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Surrounded by open land on one side and the San Francisco Bay on the other, Central Downtown Fremont serves as an optimal location for those who love the hustle of Silicon Valley but also enjoy their time having fun. Locals can work hard during the week and relax on the weekends at one of the several regional parks located just minutes from the city.

This neighborhood may have one of the most-educated and hard-working communities in the entire Bay Area, with almost half of its residents having earned college degrees. Caught between three major freeways, this neighborhood has become the heart of Silicon Valley, home for those working at tech companies in San Jose, Palo Alto and Mountain View.

With the number of trains, the proximity of several airports and the major freeways running north to south, Central Downtown Fremont shines brightly as a beacon for balancing work with long getaways. From the job opportunities to the many vacation options, Fremont provides a truly customizable living experience.


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As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Fremont, CA is $2,364 for one bedroom, $2,832 for two bedrooms, and $3,147 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Fremont has increased by 4.5% in the past year.

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76 Walk Score® Very Walkable
57 Transit Score® Good Transit
75 Bike Score® Very Bikeable



While chain restaurants abound in Central Downtown Fremont, there is no shortage of diverse ethnic foods, whether you’re in the mood for American, Japanese, Indian or Chinese.

Stay warm while eating next to the massive fireplace at De Afghanan, ordering authentic Afghani mantu with yogurt sauce or roasted squash with garlic yogurt and mint. This hole-in-the-wall experience delivers a true taste of Afghanistan. Be sure to leave time to study the pictures, sculptures and elaborately designed artwork that blankets this one-of-a-kind restaurant.

Get your sweet tooth on with gelato and macaroons at Sweet Orchid. Wow your date on this elegant outing with light music in the background and gelato flavors like black sesame and rosemary pecan, or mix things up a bit with the chocolate bacon or cilantro lime gelato.

Nights out in Central Downtown Fremont tend to be lively, with techie locals letting off steam at dive bars and nightclubs. Of course, you can always take it easy after a long week of work at the Bijan Restaurant Bar and Hookah Lounge, a bar and a hookah lounge located side-by-side. Go hang with the locals during the next World Series game at Mojo Lounge, a small dive bar with live music or karaoke, depending on the night. Catch happy hour weekdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. before enjoying poker night with the regulars.


Central Downtown Fremont is history in the making. Historically, the city did not have a downtown, though one has emerged over time. This is partly due to the fact that Fremont was once a cluster of small towns who joined together to avoid being absorbed by Hayward. The city began creating a transit and pedestrian-friendly center of town starting in 2014.

The Children's Natural History Museum helps little ones learn more about everything from dinosaurs to mountains and the stars. Jan's Art Studios and many galleries are available throughout the year, and the city plays host to the annual Fremont Festival of the Arts.


Three major freeways run parallel to Fremont for an easy north-south getaway. If you're a beach bum, cruise for a weekend drive to the beach by heading south on 880 to the 17 freeway to Santa Cruz.

Residents generally use their cars to get to and from work and errands. Cab options are limited, so try a Lyft service, which runs as far as South Fremont and up to the East Bay and San Francisco. Uber does not service the area. Bus lines run infrequently, so it’s best to plan your trips ahead of time.

Try one of the three train options, including BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), if you’re heading north into Union City, Hayward, Oakland, or out across the bay to San Francisco. Take a few hours to ride the BART line north and catch the Pittsburgh/Bay Point line for a scenic tour of the lush country-esque landscape.

Leisurely ride through Hayward on one of the many bike lanes, but be careful walking, as there aren’t many suitable walking paths in the busier parts of town.


Overall living in Central Downtown Fremont tends to be pricey due to housing costs, and the cost of living is higher than that of nearby Oakland. You can expect to pay around $2,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, for example.

Otherwise, smaller expenses are about average. You can ride the AC Transit line across town for $2.10, and a BART ride to Oakland costs about $4.30. Gas prices are 9.9 percent higher than the national average. A typical beer at a local bar costs about $5.


With the Fremont Central Park sitting directly in the middle of Central Downtown, residents of all ages have a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take a time out to walk from the dog park and past the softball complex to watch the yachts at the Fremont sailing club on Lake Elizabeth. If you have kids, let them cruise the skate park there, or swim in the Aqua Adventure Water Park next door. With the huge amount of open space, Fremont residents can kick back and relax any way they want. Some attractions do have fees for entry.

Little kids get to have fun at the appropriately named Always Dream Play Park, sectioned off inside Fremont Central Park. Children can play on several sets of swings, sand boxes and fun structures, all to themselves, while adults relax and watch from the sidelines. Fremont Central park also plays host to a summer concert series and the annual Movie in the Park event.

Shinn Historic Park & Arboretum, a free arboretum, hosts an historic home with 100 year-old trees and a small Japanese garden. Hang out for a half-hour and catch your breath on twenty acres of land. Bring the family on an inexpensive tour of the home to hear all about the history of this famous nursery. It's not a long tour, but you may want to bring some snacks to tide you over while you relax under the massive fruit trees that line the property.


Chain stores and updated malls dominate the Central Downtown area of Fremont. Grab a salad at the Elephant Bar and pick up a new set of pots and pans at Bed Bath & Beyond, both are located in the Fremont Hub, which is an outdoor mall in the center of the city. Go big at the Pacific Commons Shopping Center and visit Target, Costco and Old Navy, then catch the new action movie at Century Theatres.

For the boutique clothing shopper, seek out hidden summer treasures at Armadillo Bay between Fremont Blvd & Union Street. Let the friendly staff help you pick through dresses from fashion designers and houses such as Betsy Johnson, Free People, and Nicole Miller.

Spruce up any room in your house by visiting the row of antique stores on Niles Boulevard, just north of the Alameda Creek. Make a day at one or all of the antique stores in the area.

Residents in Central Downtown Fremont tend to buy their groceries at large chain stores like Safeway, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, but that doesn't mean there aren't smaller ethnic stores, too. Visit Maiwand Market, where Highway 84 meets Fremont Street, for some free-range chicken and authentic Afghan food. Snack on some Turkish pistachios while you wait for your Afghan bread to bake right in front of your eyes. Local produce is available at the Sprouts Farmers Market and Irvington Farmers' Market in the area.


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Avalon Fremont
39939 Stevenson Cmn, Fremont, CA 94538
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$2,455 - 3,490 1-3 Bed Available Now
Ramblewood Apartments
38800 Hastings St, Fremont, CA 94536
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$2,199 - 3,399 1-3 Bed Available 09/07/17
Archstone Fremont Center
39410 Civic Center Dr, Fremont, CA 94538
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$2,444 - 4,102 1-3 Bed Available Now
The Presidio
2000 Walnut Ave, Fremont, CA 94538
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$2,260 - 3,274 1-2 Bed Available Now
Stevenson Place
4117-4141 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538
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$1,959 - 2,650 1-2 Bed Available Now
Boulevard Apartment Homes
40001 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538
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$2,194 - 2,645 1-2 Bed Available Now
Mission Peaks II
39451 Gallaudet Dr, Fremont, CA 94538
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$2,202 - 2,706 1-2 Bed Available Now
Mission Peaks
1401 Red Hawk Cir, Fremont, CA 94538
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$2,270 - 3,445 1-3 Bed Available Now
Pathfinder Village Apartments
39800 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538
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$2,269 - 5,044 2-3 Bed Available 08/31/17
The Estates at Park Place
3400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538
$2,360 - 5,750 1-3 Bed Available Now
Mosaic Apartment Homes
39867 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538
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$2,125 - 2,575 1-2 Bed Available Now
Coronado & Parkway
3777 Mowry Ave, Fremont, CA 94538
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$1,875 - 1,899 1 Bed Available Now
Avalon Fremont
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The District
38891 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536
Call for Rent 2 Bed Available Soon
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4029 Ralston Common
Fremont, CA 94538
$3,000 Townhome for Rent Available Now
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39601 Fremont Blvd
Fremont, CA 94538
$3,000 Townhome for Rent Available Now
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3643 Madison Common
Fremont, CA 94538
$3,400 Townhome for Rent Available Now
40620 High St
Fremont, CA 94538
$2,595 House for Rent Available Now
Ramblewood Apartments
Fremont Woods
39762 Bissy Cmn, Fremont, CA 94538
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Casa Blanca
38863 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536
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Apartments for Rent in Central Downtown Fremont

Surrounded by open land on one side and the San Francisco Bay on the other, Central Downtown Fremont serves as an optimal location for those who love the hustle of Silicon Valley but also enjoy their time having fun. Locals can work hard during the week and relax on the weekends at one of the several regional parks located just minutes from the city.

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