Albany is a small town nestled between Berkeley and El Cerrito. Albany is known for the strong public school system. Albany High School boasted a 92% graduation rate for the 2009-2010 school year.
The most popular style of home in Albany is small bungalows on small lots. Of Albany's approximately 3500 single-family homes, 75% are under 1500 square feet.
Charles Manning MacGregor, a well known builder, is responsible for the construction of approximately 1500 of Albany's homes. MacGregor homes can be distinguished by their tile roofs and large archways. MacGregor also built many of the two bedroom one bathroom split-level row houses that line Key Route Boulevard. Key Route Boulevard runs from North to South through Albany and is directly East of the BART tracks.
Albany serves as a central location in the East Bay. You can drive from Albany to downtown San Francisco in around twenty minutes if traffic is light. The BART train from the El Cerrito Plaza Station will bring you to Embarcadero Station in about 30 minutes.