Castro Valley, California

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What's it like to live in Castro Valley?

What is the Castro Valley area like?

Middle class, mostly older citizens and families. There are some really highly-rated primary schools and middle-of-the road middle/high schools. Fairly clean, not a ton of violent crimes (mostly porch pirates and the like). Food mix is mediocre as fast food chains used to make up 3/4 of the dine out options there. It's improved slightly in the past few years.

Not a ton to do in the area outside of Lake Chabot which is really nice. It's sort of in the middle of tri-valley and the rest of east bay so nothings too far away (but also not super close/convenient either).

What is the Castro Valley area like?

Q: Things to do? A: Not much besides Lake Chabot. Many drive to San Ramon Bishop Ranch City Center to hang out.

Q: Cleanliness? A: Fairly clean-- I rarely see litter or illegal dumping. CV BART has a police station outside so it's safe and clean.

Q: Job industry mix? A: Not a lot of jobs outside a bunch of hospitals. It's a suburban bedroom community.

Q: Crime? A: Not much except porch pirates and cat thieves. Most of CV crime happens at apartments on Hayward border.

Q: Food? A: There are a few decent places in downtown area. Bbq, sushi, pizza, tapas, chinese, cajun, pho, thai, hawaiian, ramen, boba. Nothing really exciting, but not bad either. There's a Trader Joe's and a good Mexican market/taqueria across the street.

What It's like living in Castro Valley

Castro Valley's demographics are White (Non-Hispanic) (39.5%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (28.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (9.56%), White (Hispanic) (8.85%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.08%). Castro Valley's 2020 median property value was $812,200. It's more of a small town feel.

If you live North of Highway 580, you are in an area served by Castro Valley High School, an excellent school. South of 580 is served by the Hayward school district.

Along with other nearby communities, it had racial covenants in the property deeds that kept blacks out (unless they were live-in servants) that effectively ended in the early 70's.

Castro Valley, a bedroom community, has little nightlife, but there are plenty of restaurants. Some find activities at the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior Center,,

a modern library and the Moose lodge. It has classes and activities at the Community Center,

There is Lake Chabot with boats for rent. Cal State University East Bay is in nearby Hayward. The crime rate is low with no gang activity to speak of. There are shopping malls in nearby Hayward and San Leandro. As a part of the largest unincorporated area in the state, it has no local city taxes, just the 1% Alameda County property tax. This is a large savings to a homeowner. It is policed by the Alameda County Sheriff and the Highway Patrol. It is serviced by the high speed Bart train. San Francisco is a 24 minute train ride away. The San Mateo bridge is 10 minutes away by car.

Eden Hospital (Sutter Health) is the largest employer. There is a business park and shopping malls with an Imax theater in nearby Dublin/Pleasanton. Safeway has it's coporate headquarters there.

This Christian school has an excellent Theater Arts program. It has a 5 story high Broadway style stage that benefits the community with it's low cost theater.

Living in Castro Valley, California