leash, follow it around the neighborhood in even the worst weather, and then awkwardly scoop up any dog waste up with a plastic bag.
  20. In a condo there is joint ownership of any common grounds, passageways, etc. You know who else believed in property being publicly owned? Joseph Stalin.
  21. Condo people have frequent and awkward chit chats with strange neighbors in the elevator, laundry room, mail room, and more.
  22. If you live in a condo you’ll never experience the joy of watching your children rake leaves or shovel snow just like you had to when you were a kid.
  23. How does Santa Claus get into a condo? Does he just slip under the door?
  24. Would you rather live upstairs or across the street from that baby on the airplane that screamed for four straight hours?
  25. Even if you take all safety precautions, there’s no way you’re going to be allowed to practice your archery on the roof of your condo.
  26. Condos often have rules barring pets, but if you live in a house you can not only have a dog or a cat, you can even stock up on ferrets, or get a capybara, or potbelly pig, or a closet full of sugar gliders.
  27. If you live in a house you can litter your front yard with political campaign signs, even the most absurd ones like “Trump for President!”  Condo dwellers often have rules barring such signs, so they have to find other ways to show people they’re completely detached from reality.
  28. The condo lifestyle involves little to no yard work, which means house owners are probably more physically fit and would win in a fight.
  29. There is no good place in a condo to bury the cat when it dies.
  30. House owners can convert their garage into an awesome game or party room. Try doing that with your one parking spot in the underground parking garage.
  31. A house can be divided into units and then sold off as condominium, but a single condo will always just be a single condo. It cannot multiply.
  32. Sitting on a porch swing sipping iced tea and lamenting how the world is going to hell in a hand basket feels so much more natural when on the front porch of a house.
  33. There are many expressions with the word “house” in it, but if you replace that word with “condo” it ruins the expression. For example…
    1. A man’s condo is his castle. 
    2. My condo is your condo.
    3. Condo is where the heart is. 
    4. How come doctors don’t make condo calls anymore. 
    5. I’ll have the salad. What’s the condo dressing?
    6. In Vegas, the condo always wins.
    7. A full condo beats a flush.
    8. I’m sorry for messing up your order. Your next drink is on the condo.
  34. Most condo people have had to uncomfortably refuse a neighbor’s request for their Wi-Fi password.
  35. People who practice on a regulation-height basketball hoop in their driveway are five times more likely to get picked first in a pickup game than someone who practices on a NERF hoop attached to their closet door.
  36. Condo living is practically communal living so isn’t it only a matter of time before everyone in the building changes their last name to StarShine and starts dressing in matching robes?
  37. How would you even go about creating a speakeasy or a fight club in a condo? Where would the secret entrance go?
  38. Buried treasure is more likely to be found in a backyard then in under the floorboards in a condo?
  39. Fact:  House parties last 48% longer than condo parties before being broken up by the cops.
  40. On a hot day, where exactly are you going to put that inflatable pool in a condo?
  41. Good luck convincing the condo association to build a treehouse in those decorative sweet gum trees.
  42. Nobody is going to get drunk and pull the fire alarm in your house except you.
  43. When the economy goes south, many condo owners can’t pay their dues to the rest of the owners have to cover them.
  44. Need an additional bedroom? The only way to add an extra room in a condo is to divide one room in two. That’s addition by subtraction.
  45. Even if given a corncob pipe and a button nose the snowman made on a condo balcony will be small, disappointing, and will lack a jolly, happy soul.
  46. Can you really call yourself a fan if you don’t paint your home’s exterior using your favorite team’s colors?
  47. Think about your first apartment. Do you really want to buy that?
  48. A condo doorman must be given a hefty tip at the end of the year or else your UPS deliveries start going missing.
  49. The condominium is basically a Carnival Cruise Line that goes nowhere, serves no food or drinks, provides no entertainment, but you still might catch some horrible stomach virus from one of the other passengers.
  50. Sadly, Estately couldn’t come up with a 50th reason to buy a condo. In fact, buying a condo can be a really smart purchase, especially for first-time buyers, those in cities, and people who don’t want to spend time on maintenance. For a more balanced analysis check out Estately’s article “Condo vs. House: Which Home Is Right for You?”



Regardless of whether you decide to buy a house or a condo you’ll find Estately.com and the Estately iPhone App are the best search tools to find your next home. You can search for houses or condos by school district, drive times, Walk Score, and more. Estately is simple, easy to use, and it updates every 15 minutes with any new homes put on the market. Download it today!


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13 Things to Know About Living in Renton, Washington

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Located on the southeast shore of Lake Washington, Renton is Washington state’s 8th largest city and an increasingly popular place to call “home.” Once a coal mining and timber town, the city is now famous for its’ Boeing 737 assembly plant, an Ezell’s Famous Chicken location, and the headquarters of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite pro sports team.

1. Home of Seahawks


In 2008 the Seahawks moved to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. Located on 19 acres of industrial property on Lake Washington, VMAC is the second largest NFL facility, and allows fans to watch practice during training camp.


2. There is traffic


If you’re a commuter you may want to visit one of Renton’s four public libraries to stock up on books on tape, or tune into KEXP because workers spend an average of 28.8 minutes commuting. Renton ranked fifth for longest commute of Washington’s 20 biggest cities and has a walk score of 37 (out of 100).


3. Local lifeguard Clint Eastwood


The “ahead of the curve” city knew about this Hollywood star before he was cool. During the summer of 1953 Clint Eastwood was a lifeguard at Renton’s Kennydale Beach. Shortly after he moved to L.A. and launched his acting career. Who’s to say there wasn’t something in the water?


4. City of industry


Renton is home to the one and only IKEA in Washington State as well as the only Fry’s Electronics, which makes settling into your new home that much easier. Its major employer’s also include a number of manufacturing, technology and service companies like Boeing, Paccar, and Providence Health & Services.


5. Rock history


The city’s Greenwood memorial park houses the Hendrix family plot where legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix is buried. Sean Kinney, the drummer for Alice in Chains, also calls the city home.


6. Rubber Duck Derby



Every summer since 1986 Renton hosts the Renton River Days festival complete with performances by the Wenatchee Youth Circus, a parade, Nibble of Renton and, of course, the Rubber Ducky Derby. Based in Liberty Park, but with events in Cedar River Park (two of Renton’s 32 parks) the festival has been bringing the community together for nearly 30 years.


7. Safety


Of the 20 biggest cities in Washington Renton has the ninth lowest crime rate. Residents are most likely to be the victim of property or vehicle related crimes.


8. Renton the Musical


The local sketch comedy show Almost Live! parodied Renton at some point in the 1990s with this their skit “Renton the Musical,” which can be viewed here.


9. Glamour and glitz


Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) has hosted films in the city four years running. The showings are hosted at the IKEA Performing Arts Center and feature Hollywood stars as well as local indie actors.


10. In the classroom


Renton’s public school system has an average ranking of six (out of 10) according to Greatschools.org which ranks it 13th out of Washington’s 20 biggest cities.


11.  More family friendly than Seattle

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Renton ranked 13th on Estately’s list of the family friendliness of Washington’s 20 biggest cities. Seattle, on the other hand, ranked 18th.


12. Sister, sister


Renton has two sister cities. The first was established in 1969 with Nishiwaki, Japan and the second with Cuautla, Jalisco, Mexico established in 2001. Nishiwaki is strikingly similar to Renton as it is located in a valley between two hills with a river running through the center of town. The climates are very similar, both cities are industrial based and each has three high schools.


13. Renton homes for sale



The median sale price for a Renton home is $309,975—nearly $100,000 less than in Seattle. You can view homes for sale in Renton on Estately or by using the Estately iPhone App. Download it for free today!



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19 Things You Should Know About Living in Tacoma


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19 Things to Know About Living in Tacoma


Located on Commencement Bay in the south Puget Sound, Tacoma is the third most populated city in Washington state, and an increasingly popular city to call home. Less expensive and congested than Seattle, Tacoma has a lot going for it, but is it right for you? Consider these 19 things before making Tacoma home.


1. Locally-Sourced Celebs


Hollywood isn’t crawling with self-absorbed celebs from Tacoma, but the city has produced a number of icons, most notably singer and songwriter Neko Case, glass artist Dale Chihuly, author Frank Herbert (Dune), cartoonist Gary Larson (The Far Side), actress Pamela Reed (Parks and Recreation) and MLB pitcher Jon Lester. The city is the birthplace of Olympian Bruce Bennet, actor Blair Underwood, pro bowler Earl Anthony, singer/actor Bing Crosby, and NFL coach/player Ray Horton. Local boy, and former NFL quarterback, Jon Kitna recently returned to his home town of Tacoma to teach high school math.


2. Liberal or Conservative?


Located in Pierce County (outlined on the map in black), a majority of Tacoma voted for Barrack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Like most of western Washington, the city leans Democrat, but not as heavily as neighboring King County, which is home to Seattle.


3. Tom Tuttle from Tacoma, Washington


In the 1985 comedy film Volunteers, John Candy plays a Peace Corps volunteer named Tom Tuttle from Tacoma, Washington. It’s rumored that even to this day, if you want to get into any Tacoma speakeasy, private club, or secret society, all you have to do is introduce yourself as “Tom Tuttle from Tacoma, Washington.” It’s like a golden key that opens any door in Tacoma.


4. Sports


The nearest NFL, MLB, MLS, and WNBA teams are 33 miles up the road in Seattle, and the nearest NBA team is 142 miles south in Portland, but there are still plenty of sports options within the Tacoma city limits. The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners affiliate) play at Cheney Stadium, and if baseball isn’t your thing Tacoma is also home to the Dockyard Derby Dames, an all-women flat-track roller derby league.


5. ¿Dónde está la biblioteca?


In Tacoma, the libraries are plentiful. In fact, the city has the most per capita of any large city in Washington state.


6. The Splendor of Mt. Rainier


Tacoma is named after the nearby volcano Mt. Rainier, which was originally named—Tahoma (mother of waters). Located 59 miles from Tacoma, the 14,411 mountain is easy to view from many parts of the city, and it’s the most topographically prominent mountain in the lower 48 states. The mountain and surrounding National Forest and National Park lands provide a variety of recreation options—climbing, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, hunting, camping, etc.


7. The Horror of Mt. Rainier


The downside of living in the shadow of an active volcano is that these mountains sometimes go boom (every 500 years or so). The mountain is covered in glaciers so if hot lava pours out and melts the ice the result is massive lahars (mud flows) that would rush down the river valleys and could reach parts of Tacoma (see map).


8. Crime

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Out of the 20 largest cities in Washington state, Tacoma has the highest crime rate. While crime varies depending on the neighborhood you live in, and it has gotten progressively better in recent years, it does exist.


9. Quality of Local Schools

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The quality of local schools varies, but according to GreatSchools.org overall Tacoma has the fifth lowest public school ratings out of the 20 largest Washington state cities. You can search for homes by school zone and see their scores on Estately here.


10. Tacoma’s Nicknames


Tacoma is a fine name for a city, and there is no reason to change it, but that hasn’t stopped people from giving the city nicknames over the years. Here are a sampling:  City of Destiny, America’s #1 Wired City, Grit City, The Coma, Tac Town, Tacompton, T-Town, Lil’ Tacky, Gateway to Puyallup, and Dusty Old Jewel In The South Puget Sound.


11. Food Trucks

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Tacoma might not be world famous for its food trucks, but it does have a growing fleet of chuck wagons offering meals on wheels. Taco trucks are king in Tacoma, but there are a wide variety of others cuisines offered, particularly delicious Filipino food. Lumpia World (pictured above) is a popular one.


12. Popular Community Events

39773_130282573683798_6517718_nTacoma doesn’t sit still, and there is always some event taking place. Popular ones include:  The Daffodil Festival, Norwegian Heritage Festival, Sound to Narrows 12K Run, Tacoma Highland Games, Taste of Tacoma, Tacoma Freedom Air Show and Fireworks Extravaganza, Pioneer Days Festival, Ethnic Fest, Tacoma Maritime Fest, Tacoma Greek Festival, Holiday Torchlight Parade & Tree Lighting, Snowball Express Christmas Train, as well as a handful of jazz and bluegrass festivals, classic car shows, art and theater festivals, and plenty more.


13. Bridges


It’s been almost 75 years since Tacoma’s last bridge collapse. No people were hurt and engineers learned a lot about how wind affects suspension bridges because of it. So there’s nothing to fear about the bridge except the toll ($5.00 for a cars headed eastbound).


14. Urban Chicken Ranching


Tacoma law allows residents to own up to six chickens, provided none of them are roosters. If you want to get wild and try to substitute ostriches or peacocks you’re probably going to need some kind of permit from the city.


15. Walkability

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Depending on where in Tacoma you live, getting around without a car poses a challenge. The city has a WalkScore of 51, which is somewhat walkable, and comparable to Detroit, Cincinnati, and Anaheim. The city’s most walkable neighborhoods are New Tacoma, Central, and the North End.


16. Women Outnumber Men


Women make up 50.6% of Tacoma’s population so it’s a tough town for those who are afraid of girls. However, it is a pretty good town for lonely tugboat captains looking for love, and there are many lonely tugboat captains looking for love in Tacoma.


17. Point Defiance Park


One of the best urban parks in America, Point Defiance Park is a sprawling 702 acre park contains miles of trails, wild deer, long stretches of beach, a world class zoo and aquarium (nice penguins), numerous gardens, and more.


18. Commute Time


The average commute (mean travel time to work) for Tacoma residents is 25.4 minutes, which is just 18 seconds longer than the average commute for Seattle residents. However, over a year that adds up to 81 more minutes listening to soft rock classics in that 1992 Ford Taurus station wagon.


19. Buying a Home in Tacoma


Ready to call Tacoma home? Whether you’re looking for a modern condo, or shingled cottage overlooking the beach, you’ll find Estately.com or the Estately iPhone App are the best ways to find a home in Tacoma. Download it for free today!




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25 Reasons You Should Live In Massachusetts


You don’t have to be among the smartest people in the country to know that Massachusetts is a great place to live (but it helps.) Don’t worry, though; we’re here to tell you what’s so great about the Old Colony State.



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We’ve already covered Boston sports, but Massachusetts has a lot more game to offer than the capital city alone. Aside from the many championships the major pro teams have brought home, the state also has many other professional, college and amateur sports clubs, from lacrosse to hockey to soccer, and even a drum corps. Whatever your sport, the Bay State has you covered.


Theme Song

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Those timeless Norwegian songsters, Ylvis (of “What Does the Fox Say?” fame), penned yet another instant classic, this time all about the lovely Bay State. Whether you’re hanging with the boys of Attleboro, the staring dogs of Suffolk County, or your definitely platonic friend that you drove across the state with, you can get this horribly captivating unofficial Massachusetts theme song stuck in your head while you do it.





The first English settlements in Massachusetts are coming up on 400 years old, so there’s lots of history to be had. Old Sturbridge Village, Plimoth Plantation, Lexington and Concord, Boston’s Freedom Trail, and Salem’s Heritage Trail are all nearby opportunities for learning about the region’s rich history (or places to go on school field trips if you’re a young student.)





Massachusetts has its own impressive roster of great beer makers, but from there you’ve also got access to an even greater selection of wider New England craft beers. For a beer lover, there are few better places in the country to live.


Marriage Equality



In May of 2004, a little over ten years ago, the supreme court of Massachusetts ruled that it was unconstitutional to deny same sex couples the right to marry, making it the first state in the union to do so. Since then, same sex couples and rights activists have made tons of legal headway, making the state a great place to live for LGBTQ residents and same sex couples.




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The unemployment rate in Massachusetts at the moment is a steady 6%, which is lower than the national average (6.3%) and neighboring New York (6.7%), Connecticut (6.9%), and Rhode Island (8.3%). In April, Mass. added jobs in the transportation and utilities, financial services, and construction sector and the Boston area is a rising tech hub.




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Just a short drive out to the western half of the state and you’ll find the Berkshire Mountains, the rolling hills that traverse Massachusetts and parts of Connecticut. There you’ll find great hiking and camping spots and the picturesque views you’d expect from rural New England.


Tax-Free Neighbor


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New Hampshire is to Massachusetts as Oregon is to Washington state. That is to say, it’s where one state’s residents go to get tax-free appliances, electronics, booze, and more. Just a short drive up I-95 and any MA resident can get nearly anything at cost without sales tax in New Hampshire.




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Every single Ivy League college is either within Massachusetts or a few hours driving distance away. Not only that, but there are dozens of world-class education institutions in the Boston area alone, and that’s not counting the Five Colleges in western Massachusetts.


Snowball Fights

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Sure, Massachusetts can get a little snowy. OK, really snowy. But just look at it this way: it just means that you’ll rarely be at a loss for a spontaneous snowball fight. Or if you’re a winter sports enthusiast, skiing and snowboarding are never far away.


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There are few views in the world like New England in autumn. The vibrancy and variation of leaf colors in October makes living in Massachusetts in January worthwhile.




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This dinosaur of the sea used to be considered only usable as fertilizer and bait and was commonly fed only to the impoverished and imprisoned due to its abundance. However, lobster later became a delicacy and now can be enjoyed throughout New England (as long as you’re cool with the whole consuming-something-after-you’ve-boiled-it-alive thing.)


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Clam chowder is already a really delightful, filling meal on a crisp day, but there’s are few joys in life quite like eating your soup from inside hollowed out bread instead of having the bread on the side like some kind of plebe.


Boston Cream Pie


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The official dessert of the state of Massachusetts is a chocolate frosted, custard filled cake. Need we say more?


Funny Accents


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There’s nothing quite like hearing a Bostonian say “Your aircraft is prepared for departure” at Logan Airport. Or the first time you hear a person call a drinking fountain a bubbler, or say he’s going to the packie to buy beer. One thing’s for sure: move to Massachusetts and get endless amounts of entertainment from the local dialects.


Locally Produced People



These fine citizens of the world all have the distinction of hailing from the Bay State:

  1. Matt Damon, actor/writer/producer
  2. Ben Affleck, actor/writer/director (you know we had to mention those two first)
  3. E. E. Cummings, poet
  4. Theodor Seuss “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, iconic author of children’s books
  5. Leonard Nemoy, actor/famous Vulcan
  6. Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin
  7. Reed Hastings, inventor of Netflix (and your nightly Orange Is the New Black habit)

Cape Cod


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The “flexing arm” shape off the eastern coast of Massachusetts—Cape Cod—is like the Hamptons of New England. A great summertime day trip, the Cape is a beachy vacation spot with expensive real estate.




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Speaking of Cape Cod, if its shape is like a flexing arm, the fist at the very end of it would be Provincetown. It’s is surrounded nearly on all sides with beaches, has a great arts scene, and the Mayflower Compact was signed there. P-Town has also counted notable people such as John Waters, Mary Oliver, and Kurt Vonnegut among its residents.


It Runs On Dunkin’



Fun fact: there isn’t a single Krispy Kreme in Massachusetts. Why, you ask? Because Krispy Kreme doughnuts taste like glazed turds. Perhaps that’s a little extreme. Needless to say, though, you’re never far from a Dunkin’ Donuts in the Bay State.


Thin Crust Pizza


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It may be called “New York-style pizza,” but we’ll put that whole rivalry thing aside for delicious pizza. Forget that deep dish Chicago stuff, because thin crust pizza is a food that the east coast truly excels at, including Massachusetts.


Cabins and Lakes


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The ice cold Atlantic not your bag? In need of some summertime relief from the heat? Just want to get away from town? From Walden Pond to Lake Onota, Massachusetts may be small, but it delivers in a big way when it comes to getting away.


Tiny Towns


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If you’re a sucker for adorable small towns with a quaint main street, kitschy souvenirs, and pastel sweatshirts with the name of the town on them, you’ll love living in New England. The region is dotted with some of the most gorgeous tiny towns this side of the Mississippi.




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Massachusetts is a really funny place to call home. No, not that the state itself is funny (except the accents, as we mentioned above), but that lots of funny people have come from the state—and we mean lots. Many cast members from The Office once called MA home, including Mindy Kaling, Steve Carrell, John Krasinsky and BJ Novak. Comedians such as Louis CK, Amy Poehler, and Rob Delaney also hail from parts of Massachusetts.

Health Care


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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there are few better places to get sick than in Massachusetts. It’s got world class hospitals, has had effective universal health care since 2006, and recently has become a model for veterans’ health care.

Finding a home for sale in Massachusetts


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21 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Alameda


The city of Alameda is one of the best-kept secrets in the San Francisco Bay area. Located just outside of a city known for its exorbitant housing prices, this 23 square mile beach-side town offers an affordable, less crowded, small-town feel. Here are a few things you should know about moving to Alameda.


1. You’ll Get to Say You Live on an Island


If you’ve ever want to brag about living on an island, here’s your chance. Alameda is an island, like Oahu or Manhattan. While it might not have the tropical feel of Waikiki, you’ll still see folks wearing Hawaiian shirts and shorts – and drinking pina coladas at Forbidden Island, the local tiki bar.  


2. You Can Beat Traffic with a Ferry Commute

While other San Francisco Bay area residents are stuck in traffic or being elbowed by fellow train passengers, you can enjoy a beautiful, stress-free commute overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Try not to brag about it—your co-workers will be jealous.


3. Small-town charm

The city has a Mayberry-esque small-town feel. In fact. it’s even earned the nickname “Mayberry by the Bay”. From its small size, quaint shops and friendly dwellers, you’ll get all the benefits of small-town community but with proximity to the bigger, non-island cities of San Francisco and Oakland.


4. The People are Alarmingly Friendly


People will say “Hi!” to you when you’re walking down the street. If you’re a life-long city person, you may find this alarming. Do not be frightened. Just say “Hi!” back and smile—you’re an Alamedan now. 


5. Crime is Low

Much like Mayberry, Alameda is a very safe town. The crime rate is only 28.58 per 1,000 residents, a startling contrast to nearby Oakland and San Francisco. Oakland has a crime rate of 83.40 per 1,000 residents (and is ranked as the 5th most dangerous city in the U.S.)  and San Francisco’s crime rate is (67.67 per 1,000 residents).  Why is the crime so low? Some people theorize that criminals think twice before committing crimes because the police could close off the entrances to the island if they had to.


6. Life in the Slow Lane

Life moves at a slower pace here—figuratively and literally. Even though Alameda is is only minutes away from the Interstate-880 in Oakland,  the speed limit is only 25 miles per hour here. Remember to slow down once you enter Alameda—the speed limit is strictly enforced! Don’t be a rebel and try to go up to 30mph.


7. Step Back in time with Vintage Cars

You may notice a lot of vintage cars as you’re strolling down the street. In fact, Alameda has been featured on a blog called Jalopnik, which has nicknamed Alameda “The Island That Rust Forgot”.

Alameda is also home to the classic car show, which showcases Alameda’s eclectic collection of hot rods, muscle cars and other forms of antique roadsters. Where else can you see a hot rod while rocking out to live music from the 50s and 60s?


8. It’s Home to a Pinball Museum

How many people can say they have a pinball museum in their town? Well, if you move to Alameda, you’ll be one of the lucky few who can brag about that. The Pacific Pinball Museum is home to classic pinball machines like Tron, the Twilight Zone and the Terminator.


9.  It’s Animal Friendly

Animal lovers, rejoice! Alameda residents embrace dogs. And they also embrace cats and pigs. It’s not unusual to see people walking their pet cat on a leash. And if you’re lucky, you may even spot someone taking Bosco, the pig, for a stroll.


10. Perfect for Hittin’ the Beach

Alameda is home to the beautiful Crown State Memorial Beachthe water is warm and the view of San Francisco is delightful.


11. Victorian Architecture 

San Francisco is like Alameda’s cool older sister who gets all the attention even though Alameda knows she’s secretly every bit as cool. So even though San Francisco is world-famous for its Victorians Alamedans know that the best architectural gems are in their city. Grand Street and the Gold Coast are the best places to see rows of vividly decorated houses, and avoiding San Francisco’s gawking throngs of tourists is the icing on the cake.


12. Food, Glorious Food

When you stroll past the diverse selection of restaurants on Park Street, you’ll be amazed at how many restaurants are packed into such a small space. Whether you’re craving sushi, pho or diner food, Alameda has you covered.


13. The Weather is Damn Near Perfect

The cities surrounding the San Francisco Bay area experience the force of micro-climates—different regions are different temperatures. Alameda residents enjoy temperatures of around 71 degrees much of the year (with much hotter temperatures during the summer.) The weather is generally about 10 degrees warmer than the city of San Francisco and it’s the perfect excuse for hitting the beach.


14. It’s Bike-friendly 

Remember the opening scene of “Murder, She Wrote”, where Angela Lansbury is zipping around town on a bike? Yeah, that’s what Alameda is like. Alameda has achieved bronze-level status for bike-friendliness thanks to rigorous bike-parking standards, advanced transportation plans and work on protected bike lanes.


15. Your Inner Child Will Love It

Alamedans know how to have fun.  High Scores Arcade offers up video game classics from Pacman to StreetFighter II.  Still bored? Head down the street for a game of air hockey or glow in the dark mini golf at Subpar Mini Golf.


16. The West Coast’s Only Lithuanian Restaurant 

If you’re craving Lithuanian specialties like stuffed cabbage rolls, borscht or honey cake you’re in the right city. Mama Papa Lithuania has great food—and you can eat it outside in the beer garden.


17. It Has a Naval Base/Movie Set

Alameda’s Naval Air Station is a decommissioned naval base that’s been used as a site for MythBusters more dangerous experiments.

Remember the freeway chase seen from the Matrix Reloaded? It was built from scratch on an old airplane runway on the base. There were high walls lining the freeway, to hide San Francisco. Yes, that’s right, if you live in Alameda, you can brag about about having a distant connection to Keanu Reeves.

18. Some Shops Close on Sundays

Several of the cafes and shops close are closed on Sundays. You might have to put some thought into coffee-drinking or errand-running on weekends.


19. It’s Family Friendly

If you move to Alameda, you may notice there are lots of children and teenagers around. Alameda is popular with families due to its wholesome, small-town feel and strong public school system.


20. It’s a Tree Lover’s Paradise

A good deal of the streets are filled with shade-providing trees. It’s kinda like living inside a park. Fun trivia fact: Alameda is Spanish for “tree-lined avenue” or “grove of poplar trees” (nobody ever seems to be able to agree on the exact translation—but either way, it means “lots and lots of trees”).  


21. People Tend to be West Siders or East Siders


Even though Alameda is a small city, that doesn’t stop people from being loyal to one end of the island or other. People tend to live on the West Side or East Side and don’t always venture to “the other end of the island.” (yes, people really do say that!)


Finding a home for sale in Alameda



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