5.6 out of 10

Mt. Eden

Ranked 3rd best neighborhood in Hayward
37.644193371826 -122.113442203583
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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

"Chabot, New Homes and a Great Commuter Launch Pad"

Mt. Eden in Hayward is perhaps best known as the home of Chabot College--one of the Bay Area’s several community colleges. Chabot Community College has been around for over 50 years and has various transfer programs for UCs and CSUs as well as several occupational training degree programs. It is a good school that offers students affordable college level instruction and opportunities.

Most of the rest of Mt. Eden is a residential area. Homes here are a largely newer than in other parts of Hayward. The newest section is just to the west of the college. This is where you will find many homes dating from the 1990s. These are the fairly typical Contemporary style homes that you expect from this era--averaging around $350K with the ceiling at around $500K.

There is also a mobile home park on the far north of the neighborhood by Hayward Executive Airport. These mobile homes run around $100k. Up on the northern end there are also a number of Reagan era Contemporary Style homes.

The southern end of the neighborhood is where you find the Eisenhower Era homes more typical of Hayward: small Ranch style home with a slightly run down look to them.

Schools here are not great, but they are a little better than in other parts of Hayward. Eden Gardens and Ochoa Middle School are solidly below average (though not bottom of the barrel) while the high school that serves this neighborhood, Eden High School is average--an accomplishment for this area. Average schools like this are usually strong enough to give determined families a chance to give their kids a solid education so long as they have the wherewithal and determination to stay on top of things with their kids. (Not always easy to do, as I know firsthand.)

You definitely can’t beat the commuting options from this location. It is one of the few spots in the Bay Area where you can reach San Francisco, San Jose, Palo Alto and most of San Mateo within one hours commute without paying through your ears for it.

As to crime, it is not too bad, with only about a half dozen assaults and 2 dozens burglaries in the last 6 months. There are also about half a dozen sex offenders who live here--most of them up by the trailer park.

Overall, however, this is probably one of the best residential neighborhoods in Hayward.
Pros
  • Great For Commuters
  • Relatively Affordable
  • Nice Newer Homes
Cons
  • Some Crime
  • Traffic
  • Schools Just Okay
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great Immigrant history! Some names in the area are hard to pronounce."

So many of the small neighborhoods that make up cities around the Bay area in California all share one important trait and that is history. Many of the neighborhoods are relatively young. Mt. Eden is a typical neighborhood with middle class houses, apartments, sprawling highways, restaurants, and a post office. The passerby's would never guess that this area originally started off as a tourist destination then became a haven for the salt industries. Once the salt industries began to dry up the area became the neighborhood that it is pretty much known for today. Mt. Eden has a heavy European population especially of German and Danish origins. If you aren't from the area you will see many small businesses that are impossible to pronounce, even by the local standards. Those are the Danish names. J Arthur Freeway is the most familiar road in Mt. Eden because it leads to the outside world and passes right through on the edge.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Mt. Eden

1

Xavier Ave

3/5
"Great street with lots of shopping and eating out. "
37.6480280036939 -122.111357679241

Unranked Streets in Mt. Eden

"Nice residential street with LOTS of kids. "
37.6362369282153 -122.110114541824

Madeline Ln

2.5/5
"Nice homes but RIGHT next to a school"
37.6369611603044 -122.109093772156
"Home values go down because of the ugly factories."
37.6351216586512 -122.103354954783

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