You’ll find Hayward, California, in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, about 25 minutes outside of Oakland and about 40 minutes from San Francisco. It’s known affectionately by residents as the “Heart of the Bay.”

As is par for the course in the Bay Area, living in Hayward does not come cheap. The median sales price of homes is $640,000 and median monthly rent is $2,950. A high cost of living comes with a relatively high median household income of $60,167. It’s a family friendly city, with 73 percent of the population being married — and most people buy versus rent. You’ll find a mix of new construction and mid-century ranch-style houses in Hayward. Bay-Area climate is mild — summer temperatures rarely exceed the 70s and winters are a cool 40ish degrees.

The majority of commuters drive to work, so you will become very familiar with The Hayward Loop. The city boasts a 24-hour airport for business travelers called the Hayward Executive Airport, and Cal State East Bay (formerly Cal State Hayward).

Over the past couple of years, there has been a revitalization effort in downtown Hayward as trendy eateries and boutiques pop up. Of course, downtown classics like Buffalo Bill’s Brewery still hold a special place in Hayward. And the owner of Buffalo Bill’s also opened up Russell City Distillery. When it comes to food, you have to try the Bay Area staple, Casper’s Famous Hot Dogs. The family behind Casper’s has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1934.

There’s one thing to be wary of when moving to Hayward — the Hayward Fault Zone runs through some of the most populous cities in the area. Officials have been taking note of the potential dangers of the fault line and moving buildings off of it. The most recent large earthquake on the Hayward Fault Zone happened way back in 1868.

But back to the fun stuff. Here are some other must-see spots in town: Hayward Japanese Gardens, Stonebrae country club and golf course and Garin Regional Park, where you’ll find hiking trails and Bay-Area views.