Pleasanton California is an affluent city in Alameda County, California, incorporated in 1894. It is a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area located about 25 miles (40 km) east of Oakland, and 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Livermore. In 2005 and 2007, Pleasanton was ranked the wealthiest middle-sized city in the United States. Although Oakland is the Alameda County seat, a few county offices and a courthouse are located in Pleasanton. Additionally, the main county jail is in the neighboring city of Dublin. The Alameda County Fairgrounds are located in Pleasanton where the county fair is held during the last week of June and the first week of July.
Pleasanton was reported being number 4 by USA Today in “America’s 50 best cities to live in” in 2014, number 63 in Money’s list of “The Best Places to Live” in 2010, and was also named one of “Americans’ Top Hometown Spots” in the United States in 2009 by Forbes Magazine.
Pleasanton Real Estate
To put Pleasanton real estate prices into perspective, homes here cost rather less than those further south in areas closer to San Jose but are certainly higher than most of the communities anywhere else in the San Ramon valley.
Pleasanton is mostly situated between the 680 freeway running north-south and 580 running east-west. There are some newer developments to the south-west but Pleasanton was mostly built out by the 1990s.
Home styles are many and varied. In the downtown area, you will find some very picturesque Victorian homes and all kinds of homes are well represented from condos to large country estates. People are drawn to Pleasanton because of its schools, the historic downtown and its relative closeness to Silicon Valley combined with an acceptable commute to San Francisco. This really is a desirable place to live with low crime and a high level of social awareness. Overall, a great place to raise your family.
Pleasanton schools fall into the Pleasanton Unified Schools District and comprise 9 elementary schools, 3 Middle Schools and 3 High Schools.
Pleasanton Leisure & Lifestyle
Pleasanton is well established with a very attractive downtown lined with numerous antique shops, boutiques and restaurants. Outside the downtown are, there are a number of shopping centers including Stoneridge Mall and Hacienda. Pleasanton is also well served with parks and walking trails etc.