Hayward California As the sixth largest city in the Bay Area, Hayward, California, prides itself on comfort of living. Homeowners and buyers can rest assured that the crime rate and cost of living are 6 percent lower than the California average. Once known for its canning and salt production in the 1980s, this burgeoning city has since canned that reputation while maintaining its historical integrity. Hayward boasts a variety of new businesses, art initiatives and a pedestrian-friendly downtown, complemented by a bevy of stylish, small to mid-sized homes and tract housing.
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From the young to the old, Hayward has something for everyone and provides a nice refuge from the daily hustle and bustle of San Francisco, which is only 25 miles northwest. As new restaurants and retail shops continue to emerge, mainstay mom-and-pop shops have been a draw for locals and non-locals for many years (be sure to try the "Momma Burger" and chili cheese dogs). Roughly 146,000 culturally diverse residents call Hayward home. Cultural diversity is a big part of what makes the city so special. In fact, one of its biggest annual events, Cultures in Harmony Festival, brings people in from all over the Bay Area and even the world. Other notable annual festivals include the Zucchini Festival and City Blues Festival.
If you're a "homer," or considering becoming one, you'll be happy to know that Hayward has two BART stations. Convenience and accessibility is a big bonus when considering this East Bay city. Additionally, a comprehensive network of public transportation includes a train station, executive airport, and a number of bus lines and freeways. Any combination or choice of planes, trains and automobiles can quickly get you to nearby attractions like the Pacific Ocean, Tahoe, Yosemite State Park and wine country. For domestic and international travelers, the Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco airports are all within 25 miles or less. Hayward is riddled with beautiful trails for recreational activities like hiking, biking and running. There are also scenic spots for relaxing if you just fancy a picnic near a placid lake or maybe want to take your dog on a peaceful nature walk. All of these things considered, if you want to live in a developing and safe community that has a crime rate 119 percent lower than Oakland and a cost of living that is 22 percent lower than San Francisco, then Hayward is a Bay City you should give strong consideration to.