Number two, Alamo has great parks. There are two public parks, Livorna and Hap McGee Ranch, which have so much to do. They both have large kid areas, barbecues, and open grass fields. Livorna has a bocce ball court and Hap McGee has a dog park and an interactive educational center.
Number three, Alamo is close to Walnut Creek BART Station. You’re just a few minutes away from Walnut Creek BART station. From there, you can go to Oakland or San Francisco in a little over 20 to 30 minutes.
Number six, and this is my number one reason to live in Alamo is Alamo’s real estate has so much to offer. I told you, you might be surprised. We know it’s expensive. So now I’m going to discuss what Alamo’s residential real estate has to offer. When looking at Alamo from an aerial view, it’s laid out in a rectangular configuration. On the Westside of Alamo, right off of Danville Boulevard, you’ll find single-story ranch homes built from the early 1920s to the mid-sixties. Some of the properties have good size lots over 20,000 square feet. The original home sizes were in the smaller range from 900 to 1300 square feet. Many of the homes have been completely remodeled. Some have added additions to the property.
As you go further up the Westside, you’ll find newer homes built in the seventies and eighties. Now, these are larger two-story homes ranging from 3000 to 4,000 square feet. Some with lot sizes over an acre.
There are also custom-built homes. Some as recent as 2020.
Many of these homes in the area have views of the Los Trampas Ridge.
Some of these homes with large lots have a horse stable and corral.
Before I leave Alamo’s residential real estate, I want you to know Alamo does have two bedrooms, two bath condos with a garage under $700,000. The area is Alamo Villages.
This can be perfect for the first time home buyer, relocation buyer, rental property, or if you’re downsizing.
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What is the Tri-Valley? The Tri-Valley area is a triangular-shaped region of the eastern San Francisco Bay Area, 18 miles southeast of Oakland and 33 miles from San Francisco. It encompasses the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon, the town of Danville and the CDPs of Alamo, Blackhawk and Diablo.
The three valleys from which it takes its name are Amador Valley, Livermore Valley and San Ramon Valley. The region is well known for its Mediterranean climate, wineries, historic downtown areas, high cost of living and fine dining. It is a primarily affluent suburban area with a population of about 361,000. It offers more affordable living accommodations than the cities of San Francisco and San Jose.
8 Reasons for living in the Tri-Valley area
1- Weather is amazing. Tri-Valley’s climate is mild. No snow, fog or humidity to speak of. Yes, it does get hot in the summer. Average summer months temperatures range between the low 80’s to the low 90’s and occasionally temps can reach the low 100’s. However, it usually starts cooling off between 6:00 to 7:00 pm and again, there is no humidity and mosquitoes! Most rain falls in the winter. Snow almost never occurs, although it sometimes falls on the tops of surrounding mountains, especially Mt. Diablo. In winter, daytime temperatures reach the 50s and 60s, while nights are in the 30s and 40s, dipping on rare occasions into the 20s. Mean annual rainfall ranges from about 14 inches in Livermore to 23 inches in Alamo.
2- The Tri-Valley features access to many recreational options, including:
3- Cities in the Tri-Valley area are close to everything. If you like skiing, camping and hiking we have the spectacular Sierra mountain range which is located in the beautiful Lake Tahoe area. It is approximately a 3 to 4 hour drive. If you like the beaches we have Santa Cruz which is about an hour away, and if you want to do some sight-seeing in the San Francisco area, that too is just about an hour. When my wife and I want a change of scenery, we will go to the famous San Francisco Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf. To make it easy, we just take the BART train right from the Pleasanton station. This means there’s no driving hassle, or the headache of parking. Now if you are in the mood for wine tasting, the Napa Wine Country is about 2 hours away. For more information on events in San Francisco, please visit: San Francisco events (eventbrite).
4- Local activities: Cities in the Tri-Valley have numerous public golf courses that are no more than a 25-minute drive. Livermore wineries- under an hour drive. Cities in the Tri-Valley area also have great bike and walking paths, public parks, miles of hiking trails and thousands of acres of undeveloped space. For more information on this, please visit: Tri-Valley Trails and activities.
5- San Francisco Dining and Entertainment: You are just an hour away whether you choose to drive or take BART. There are numerous restaurants along Fisherman’s Wharf, The Cannery and Pier 39. And of course, once you get to know the San Francisco area you will find numerous restaurants throughout the city. For entertainment, you have many events to choose from such as plays, concerts and sporting events. You don’t have to spend any money to have a good time. You can find amazing street performers in and around the Pier 39 area. One item I want to mention is the annual San Francisco Fleet Week event. It’s usually held the 2nd week in October and concludes on that weekend with a spectacular aerial performance by the Navy’s Blue Angels. This is a free event. It does get crowded, so I recommend you take BART. To learn more about San Francisco events, dining and entertainment, please visit: SF eater– SF Entertainment.
6- Tri-Valley regions freeways: Two major highways, Interstates 580 and 680 cross the Tri-Valley area. Interstate 580 runs east to west, connecting the area to the Central Valley to the east and the North Bay area to the west. Interstate 680 runs north to south, connecting the area to the South Bay area in the south, and the Concord-Walnut Creek area in the north. The two interstates cross on the border of Dublin and Pleasanton. The freeways are kept in good order and maintained by Caltrans (California Department of Transportation). Both freeways have been updated with commute and toll lanes.
7- Sports teams: For baseball we have the San Francisco Giants which play in San Francisco. The stadium they play at is right on the San Francisco Bay…. it’s beautiful. It is accessible by BART with a Muni Metro transfer. For the East Bay we have the Oakland Athletes (A’s) that play in Oakland. You can also take BART right to the Oakland Coliseum. For football we have the San Francisco 49er’s. They play at their new ‘state of the art‘ Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. If you like ice hockey we have the San Jose Sharks, which play at the SAP Center in San Jose. And last but not least we have the Golden State Warriors who will be moving to their new stadium in San Francisco the Chase Center. To learn more about this, please visit: San Francisco Bay Area Sports Teams.
8- Tri-Valley region/California Property tax – Under Proposition 13, the annual real estate tax on a parcel of property is limited to 1% of its assessed value. The property tax in California is an ad valorem tax meaning that the tax assessed (generally) increases and decreases with the value of the property. Under Proposition 13 tax reform, property tax value was rolled back and frozen at the 1976 assessed value level. Property tax increases on any given property were limited to no more than 2% per year as long as the property was not sold. Proposition 13 initiated sweeping changes to the California property tax system. To find out more about this, please visit: Proposition 13.
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