5.2 out of 10

Bayside (Central)

38.013973852175 -122.28189013346
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Levittown, Hercules Style"

Bayside Central is a PUD (Planned Unit Development). PUD’s--which are basically the modern day version of Levittowns--are communities that are designed around offering residents homes on small lots with a common space they share.

Bayside Central is a pretty typical PUD in those terms. The lots here are barely 1500 ft. and the homes are built to use the entirety of the space. There is an open space at the center of Bayside, as well.

What is somewhat unusual about Bayside Central is the architectural design they have chosen for these 1995 homes. You really feel as if you have stepped back into the 19th Century when you look at these house fronts, with their walk-up stoops and wood planked walls. Of course these give way to sidewalks and streets with modern cars, but the look is definitely retro.

I personally can’t decide whether I love it or hate it. On the one hand, I dig this kind of quaint architecture. On the other hand, there is something about the execution here that just makes it feel sort of cheap looking. Not sure what it is, exactly.

These homes typically sell for around $300,000.

Unfortunately, the schools in the area are just okay. With slightly below average API ratings. There is nothing terrible about them, they are just sort of middle of the road.

Crime is really low.

If it weren’t for the terrible commute, this might actually not be a good spot to live as you were getting started out--but with such a terrible commute into the city, and Hercules being such a podunk little town, I am not sure it would really work for most people who don’t have jobs in and around Hercules.
Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Quiet
  • Safe
Cons
  • Mediocre Schools
  • Terrible East Bay/SF Commute
  • Poor Public Transportation
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

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