Top Hotels- Restaurants- Schools- Parks & More in Pleasanton CA -Guess who didn’t make it

Warren Oberholser
Warren Oberholser
Published on May 27, 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.

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

For more information on Pleasanton, visit my BLOGs below

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 for each category. So what criteria or service did I use to determine the rating? Well, it’s a combination of data I found from,,, 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.

Pleasanton has so much to offer

What I want to do in this 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.

Pleasanton has numerous employment opportunities


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:

Pleasanton has several restaurants to choose from


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 because 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.

Google review
Pleasanton has top rated schools


According to 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.

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 an 9 rating and Foothill had an 8 rating.

Pleasanton 4 golf courses


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. Now all golf courses have a rating from Google at 4.5. However, Pleasanton golf center is rated 4.4.

Pleasanton has over 90 neighborhoods

The Top Neighborhoods in Pleasanton

Pleasanton has over 90 communities and neighborhoods. They range from condos to single family resident, ranchette style 1 to 2 acre property with horse and vineyards, to large custome 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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.
Pleasanton has several 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

I hope you enjoyed this article. Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren


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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