Real Estate Agent with The Medford Real Estate Team DRE#01223788

I have lived in Newark, Ca. since 1976. My wife and I bought a newly constructed home at the end of the Dumbarton Bridge linkage between the mid-Peninsula and Southern Alameda County. We moved from the side of the San Francisco Bay where both of us had been born and raised to the East Bay about which we knew very little. What we did know was that homes in Newark, Fremont, Union City, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and all to way to Livermore and Pleasanton were less expensive than comparable homes in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County.

And, while the gross numbers have changed, the relative prices have not. Your dollar goes farther in the East Bay.

Newark is an old community but a relatively new town if you measure a town’s age by its incorporation date. Newark, Ca. was incorporated in September of 1955.

It was a small town then and it retains the qualities of a small town now.

Newark, Ca. has one high school, one junior high school and several elementary schools.

Newark is located across from the center of famed Silicon Valley. The cities of Palo Alto, Meno Park, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, San Carlos and San Mateo are a short drive across the Dumbarton Bridge.

South from Newark is Milpitas, San Jose and then west to Los Gatos, Campbell and Saratoga – all of which cities offer many employment opportunities.

The Newark Lake neighborhood offers waterside living next to a man-made lake. There is even an island in the middle of the Lake with beautiful homes.


                           Newpark Mall

Newark’s population is about 45,000 and it has been described as “the hole in the doughnut that is Fremont” which is a city of about 235,000 people that, oddly enough, encircles the town of Newark.

When we came to Newark, we had two small daughters. Three and five years old. They grew up, went to Newark schools and moved on with their own lives quite some time ago. Of course, they have many fond memories – as do we – of their growing up here.


We have seen many changes in Newark over the years. Facebook had a substantial presence here…close to its Menlo Park Headquarters. Other prominent employers are Amazon, Apple, SMART Modular Technologies, ShotSpotter, Socket Mobile, Logitech, Unigen and many more.

                                Newark Home at the Lake 

And for those destinations not in Newark, Bay Area Rapid Transit will take you to most points in the East Bay and to San Francisco and, soon, to San Jose. Cal Train and Amtrack will whisk you across the Bay and to San Jose. Highways 880 and 680 run North and South and hook up with Highway 580 and Interstate 80 headed East and other connections West to San Francisco and the Peninsula.


Homes in Newark, Ca. are moderately priced for the San Francisco Bay Area and consist of small condos to four and five bedroom, three and four bath homes exceeding 3,000 sq. ft. in size. Prices run from about $400,000 to well over $1 million and nearing $2milliion for some of the newest, largest homes in Newark.

                  Newark Lake Home

Reach out to me and I would be delighted to show you around.

Comments (19)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

That sounds like a place I want to visit when the time comes right to visit it!

Mar 31, 2020 10:54 PM
John Juarez

A long ways from the Newak that you know, Laura Cerrano 

Apr 01, 2020 06:39 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning John.

I've probably driven through Newark, on one of our visits to California.  I love the country north of San Francisco as I do the sights south of there.  It is a beautiful state

Apr 01, 2020 01:54 AM
John Juarez

North of San Francisco is wine country and we love to visit that area, James Dray 

Apr 01, 2020 06:40 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning John. Like Endre Barath, Jr. I would be curious about values back in 1976 compared to today! Nice area! Enjoy your day!

Apr 01, 2020 04:48 AM
John Juarez

See my response to Endre Barath, Wayne Martin 

There is a reason that California is known as the Golden State.

Apr 01, 2020 06:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, John... I lived in San Francisco from 1974-1976 and while I knew and know of many of the towns around Newark, can't say I'd heard of Newark (except the one in New Jersey) until reading your post. Sounds like it's turned into a wonderful place to live and you are so fortunate to be able to do so.

Apr 01, 2020 05:12 AM
John Juarez

I have learned that there are several "Newarks" in the U. S. Nina Hollander 

This Newark is a few miles north of San Jose, on the East side of the Bay.

Apr 01, 2020 06:44 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello John - as a native Californian, I knew of the existence of Newark but was not familiar with its history.  Wasn't it a home to a Ford or General Motors auto plant of some kind many years ago?  Or was that Fremont?  Anyway, thanks for sharing your insight.  

Learning continues everyday.  I appreciate today's lesson.  

Apr 01, 2020 05:20 AM
John Juarez

Here is some more informaiton for you, Michael Jacobs  General Motors moved its assembly plant from Oakland to a new plant in Fremont, Ca. in the early 1960s. That caused a home building boom for the many workers employed at the plant.

That facility was closed down in 1982.

It was reopened as a joint venture between GM and Toyota in 1984 known as New United Motors Manufacturing, Inc. or NUMMI. The plant was again closed down in 2010.

The plant was subsequently acquired by Tesla and is produces the revolutionary, all-electric, Tesla automobiles.


Apr 01, 2020 06:56 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a great location and description of your home. Obviously, you know the area well and all the best places to enjoy. Any buyer looking for a place in Newark will be well served with you as their agent. Any seller can trust you know the market and the ebst way to get their home sold being a native of the location.

Apr 01, 2020 06:36 AM
John Juarez

Thank you, Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

Apr 01, 2020 06:56 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John, you definitely live in a beautiful area, and love it!  Thanks for sharing the highlights! 

Apr 01, 2020 10:40 AM
John Juarez

Thank you for stopping by, Joan Cox 

Apr 01, 2020 10:55 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi John:

Great overview and introduction to Newark. I've heard of it, from travels to the Bay area, but knew nothing about that's changed significantly. I can see why it appeals to you, and those who live there. Thank you for your entry and for bringing Newark CA to life for us all! And what a wonderful post to share with those interested in the community!


Apr 01, 2020 12:42 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Newark, and you, are right in the middle of all the Northern California action; lots of well known cities and so many great companies.  It must have been something to see the city evolve. Thank you for your perspective.

Apr 01, 2020 04:46 PM
John Juarez

When I was growing up in Santa Clara County, the area in which I now live was mostly agriculture, farms, row-crops, cattle ranches.

Apr 01, 2020 05:08 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Love your entry, John and I totally understand why you love living in Newark - what a beautiful city and SO close to the big city but, without all of the fuss of San Fran.

Thank you so much for participating in March's challenge.


Apr 01, 2020 11:01 PM
John Juarez

The March Challenge gave me the opportunity to remember so many good memories of living in Newark, Ca. for so many years, Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Apr 02, 2020 08:12 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi John Juarez - I found it interesting that Newark is surrounded by Fremont!  

Apr 03, 2020 07:34 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Good morning, John Juarez - Thank you for sharing the history of your life and the history of your family in this small and quaint community that really sounds like home. You just don't find places like this today that hasn't been built up with increased equity. I wish you and your family continuous blessings. 

Apr 05, 2020 03:45 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

John, Newark, CA sounds really nice. THe population of 45,000 is more than we have in my Greenbrier County!

Apr 12, 2020 03:21 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

John wow that is amazing, funny part is there were homes here in Westchester going for about the same, but we waited until about six years ago.... needless to say the prices have skyrocketed.... and now homes are selling similar to your neighborhood, but I am confident you do not have Airplanes flying near your home:))Endre

Apr 18, 2020 10:42 PM
John Juarez

Wrong, Endre Barath, Jr. We have frequent overflights of planes bound for either Mineta San Francisco Intl. Airport or Oakland International Airport. Not constant. Just enough to be noticed.  

Apr 19, 2020 06:40 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ha ha John I had no idea, do you wash your Lemons, Oranges and Tangerines like we do before we give it to friends and neighbors? Or put them on the table? I call it Airplane Dust:))Endre

Apr 25, 2020 10:46 PM
John Juarez

These days, with Coronavirus worries, everything gets washed before being consumed.

Apr 26, 2020 06:38 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John, thank you for commenting on my blog, and looks like it is time for another post from YOU!   

Jun 04, 2020 07:30 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

John, it is so nice to read your description of Newark. I graduated from Santa Clara University and lived in the Easy Bay, too. All very familiar places and companies that you mention in your post. I was surprised to hear that there are still homes around $400K in Newark. You know the area well and will be a great Realtor for Buyers and Sellers in Newark, Fremont, Milpitas and nearby.

Jun 11, 2020 03:47 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is great information to share with families considering a move to the area.

Jun 17, 2020 06:22 AM
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

John, it looks like a wonderful place to live! So close to the water yet with a small town feeling!

Jul 10, 2020 12:43 PM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


I know Newark reasonable well. Used to go to Cal State Hayward, I know it is called something else these days. Used to sail El Toros in the lake in front of city hall, cheers cvc

Sep 21, 2020 01:42 PM
John Juarez

Thanks for stopping by.

Thanks for the memories, Curtis Van Carter 

Sep 21, 2020 02:25 PM