Moving to San Leandro: 10+ Things to Know before You Do

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Are you considering moving to San Leandro, CA? This article is intended for people who are thinking of such a move. Of course, moving is a big decision and you would want to do your research first, so we compiled this information for you.

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How large is the population?

About 84,000 people live in San Leandro and they are a diverse group. About 27% are white, 27% are hispanic, 27% are asian and 12% are black. A number are also 2 or more races.

How much is housing?

The median home value in San Leandro is about $575,000 and the average rent
is approximately $1900.

The typical home in San Leandro may be cost about half of the median home value
in San Francisco, which is $1.1 million.

It isn’t common, but there are some condos in San Leandro for less than $400,000.
If you are open-minded, there are also some mobile homes for $250,000 or maybe a little less.

So, if you live in San Francisco and can’t afford a home, San Leandro might be a viable alternative.

San Leandro also has a marina, and it might be possible to rent a liveaboard slip there, although the number of these spaces is limited. If you had a 30-foot boat there, the slip fee might be about $350 a month, with another $350 for the live-aboard option.

If your prefer less urban density and noise than what is available in San Francisco or Oakland, moving to San Leandro might be a good choice for you. Families would probably appreciate the lower housing costs, and single people would as well, but there is also plenty of culture in the East Bay–particularly in nearby Berkeley. Moving to San Leandro might appeal to young adults who want a chance to have a starter home in order to build up some equity. It might also be an option for older adults who aren’t able to afford housing in San Francisco.

What about the food?

San Leandro is a diverse place, so it shouldn’t be shocking to find out that there is a wide range of cuisine; here are some of the top-rated restaurants:

Cinco TacoBar
Rocky’s Charcoal Grill
Original Mels Diner
Noodles Pho Me
Paradiso Restaurant
Rock N Roll
Bluebird Pizzeria
The Fusion Factory
Lotus Leaf
Puerto Bellow Mexican
Harry’s Hofbrau
Super 5 Chinese
Le Soleil
Elephant Bowl
Fifth Wheel
CreAsian
Rubiano’s
Los Cantaros Taqueria
Hoagy Steak
Gogo Sushi & BBQ
Shami Restuarant & Hookah Lounge
Hawaiian Poke Bowl
Pho T&T
Angry Fish Sushi

Similarly, there are quite a few grocery stores too:

Terrace Market
New Sang Chong Market
Super Mercado Mi Tierra
Pak N Save Food
D’ Gonzalez
Grocery Outlet Bargain Market
Bara’s Grocery & Deli
Estudillo Produce & Delicatessen
Pak n Save Foods
88 Supermarket
Lucky
Economy Market
Foodnet Supermarket
88 Manor Market
FoodMaxx
Los Pericos
Safeway
Galvan’s Market
New Comeback International

How are the schools?

According to Great Schools, the public schools are rated about average.

For adults, Merritt College and Chabot are two community colleges located near San Leandro. Mills College is also in Oakland,  which is not far away.

Cal-State East Bay and Unitek are in Hayward, and San Leandro is home to Carrington College.

Of course, there are many community colleges in the East Bay which are accessible by car and/or BART. Laney College is also fairly close, as is Berkeley City College, for example.

UC-Berkeley and UC-Santa Cruz are in the Bay Area, so there is high-quality education within driving distance of San Leandro.

What about jobs?

Some of San Leandro’s top employers are:

San Leandro Unified School District
Kaiser Permanente Medical Group
City of San Leandro
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
San Leandro Hospital
OSIsoft
Costco Wholesale
BCI Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Wal-Mart
Paramedics Plus

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Are there any parks?

San Leandro has about 23 parks, so there are plenty of open spaces within this medium-sized city. A number of them allow dogs to run off leash. There is also a park at the marina with very rich views of the bay and you can see some planes taking off and landing at the Oakland airport.

What about transportation?

San Leandro is located near freeways and has its own BART station; it is also very close to the Oakland Airport. City buses are available too. There is also an Amtrak station in Emeryville, which is not far away.

How about entertainment?

The historic BAL theater has live shows and some movies if you like to experience entertainment in that kind of setting. The Century San Leandro Bayfair 16 is a more contemporary venue for watching movies, if that is more to your taste.

San Leandro has a number of dance studios too, like the DC Dance Center, Dance Therapy, and the Conservatory of Classical Ballet.

Are there any golf courses?

There are several golf courses in San Leandro, including one at the Marina and the Tony Lema site. Lema was a professional golfer who was born in Oakland and racked up over 12 PGA tour wins, including a major.

Are there any other sports?

The city of San Leandro has a youth sports program, including fall football and specialty summer camps, for example, baseball for a variety of ages.

Are there churches or temples?
Faith Fellowship Foursquare Church
St Leander’s Church
San Lorenzo Japanese Christian Church
International Christian Center

There is at least one Hindu temple: Badarikashrama. There is also one or more synagogues, for example Beth Shalom.

What are the politics?

Most San Leandro adults typically vote for Democratic politicians, the breakdown is over 60% to 30% or less Republican voters. Moving to San Leandro from Berkeley would be a change, but perhaps not too shocking.

What are some fun things to do?

Little Explorers Mobile Petting Zoo
Fear Overload Eternal Nightmare Haunted House
Dancer Therapy
Historic BAL Theater
Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline
Marina Park
Ghirardelli Chocolate
Tony Lema Course at Monarch Bay

There are also some ice rinks in Oakland, which is very near San Leandro.

Moving to San Leandro might appeal to those people who are living in San Francisco and want cheaper housing, but still want to be able to ride BART. People who move to the Bay Area for jobs, also might investigate moving to San Leandro, because it isn’t as big as Oakland, and it still has some culture. It also is located near many of the places that people like to visit.

What is the history?

San Leandro has a fascinating history; the Ohlone were native people who lived there several thousand years ago. Spanish settlers arrived in the late 1700s, and there was a large group of Portugese who made San Leandro their home as well.

What is near San Leandro?

Lake Tahoe — 208 miles
Yosemite — 144 miles
Sacramento — 109 miles
Sonoma — 58 miles
Napa — 52 miles
San Jose — 33 miles
San Francisco — 22 miles
Berkeley — 15 miles
Oakland — 9.6 miles

Image Credits: City Hall, public domain, San Leandro Marina, Walter Siegmund, CC by 2.5