Last Saturday, the family and I headed south to check out Drake's Barrel House, the taproom at Drake's Brewing Co. An early player in the craft beer revolution, Drake's was founded in 1989 in a former Chrysler Dodge factory in San Leandro, the mixed residential and industrial city of 90,000 that borders Oakland and Hayward.
As a child I travelled to San Leandro for weekly piano lessons, and I've always had a soft spot for the decidedly suburban neighborhoods comprised of mid-century ranch style homes and neatly manicured gardens. These days, the San Leandro real estate market offers a respite of relative affordability within the painfully expensive Bay Area. Much like nearby Fremont and Castro Valley, a San Leandro home can also be a smart choice for families who have to weigh one partner's commute to the East Bay or SF, against the other''s commute to the South Bay. In 2017, the median sale price for a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom single family home in San Leandro was $676,844 (you can compare this to a median price of $861,358 for the same configuration in the wide spectrum of Oakland, $1.26 million in Berkeley, and $1.8 million in Piedmont). But despite the lower price point, the San Leandro market is very hot: the average "days on the market" is 18, roughly the same as most cities our region.