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Erica Ng Hov…, Home Buyer in Pleasanton, CA

What's it like living in Hayward?

Asked by Erica Ng Hoversten, Pleasanton, CA Sun Nov 18, 2012

We toured some new houses/developments in the Stonebrae area in Hayward. We love the houses there, but we want to know more about living in Hayward. We like a town that has areas with good restaurants (not chain ones like Applebee), theater/cinemas, easy access to park or open spaces for outdoor activities, and good grocery and shopping areas.

We drove through a main street (can't remember the name) in part of Hayward and it looked pretty run down.

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Hayward has a pretty robust downtown with its new theater and several shops and restaurants. As a matter of fact, one of their fining dining (and wining) establishments is next to the City Hall. It's called Neumanali http://www.neumanali.com/. There are all kinds of things going on downtown, including farmer's market. Easy access via BART just behind City Hall.

As for what it's like....people will always answer life is what/how you make it....

I once asked a friend who was always relocated what his favorite place was. And he said wherever he is living at the moment. There's always something good/great to do, see. So enjoy!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 18, 2012
Hayward is not Pleasanton … but then, neither is just about any other city in the East Bay either. If you want to experience a city such as Pleasanton with quaint streets, upscale restaurants, excellent parks and upscale and boutique shopping … then your options are limited to Pleasanton, Danville, Walnut Creek and Lafayette/Moraga. Even Fremont does not have an upscale market such as Draegers or Whole Foods Market and there are only a couple of high end restaurants in town ... much to the dismay of those who live there.

If you live in Hayward and want theater, very good restaurants and things like gondola rides … drive to Oakland. Choices range from live world-class music at Yoshi’s to the Paramount Theater and it will take you a long time to work through all the great restaurants. For parks, go to Lake Merritt, the Oakland Zoo, Knowland State Arboretum and Park, go up to Berkeley’s Tilden Park with the steam trains, merry-go-round, pony rides and plenty of picnic areas and more. You can also visit Lake Chabot in Castro Valley for canoeing, picnics and so on.

Tree lined streets and quaint neighborhoods in Hayward? Not so much. Again, think Oakland for Montclair, Grand Avenue, Lakeshore Avenue, Piedmont Avenue, College Avenue and the Rockridge area … and so on.

However, if you want to live in an area very much like the Scottish Moors and have a world class golf course for your back yard … you can’t beat Stonebrae in Hayward.

And, as Pacita mentioned, there is always Neumali and the Bijou ... both on B Street. And Buon Appetito Restaurant on A Street is also on its way to becoming a destination restaurant as well …
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 18, 2012
Stonebrae is a lovely area. The drive up to the hills makes you feel like you are in a rich area, but when you come down Mission Blvd, you start to see lots of run down businesses and lots of auto dealerships.

For some people, Stonebrae is a bit far from the freeways (i.e. 15-20 mins away from 880). The downtown is beginning to look appealing and will take a few years before you can really enjoy the walks.

I have a friend that lives near the Garin Park and they have a nice community with wonderful views of the city. But she also finds Mission Blvd a frustrating drive. A good mix of people.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 29, 2012
We love living in Hayward! From where we live in the historic Prospect Hill neighborhood downtown, we can walk 5 minutes to the Cinemark theatre, farmers market, restaurants, shopping, coffee shops, post office, library, etc.

Hayward has an amazing parks & recreation district: http://haywardrec.org/

Diverse array of restaurants: http://www.hayward-ca.gov/haywardopenforbusiness/documents/H…

Rich history kept alive through the historical society: http://haywardareahistory.org/

Shoreline: http://haywardrec.org/hayshore.html

Nature center: http://haywardrec.org/sulphurcreek.html

Farmers market: http://www.agriculturalinstitute.org/hayward/

Municipal airport: http://www.hayward-ca.gov/CITY-GOVERNMENT/DEPARTMENTS/PUBLIC…

My husband/partner Greg Jones is a City Council member and I'm a former Hayward council member -- we appreciate this City like no other. The downtown is undergoing construction right now and should be completed in the spring. LOTS of great restaurants are here and many more opening soon. We expect the downtown to come to life more as the construction does down.

Thanks for the opportunity to show off my hometown!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 20, 2012
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