The Hayward Highlands, Highland Glen, College Heights, Woodland Estates are all verry desirable neighborhoods aboove or near the Cal-State East Bay Campus. These areas show pride of ownership, have nice neighborhood parks & hiking in the bordering park lands. Additionallly, you have newer, higher priced homes directly above the Highlands area including the new PGA golf course at Stonebrae Country Club & Stonebrae elementary school. I've sold many home in this area over my 35 years in real estate, I also lived in the area, & have many happy families who own there. It's a very pretty and peaceful area.
Re.schools, Moreau Catholic school nearby on Mission Blvd. has an excellent reputation.
By the way, there is a very sharp single story home that just came on the market in the Highlands & is offered at only $425K., so you can see there are some excellent buys in some very nice homes in the area. Judy Rose, Realtor DRE#00633313, Prudential California Realty