THE SECOND STORY | February 28th, 2020

Good old days? Good new days?

I met a friend at Ole’s (Waffle Shop) a week ago. The restaurant has been in Alameda since 1927. My friend was greeted by name by most of the staff!

It was 11:45am and we both ordered breakfast. I’m a fan of their waffles.


When Carl and I showed up in Alameda, it was clearly a Navy town back in 1973. The Alameda Naval Air Station was going full blast. I’d never seen anything like A-town before.

We moved into a studio apartment on Central Ave., which was converted to units back in the 1940s, from a Victorian house. I’m not sure how many apartments were in that building.

When my parents drove from Newport Beach lugging a bunch of wedding gifts….they were rather shocked. No, mom and dad, this is NOT Newport Beach. My dad had a brother, who had a large family, and they lived in Piedmont. That’s more than a big step across the estuary!

These days it’s rather depressing about how many stores and shops on Park Street and Webster (and streets in between) have been shuttered and/or are left vacant for years. I get it…it’s a whole new world in retail. Order online…get your stuff/food right away. No driving, no parking your car.

It will be interesting to see what the city does….especially since there’s another big housing shortage, certainly in Alameda, and throughout the state. There is talk about getting rid of some zoning requirements: having 2+ ADU’s (Accessory Dwelling Units) in a backyard, lowering ceiling heights for basement areas to create living spaces.

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Active listings 15 including 1 NREO, 2 PCH

Pending 13

Sold 5

(Please let me know if the links don’t work!)

I’ll be at 814 Ironwood Road (aka Bay Farm Island/ Harbor Bay Isle). Come by, say hi, take a look!

Best, marilyn

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I arrived in Alameda in 1973, as a new bride...with husband Carl Schumacher, both of us from Newport Beach. He was embarking on his career as a Naval Architect (i.e. yacht designer) under Gary Mull. Please see the 'ABOUT ME' page in this website! to see how it has all turned out! I'm so blessed!