Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.
Alamo’s the last of my pros and cons for the Tri-Valley area cities.
Of all the six cities in the Tri-Valley area, Alamo is probably the most unique. Now, there are a few reasons. One, it has the smallest population. It’s approximately 15,000 compared to Livermore, which is over 88,000. Two, it is the only city in the Tri-Valley to still be an unincorporated community. And three, of all the six cities in the Tri-Valley, it is the most expensive place to live. Yikes. I just gave away the biggest con, which is ‘cost–of-housing’.
What I’m going to do in this video is start off by addressing the elephant in the room, which is cost of housing, along with my other cons for Alamo, this way we can end on all the neat stuff that this city has to offer. It may surprise you what my number one reason is to live in Alamo.
Here are the cons of living in Alamo, California.
Number one, high cost of housing. As mentioned earlier, Alamo is the most expensive city to live in the Tri-Valley area. In fact, the median home cost is 56.1% higher than Livermore.
Number two, Alamo has traffic. Their downtown area is a bit congested. You also need to be mindful of pedestrians and especially bicyclists sharing the roads.
Number three, limited shopping and restaurants. Alamo has some great restaurants and a few convenient strip malls to purchase your everyday items. However, your choices are limited.
Number five, Alamo, like all the Tri-Valley cities, doesn’t have much nightlife activity. Not sure if this is a con. However, if you’re planning to go out in the evening to enjoy dancing, comedy, concert, you’re not going to be able to do this on a regular basis in Alamo.
Now, let’s visit the pros for living in Alamo, California.
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 four, Alamo is close to everything. Being its location right next to Walnut Creek and Danville allows Alamo residents to have numerous dining and shopping options.
Number five, Alamo is a safe place to live. The crime rate in Alamo is one of the lowest rates in America among communities of all sizes.
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 on 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 West side, 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.
Going East on Livorna and Stone Valley Road are newer homes built from the fifties on. You’ll find a large variety of properties from track homes to custom mansions.
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.
This concludes my pros and cons for Alamo, California. As you can see for a small city or town, Alamo has a lot to offer. Now, here’s my Alamo bonus. If you’d like to have my top picks for properties in Alamo under 1.2 million, then click on the link below, so you can have immediate access to them.
Wishing you all the best on your home journey.
About Warren Oberholser:
Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!
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