Ashland is a vibrant community centered around the retail district on E. 14th. Street. The active hub of the district is the Ashland REACH Youth Center, which serves youth from all over Alameda County, and plays host to a number of annual community events.
The community is located between the cities of San Leandro and Hayward. It is roughly defined by Hesperian Boulevard to the West, I-580 to the East, 150th Ave to the North and Hampton Rd to the South, where it meets the Cherryland District.
Castro Valley remains a community that keeps a foot in its history while making the most of the present. Ranches in the canyons compliment the pastoral feel of its many neighborhoods and the community comes alive for its annual rodeo. This is also a get-out-and-do-it community, making the most of its many parks and trails, and also congregating as a community for special occasions in the newly redesigned downtown. Home to one of the area’s premier school districts, Castro Valley heavily supports education and the arts.
Castro Valley is the largest community in unincorporated Alameda County. Nestled in a confluence of canyons, Castro Valley is loosely bounded to the South by Grove Way, and to the West by an irregular border that runs to Fairmont Ave, and turns East at Chabot Park and runs along Redwood Rd to Moraga.
Cherryland today retains its rural charm with unique homes and a close knit community. Cherryland has many near-by treasures; the East Bay Regional Parks, Lake Chabot, and the William Meek Mansion just to name a few. The Cherryland Community Association is a very active group of residents, working tirelessly for the benefit of the district and its residents.
Foothill Blvd describes its boundary to the East, Hampton Rd to the North, Meekland Ave to the West where it meets San Lorenzo, and Smalley Ave bounds the South.
When you see a neighborhood for the first time, the most important thing is often the way it looks, like its homes and its setting. Some places look the same, but they only reveal their true character after living in them for a while because they contain a unique mix of occupational or cultural groups. This neighborhood is very unique in some important ways.
The Fairview neighborhood has more Haitian and Portuguese ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America. Fairview is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 5.6% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Tagalog, which is the first language of the Philippine region, at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 98.4% of the neighborhoods in America.
San Lorenzo is characterized by a strong sense of community and an abiding connection with its earlier times. Claimed by some to feature the best weather in the East Bay, San Lorenzens and visitors alike make great use of the parks, walking paths and creek access to soak up the sun. Home ownership reflects a deep pride in community, and retailers and service providers are bringing fresh appeal to the business district.
San Lorenzo, also known as San Lorenzo Village, is a well-established community in unincorporated Alameda County. The community pushes west from Cherryland to the Bay. The Eastern boundary is near Meekland Ave where San Lorenzo meets Cherryland and the northern and southern borders are Lewelling Ave and Bartlett Ave.
Sunol is a rural community of 900 to 1200 people located in the most eastern part of District 20’s unincorporated area. The total land area designated as Sunol encompasses 86 square miles - about the same size as the city of San Francisco.
In 1981, in an election hatched by locals as a joke, Bosco Ramos the dog ran against two human candidates for the mayoral slot, and beat both. He became known as America's first dog mayor. He led the annual Halloween parade, and could often be seen at Sunol events and social gatherings in his formal tuxedo. Bosco died in his sleep in 1994. A bronze statue of Bosco was erected next to the post office, under the town clock.
The current Sunol Glen school, built in 1925, has about 250 students in kindergarten through eighth grades. The school has always acted as a community center - the auditorium still contains a metal lined movie projection loft designed during the era of carbon-arc projectors. Over the years, fires have consumed much of the historic structures in Sunol. Most recently, between 1987 and 1989, three separate fires destroyed seven businesses and a home on Main Street.
A small but welcoming area of District 20 which is bordered by Bartlett Avenue, Hesperian Boulevard, West A and Hathaway Avenue in Hayward, Hayward Acres may be one of the best kept secrets in unincorporated Alameda County. This district is an up and coming area with many residents who are involved in their community.
Of note in Hayward Acres is the Royal Sunset High School, a postsecondary institution that provides academic education to students in grades 9 through 12. The school provides academic instructions in language arts, math, science, social studies, technology education, art, music, computer applications and business. It is a part of the San Lorenzo Unified School District.