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Alameda County is located in the San Francisco Bay Area occupying much of the East Bay Region of California. The county seat for Alameda County is the remarkable City of Oakland. Alameda County is the most populous county in the State of California with a population of approximately 1,510,271 residents. Alameda County has a total area of 821 square miles of which 730 square miles is land and 82 is water. Alameda County is bordered by the San Francisco Bay on the west, while Berkeley Hills serve as the northeastern boundary and the eastern boundary is Livermore Valley. Alameda County was created 1853, from two other counties, Contra Costa and Santa Clara. The name “Alameda” comes from the Spanish word meaning “a place where poplar trees grow”. Willow and sycamore trees lined the banks of rivers in the area reminding early explorers of other roads lined with trees known as “alamedas”. Land in the area originally belonging to Native Americans became the possession of the Spanish. Subsequently, the land became Mexican ranches, transitioning later to farms and orchards. Much of Alameda County began to developed as the trolley car became available as a means of transport. The county grew as a suburb of San Francisco in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Today, Alameda County is an area with multiple thriving city centers and suburbs.
The Alameda County Fairgrounds is in Pleasanton and is the site of the annual County Fair which runs for three weekends in June and July. Many activities, such as carnival rides, 4-H exhibits, live music entertainment, and horse racing, are all favorites at the fair. Additionally, the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located in Alameda County. The refuge was founded in 1974 as the first urban National Wildlife Refuge established in the United States. The purpose of the refuge is to preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, protect migratory birds, protect threatened and endangered species, and provide opportunities for recreation centered around wildlife and nature study. The park spans 30,000 gorgeous acres. The refuge includes an open bay, salt ponds, soft marsh, and mudflats. The refuge is also host to 280 species of birds including white pelicans, kites, hawks, ospreys, and eagles. The geography of Alameda County is varied, ranging from rolling open spaces, to lakes and streams, to open marinas. Alameda County is also ethnically diverse. The 2010 census reflects there is no majority racial or ethnic group in the county. The California Department of Education confirms there are 53 languages spoken by children K-12 in the county's public school system.
Condominiums, townhomes, single-family homes, and lots on which to build are all types of real estate available in Alameda County. The price for lots in Alameda County start around $29,000, however the average listing price is nearer to $1,713,502, and some lots can sell for as much as $10,000,000. The average listing price for a condo in Alameda County is approximately $521,838 with some listing prices going as high as $1,250,000. The average listing price for a single-family home in Alameda County is near $1,640,474 but listing prices for large and luxurious estates can reach as high as $819,000,000. Almost any architectural style is available including traditional, ranch, Mediterranean, modern, and contemporary, just to name a few.
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