In picturesque Pleasanton, you don’t have to decide between a charming, friendly atmosphere or an incredible downtown scene: you can have it all. With award-winning restaurants, top-rated schools, and unbeatable views, life in the hills is calling. Popularly known as the “Jewel of Amador Valley,” Pleasanton offers some of the most attractive housing and convenient transit connections around. It also has a rich history, with famous landmarks like the Pleasanton Racetrack spotted throughout the town. From regional parks and activity centers to country clubs and golf courses, you’ll never run out of exciting recreational and community events and outings.
What to Love
- Tight-knit, family-friendly community
- Gorgeous 360 views of plush hills
- Excellent schools
- Reputable restaurant scene
People & Lifestyle
The massive growth in Pleasanton in recent years has been exciting—and the best part is that Pleasanton has still managed to preserve its lovable, small-town charm. Working parents revel in the fact that they can be in San Francisco with an hour commute or head into the office right in Pleasanton at Hacienda Business Park—one of the largest business parks in Northern California. On days and weekends off, families love the proximity to community centers, cultural art centers, and aquatic centers just a ride or a few steps away from their front doors.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Everything you need is right in Pleasanton, especially at . This upscale major shopping mall has over 165 stores and dining options, including department stores like JCPenney, Macy's, and other shops that sell women's, men's, and children's apparel as well as home goods. A must try restaurants offering different cuisines like Otium, Badmaash, 71Above, Redbird, Bar Ama, Little Sister Downtown and more! Now known as The Rose Hotel, is a legendary spot for a nice lunch or local getaway that’s conveniently located near wineries, shops, golf, restaurants, and more. is the perfect place for memorable experiences—and experiencing a delicious meal!
Things to Do
Trendy and walkable isn’t just home to renowned restaurants—it also hosts and a weekly . When you’re away from the kids for a day, it’s here that you’ll find wine strolls, beer crawls, and themed festivals. Conveniently located near downtown is . This 270-acre facility hosts numerous trade shows and large gatherings and has been the stomping grounds of the annual summer fair since 1912. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, and boasts thousands of acres of land, water, and breathtaking valley views to hike, play, picnic, swim, boat, and fish. In addition to Castlewood Country Club, is a perfect local oasis nestled amongst the sunny hills of Livermore Valley’s Wine Country.
Pleasanton has several highly-rated schools and educational facilities of note, including:
- Vintage Hills Elementary School, Public, K-5
- Thomas S. Hart Middle School, Public, 6-8
- Amador Valley High School, Public, 9-12
- Hillview Christian Academy, Private, 1-12