Castro Valley is located in the Bay Area of California. Nestled in a quiet valley surrounded by tree covered rolling hills, Castro Valley residents, businesses, and visitors enjoy a rural atmosphere at the hub of California's cultural, economical and recreational heartland. Castro Valley boasts such natural amenities as an extensively developed park system, swimming lagoon, 315 acre lake, and a beautiful 18 hole golf course. About the history of Castro Valley: As many as 30 or 40 Ohlone native villages once surrounded the area. In 1797 Missionaries arrived and in 1838, Don Castro of the Mexican military acquired Rancho San Lorenzo. The Castro Valley area was part of this ranch. In 1864, Castro lost the land to gambling and other debts. By 1852, the Castro Valley area became populated by 49er settlers. By 1920, Castro Valley was a full blown town with roughly 370 families living off chicken farming. Schools:
Schools are top notch and award winning. In Castro Valley, elementary schools run from K-5th grade, middle school/junior high from 6th-8th and high school 9th-12th.
The Five Canyons, Castro Valley is comprised of 913 homes located in the rolling hills of Castro Valley built by Centex. This neighborhood has Condominiums, townhouses and Single Family Homes and it offers miles of hiking trails maintained by East Bay Regional Park District and horse trails that lead through the beautiful forests and countryside. Feature amenities include a heated olympic size swimming pool, hot tub, wading pool, community clubhouse, recreational vehicle parking spaces, three tennis courts and a basketball court. The public school for the Five Canyons neighborhood is Independent Elementary School. Five Canyons has been professionally managed by Walsh Property Management since 1998.
Another neighborhood in Castro Valley with very good schools is Palomares Hills. This area comprises of Townhouses, Duet homes and Single family homes built by Shapel. Jensen Elementary school is the public school within the Palomares Hills community.
Estimated median household income in 2009: $75,347 (it was $64,874 in 2000)
Estimated per capita income in 2009: $35,464
Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $526,636 (it was $294,800 in 2000)
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $657,648; Detached houses: $681,310; Townhouses or other attached units: $591,471; In 2-unit structures: $410,091; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $611,395; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $357,299; Mobile homes: $103,746; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $252,126
Median gross rent in 2009: $1,208