Urban Christmas - Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda
Many years ago, upon my first Christmas in the Bay Area, I was supremely disappointed when I saw how little effort went into decorations. On Christmas Eve, we took a walk around the neighborhood. I was saddened by the sight of dimly lit lights that were strung up in a sloppy fashion. No one bothered with lawn ornaments or even creativity at the very least. Now, as an adult, I understand why some people would choose not to set up decorations and such, but when you’re a child, the rules of life and logic simply do not apply. Seeing how disappointed I was, my uncle decided to take me where he knew it was going to put a smile on my face. That’s when I first saw Thompson Avenue in Alameda or, as it's more commonly known, “Christmas Tree Lane.”
Just like a kid on Christmas, my eyes lit up with joy when we arrived. It wasn’t just one or two houses. No. It was an entire block of homes decorated to the max! Every home seemed to shimmer in the night, with the next home being brighter than the last...as if it were a friendly competition between neighbors. Needless to say, it became a tradition for me to visit every year thereafter.
As in the years past, I’ve noticed how much more involved and influential this simple little event became. Located on the 3200 block of Thompson Avenue, people from parts all over the Bay Area are willing to drive to Alameda just to see these lights.
Thinking about becoming part of this tradition? If so, now is the time to act. Home prices in Alameda are on the rise once again. According to Trulia, Alameda market trends have been surging since the turn of the new millennium. Granted, we all know the housing market took a hit these past couple of years. But the homes in Alameda amazingly retained great value. From 2009 to 2012, the average median home price in Alameda only dipped from $600,000 to $450,000. In 2013, Alameda home prices took a sharp increase and rose from $500,000 to approximately $700,000, where it stood just five years ago. Don’t miss out on a chance to invest a new tradition with your family, whether it’s just visiting or living on Christmas Tree Lane.
For information about Alameda properties, contact Barbara Reynolds at 510-847-2409.