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130 Apartments for rent in Castro Valley, CA

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Last updated January 19 at 6:15am UTC
9729 Wild Horse Ct.
Castro Valley
Castro Valley, CA
Updated January 13 at 12:02pm UTC
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3906 Lindsay Lane
Castro Valley
Castro Valley, CA
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21181 Wilbeam Avenue Garage
Castro Valley
Castro Valley, CA
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20413 Almeda St
Castro Valley
Castro Valley, CA
Updated January 17 at 11:34am UTC
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17109 Ehle Street
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Castro Valley, CA
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19983 Santa Maria #102
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Castro Valley, CA
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4329 Gem Ave
Castro Valley
Castro Valley, CA
Updated January 13 at 12:01pm UTC
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20607 Congress Way Apt F
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Castro Valley, CA
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19526 Yuma St.
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Castro Valley, CA
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City Guide
Castro Valley
Castro Valley: Where Celebrities are Bred

There are plenty of famous people who came from this make-believe city, including athletes, news anchors and musicians. Among the remarkable long, long list of notable Castro Valley residents are Major League Baseball players Greg Tabor, Ed Sprague Jr., Kevin Mass, Bryan Keyser and aptly-named Jason Castro. Castro Valley has also been home to professional skateboarder Amy Caron, professional drummer Mike Bordin of the band Faith No More, and big-time musical comedian Kyle Glass of Tenacious D. Plenty more athletes were born and bred here, so it's a pretty good sign that Castro Valley is a town full of people who put a lot of effort into sports teams. You might even think of this town as a special sort of hot-house for growing talented, successful people.

Cool Stuff in Town

When you first come into Castro Valley, you'll see a sign bidding you "welcome". This sign has a certain quaint 1970s charm that seems to be smiling widely at you, beckoning you to come in and start a new chapter of your life. Of course, feeling welcome is all well and good, but you'll need to entertain yourself in your new home town.

Once you have found a rental home here, there are lots of places to visit and spend your free time. Movie lovers can check out the Chabot Theater, where that certain small-town charm translates into one-screen cinema. When you only have the choice of seeing one movie at a time, you'll find that it becomes a more special event. Like in the 1960s! Buy a movie ticket and reminisce in high-definition with a bucket of popcorn and your favorite candy bar.

Are you a golf nut? If you're going to live here, maybe you should look into becoming one. The Willow Park golf course is the perfect way to spend some time in the California sunshine and connect with the real physical world around you. It's also a great way to unwind after a long week of work, or to hang out with your friends on a golf cart with a couple of drinks. Creative parents might consider showing their teenagers how to pilot a golf cart before letting them at the family car - just a thought.

If you are digging the old-school romance of Castro Valley, you can also check out local square dancing lessons or punish the aforementioned teenagers who trashed a local golf cart by bringing them to a formal lesson. If the lessons go well, you can congratulate him or her with a nice trip to Lake Chabot for fresh air, fishing and no silly outfits.

The Climate in the Valley

First things first, this is California, and in general, the weather here is nothing to complain about. Castro Valley specifically enjoys summer highs of around 76 degrees Fahrenheit, with winter lows around 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Usually, August is the hottest month of the year and December is the coldest. This may come as a shock if you are moving here from somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere, but rest assured, this is perfectly normal weather behavior. Enjoy the sunshine!

Finding Your Nighttime Escape

As is often the case with unincorporated towns, the population and housing opportunities are fairly widely spread across Castro Valley. It's still a little bit like traveling from farm-to-farm at times, with a mile or so between residential centers. In the more highly-populated center of town, rents are cheaper and easier to find. To the north and northeast of this urban center, the rental costs are slightly higher as well as fewer and farther between. Rental condos and apartments in the center of town are more difficult to find than rental houses, which increase in price the farther they are from the center of town. Why the difference? The more expensive options are generally newer, larger and allow their residents more privacy in a sparsely populated part of town.

Homes here are beautiful and often quite new or remodeled recently, with interesting architectural flare thrown in for good measure. If you like eccentric homes, chances are good that you can find something to your taste here in Castro Valley. You can choose from a variety of architectural styles, from the more conservative box-style home to a modern, spacious, orange-toned esoteric wonder.

Rent Report
Castro Valley

January 2018 Castro Valley Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2018 Castro Valley Rent Report. Castro Valley rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Castro Valley rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Castro Valley rent trends were flat over the past month

Castro Valley rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased slightly by 1.4% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Castro Valley stand at $2,470 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,100 for a two-bedroom. Castro Valley's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 4.3%, as well as the national average of 2.8%.

Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Castro Valley, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Francisco metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Oakland has seen rents fall by 14.2% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It also has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,140.
  • Richmond has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.6%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,580, while one-bedrooms go for $2,060.
  • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,200; rents were up 1.7% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Castro Valley

As rents have increased slightly in Castro Valley, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Castro Valley is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased significantly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 4.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 5.4% in Los Angeles, 3.3% in San Diego, and 2.7% in San Jose.
  • Castro Valley's median two-bedroom rent of $3,100 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 1.4% increase in Castro Valley.
  • While Castro Valley's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including Phoenix (+3.8%), Seattle (+3.0%), and Dallas (+2.2%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Castro Valley than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,020, where Castro Valley is more than three times that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
San Francisco $2,400 $3,010 -1.1% 0.5%
Oakland $1,700 $2,140 -14.7% -14.2%
Fremont $2,850 $3,580 0.0% 3.0%
Hayward $2,230 $2,800 0.1% 2.8%
Concord $2,340 $2,940 -3.3% 3.4%
Berkeley $2,040 $2,570 1.5% -3.7%
Richmond $2,060 $2,580 0.4% 5.6%
Antioch $2,850 $3,580 -0.6% 5.1%
Daly City $2,400 $3,010 0.5% 0.4%
San Mateo $3,340 $4,200 0.1% 1.7%
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Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.