6.7 out of 10


38.0274870712504 -122.233952235982
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Childcare
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Retirees


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

"Great View, Terrible Commute"

Just to the east of the Foxboro neighborhood in Hercules is this neighborhood, Viewpoint in Rodeo. It includes Foxboro Downs, just to the east of Highway 4, which most people would consider to just be an extension of Hercules rather than an altogether new city. There is little sense that you have entered into Rodeo.

The Viewpoint neighborhood that includes what people call Foxboro Downs, I think, is well named. If you have ever been to the upper reaches of this neighborhood, you know it offers up some pretty good views of the San Pablo Bay.

The homes here are big contemporary style homes from the 1970’s that sell for about $225,000 or so. Everything here is Me Generation big from the homes with the steeply sloping roofs to the wide streets. Given what you are getting--a 2000ft. plus home with great views in a relatively safe area, you should really pay much more. (In the Peninsula you would be looking at $600,000 easy.)

So what is the catch? Like in the rest of this area, the commute into the city is pretty terrible. More than an hour to SF or even Oakland. And you can forget about San Jose--you have no chance of making it.

The schools are pretty mediocre too--but as long as you push your kids they can overcome that I think.

So I would say that if you can handle the commute--or maybe telecommute at least a couple of days a week, this could be a steal of neighborhood for you.
  • Great Views
  • Big Affordable Homes
  • Pretty Safe
  • Terrible Commute
  • So-So Schools
  • A Little Boring
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+

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"Nice 70's Looking Neighborhood"
38.0261212757554 -122.254138661668

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