Welcome to Hayward / San Leandro
The diverse, unique, and imaginative heart of The Bay
On the southern edge of Oakland, Hayward and San Leandro offer a diverse environment, unique entertainment options, and some of the most affordable homes in the Bay Area, without being located too far away from the excitement of the city.
A growing population has led to the construction of bridges and major roadways, connecting the community to the San Francisco Peninsula and offering easy commuting options for those working in the inner city. In addition to the many freeways and bridges, Bay Area Rapid Transit trains offer quick access to both San Francisco and San Jose. These modern conveniences have made Hayward/San Leandro a great place to thrive in the Bay Area.
What to Love
- The proud history of many immigrants is clear and on display throughout the community’s several top-rated eateries serving exotic, authentic fare.
- Hayward/San Leandro is home to extensive conservation sites including parks and shoreline centers.
- San Leandro is known for its vibrant downtown, farmers’ market, and the annual Cherry Festival held each year for over a century.
Hayward/San Leandro is rich in history and culture. The area’s unique vibe is proud of their immigrant past and the numerous small businesses run by these first and second-generation citizens. Despite its proximity to Oakland and San Francisco, small-town charm is widespread in festivals and farmers’ markets held throughout the year. Residents care deeply for their community and environment; visits to parks and shoreline conservations across the area are favorite ways to spend the weekends.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The cultural diversity and rich immigration history have made Hayward/San Leandro one of the most exciting places to call home, especially food-wise. Local favorites like traditional American and Northern Californian cuisine are easily found, as are cuisines from across the globe. One favorite of the locals can be found at Paradiso, open since 1996. Guests can dine indoors or out on their expansive patio and enjoy seafood, steaks, and their famous wood-fired smoked salmon pizza. Neumanali is another option, serving a more diverse, global menu. Located in a restored Victorian home, Neumanali features one of the best wine lists within Northern California. Large, hearty dishes are served at reasonable prices, topped with unique spices and blends of flavor.
Centrally located between many freeways and main thoroughfares, shopping for both everyday needs and special occasions alike is convenient and easy to access. In addition to the many well-known brands in town, one favorite locally-owned boutique is Ally’s Consignment. New items from world-famous designers are brought in every week in a variety of styles, from casual to dressy, and everything in between.
Things To Do
Hayward/San Leandro is proud of their natural beauty. Lake Don Castro Regional Park is a favorite amongst locals. At 101 acres large, this centrally-located hangout features a swimming lagoon, created in 1964 when the Alameda Flood Control & Water Conservation District dammed off San Lorenzo Creek. Festivals and farmers’ markets are also regular evets in the calendars of local residents. The former cherry-growing capital of the world, San Leandro honors their heritage at the annual San Leandro Cherry Festival with live music, food, and drinks, all made from the namesake fruit.
Hayward/San Leandro is home to many excellent educational opportunities for both children and adults. One prime example is:
- Cal State University, Eastbay; part of the 23-campus California State University system offering 136 undergraduate and 60 post-baccalaureate degree options