The best city in the Tri-Valley area

Warren Oberholser
Warren Oberholser
Published on August 2, 2021

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.

The Best in the Tri-valley

The best city in the Tri-Valley area

The verdict is in, and I’m going to give you the top number one city for restaurants, schools, etc. in the Tri-Valley area!

EMPLOYMENT

We’re going to start with employment. The best city in the Tri-Valley area for employment is San Ramon. San Ramon’s Bishop Ranch Business Park has several large employers, including Chevron, which has approximately 3,400 employees.

RESTAURANTS

The best city in the Tri-Valley area for restaurants. To rate this category I need to look at a few items.

  • Number One: Restaurant reviews
  • Number Two: Location, this would include easy access to restaurants.
  • Number Three: The atmosphere or vibe of the location. Can you stroll up and down the street and view different restaurants, or do you have to drive to each restaurant individually?

What I’m describing is a Main Street downtown area that’s inviting, safe for family, and of course, has good food. Using these criteria there are only three cities in the Tri-Valley area that have a downtown Main Street vibe. They are Livermore, Pleasanton, and Danville. So the best in the Tri-Valley for restaurants goes to Pleasanton.

What helped me make this decision is Pleasanton’s Downtown Street Association has decided to block off all car traffic on Main Street from Friday to Sunday evenings for the summer. They started this last year due to the pandemic and they’re going to continue for this summer.

SCHOOLS

The best city in the Tri-Valley area for schools. According to bestplaces.net, the best in the Tri-Valley for schools with the greatest number of top 10 rated schools is Danville. Now, San Ramon was a close second and Pleasanton came in third.

GOLF

The best city in the Tri-Valley area for Golf. For this category, I’m just going to rate the cities that have public 18 hole golf courses. For review, Pleasanton has four golf courses, but only two are public, and of that only one is an 18 hole course, which is Callippee Preserve. Alamo and Danville’s courses are private, and Dublin’s course is a nine-hole course, so that leaves San Ramon and Livermore each with three 18 hole public golf courses.

So, for the best city in the Tri-Valley area for golf goes to Livermore. They have so many features to offer.

Let’s start off with Las Positas. They have two golf courses, an 18 and a nine-hole executive course. Poppy Ridge has two 18 hole courses, and Wente, which is located in Wente Vineyards, is a meticulous and well-maintained course offering amazing views of the vineyards and the local surrounding hills.

PARKS

The best city in the Tri-Valley area for public parks. This is a difficult one because all the Tri-Valley cities have a great community and neighborhood parks, and they’re kept in really good order. So to make this fair, I’m going to break parks down into three categories:

  • Community park
  • Unique park
  • Open space and walking trail areas

HOTELS

The best city in the Tri-Valley area for hotels. There are only three that have five hotels and more, which are Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon. So looking at the features, the ratings, they’re about the same. So I’m going to give the best city in the Tri-Valley area for hotels is a tie between the three cities.

NEIGHBORHOODS

The best city in the Tri-Valley area for neighborhoods. The area for top neighborhoods is a bit challenging. As I’ve mentioned in prior BLOGS/videos it is difficult to rate one neighborhood to the next. If there’s enough interest in this I’ll create a separate video series on rating the neighborhoods in the Tri-Valley area. I’ll have to have some kind of guidelines or measurements to do this, so we’ll table this for the future. Well, that wraps up this video series.

Please let me know if you agree with my “The best city in the Tri-Valley area” and if you don’t, what are yours? Warren

To learn more about each city, please scroll down.

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PLEASANTON

I’m going to give you Pleasanton’s top-rated schools, parks, neighborhoods, restaurants, and more!

The Best in the Tri-valley-For more information on Pleasanton, visit my BLOGs below

This is part of my “The best city in the Tri-Valley area series”. So that you know, I have already posted several BLOGS and videos on Pleasanton to include the Pros and Cons, Cost of Living, neighborhood Property Tours (Vintage Hills, Foxborough Estates, Vintage Heights, Vintage Hills II) Parks (Coolest Parks and Trails, Tawny, Vintage Hill, Kottinger Community & Memorial), etc.

But this is the first time I’ve ever rated the top subjects (The best city in the Tri-Valley area) for each category So what criteria or services did I use to determine the rating? Well, it’s a combination of data I found from bestplaces.net, niche.net, greatschools.org, TripAdvisor, and top reviews on sites like Google and Yelp. Is this a scientific study? No, but at least you can appreciate how I came up with my list.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Pleasanton has so much to offer

What I want to do in this BLOG/video is first to start off with a little overview of the town of Pleasanton. Pleasanton is one of the six cities located in the Tri-Valley region in the Northern California area. Population is 80,000+ residents. For more of a deep dive into this city, please watch my 17 Items You Need To Know About Pleasanton. Again, all the links can be found in my blog, including links for restaurants, employment, etc. (The best city in the Tri-Valley area).

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Pleasanton has numerous employment opportunities

Employment

Pleasanton’s future job growth is 43.61%. That’s over 10% higher than the national average.

The top or largest employers in Pleasanton are:

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Pleasanton has several restaurants to choose from

Restaurants

Pleasanton has numerous restaurants from their historic downtown area, open strip malls, and their indoor Stoneridge Shopping Mall Center. I’m going to list the top five restaurants that were noted from three different websites or search engines. The reason I’m going to list them all is that food can be subjective. And if you see the same restaurant show in more than one search, regardless of whether it’s number one or number five, it’s probably fair to assume it’s a good restaurant or at least a popular one.

TripAdvisor
Google review
Yelp
The best city in the Tri-valley area-Pleasanton has top-rated schools

Schools

According to niche.com Pleasanton Unified School District is rated as the 11th best public school district in California. And #1 in Alameda county in independent online research company for 2020 Best School Rankings and Grades.

The Best in the Tri-valley-Now, the elementary schools with a top 10 rating are as followed:

Middle schools: Harvest Park had a top 10 rating, Hart and Pleasanton Middle school had a 9 rating.

High schools: Amador Valley had a 9 rating and Foothill had an 8 rating.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Pleasanton 4 golf courses

Golf

Pleasanton has four golf courses. The Club at Castlewood, The Club at Ruby Hill, Callippe Preserve, and Pleasanton Golf Center. Just a little background on each course.

Callippe Preserve

it’s an 18-hole golf course. The architect is Brian Castello. It opened up in 2005. The course is well laid out and it has amazing stunning views.

Pleasanton Golf Center

Now, if you need to practice your drive or tune up your short game, I recommend going to Pleasanton Golf Center. It’s located inside the Alameda County Fairgrounds. They have a nine-hole golf course located inside the racetrack and they have a full driving range and putting green.

The Club at Ruby Hill

This is a private golf course located inside Ruby Hill Community. It’s an 18-hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The fairway grass has Bermuda and the course has numerous elevation changes, offering breathtaking vista views.

The Club at Castlewood

This is also a private golf course located inside Castlewood Community. They have two 18-hole golf courses. Each course is beautifully laid out and meticulously cared for. Now all golf courses have a rating from Google at 4.5. However, Pleasanton golf center is rated 4.4.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Pleasanton has over 90 neighborhoods

The Top Neighborhoods in Pleasanton

Pleasanton has over 90 communities and neighborhoods. They range from condos to single-family residents, ranchette style 1 to 2-acre property with horse and vineyards, to large custom homes in gated communities.

Living in Pleasanton for about 40 years and selling real estate here, I can personally say it is difficult to rate one neighborhood to the other. It all comes down to what type of property you are interested in. Is it a condo or townhome-style or a single-family detached home? How big of a home do you need and how many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? What features are you interested in Pool, large lot, a view. What about location. Do you need quick access to the freeway, close to downtown Main Street or the Fairgrounds, schools? Then there are more specific criteria to add to your home search such as a private and gated community.

So for this section, rather than attempt to rate a neighborhood I am going to feature 4 neighborhoods that I feel have something unique or what I call cool factors. These are neighborhoods I haven’t discussed in my previous video.

The best city in the Tri-valley area -Val Vista

One – Val Vista:

  • These Pleasanton homes were built by Singer Homes between 1968 to 1973. 
  • Val Vista is located on the northwest side of Pleasanton and has quick and easy freeway access
  • The development is primarily made up of single-story ranch-style homes that from 1,300 to 1,800 Sq. Ft.
  • Lot sizes are from 6,000 up to 8,000
  • Val Vista community is considered to be more of an entry-level price point for single-family detached homes in Pleasanton.

Cool Factor: Residents are within walking distance to Donlon Elementary School. Hart Middle School and Val Vista Park.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Nolan Farms

Two – Nolan Farms:

  • These Pleasanton homes were built in the early 2000s by Summerhill Homes. 
  • The area is in the center of Pleasanton. It backs up to the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
  • The homes size range is from 2,500 – 4,000 sq ft. and the
  • Lot sizes are from 7,000 – 10,000 sq ft.

Cool Factor: The location is tucked away next to the downtown Main Street area and a short distance walk to both Main Street and the fairgrounds. Also, quick access to the freeway

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Kottinger Ranch

Three – Kottinger Ranch:

  • The neighborhood is located on the southeast side of Pleasanton.
  • Kottinger Ranch was built by Westbrook Homes from 1992 – 2000. 
  • These Pleasanton homes range in size from 2,700 – 4,000 sq ft. and
  • Large lots up to 20,000 sq ft
  • The homes have 3 car garages.
  • Many homes have views of the Pleasanton Valley and hills. 
  • Kottinger Ranch subdivision also has a few custom homes. 
  • Part of Kottinger’s development is a subdivision of duets called The Heights. They range in size from 1,500 – 2,200 sq ft

Cool Factor: Many homes have large lots with views. The community has its own private walking trails, open space areas, and community pool.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-The Gates

Four – The Gates:

  • The Gates had two different builders, William Lyon Homes, and Woodhill Development.
  • It was built in the mid-1980s
  • Homes in this neighborhood range in size from 1,600 sq. ft. – 2,400 sq. ft.
  • The average lot size is 8,000 sq. ft.  

Cool factor: Quiet setting with little car traffic and close to Sutter Gate Park, and Ken Mercer Sports Park.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Pleasanton has over 44 neighborhood and community parks, plus numerous trails and acres of open space

Parks and Trails

Now for Pleasanton top parks, this is a combination of Google, Yelp and my personal knowledge of the town and especially on this particular subject.

Just a little background, last year at the beginning of the pandemic, when everything was shut down including real estate, I decided to video each neighborhood, community, and regional park in Pleasanton. There are over 44 parks plus trails. This took me about three weeks. So I put together the top parks in all three categories.

Top Neighborhood Parks

  • 1 Mission Park.
    • This one has an amazing double slide
  • 2 Kottinger Community and Kottinger Memorial Park.
    • This is two parks located together that are separated by Bernal Avenue.

Top Community Parks

  • 1 Bernal Community Park
    • It offers numerous outdoor sports areas to include three multi-purpose all-weather sports fields for soccer, rugby, lacrosse, and youth football.
  • 2 Ken Mercer Sports Park
    • This is Pleasanton’s largest community park. It contains a vast variety of outdoor sports areas to include soccer fields, baseball fields for both softball and hardball, and a volleyball sandlot.

The Most Unique Park

  • Alviso Adobe Community Park.
    • This is an amazing learning center. The city of Pleasanton resort, an 1859 adobe facility making it a one-of-a-kind learning area for all visitors.

The Top Walking Trails

  • Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
    • This beautiful parkland is over 9,000 acres. It offers several multipurpose trail systems which accommodate hikers, equestrians, and bicyclists.
The best city in the Tri-valley area-Pleasanton has several hotels

Hotels

The Top 5 Hotels- The list is provided from Luxury Hotel Guides.

1 Pleasanton’s Marriott

2 The Rose Hotel

3 The DoubleTree by Pleasanton’s Hilton at The Club

4 Hyatt House

5 Four Points by Sheraton

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DUBLIN

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Dublin has so much to offer!

Dublin’s top-rated schools, parks, restaurants, neighborhoods, and more!

This is part of my “The Best in the Tri-Valley series”. Now, I’ve already posted a few videos/BLOGs on Dublin from the pros and cons, cost of living, and my coolest neighborhood series. In this BLOG, I’ll rate the top subjects for each category. The criteria or service I use for the rating is a combination of data I found on bestplaces.net, niche.net, Zippia, greatschools.org, TripAdvisor, and the top reviews on sites like Google and Yelp. Of course, it’s not a scientific study, but at least you can appreciate the methodology I use to create my list.

Before I begin, I’d like to give you a little overview of the City of Dublin.

Dublin is one of the 6 cities located in the Tri-Valley region in Northern California. The population is approximately 46K residents,  In 2018, Dublin was ranked #7 in Money‘s list of “The Best Places to Live“. In 2019 Dublin was rated the second fastest-growing city in the state of California, behind only Santa Clarita.

For more of a deep dive, please watch the pros and cons of living in Dublin, California.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Dublin’s future job growth is over 42%

EMPLOYMENT

Dublin’s future job growth is over 42%. This is approximately 10% higher than the national average.

The top overall employers for Dublin according to Zippia are:

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Dublin has many different types & styles of restaurants to choose from

RESTAURANTS

Dublin has numerous choices for restaurants from brand new strip malls to quaint settings. These reviews are a combination of Tripadvisor and Google reviews:

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Dublin has Top 10 rated schools

SCHOOLS

According to niche.com, Dublin Unified School District rates an A+.

Dublin schools with a top 10 rating are as follows:

(according to bestplaces.net)

Dublin schools with a top 9 rating are:

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Dublin has one golf course: Dublin Ranch Golf Course

GOLF

The City of Dublin offers one golf course, which is Dublin Ranch Golf Course. It’s a 9-hole, par-63 golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The course is kept in top condition and offers panoramic views of Livermore Valley and Mount Diablo. Google reviews give this course a 4.2 rating.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Dublin has a large variety of neighborhoods

DUBLIN’S TOP NEIGHBORHOODS

Dublin has approximately 25 neighborhoods. They range from newer condo developments, single-family ranch homes built in the early 1950s, to homes over 4000 feet located in a gated community with views overlooking the valleys. It all comes down to what type of property you’re interested in. Is it a condo or townhome-style or a single-family detached home? How big of a home do you need and how many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? What features are you interested in? Pool, large lot, or a view. And what about location? Do you need quick access to the freeway, close to the downtown shopping area? Or do you need a particular school to live next to?

So, for this section, rather than try to rate one neighborhood to the next because how do you really do that anyway? What I’m going to do is feature four neighborhoods that I think are unique or have what I call the cool factor. Now to step up my game, these neighborhoods have not been featured in any of my previous blogs/videos on Dublin.

Number One: San Ramon Village

The neighborhood is centrally located in Dublin. San Ramon Village is made up of single-story ranch-style homes. The neighborhood offers a great entry price for single-family detached homes in Dublin. The community was built in the late 1950s to mid-1960s. The home range size is from 1000 to 1500 square feet. And lot size is from 6000 to 8000 square feet. Many of these homes have a good-sized backyard.

Cool factor: This is a great starter home for Dublin. Some of these neighborhoods are actually within walking distance to the schools and the local shopping area, and you have quick and easy access to the freeway.

Number Two: Canyon Creek

The homes are located in the west Dublin Hills. The developer was the Gregory Group and was built in the early 1980s. The Dublin homes range in size from 1900 to 3000 square feet. And the development is a mixture of one to two-story homes. The average lot size is 8500 square feet. Some of these homes have views of the valley hills.

Cool factor: Good size homes. Some have views of the canyons. This is a quiet area and you have quick and easy access to the freeway.

Number Three: Tassajara Meadows

This is a newer development located on the east side of Dublin. These homes are built in the early 2000s by Mission Peak Development. The average home size is from 1600 to 2100 square feet. An average lot size is from 3000 to 4500 square feet. These are two-story homes with smaller lots.

Cool factor: This has an awesome location. You’re close to BART, shopping, schools, as well as the freeway.

Number Four: Dublin Green

Toll Brothers built this subdivision from 2000 to 2001. The average home size is from 1600 to 2900 square feet. An average lot size is about 4500 square feet. These are two-story homes with smaller lots.

Cool factor: Quiet setting with walking distance to both schools and shopping and quick access to the freeway.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Dublin has approximately 20 neighborhood and community parks

PARKS

Dublin has top-rated parks. Dublin has approximately 20 neighborhood and community parks. Amenities include large sports fields, bocce ball courts, dog parks, and plenty of walking trails (Dublin Parks and open spaces).

The top six neighborhood and community parks, which Google gives it a rating of 4.7 to 4.6, are as follows:

Dublin’s most unique park: Dublin Heritage Park & Museums.

It’s made up of 10 acres that include historic buildings, lawns, Pioneer Cemetery, and picnic areas. The park is designed to maintain and tell the history of Dublin.

During the fall, they host a nighttime flashlight ghost tour through the Pioneer Cemetery. That’s pretty cool.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Dublin has 3 hotels

HOTELS

Dublin has three hotels. They are:

The last two have a 2.5-star rating

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SAN RAMON

In this BLOG, I’m going to give you the top restaurants, schools, parks, and more for San Ramon, California

This is part of my “The Best in the Tri-Valley series”. Now, I’ve already posted several videos on San Ramon, including the pros cons, cost of living, and my coolest neighborhood series. In this video, I’ll rate the top subjects for each category. The criteria or service I use for the rating is a combination of information I found from bestplaces.net, niche.net Zippia, greatschools.org, TripAdvisor, and the review sites like Google and Yelp.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-For a deep dive on San Ramon, please read/watch my ‘Pros and Cons on San Ramon‘.

Of course, this isn’t a scientific study, but at least you could understand and appreciate the methodology I use to create my top-rated list. Before I begin, I’d like to give you a little overview of the city of San Ramon. San Ramon is one of the six cities in the Tri-Valley area, and it is bordered between Danville and Dublin. It can be accessed from the 680 freeway. It’s the fourth largest city in Contra Costa. For more of a deep dive, please watch the pros and cons of living in San Ramon, California.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-San Ramon offers numerous employment opportunities

EMPLOYMENT

San Ramon’s future job growth is over 34%. This is approximately 1% higher than the national average. The top five employers for San Ramon, California according to zippia.com are:

The best city in the Tri-valley area-San Ramon has several restaurants to choose from

RESTAURANTS

San Ramon has numerous choices for restaurants from newer strip mall areas to quaint settings. These reviews are a combination of TripAdvisor and Google reviews.

Here are the top five rated restaurants:

The best city in the Tri-valley area-San Ramon has top-rated schools

SCHOOLS

I’m now going to do a deep dive on San Ramon schools. According to niche.com, San Ramon Unified School District rates an A-plus. The rating I’m going to give you comes from bestplaces.net.

San Ramon schools with a top 10 rating

Elementary schools

Middle schools

San Ramon schools with a top nine rating

Elementary schools

Middle schools

High school

The best city in the Tri-valley area-San Ramon has 3 golf courses

Golf

San Ramon has three 18 hole golf courses

Each golf course is unique and they all offer some kind of club membership. Google ratings are as follows. San Ramon Golf Club has a four-point rating. Canyon Lakes has a 4.2 rating and the Bridges is rated at 4.3.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-San Ramon has Top Neighborhoods

SAN RAMON’S TOP NEIGHBORHOODS

San Ramon has several neighborhoods to choose from. They range from older single-family ranch homes built in the early 1960s to newer home developments located in gated communities. It all comes down to what type of property you’re interested in. Is it a condo, single-family detached home, or a large home located in a gated area? And how much home do you need and how many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? What features are you interested in, pool, large lot, or a view? And what about location? Do you need something with quick access to the freeway, close to the downtown shopping area? Or do you need a particular school or a park you want to live next to?

So for this section, rather than try to rate one neighborhood to the next, because you really can’t do it. What I’m going to do is feature two neighborhoods that I think are unique or have what I call the ‘Cool Factor’. Now, to step up my game, these neighborhoods have not been featured in any of my previous videos on San Ramon.

Number One: The Bridges

The construction phase on these homes began in the late 1990s and went all the way through to 2005. The builder was Chapelle Homes. The average home size range from 1600 up to 5,000 square feet, and lot sizes are from 5,000 up to 18,000 square feet.

Cool Factor: Newer homes in a quiet area, close to the golf course, schools, parks, and the library

Number Two: Thomas Ranch

Development for this phase started in the late 1990s. The home builder was William Lyon. This is a mixture of one to two-story homes. Home sizes range from 2100 to 4,000 square feet. And lot sizes are from 5,000 all the way up to half an acre. This is a quiet location, still close to the freeway and shopping.

Cool Factor: Quiet area, some homes have awesome views of the valley

The best city in the Tri-valley area-San Ramon has several neighborhoods and community parks, walking trails, and open space areas.

San Ramon Parks

San Ramon has 58 neighborhood and community parks.

Their top community park is Central Park. They have tennis courts, baseball, and general sports fields, a children’s play area, and a community center.

Now for day hikes and horseback riding they have Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Park.

San Ramon’s most unique park is Forest Home Farms, Historic Park. This is one of the most interesting outdoor places to visit in San Ramon. This is a 16-acre farm that includes a self-guided tour of the property.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-San Ramon has Top rated hotels

Hotels

San Ramon’s top five hotels are as follows:

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ALAMO

Now I’ve already posted a few BLOGS and videos on Alamo, California to include the pros and cons, cost of living, and my coolest neighborhood series. In this BLOG, I’ll rate the top subjects for each category. The criteria or service I use for the rating is a combination of information I found from bestplaces.net, niche.net Zippia, greatschools.org, TripAdvisor, and the review sites like Google and Yelp. Of course, this is not a scientific study, but at least you can appreciate the methodology I use to create my list.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-For a deep dive on Alamo, please watch/read my ‘Pros and Cons for Alamo, Ca

This is part of my “The Best in the Tri-Valley series”. Before I begin, I wanted to give you a little overview of Alamo, California. Alamo is one of the six cities located in the Tri-Valley region in Northern California, the population is slightly over 14,000. Alamo is an unincorporated community. Of the six Tri-Valley cities, Alamo has the smallest population and the highest cost of living. For more of a deep dive, please read my BLOG on the pros and cons for Alamo CA.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Alamo’s employment

EMPLOYMENT

Alamo’s future job growth is 36.87%, which is approximately 3% higher than the national average. The top five employers for Alamo according to zippia.com are:

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Alamo’s restaurants

RESTAURANTS

Alamo has several restaurants to choose from located in strip malls to quaint settings. The ratings are a combination of TripAdvisor and Google Reviews.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Alamo has top-rated schools

SCHOOLS

According to niche.com, Alamo Unified School District rates as an A+.

Now, the following school rating is provided by bestplaces.net.

The Alamo school with a top 10 rating is:

2 Alamo schools with a top-nine rating are:

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Alamo has one golf course: Round Hill Country Club

GOLF

The city of Alamo offers one golf course, which is Round Hill Country Club. The course is a private 18 hole golf course, beautifully laid out and meticulously maintained. Google Review gives this course a 4.6 rating.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Alamo has Top Neighborhoods

ALAMO’S TOP NEIGHBORHOODS

Alamo has several neighborhoods to choose from. They range from older homes built in the early 1930s to newer custom homes located in a gated community. It all comes down to what type of property you’re interested in. Is it a home located in a traditional residential setting, or a property that is zoned for horses? How big of a home do you need and how many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? What features are you interested in? Pool, large lot, or a view? What about locations? Do you need quick access to the freeway, close to the downtown shopping area, or do you need a particular school or park to live next to?

So for this section, rather than try to rate one neighborhood to the next, because how do you do that anyway? What I’m going to do is feature three neighborhoods that I think are unique or what I call the cool factor. Now to step up my game, these neighborhoods have not been featured in any of my previous videos on Alamo.

Number one: Stone Gate

This is a private gated community. It was built in the early 1990s and is made up of custom homes. The average home size range from 3,000 to over 6,000 square feet. They have large lots up to an acre and some of the homes have views of the local hills and Las Trampas Ridge.

Cool Factor: Secluded gated homes, some with awesome views

Number two: The Trails

This community was built in the mid-1990s. Home size range from 3,000 to over 5,000 square feet. An average lot size is about half an acre, however, there are a few homes that have lots over an acre.

Cool factor: These are large homes with good size lots, many are within walking distance of Livorna Park. This is a quiet area, but yet quick access to the freeway

Number Three: Livorna Heights

There were several phases of building and development from the early 1940s to recent custom homes. For this reason, you’ll find a large variety of styles, sizes, and amenities offered. Home sizes range from 1,000 to over 6,000 square feet. Most homes are situated on good size lots from half to up to two acres. This unique and eclectic mixture of homes is attractive to many Alamo home buyers.

Cool Factor: This is a mixture of new and old homes in a quiet setting, many have awesome views

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Alamo’s Parks

PARKS

Alamo has two public parks, Livorna and Hap Magee Ranch. Hap Magee Ranch is also shared with Danville, CA. Both parks have large children’s play areas, barbecues, and open grass fields. Livorna has a bocce ball court and Hap Magee Ranch has a dog park, walking trails, and a victory garden.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Hotels: Most visitors will stay in Walnut Creek

HOTELS

When I made this BLOG I couldn’t find any in Alamo. Most visitors will stay in Walnut Creek, which is just a few miles away. Well, that wraps up my top list for Alamo, please let me know if I missed anything.

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DANVILLE

This is part of my “The Best in the Tri-Valley series”. Now, I’ve already posted a few BLOGS and videos on Danville, including the pros and cons, cost of living, and my Coolest Neighborhood series. In this BLOG, I’ll rate the top subjects for each category. The criteria or service I use for the rating is a combination of information I found from bestplaces.net, niche.net Zippia, greatschools.org, TripAdvisor, and the review sites like Google and Yelp. Of course, this is not a scientific study, but at least you can appreciate the methodology I use to create my list.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-For more information on Danville, please see my other videos and BLOGs

Before I start, I would like to give you a little overview of Danville, California. Danville is bordered between Alamo and San Ramon, and it can be accessed from the 680 Freeway. In 1982, it became one of the incorporated municipalities in California that uses the name town, not the city. This is why it’s referred to as the town of Danville. For more of a deep dive, please watch the pros and cons of living in the town of Danville.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Danville future job growth is over 36%

EMPLOYMENT

Danville’s future job growth is over 36%. This is approximately 3% higher than the national average. The top five employers for Danville, California according to zippia.com are:

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Danville has a variety of restaurants to choose from

RESTAURANTS

These ratings come from a combination of information from TripAdvisor and Google reviews:

Just a little side note, Bridges Restaurant was the one used in Mrs. Doubtfire.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Danville has top-rated schools

SCHOOLS

According to niche.com, Danville Unified School District rates an A+. The ratings are provided by bestplaces.net.

The following Danville schools have a top-10 rating:

For Elementary Schools:

The Danville schools that have a top-9 rating are:

The best city in the Tri-valley area-For golf, Danville has Blackhawk Country Club

GOLF

The town of Danville offers one golf course, which is Blackhawk Country Club. The course is a private 18-hole golf course, beautifully laid out and meticulously maintained. Google reviews give this course a 4.6 rating.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Danville has several TOP neighborhoods

DANVILLE’S TOP NEIGHBORHOODS

Danville has several neighborhoods to choose from. They range from older single-story ranch homes to newer home developments and gated communities. It all comes down to what type of property you’re interested in. Is it a condo or a two-story home, and how big of a home do you need, and how many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? What features are you interested in? Pool, a large lot, or a view? What about location? Do you need quick access to the freeway close to the downtown shopping area, or do you need a particular school or park to live next to? So for this section, rather than try to rate one neighborhood to the next, because how do you do it anyway, what I’m going to do is feature two neighborhoods that I think are unique or have what I call the cool factor. Now, to step up my game, these neighborhoods have not been featured in any of my previous videos on Danville.

Number One: Leander Hills

These homes are built in the mid-1970s. Home size range is from 2,000 up to 3,500 square feet, and lot size is from an acre to a full acre. This area also has a few newer custom homes that were built in just the last couple of years. Some are over 5,000 square feet. Many of these homes have amazing backyards with a pool and an outdoor living area.

Cool Factor: Good-size homes on large lots in a quiet area, yet quick and easy access to the freeway

Number Two: Crow Canyon Heights

The development was built in the early 1980s. This is a mixture of condos and townhomes. Home size range from 1,500 to 1,900 square feet. This is a quiet gated area that offers beautiful grounds with a community pool and a cabana house. The lower entry price is a perfect opportunity to be a homeowner in Danville.

Cool Factor: A quiet secluded area close to the schools and the freeway

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Danville has numerous parks, walking trails, and open space areas

PARKS

They have over 167 acres of parkland for public recreation. They have six community parks to include amenities for sports fields, bocce ball courts, dog park, batting cages, plenty of walking trails, and they even have their own catch and release fish pond.

Their top community park is Sycamore Valley Park. Now, this park has just about everything to include a large children’s play area, bocce ball courts, baseball fields, and sports fields. At the far end of the park, you’ll find batting cages and the entrance to Sand Hill Trail.

Danville’s most unique park is Hap Magee Ranch Park. This is a 17-acre park that offers walking trails, children’s play areas to include two separate facilities for both younger and older children, a water play area, a dog park, a picnic area, a victory garden, and much more.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Danville has one hotel: Best Western Danville Sycamore Inn

HOTELS

Danville has one hotel, the Best Western Danville Sycamore Inn.

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LIVEMORE

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Livermore’s iconic First Street flag pole

I’ve already posted several BLOGS & videos on Livermore, from the ‘Pros and Cons’, ‘Cost of Living’ in my ‘Coolest Neighborhood’ series. In this BLOG, I’ll rate the top subjects for each category.

The criteria or service I use for the rating is a combination of information I found from bestplaces.net, niche.net Zippia, greatschools.org, TripAdvisor, and the review sites like Google and Yelp. Of course, this is not a scientific study, but at least you can appreciate the methodology I use to create my list.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Bankhead Theatre-Livermore’s downtown area

This is part of my “The Best in the Tri-Valley series”. Before I begin, I’d like to give you a little overview of Livermore. Just a little background, Livermore is part of the Tri-Valley area. It primarily borders with Pleasanton, and there is a small section on the north side that borders Dublin. It can be accessed from the 580 Freeway, and it’s the most populated city in the Tri-Valley area. For more of a deep dive into the city, please read and watch my ‘Pros and cons for Livermore, California’.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Livermore’s employment opportunities

EMPLOYMENT

Livermore’s future job growth is over 38 percent. This is approximately five percent higher than the national average. The top five employers for Livermore, California, according to zippia.com are:

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Livermore has a variety of restaurants to choose from

RESTAURANTS

Livermore has numerous choices for restaurants from newer strip malls to quaint settings. These reviews are a combination of TripAdvisor and Google reviews.

Here are the top five Livermore restaurants:

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Livermore has TOP rated schools

SCHOOLS

According to niche.com, Livermore Unified School District rates an A-plus. The rating is provided by bestplaces.net.

The following Livermore schools have a top 10 rating:

The Livermore school that has a top nine rating:

The Livermore schools with the top eight ratings:

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Livermore has 3 golf courses

GOLF

Livermore has three public golf courses.

  • Las Positas Golf Course
    • It’s located on the west side of Livermore next to the airport. They have an 18-hole and a nine-hole golf course.
  • Poppy Ridge Golf Course
    • Going southeast in Livermore, you’re going to find Poppy Ridge. It has two 18-hole golf courses.
  • Wente Golf Course
    • Wente Golf Course is located at Wente Vineyards. This is an 18-hole course that has amazing views of the vineyards and the local Hills around it.
The best city in the Tri-valley area-Livermore has several top neighborhoods to choose from

LIVERMORE’S TOP NEIGHBORHOODS

Livermore has several neighborhoods to choose from. They range from older single-family ranch homes built in the early 1950s to newer homes built in just the last 10 years. It all comes down to what type of property you’re interested in. Is it a condo, single-family detached home, or a large home located on several acres? And how big a home do you need? How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you want? What features are you interested in; a pool, large lot, or a view? And what about location? Do you need quick access to the freeway, close to the downtown shopping area, or do you need to be close to a particular school or park?

So for this section, rather than try to rate one neighborhood to the next, because how can you do that anyway, what I’m going to do is feature two neighborhoods that I think are unique or have what I call the ‘Cool Factor’. Now, to step up my game, these neighborhoods have not been featured in any of my previous videos on Livermore.

Number One: Alden Lane

These homes were built from 2002 to 2005. The builder was Standard Pacific. The average home size is from 2,500 up to 4,000 square feet, and the lot size is from 8,000 to 12,000 square feet. Many of these homes have awesome backyards, including a pool and outdoor living amenities.

Cool Factor: Quiet setting, and close to the park.

Number Two: Jensen Homes

The homes were built in the late 1950s. The developer was Jensen Homes. This is a mixture of one to two-story homes. Home size range from 900 up to 1600 square feet, and lot sizes, we’re up to 6,000 square feet. This is a quiet location and yet close to the downtown First Street area.

Cool Factor; Close to everything, including parks and schools.

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Livermore has several parks and acres of open space areas

PARKS

Livermore has approximately 28 neighborhood parks, ranging from two to 30 acres in size.

Two of their community parks offer a variety of amenities for equestrian use, rodeo grounds, and an all-weather sports field. They have five regional parks, totaling 1,560 acres, and 10 special-use parks to include hiking, biking, and trails for horseback riding.

Livermore’s top two parks are:

  • Sycamore Grove Park
    • This park has hiking, biking, walking, and jogging through its 847-acre open space park.
  • Robertson Park
    • This 110-acre park includes barbecues, picnic tables, a dog park, a disc golf course, and the Equestrian Center. This facility also has a synthetic sports field.

HOTELS

The best city in the Tri-valley area-Livermore has several hotels to choose from

Livermore’s top five hotels are as follows:

Well, that wraps up my top best for Livermore, California. Please let me know if I missed anything. If

I hope you enjoyed This is part of my “The Best in the Tri-Valley series”. Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren

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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!

Warren Oberholser

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