6.5 out of 10

Central Castro Valley

Ranked 6th best neighborhood in Castro Valley
37.7061014906531 -122.081336046155
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • No ratings yet
Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+


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

"Nice Neighborhood, Great High School"

Home to Castro Valley High, Central Castro Valley is basically just a residential neighborhood that happens to be in the geographical middle of Castro Valley. This is not where you will find the main commercial area of Castro Valley, which is actually just to the south of here.

Castro Valley High School, as the flagship of Castro Valley School north of Highway 580 has an API of 9--very strong. Even stronger are the offerings at the high school and the achievements of its students across the board. Not only do they average higher than 1500 on their SAT’s but the school offers a host of AP and Honors classes, from Honors American Sign Language and Honors Orchestra to AP Japanese. This is representative of the Castro Valley Schools which are known for being some of the best in the area.

Oh yes, and Rachel Maddow and the bassist for Metalica, Cliff Burton are both alumni.

The neighborhood itself is mostly made up of older homes with maybe slightly more than half dating to the 50’s--these are, of course, smallish Ranch homes of the kind anyone who is familiar with California is quite familiar with in the older neighborhoods. But there is also a fair share of somewhat newer homes from the 80’s and 90’s, many of them total remodels of older homes.

The median home price here is around $400k with prices for single family homes ranging from roughly $200k to $650k (less than 10% sell for outside this range on either end).

There is some crime but it is mostly not of the violent variety.

Overall this is a pretty quiet, safe, relatively affordable neighborhood.
  • Great Schools
  • Quiet Neighborhood
  • Great Spot for SF/Pleasanton Commuters
  • Old House Problems
  • Some Minor Crime
  • A Bit on the Dull Side
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+

"Quiet Friendly Neighborhood"

This is a typically small town quiet neighborhood. It has clean streets, with little cars and people. It's mostly houses, trees, and greens. I didn't see much shops in the area, mostly just houses. This is a nice place to live, but not much to do for entertainment or fun. I didn't even see a movie theater while I was there, most of what I saw where houses and more house. It seemed really boring there, and I wouldn't really want to live there.
People that I would recommend to live here would be retired couples that want a quiet life, no tall buildings and nothing fancy.
Recommended for
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Central Castro Valley


California St

"A nice street to live on"
37.7091525973689 -122.076321209446

Unranked Streets in Central Castro Valley

"Beautiful old residences with well established gardens."
37.7097047980881 -122.077954806785

Bonsai Pl

"Quaint little street with a lot of curb appeal."
37.7081163566398 -122.078725187714
"Children free! Buy your first house on this street!"
37.70656859125 -122.086626795123

Cottage Ct

"If your looking for a good home at a great price check out Cottage Court"
37.7077441742732 -122.083223852295

Jerald Ct

"Average eastbay residential street, part 3"
37.7081621518245 -122.087244292228

Lotus Ct

"Quiet and private describes this small court."
37.7082496997051 -122.079034392316

Lux Ave

"The Hansel and Gretel Street"
37.7053702689165 -122.08034657564

Nando Ct

"Up and coming neighborhood great for new families."
37.7083550883215 -122.075508849147

Patton Dr

"Older and well established residential neighborhood."
37.7085625352652 -122.077189243862

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