Birdland/The Gates

Birdland Neighborhood

“Birdland” is one of Pleasanton’s most highly sought after neighborhoods. With its center-of-town location, close proximity to local schools and backyard access to the Pleasanton Sports Park, it’s no wonder many buyers flock to this area of town (pardon the pun!).

If you’ve never visited Birdland, this well-established neighborhood got its distinctive nickname because its mature tree-lined streets are named after different species of birds (e.g. Raven Road, Hummingbird Lane and Blackbird Drive, to name a few). First built in 1968, most of these homes have been remodeled, updated and continue to be well-maintained. Woodthrush Park is located in the neighborhood and many of the homes back up to the Sports Park, making it an ideal location for families with children in sports, dog walkers and anyone who enjoys strolling around Pleasanton’s premier parkland.

Situated off Valley Avenue, between Hopyard Road and Santa Rita Road, Birdland is centrally located to downtown Pleasanton, the Stoneridge Mall and city amenities like the Aquatic Center and the Pleasanton Library. Commuters appreciate its close proximity to on-ramps for the 580 and 680 freeways as well as Pleasanton’s BART station. Neighborhood children can easily walk or ride their bikes to all three levels of schools — elementary, middle and senior high — in Pleasanton’s top-ranked school district. All of these factors help keep the home values in Birdland strong, even in today’s economy.

“The Gates” is a community of homes that was first developed in the mid-1970s by the William Lyons Development and was initially known as Amberwood. When construction began, there was only one home at the corner of Santa Rita Road and Sutter Gate.

A hallmark of the new neighborhood was larger homes on spacious lots. In 1982, Woodhill Farms Development added to the community with a development called Woodmeadows. A few years later, Signature Homes completed it.

Eventually, the community became known as The Gates because most of the street names include the word gate, such as Laramie Gate Circle, Sutter Gate Avenue, and Ross Gate Court. The first part of the street names, however, pays tribute to historic military forts throughout the country.

The Gates community offers a central Pleasanton location, with easy access to shops and restaurants in downtown Pleasanton. One of its key selling features is its close proximity to the Pleasanton Sports Park, which is within walking distance. The community is bordered by Sutter Gate Park on the north, the Pleasanton Sports Park on the west and is accessible from Santa Rita Road on the east. Children in this neighborhood of homes attend Alisal Elementary School, Harvest Park Middle School and Amador Valley High School, all three of which are located nearby.

We often have listings in Birdland and The Gates are very familiar with the homes in this desirable neighborhood. Contact us for more information.