Located in the heart of Northern California’s East Bay, Pleasanton is one of those rare cities that truly has it all. Small-town charm mixed with the best amenities a midsize city can offer, a strong housing market and top-ranked schools, as well as a picture-perfect location in the suburbs east of San Francisco.
Considered the jewel of the Amador Valley, Pleasanton is a community-oriented city that prides itself on character and excellence. Incorporated in 1894, Pleasanton was a largely rural community through the late 1950s, with a rapid move toward development in the 1960s. By the mid-1980s, Pleasanton was ranked the third fastest growing city in California. In the 2000s, Pleasanton remains a vibrant, highly sought-after community.
A major draw for new and current residents is the wide range of beautiful, well-planned housing developments, like Ruby Hill, Golden Eagle, Castlewood and Laguna Oaks. The Pleasanton Unified School District ranks in the top tier of public schools in California. Its two comprehensive high schools, Amador Valley and Foothill, consistently rank among the top in the country, and both high schools, all three middle schools and seven of nine elementary schools have been named California Distinguished Schools.
In addition to great housing and top-ranked schools, Pleasanton also features a strong economic base, with more than 5,400 businesses and industries employing more than 50,000 people. Major employers include Safeway, Inc., Thoratec Corp., Shaklee Corp. , Oracle and At&T.
Of course, no family-friendly community would be complete without an abundance of parks! Pleasanton offers no less than 42 community and neighborhood parks, 24 miles of trails and more than 800 acres of undeveloped space. We also have access to Augustin Bernal Park, a 237-acre regional park, as well as Shadow Cliffs Recreation Area.
Downtown Pleasanton is truly the heart of the city, and has maintained the small-town charm that earned it a spot as the backdrop in the 1917 film “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,” starring Mary Pickford. Downtown Main Street today continues to be a magnet for residents and visitors alike. Redeveloped in the 1990s, Pleasanton’s Main Street features a mix of interesting shops and restaurants, and is a lively hub of activity most days of the week. A Farmer’s Market on Saturdays brings big crowds, as do the numerous special events planned throughout the year by the Pleasanton Downtown Association.
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