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    Living and Working in Castro Valley

    Castro Valley Town Profile from McCormack’s Guides

    Bedroom town with country atmosphere in hills east of San Leandro and Hayward. Many lovely homes, not opulent, but often large and well cared for. Some homes have great views of Bay and sunset and this has pushed town up market. In the canyons and on the outskirts, horse ranches. Castro Valley also has many ordinary tract homes.

    School scores high, top 20 percent in state. Many professional move into Castro Valley for its schools. A large state university External Site just about borders Castro Valley and boosts education values. Also nearby, a community college. School and community boundaries differ. Call school district External Site for boundaries, (510) 537-3000. Since 1990, residents have passed five renovation-construction bonds, indicating strong support for schools. In 2003, science labs added at all elementary schools. High school has added classrooms, expanded gym, library and cafeteria and constructed science and math buildings. Recent addition: a performing arts center that the high school will share with the town. The latest bond, 2005, will provide money to expand libraries, add classrooms, upgrade sixth grade science labs and improve sports fields so that they can be used by the town’s people.

    Unincorporated, which means Castro Valley is governed from Oakland by the county board of supervisors External Site. In reality, much local control has developed to community groups. A master plan for future development is being prepared. Many new homes are going up east of Castro Valley and at times it looks like suburbia will extend uninterrupted all the way over the hills to Pleasanton. In recent years, the town has done a good job of sprucing up its downtown. Major medical center, Eden Medical Center, in downtown.

    Castro Valley is part of the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District External Site. Many activities: soccer, baseball, tennis, little theater, dance, community center, art and exercise classes, more. Castro Valley is within a few minutes’ drive of large regional parks, including Lake Chabot. Public golf course. Fall arts festival. Annual rodeo. Archery range. Many university classes open to public.

    The FBI doesn’t track unincorporated towns but communities with Castro Valley’s demographics are usually low in crime.

    Fast shot to Oakland, Berkeley, Pleasanton by Interstate 580. Buses. BART External Site, which has stations in Hayward and San Leandro, extended its line to Dublin and built a station in Castro Valley. This helps commuters. Complaints about traffic along Crow Canyon Road, a short cut to Contra Costa suburbs. Chamber of Commerce External Site, (510) 537-5300.

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