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Castro Valley gets it’s name from Don Guillermo Castro a soldier in the Mexican Army granted about 28,000 acres of land in what is today Hayward, San Lorenzo and Castro Valley. Most of the land in the early days was used to support the San Jose Mission as grazing lands. However, Castro had a gambling problem and over time, he was forced to sell his land to pay for gambling debts.
In the early 1900’s Castro Valley was mostly farmland and was known for it’s chicken farms. Following WWII, the area slowly began being developed as a housing community.
Today Castro Valley is still a great place to live though most who live there commute to jobs in Oakland, Hayward, San Francisco or the Pleasanton/Dublin Area. With the addition of BART in the 1997 Castro Valley has become a hub for families liking a suburban life while having an easy commute to most other locals in the Bay Area.
Though there are some expensive estates in the hills around Castro Valley. However, most of the homes in Castro Valley are very affordable. Combined with easy access to Hwy 580, Hwy 238, and BART and good home values, Castro Valley is a great opportunity for a first time home buyer.