5 local tips to help you settle into your new Alameda apartment

You can come out of your move as a bundle of stress or cool as a cucumber. So let us take on some of the heavy lifting and introduce you to your everyday basics & some of our favorite local spots. This way, your transition into the local Alameda scene will be a breeze.

1. ORDER YOUR FIRST PIZZA

 
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Whether you’re desperate on move-in day, need a fix soon thereafter, or just need pizza cuz it’s pizza... check out these local pie shops that bring their “A game”:

The Star on Park: Staff pick for the Best Deep Dish (& they deliver!)

East End: Crowd Favorite (& they deliver!)

Trabocco Kitchen & Cocktails: Best “Fancy Pizza”(dine-in only but go and enjoy it to celebrate your new home)

Bonus ‘Za -

Bluebird Pizzeria: Best NY Style and worth the drive to our neighbor city, San Leandro (this is pretty much a takeout spot with select hours that looks like it may once have been an auto shop [read: no frills] because it’s that good)

2. LOCK IN YOUR UTILITIES

 
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Ready for all your creature comforts? Here’s a cheat sheet to the main utility providers in Alameda:

Gas and Electric:

Alameda Municipal Power

 Water:

YES Energy Management

 Waste:

YES Energy Management

 Cable and Internet: 

Xfinity

Direct TV

AT&T

DISH

3. FIND YOUR GO-TO COFFEE & BRUNCH SPOTS 

 
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These are the top spots frequented by coffee junkies and brunch connoisseurs in Alameda:

4. ESTIMATE YOUR COMMUTE WITH PRECISION

 
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Use Google Maps commute estimator to figure out what to expect for your commute time. Simply enter in your new home as the starting point, your work as the destination, and your preferred method of travel. Then toggle the ‘Leave Now’ selection to the 'Arrive By' time for your commute destination. Google will give you the estimated travel time and instructions. Many of our residents opt for an autopilot commute and take the Ferry to work. Be sure to check out their schedule as well and kick back on your commute. 

5. PLUG INTO THE LOCAL SCENE

 
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Sign up to local sites like Downtown Alameda7x7Eater SF, Fun & Cheap East Bay, Patch, the Alameda Sun and Thrillist to stay in the know on fun events happening in the area.

For more local tips and goings-on in the neighborhoods around South Shore, check out our blog: