San Leandro is a city with over 80,000 residents nestled In the East Bay’s Alameda County. It is in between the neighboring cities of Oakland and Hayward with an exclusive history that played a vital role in the region’s development.
The first people of this region were ancestors of the Ohlone Nation arriving between 3500 and 2500 BC. When the Spanish explored the smaller “Rancho San Leandro” it was than given to the early pioneer Jose Joaquin Estudillo. By 1855, his family started to lay out the blueprint for the city’s future. The majority of the city was inhabited by Portuguese immigrants accounting for more than half of its population. It was named the county seat in 1856 until the courthouse was destroyed by the Hayward Fault Earthquake. During the Civil War, the city and a nearby town known as Brooklyn formed a California militia company called the Brooklyn Guard. The post-war era brought racial tensions with it and by the 1960’s nearly 100 percent of San Leandro was white. By the 1980’s it started to diversify and is now home to a leading Asian population.
The City of San Leandro guides participants down West Estudillo Avenue and E.14th Street with over 10 markers placed on historic sites. This is known as the History Walk that takes place every year analyzing the significance of transportation, agriculture and indigenous settlers. Speaking of history, the Casa Peralta is one of the most popular museums located on West Estudillo Avenue. It was originally home to members that owned land grants of early Rancho San Antonio. It’s been preserved and is open on the weekends from 11am to 3pm. The San Leandro Marina on Mulford Point Drive is equipped with over 450 berths, a boat launch ramp and two yacht clubs. It has three restaurants and an 18 hole golf course. In addition, the marina has two children’s play areas and plenty of seating for barbeques. This section of the city is part of the San Leandro Shoreline Recreation Area used for study and entertainment.
The Bayfair Mall is conveniently placed as a BART Station with a plethora of specialty stores, eateries and retail providers. There is also a 24 hour Fitness nearby. For the kids there are free family movie nights at a few parks throughout the summer. Lastly, San Leandro has recently executed a bold initiative for free Wi-Fi in any area of its downtown region. Although this section of town is rather residential compared to other downtowns in the bay, there’s a handful of bars along with Asian and Mexican restaurants.
Some notable schools in this area are Madison Elementary School and Washington Manor Middle School. Madison has been rated a 7 out of 10 by “Great Schools” with an API score of 877. Washington Manor trails behind with a score of 790 with ambition to improve.
San Leandro is served by the Interstate 880, 580 and 238 highways linking different parts of the Bay Area. East 14th Street is a noteworthy road in downtown and proceeds towards East Oakland and Hayward. Davis Street is another that crosses East 14th Street in downtown before heading towards the San Francisco Bay. Public Transit is provided by the Bay Area Rapid Transit BART District with the San Leandro and Bayfair stations serving the city. San Leandro LINKS offers free shuttle services to the western half of the city to the San Leandro BART station. AC Transit is the neighborhood transport supplier for the city. Flex Shuttle and East Bay Paratransit provides shuttle type transportation for disabled residents.
San Leandro enjoys a reputation for great quality schools, including public, charter & private. For more educational options, school ratings and reviews, visit Greatschools.org
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