We're relocating to Northern Ca and will have to commute to Hayward for work. Where are the better school districts within decent commuting?

Asked by Katherine, Hayward, CA Wed Jan 12, 2011

range? We're looking for a place close to a larger city with good schools, low crime, single family homes, a place that has dog parks and good restaurants. I'm originally from San Diego but we are currently living in Baltimore.

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Meena Gujral, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Mon Jan 31, 2011
Hi Katherine,

The closest city to Hayward that has excellent schools is Castro Valley. It is also very centrally located with easy access to major freeways like 880, 580, 92 and Mission Blvd. I lived in Castro Valley for several years and my kids went to the Castro Valley schools. The API scores of most Castro Valley schools are more than 900.

I would also consider Fremont for good schools some considerably better thn others.

The other cities to consider are Pleasanton and San Ramon depending on how much commute you are willing to handle on a daily basis.Most of the schools in these 2 cities are also excellent.

I specialize in all these cities and if I can help you find the right home in any of these cities for the price that best meets your budget, please call me at 925-425-9491.

Meena Gujral
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Suz A, Agent, Longmont, CO
Mon Jan 31, 2011
Hello Katherine!
Congrats to you! We lived in Pleasanton, CA for a time and then Brentwood.

The school reports for Castro Valley and San Ramon as well as Pleasanton and Brentwood are all very good. See the links below I have provided.

Castro Valley is located in the hills between the valley and the bay. It is connected by BART to Oakland, San Francisco as well as the valley communities of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore.

Crime reports are available from the community police departments. Pleasanton's report:
I don't know if a report exists for the overall Valley versus living in Hayward and Fremont or versus Oakland and Richmond. The latter are generally regarded as high crime areas.

For dining, San Francisco and the greater Bay Area have everything. I was fond of taking guests into San Francisco over the weekend. It's almost a can't miss. But, you might want to spend a few hours picking up some reviews from http://www.sfgate.com and other media sites. Wine expert Rick Bakas (on Facebook) is a wine expert with great advice and tips. He lives in Napa Valley and was working for a vintner there. He also is on Twitter.

BART provides a pleasant commute through a good part of the Bay Area. The commute time from Pittsburg to Market Street in San Francisco was 45 minutes on good days, and it certainly beat the same commute by car in terms of dealing with traffic. This is the route for which I am most familiar.

I loved San Francisco and living in the valley. The climate is very agreeable. Summer's are not too hot and winter's mild (by comparison to Colorado where I live now).

Hope this information is helpful.


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Jane Grant, Agent, Aguanga, CA
Mon Jan 31, 2011
Katherine: I went to school in Fremont and the schools were very good: Here's the link to the Fremont Unified School District. http://www.fremont.k12.ca.us/site/default.aspx?PageID=1
Good Luck!
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Adrian Hunti…, Agent, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Wed Jan 12, 2011
The only large cities are San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. As far as decent school districts within commuting distance to Hayward, please check out San Ramon Valley Unified and Fremont Unified.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Wed Jan 12, 2011
For the schools see link http://www.greatschools.org/
For any safety concerns do contact/vsit the local authorities and ask all your question, hear all there is to hear firsthand--also consider taking the time and visit the area(s) and look at everything that is important to you in person, then make a determination, where will your comfort level best be reached...
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