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177 Apartments for rent in Hayward, CA

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Last updated June 21 at 6:52am UTC
476 Blue Bonnet Pl
Harder-Tennyson
Hayward, CA
Updated June 21 at 1:26am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,600
1201 B St Apt 23
Upper B Street
Hayward, CA
Updated June 20 at 1:31pm UTC
Studio
$1,650
24267 Silva Ave
Jackson Triangle
Hayward, CA
Updated June 16 at 5:27pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
24263 Silva Ave
Jackson Triangle
Hayward, CA
Updated June 16 at 5:27pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,200
1492 Highland Blvd
Mission-Foothill
Hayward, CA
Updated June 16 at 1:59am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,950
24657 Whitman St
Jackson Triangle
Hayward, CA
Updated June 14 at 10:16am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,200
25016 Lucien Way
Jackson Triangle
Hayward, CA
Updated June 20 at 10:42am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,975
213 Poplar Avenue
Cherryland
Hayward, CA
Updated June 19 at 9:23am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
1032 Clubhouse Drive
San Lorenzo
Hayward, CA
Updated June 19 at 9:20am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,650
418 Morello Dr.
Burbank
Hayward, CA
Updated June 17 at 9:26am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,700
City Guide
Hayward
We aren’t Beverly Hills and we never wanted to be anyway.

Some of the world’s great cities were born out of trade, or war, or natural resources, but not Hayward, California. This towering megalopolis of 120,000 was born out of the need to escape California’s insanely high real estate market. Hayward’s appeal, besides its envy-inducing California weather and scenery, is its prime location between San Jose, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Oakland, allowing the workaday masses to commute in to their place of employment and come home to a house that doesn't break the bank. It’s a convenient arrangement.

Neighborhoods

Hayward is slowly attempting to revitalize its small downtown area. There are few more shops and bars now, and a small number of the spaces above them have been renovated into apartments or lofts. Renting in Hayward's downtown area can be slightly cheaper than elsewhere in town, offers a bit more of a walkable community feel. A decent two-bedroom apartment here will go for around $1200, but one-bedrooms still don’t get much below $1000.

If apartments and townhouses aren’t your style, nicer single-family homes are available in the Fairview and Santa Clara areas. While substantially swankier than most of the rest Hayward, these homes are newer and larger, but will run around $2500-$3000 for a four bedroom. Hayward Hills also boasts nicer homes. Small two-bedroom homes will start around $1500.

Location, Location, Location

One of the primary reasons typically listed for living in Hayward, besides its lower real estate costs, is its location. Hayward is centrally located at the intersection of highways 238 and 92 which makes commuting to work in the surrounding environs relatively easy. There is also a BART station on Western Avenue that serves as conveyance to San Francisco. The city is about a half hour trip away for those looking for excitement outside of their city walls.

Home Sweet Hayward

Hayward is one of the most choicest choices when looking for a centrally located rental in an area renowned for its sky-high real estate. There are more than a few interesting Hayward attractions – the Shoreline Center on Winton, a wetlands hiking area and nature museum, the PhotoCentral gallery downtown dedicated to the technical arts of photography, and Garin Park, a former cattle ranch now frequented by barbecuers. Given a little love and a few more years, expect Hayward develop both culturally and population wise. Welcome to Hayward & happy hunting!

June 2018 Hayward Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2018 Hayward Rent Report. Hayward rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Hayward rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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Rent Report
Hayward

June 2018 Hayward Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2018 Hayward Rent Report. Hayward rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Hayward rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Hayward rents increase sharply over the past month

Hayward rents have increased 1.1% over the past month, and have increased moderately by 2.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Hayward stand at $2,270 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,850 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in January. Hayward's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 2.2%, as well as the national average of 1.5%.

Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Hayward, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Francisco metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Richmond has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.5%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,710, while one-bedrooms go for $2,150.
  • Over the past year, Berkeley is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 4.2%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,630, while one-bedrooms go for $2,090.
  • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,220; rents went down 1.0% over the past month but rose 4.5% over the past year.
  • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,370; rents increased 0.6% over the past month but remained flat year-over-year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Hayward

As rents have increased moderately in Hayward, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Hayward is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 2.2% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.2% in San Jose, 1.9% in Los Angeles, and 1.8% in San Diego.
  • Hayward's median two-bedroom rent of $2,850 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 2.5% increase in Hayward.
  • While Hayward's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide saw decreases, including Chicago (-0.8%), Seattle (-0.8%), and DC (-0.1%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Hayward than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,040, where Hayward is more than two-and-a-half 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 $2,440 $3,070 0.1% 1.5%
Oakland $1,770 $2,220 -1.0% 4.5%
Fremont $2,960 $3,710 1.2% 5.3%
Hayward $2,270 $2,850 1.1% 2.5%
Concord $2,400 $3,010 -1.6% 1.1%
Berkeley $2,090 $2,630 1.9% -4.2%
Richmond $2,150 $2,710 2.2% 5.5%
Antioch $2,860 $3,590 -0.1% 4.3%
Daly City $2,440 $3,070 0.6% 2.6%
San Mateo $3,480 $4,370 0.6% 0.3%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

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.

Methodology:

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.

Renter Confidence Survey

Apartment List has released Hayward's results from the first annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 18,000 renters, provides new insights into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

"Renters gave Hayward a below average grade for city satisfaction, despite general confidence in the local economy," says Andrew Tam, Vice President of Data Science at Apartment List. "The US re...

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Hayward Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how Hayward ranks on:
C+ Overall satisfaction
B- Safety and crime rate
A- Confidence in the local economy
F Plans for homeownership
B+ Recreational activities
B+ Quality of schools
C+ Commute time
F State and local taxes
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Hayward's results from the first annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 18,000 renters, provides new insights into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

"Renters gave Hayward a below average grade for city satisfaction, despite general confidence in the local economy," says Andrew Tam, Vice President of Data Science at Apartment List. "The US renter population is at its highest level in 20 years, and Hayward renters show particularly low plans for future homeownership and strong disapproval of the local tax regime."

Key findings in Hayward include the following:

  • Hayward received a C+ overall, ranking 63rd in our study out of 100 cities nationwide.
  • Hayward's highest grade is an A- for confidence in the local economy: 33% of renters believe the local economy is on the right track.
  • Only 42% of Hayward respondents said they plan to purchase a home in the future versus the national average of 60%. This gave the city an F in plans for homeownership, ranking 94th overall.
  • Renters gave Hayward above average marks for quality of local schools, earning a B+, with 60% of respondents reporting satisfaction.
  • California cities generally graded poorly for state and local taxes, and Hayward was no exception -- only 21% reported satisfaction, ranking 93rd in the nation.
  • Among Northern California cities in our study, San Francisco topped the list for overall satisfaction with an A+ followed by Sacramento (A-), San Jose (B+), Hayward (C+), Santa Rosa (C), Vallejo (C), Oakland (C-), and Modesto (D).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for city satisfaction were Plano, TX; Boston, MA; Arlington, VA; Austin, TX; and Torrance, CA. The lowest rated cities were Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; and Columbia, SC.

A detailed report explaining the survey's methodology, analysis, and findings is available upon request. To obtain a copy, please email Andrew Tam, Apartment List's Vice President of Data Science, at andrew@apartmentlist.com.