6.9 out of 10

Hercules By the Bay

38.0117009302961 -122.288588167623
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+


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

"Pretty Good Neighborhood--Should Go to the Bay"

Hercules by the Bay is the neighborhood on the far western end of Hercules that stretches from San Pablo Avenue to Chelsea by the Bay, which is right by the Bay’s edge. (Really, I think I would have have just included Chelsea by the Bay as part of Hercules by the Bay--renamed them both Chelsea by the Bay. Chelsea is just too small to be a neighborhood by itself and Hercules by the Bay just feels as if it should naturally extend to the Bay as the name indicates.)

Hercules by the Sea was built just a bit before Chelsea by the Sea to the north (mid-80’s mostly I think). The homes here are almost all nicely kept Contemporary style homes and typically these homes sell for around $300K. Like in Chelsea by the Sea, virtually 100% of homes here sell due to foreclosure, which explains, a bit, why they sell for such relatively low prices.

The streets here are nicely kept and quiet enough where kids could conceivably ride bikes. Like most of the rest of Hercules the schools are okay, it is relatively safe and the commute kind of sucks.

Given the low prices however, this area is still a steal if you have a job that is somewhere in the mid Bay or north.
  • Nice Homes
  • Fairly Affordable
  • Sidewalks for Walking and Biking
  • Too Many Foreclosures
  • Okay but Not Great Schools
  • Bad Commute
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+

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