THE WILLOWS: Fabulous BEACH condos in Alameda CA

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The Willows at 2101 Shoreline, Alameda  CA

The Willows is one of my favorite condominium complexes in Alameda. It’s not the newest, not the flashiest….but it has so many amenities that one can describe living there as like being in a resort. The address describes it appropriately: it’s on SHOREline. Cross the street, and you’re on the beach.

Built in 1974, there are 201 units most of which are town-house style where the living areas are on one level, and the bedrooms are on another.  Most of the units have two bedrooms, with a sprinkling of 3-bedroom and 1-bedroom units.

 

What makes The Willows special?

Perhaps what I like best about The Willows, besides the fact that it’s across the beach is that it has a fabulous courtyard with lush fauna and flora. The courtyard even has a “running brook” --- one has to cross over short bridges to get to the extra large and heated pool and spa. No matter what time of the year that I show units for sale, I always see people swimming in the pool, or enjoying themselves in the spa.

They have one of the best clubhouses in the city. It’s large enough to accommodate more than one party at a time, the game room has two pool tables and the ever-popular Foosball table, there is a video room, and there are kitchenettes.  It makes me wonder if they’ve ever used the clubhouse for a wedding reception.

There are other amenities --- like secure access, separate men and women’s gyms, onsite management staff, fabulous lobby, elevators and covered parking.

Best feature besides the beach location?

It’s next to South Shore Shopping Center which has undergone quite a transformation from when it was built, to when it was renamed as Alameda Town Centre (for snob appeal) and back to South Shore to the delight of the locals who never wanted to call it by any other name.  When you  have Starbucks, Old Navy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s and Trader Joe’s  --- you’ve arrived.

For commuters, The Willows is ideally located because it’s also by Otis Drive which is where all the bus routes are. So one can ditch the car and catch the express bus to San Francisco.

Okay….fine. Are they affordable?

Well, affordable is relative, depending on where one is from. If one is from San Francisco, then yes, absolutely, this place rocks because it’s so much more affordable.

As of September 2011, there are five active listings, ranging from a low of $305,000 for a 2 bedroom/1.5 bath, 1015 sq ft unit to $399,000 for another 2 bedroom/1.5 bath  but larger 1335 sq ft unit with partial views of San Francisco Bay.

Like most cities, Alameda has taken a hit too because these prices are 20-25% less than what they sold for at the height of the market in the mid 2000s. So buyers who are looking to buy a condo by the beach,  these present that opportunity to buy while the prices are good and the interest rates are low.

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Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
Alain Pinel

James -- if you need a good realtor to help you find that beach condo in Alameda, I'm at your service :)

September 21, 2011 02:11 AM
Rainmaker
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Marco Giancola
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida
Majestic Properties

Hey Pacita-this looks right up my alley-on the beach! But where's the palm trees??? Is that San Fran in the background and can the fenced area be built on in front? Great prices also.

September 21, 2011 05:55 AM
Rainmaker
657,458
Pacita Dimacali
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
Alain Pinel

Marco

The palm trees are on Burbank Street (yes, we have that too), And yes, that is San Francisco in the background. And no, no one can build on the beach. The rustic fence is a demarcation -- no dogs are allowed beyond that fence

September 21, 2011 12:25 PM
Rainer
234,162
Doug Bullwinkel
NMLS #281609
Vitek Mortgage Group

Location, location, location....you've definitely got that covered here.  Close to everything and what a great view.  There's nothing like being close to the bay. Thanks for sharing.

September 21, 2011 04:53 PM
Rainmaker
657,458
Pacita Dimacali
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
Alain Pinel

Doug --- it's so nice of you to stop by and comment. I always appreciate your posive take on things. Much, much appreciated!

If you're ever in my neck of the woods, look me up!

September 21, 2011 05:45 PM
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali

Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
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