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Real Estate Prices & Overview

Ballena Bay / West End median real estate price is $1,305,650, which is more expensive than 79.0% of the neighborhoods in California and 95.4% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.

The average rental price in Ballena Bay / West End is currently $3,467, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. The average rental cost in this neighborhood is higher than 63.0% of the neighborhoods in California.

Ballena Bay / West End is a densely urban neighborhood (based on population density) located in Alameda, California. This is a coastal neighborhood (i.e., is on the ocean, a bay, or inlet).

Ballena Bay / West End real estate is primarily made up of small (studio to two bedroom) to medium sized (three or four bedroom) apartment complexes/high-rise apartments and single-family homes. Most of the residential real estate is occupied by a mixture of owners and renters. Many of the residences in the Ballena Bay / West End neighborhood are relatively historic, built no later than 1939, and in some cases, quite a bit earlier. A number of residences were also built between 1970 and 1999.

Real estate vacancies in Ballena Bay / West End are 5.9%, which is lower than one will find in 60.3% of American neighborhoods. Demand for real estate in Ballena Bay / West End is above average for the U.S., and may signal some demand for either price increases or new construction of residential product for this neighborhood.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

The way a neighborhood looks and feels when you walk or drive around it, from its setting, its buildings, and its flavor, can make all the difference. This neighborhood has some really cool things about the way it looks and feels as revealed by NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research. This might include anything from the housing stock to the types of households living here to how people get around.

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Do you like a coastal setting? If so, this neighborhood may be to your liking. The Ballena Bay / West End neighborhood is on the ocean, a bay, or inlet. Often such coastal places have amenities and recreational activities on the waterfront that are attractive to residents and visitors alike. In addition to being coastal, Ballena Bay / West End is a very nautical neighborhood, meaning that it is somewhat historic, walkable, densely populated and on the water. This gives the neighborhood a very nautical feel, with some seaside and shipping feel, which some may really enjoy the sights and sounds of.

Modes of Transportation

If you like to ride a ferry to work, this neighborhood may be for you. NeighborhoodScout's research revealed that 7.5% of the Ballena Bay / West End neighborhood's commuters ride a ferry to and from work each day, which is more than we found in 99.9% of America's neighborhoods.

Diversity

Did you know that the Ballena Bay / West End neighborhood has more Romanian ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 0.8% of this neighborhood's residents have Romanian ancestry.

Ballena Bay / West End is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 7.1% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Tagalog, which is the first language of the Philippine region, at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 98.9% of the neighborhoods in America.

The Neighbors

How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.

The neighbors in the Ballena Bay / West End neighborhood in Alameda are wealthy, making it among the 15% highest income neighborhoods in America. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 86.4% of the neighborhoods in America. In addition, 4.9% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 64.9% of America's neighborhoods.

What we choose to do for a living reflects who we are. Each neighborhood has a different mix of occupations represented, and together these tell you about the neighborhood and help you understand if this neighborhood may fit your lifestyle.

In the Ballena Bay / West End neighborhood, 60.1% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations, with 15.6% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (14.2%), and 10.1% in manufacturing and laborer occupations.

Languages

The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in the Ballena Bay / West End neighborhood is English, spoken by 67.2% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, Tagalog (the first language of the Philippine region), Chinese and French.

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents, our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior – comes from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same city can have drastically different cultures.

In the Ballena Bay / West End neighborhood in Alameda, CA, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Asian (22.5%). There are also a number of people of German ancestry (8.7%), and residents who report Irish roots (8.4%), and some of the residents are also of Italian ancestry (8.3%), along with some English ancestry residents (5.3%), among others. In addition, 22.1% of the residents of this neighborhood were born in another country.

Getting to Work

Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in Ballena Bay / West End neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (30.7% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.

Here most residents (47.8%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (8.5%) and 7.5% of residents also ride a ferry for their daily commute. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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