With 42 neighborhoods and parks and 24 miles of trails, the city of Pleasanton is a magnet for people with an active lifestyle. The quaint downtown tree-lined streets are filled with boutiques and cafés with outdoor settings. The city of Pleasanton is located at the 580 and 680 corridor which provides easy access to major employment hubs like the Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
Pleasanton was ranked number 4 in USA Today’s list of “America’s 50 best cities to live in” in 2014, number 63 in Money’s list of “The Best Places to Live” in 2010,and was named one of “Americans’ Top Hometown Spots” in the United States in 2009 by Forbes. Pleasanton was named the third wealthiest city in terms of earnings in the United States by NerdWallet in 2013.
Events and festivals
Pleasanton continues to maintain a small town flavor with regular events for the community. Every Saturday morning a farmers’ market sets up on Angela, off Main Street. In 2009, Pleasanton appeared on Newsmax magazine’s list of the “Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns”, which cited the popular farmers’ market among the reasons for the city’s charm. There are several parades during the year, commemorating Christmas, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day, as well as kicking off the beginning of the Alameda County Fair and soccer season.
Friday Concerts in the Park
Another Pleasanton Downtown Association tradition is the Friday Concerts in the Park series. Every Friday from June until September the PDA schedules different local bands to perform in the evenings at the Lions’ Wayside Park off of First Street. The events are free of charge and draw a crowd.
The Alameda County Fairgrounds is a 270-acre facility located in Pleasanton. It is home to the annual Alameda County Fair, held since 1912, as well as numerous trade shows and community events. Located on its grounds, the Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack was built in 1858, making it the oldest 1-mile (1.6 km) horse racing track in the United States. There is a 3,000 seat amphitheater, as well as a nine-hole golf course located within the track’s infield.
Firehouse Arts Center
The Firehouse Arts Center, opened in 2010, is a center of culture and art for Pleasanton. It features a 221-seat theater, the Harrington art gallery, and classrooms for art and drama.
Most if its 70,000+ population consist of entrepreneurs, educated young adults and families. Pleasanton schools are one of the main reasons home buyers choose the city as their new home as they are ranked highly. Pleasanton real estate offers a wide variety of homes from condos to luxury homes which are known to attract many celebrities and professional athletes. Pleasanton offers a wide range of lifestyle choices. With the many trails, large number of parks, and golf courses, you can easily find your place to enjoy your outdoor activities.