City Of Pleasanton Real Estate

City of Pleasanton Real Estate:  Overviewanotherpleasantonarch-240x132

Pleasanton is a community located in the Tri-Valley region of the Bay Area in Northern California, with a population of about 68,000.

A family-oriented community, that is very popular due to its proximity to Silicon Valley, San Francisco and the Sierras.  Pleasanton has many parks, and numerous recreation facilities and programs.  Pleasanton is the headquarters for several nationally known corporations that make their home at its business parks, conveniently served by the major interstate highways of I-580 and I-680.

Pleasanton is also home to great schools and the parent community along with the teachers are very involved and committed to their children’s education.

Pleasanton boasts a great downtown that serves as the heart of the community, and where it seems like always there is some event happening:  street parties, parades, Saturday farmer’s market, summer weekly concerts in the park and much more.  Downtown is also the home of numerous great restaurants and shopping establishments that make the city so unique!



The Amador-Livermore Valley was first sighted by a Spanish solider, Captain Pedro Fages, in 1772 while on an expedition searching for new mission sites.  It was half century after this discovery in 1826 that Jose Maria Amador brought the first settlement to the valley.

Augustine Bernal was the first settler in the immediate area of Pleasanton 1850.  The adobe house he built in Foothill Road is still standing today.  Bernal discovered that the land just west of Pleasanton was excellent for training and racing horses.  A track was carved out bringing life to the now famous Pleasanton Race Track.  Today the race track is the home of the Alameda county Fairgrounds.

John W. Kottinger, also arriving in 1850, was responsible for the naming of Pleasanton after his friend, General Alfred Pleasonton.  A spelling error by a postal employee resulted in the different spelling!  In 1853, Kottinger was appointed Justice of the Peace for Murray Township (Alameda County).  Because there were no public buildings or funds to construct them, court was held in Kottinger’s home and prisoners were jailed in the corner of his adobe barn on Ray Street.  A tunnel ran from his house to the jail, and saddled horse was always ready should the need to capture escaped outlaws arise.

By the mid 1850’s, it was the bandits and desperadoes that gave Pleasanton its tide o f “The Most Desperate Town in the West.”  Main Street shoot-outs were not uncommon.  Infamous bandits, such as Joaquin Murrieta, would ambush prospectors on their way back from the gold and then seek refuge in Pleasanton.

The “desperate years” lasted until roughly 1971 at which time life calmed down considerably in the little town of Pleasanton. Ranchers and thoroughbred horse breeders were attracted by the favorable climate and abundance of water, and were soon followed by dairy farms, hop fields, and vineyards. Pleasanton was incorporated in 1894 and by 1900 was a thriving agricultural community complete with the Bank of Pleasanton, the Pleasanton Hop Company, the Ruby Hill Vineyard, and three fancy hotels.

In 1917, Pleasanton became the backdrop for the fill, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,” staring Mary Pickford. Local children were paid $2 a day as extras. Lillian Gish, Tom Mix and Buster Keaton were other well-known stars who graced the city. “It Ain’t Hay,” an Abbot and Costello film, was filmed at the Fairgrounds in 1941.

Phoebe Apperson Hearst brought fame and fortune to Pleasanton after she built her magnificent home “Hacienda del Pozo de Verona” at the present site of Castlewood Country Club. What was planned to be a hunting lodge for her husband became internationally known as a showplace for art, architecture, and entertaining on a grand scale.

By 1930 enterprising men such as Henry J. Kaiser had determined the great potential of sand and gravel below the Valley surface. The gravel industry has been one of the Valley’s most enduring and profitable throughout the last half century.



Nowadays Pleasanton is continuing to grow, and is the hub of the Tri-Valley region.  Numerous proffesionals and executives from Silicon Valley are attracted to the city because of its proximity to Silicon Valley, the great schools, moderate climate, recreation opportunities both within the city and close by, the city of Pleasanton boasts a great selection of housing (Pleasanton real estate is very much sought after) from entry level homes, to larger homes with big yards, to exclusive custom built homes as is the case with the Ruby Hill and Golden Eagle communities.  The official city of Pleasanton website is at:


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