Castro Valley's unique small town charm combined with the booming metropolis, culture and arts of nearby San Francisco Bay area make it a family-friendly city. MONEY Magazine and CNN/Money spent months looking for Great American towns, where one would want to raise children and celebrate life's milestones. Castro Valley placed in the top 1,100 towns in the nation for the title of "Best Places to Live" in 2005.
Castro Valley has some of the finest Eichler houses left in the San Francisco Bay Area. Eichler homes are from a branch of Modernist architecture that has come to be known as "California Modern," and typically feature glass walls, post-and-beam construction and open floor plans in a style in line with such decorated architects as Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright.
The history of Castro Valley begins before the arrival of European settlers. The area was settled by the Chocheņo Native Americans. Castro Valley is named after Don Guillermo, who a soldier in the Mexican army and rancher. The area began running a steam-operated saw mill in Redwood Canyon. During the 1940s and 1950s, Castro Valley was known for its chicken ranches, later developing into a bedroom community for commuters to the Bay area.
Whether it's the diverse cultural and recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the beautiful natural scenery, Castro Valley and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none. The combination of small-town charm within a short distance of a clean and lively downtown make Castro Valley a great place to call home.
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