5.3 out of 10

Downtown Castro Valley

Ranked 9th best neighborhood in Castro Valley
37.6944649766734 -122.082786877901
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
  • Medical Facilities
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+


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

"Typical Downtown, Okay Ranch Home Neighborhood"

Downtown Castro Valley is, like most downtowns, the place to go for shopping and restaurants in Castro Valley. You will find the usual things that you would expect from virtually any suburb: drugstores like Rite Aid and restaurants like Chipotle and fast food places like Taco Bell.

That is not all that there is here of course. You will also find truly local businesses like KO Websites, Crush Comics and Kurt Burton Photography.

There is even an okay bar, Spanky’s, that I hear has dancing, but where I’ve never actually been.

Within the crescent shape of the neighborhood, south of Castro Valley Blvd., you will find a relatively standard 1950’s era neighborhood, filled with well-kept Ranch homes on relatively quiet streets. There is even the occasionally compelling front yard presentation with a home having a Buddha statue and painted pink garage—as I saw down one street in this neighborhood the last time I was here. (Check out this address on Google Maps if you want to give it a gander: 20956 San Miguel Avenue, Castro Valley.)

The median home price here is around $300K, with prices ranging from $200 to $400, basically.

The exception to this would be the trailer park on the eastern end of Downtown. This is just a pretty typical trailer park with all that you expect from such a place—asphalt lanes between closely plotted trailers.

And there are also a sprinkling of apartment buildings in the area as well—some of the newest structures as far as I can tell.

Oh yeah, and we should not forget that this is the location of the BART station, so if you live here you are perfectly positioned for commuting to Oakland, Pittsburgh or SF without ever having to jump into a car.

Crime is a bit of an issue along Castro Valley Road—where it is sort of an epicenter.

So it is a pretty active area with pros and cons for those looking to set down roots.
  • Good for Typical Shopping
  • Good for BART Commuters
  • Good Schools
  • Some Crime
  • Kind of Busy
  • Older Homes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+

Best Streets in Downtown Castro Valley


Redwood Rd

"Perfect place to do just about anything"
37.6938189167406 -122.07396020626

Village Dr

"Great Indian restaurants offer me a taste of culture, when I cannot find my own"
37.6966225895616 -122.076626492912

Unranked Streets in Downtown Castro Valley

"Peaceful Cul De Sac"
37.6946264648873 -122.080129054964
"Nosy Landlord Ruins a Great Place for Apartments"
37.6975792495087 -122.077526752392

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