The city of Pleasanton California is located in what’s considered the Tri-Valley area, which consists of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and a few other communities and cities throughout Contra Costa and Alameda County. Pleasanton is nestled at the intersection of Interstate 580 and Interstate 680 just south of 580. It’s home to about 75,000 residents and has been known as one of the wealthiest cities in the United States.
Although Pleasanton was incorporated in 1894, this suburb of San Francisco was originally called Alisal, and earlier settlement prior to the 1850s. It was near the side of an Indian ranchera at home to one of the earliest homes built in the Valley at around 1844. This home still stands and serves as a centerpiece of the Alviso Adobe Community Park. It was originally nicknamed “the most desperate town in the West” and was a refuge of bandits during the beginning of the California gold rush.
This early Western town was not unlike the shoot out ghost towns we’ve often seen in movies as robbers would ambush prospectors on their way back from the gold rush fields. But around the turn-of-the-century the reputation it had gained had long since passed away and it became the backdrop for several films in the early 1920s and 1930s.
Over the last few decades, Pleasanton began to grow and now features more than 1200 acres of parks and open space, a charming historic downtown community filled with unique shops and restaurants and has been named by Money Magazine as one of the 50 best cities to live in and one of Wall Street’s lists of America’s 50 best cities. It ranked #9 is one of the top earning towns in the nation according to Money Magazine and offers a plus ratings for education, infrastructure, recreation, housing and employment.
Pleasanton has its own Unified School District and features 9 elementary schools, one of which is named after the town’s original nickname of Alisal, 3 middle schools, and 3 high schools. Overall, great schools.org gives the Pleasanton USD a 10 out of 10 for quality, exceptional academics, sports,, teacher to student ratio and student involvement. Many of the elementary schools come in as some of the best in the state.
The Pleasanton Unified School District offers families an easy way to stay connected to what’s happening with each of their schools and values achievement, partnerships and communication between parents, teachers and students. The school district is also prides itself in connecting with local businesses featuring TV30, Your Schools Show. This 30 minute TV show highlights the wonderful events occurring in the Pleasanton Unified School District.
Pleasanton Unified School District
4665 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, CA 94566
Fun Things to Do
There’s always something fun to do in Pleasanton with over 1200 acres of surrounding parks, trails and open spaces offering beautiful views and lots of recreational opportunities. Downtown Pleasanton offers over 160 specialty stores and there are over 220 restaurants within the community from cafés to desert shops, chocolates shops, coffee houses, pizza and fine dining.
Pleasanton even hosts free summer concerts, has numerous festivals and parades along Main Street and a weekly year-round farmers market. Close by there’s golf courses, performing arts centers, theaters and concert halls.
On the First Wednesday of each month Main Street is blocked to traffic and has a beautiful Street fair with different themes and planned activities. With beer gardens, Cinco de Mayo events, Fourth of July parties and St. Patrick’s Day festivals, there’s always something going on at the popular First Wednesday event.
The Friday Concerts in the Park series happen every Friday from June until September with different performers, bands and musicians at the Lyons Wayside Park. These concerts are free and certainly draw a crowd.
Each Saturday the farmers market sets up on Angela Street just off Main Street. With fresh produce, local meats and cheeses, artisan breads and crafts, you can plan out your entire menu for the week or find that unique gift for a special person.
The Firehouse Arts Center, opened in 2010, offers art and culture for Pleasanton locals and visitors alike. This over 200 seat theater features plays and productions year-round and also offers the Harrington art gallery, classrooms for art and drama and is home to the teen improv comedy troupe.
The Alameda County Fairgrounds is located in Pleasanton and features annual rides, horse races, car shows, craft events and California’s largest Scottish Highland Gains, which are held there annually. There’s usually something going on the fairgrounds each month.
In addition to these events and festivals there are over 200 restaurants in Pleasanton alone. We have the old favorites such as the Cheesecake Factory, In-N-Out Burger, and of course fast food joints but we also have some unique, privately owned restaurants such as Frontier Spice, Gotta Eatta Pita, the Blossom Vegan Restaurant, Cellar Door and The Press. Whatever your craving there’s a restaurant close by in Pleasanton to satisfy.
Transportation in Pleasanton is easy based on its location. Being at the intersection of I-680 and I-580 means the San Francisco bay area is less than 30 minutes away and San Ramon is just a few minutes north and Livermore is just a few minutes east. This is a major business market for the Silicon Valley, San Francisco and the Central Valley with thriving businesses of more than 4000 companies from Fortune 500 to homegrown innovation firms. Kaiser Permanente is the top employer with over 3700 employees. Safeway, Workday, Oracle Corporation and ValleyCare Medical Center are the top five employers for Pleasanton.
There are two BART stations, regional bus service for the area and the Altamont Corridor Express commuter train. There are also several park-and-ride spots just off of the freeway throughout town.
Homes in Pleasanton are priced from about $220,000 to over $3 million on average. The median sales price is about $890,000 as of the publishing of this post with a home value index of about $961,000. The average price per square foot is $470 with the median list price of about $912,000. Rent for Pleasanton is around $3400 on average per month in Pleasanton has a very balanced market most of the time. At any given time there are just under 100 properties, homes, condominiums and lots for sale in Pleasanton. As of the publishing of this post the highest priced home with $6 million for a beautiful five bedroom home on Foothill Drive.
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