Hayward, California

Heart of the Bay

Looklyloo Score: 78

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Young Professionals/DINKs/SINKs

Hayward is not an obvious place for young professionals or young couples to choose. Ridiculous prices in San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco though drive people to live wherever they can afford. For this reason, Hayward does get some SINKs/DINKs looking to make a go of it within reasonable distance from a major set of cities. Downtown Hayward has a pretty cool older historic district near the BART station. These blocks are filled with nice older cottage style homes and Victorians and big beautiful trees. This is also where there are apartment/condo options for those who want to walk to BART and avoid any daily driving. If you’re young and looking this is likely where you’ll start your search.

  • Downtown
  • North Hayward
  • Burbank

Mt Eden/Eden Shores


One of the newer neighborhoods in Hayward is Eden Shore. The homes were mostly built in the last few years and so everything is modern and fresh and for the area, affordable. While Hayward does not have the best school ratings overall in the Bay Area, this is one of the areas that have the better public school options. It’s a master planned community with some views of the Bay Area. It has a beautiful community park with basketball, tennis courts and a great path along the shoreline. There is an older section of Eden Shore with homes built a couple decades ago with homes that range in the million dollar range so there is some variety of pricey and “reasonable” by Norcal standards.

  • Mt Eden/Eden Shores
  • Hayward Highland
  • Mission-Foothill