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251 Apartments for rent in Hayward, CA

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Last updated December 13 at 2:30am UTC
52 Fernridge Court
Santa Clara
Hayward, CA
Updated November 29 at 11:28am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,550
29438 Holyoke Ave
Tennyson-Alquire
Hayward, CA
Updated December 12 at 6:00pm UTC
5 Bedrooms
$3,800
26730 Tyrrell Ave
Harder-Tennyson
Hayward, CA
Updated November 30 at 11:26am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,495
24020 Park Street
Burbank
Hayward, CA
Updated December 12 at 11:37am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,495
22765 7th St
Upper B Street
Hayward, CA
Updated December 9 at 5:57pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,300
441 Bartlett Ave
San Lorenzo
Hayward, CA
Updated December 7 at 11:53am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,100
19601 Medford Cir 1
Cherryland
Hayward, CA
Updated December 4 at 4:04pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,450
22139 Castille Ln
North Hayward
Hayward, CA
Updated December 8 at 2:38am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,560
657 Dean Street
Burbank
Hayward, CA
Updated December 6 at 11:09am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,550
25738 Spring Dr
Mission-Foothill
Hayward, CA
Updated December 12 at 6:00pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,895
22140 Castille Ln APT 78
North Hayward
Hayward, CA
Updated December 5 at 11:35am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,100
676 Mesa Cir
Downtown Hayward
Hayward, CA
Updated December 12 at 6:00pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,650
Garin Ave
Mission-Garin
Hayward, CA
Updated December 7 at 9:33am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,090
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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!

Hayward Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
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.