Hayward, California, known as the Heart of the Bay, has drawn both visitors and rental home hunters for years, offering some of the best weather in the country and all the convenient, fun amenities of a small city. Located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay area, Hayward was once the home of food canning and salt production industries. It's now home to many manufacturing and high-tech businesses.
Hayward originally drew settlers to the region with its temperate climate and fertile agriculture, and while renters won't find many crops growing in the city anymore, they will be able to experience the natural beauty that has always been Hayward's trademark. At the Hayward Regional Shoreline, residents can escape their busy schedules and explore 1,713 acres of salt marshes, wetlands and the trails that wind through them. Hayward Marsh, for instance, is a 145-acre tidal marsh that has 15 islands. Those who enjoy bird watching can stand on the trail and watch for native Bay area birds nesting on the picturesque islands.
Downtown Hayward offers local dwellers plenty of shopping, entertainment and dining options. A local favorite is Neumanali, an intimate bistro with walls covered with large, abstract paintings. The biggest shopping center in Hayward is Southland Mall, which offers dozens of stores to choose from and an arcade for the kids.
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