Overview of Castro Valley
Near the scenic beauty of Lake Chabot, the areas around Castro Valley, Calif., are among some of the fastest-growing in the Golden State. Because of its close location to everything the Bay Area has to offer, loads of recreational opportunities and warm, welcoming small-town community, it is no surprise that Castro Valley apartments for rent have become such a sought-after commodity. Based on information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has seen a recent seven percent jump in population from 2000 to 2010 because of everything this fantastic small town has to offer.
Living in Castro Valley, CA
Castro Valley was once part of the San Jose Mission as early as 1797; however, the city didn't begin to take shape until it was founded by the city's namesake, Don Guillermo Castro. After acquiring more than 28,000 acres in a land grant, he eventually lost the city due to gambling debts and the city eventually became acquired by pioneers seeking treasures during the California Gold Rush. Today, Castro Valley has become part of the prominent and expansive Bay Area. Known for its excellent schools, beautiful scenic landscapes and high quality of life, it is no surprise that the city has seen an increase in population to more than 61,000, according to 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data. Despite being part of a fast-growing area, the city has a remarkably low cost of living compared to other residential areas in the the Bay Area, according to City-Data.
Castro Valley Attractions and Special Events
One of the biggest events in the area held every fall is the Valley Blues Festival. Featuring the best blues artists of San Francisco and the surrounding areas, this family-friendly attraction joins many East Bay Area businesses, merchants, gourmet food vendors, and wineries to show some of the hottest blues musicians in the area. Another popular festival is the Castro Valley Fall Festival, a grand community event that has drawn in thousands of visitors and residents for more than 40 years.
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