What’s Happening in Downtown Livermore?

You may have been noticing some recent changes to our beloved downtown and it’s all thanks to the Downtown Plan Adopted by the Livermore City Council in 2018.

Here’s what the approved plan looks like:

Courtesy of the City of Livermore

The City of Livermore has gone above and beyond to make Livermore a highly desirable place to live. A boutique hotel with a luxurious wine country feel, plenty of retail, 3+ acres of green space including Stockmen’s and Veteran’s Parks, a Science and Society Center, and 2 parking garages to accommodate our growing city are just some of the features to look forward to.

If you’re interested in being walking distance to this new downtown, check out our current Livermore listing here!

So, what can you expect in the upcoming years?

Stockmen’s Park to be completed by summer 2020:

Courtesy of the City of Livermore
Courtesy of the City of Livermore

I Street Parking Garage to start construction early 2020:

Courtesy of the City of Livermore

L Street Parking Garage to start construction in 2021:

Courtesy of the City of Livermore

With hotel and retail construction starting in 2020, the 130 unit Affordable Workforce Family Housing and Cultural Performing Arts Center construction start dates are still to be determined.

We are excited for this major revamp to such a beautiful city!

For more details on the timeline and plans, click here.

Livermore is a great place to live!

Marketing and selling high-end Luxury Homes in the Tri Valley is what we do best, but on this real estate journey, it’s all about the people we meet on the way, connecting them to each other and the places they call HOME.

Just Beautiful at Sorrento!

Just Beautiful at the very desirable Sorrento neighborhood in Dublin Ranch! Nicely upgraded and well maintained by the original owners, this South facing, interior unit at the Italian inspired Trevi community at Sorrento is ideally located within walking distance to Clubhouse, parks and schools, with proximity to shops, restaurants, and major commuter corridors.

Main level features Formal Living Room with soaring ceiling and upgraded gas fireplace, Formal Dining Room with chandelier lighting, and Kitchen/Family Room with granite counters, upgraded cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and breakfast bar with pendant lighting. Upstairs Master Bedroom Suite with balcony and partial view, walk-in closet, and luxury Bath with soaking tub, stall shower, and dual vanity. Two additional comfortably sized Bedrooms share full Hallway Bath with tub/shower combination. Top floor boasts flexible space Bonus Room with extra square footage, skylights, and half Bath is potential 4th Bedroom or home office. Recessed lights, inside Laundry, ceiling fans, NEST thermostat, mirrored closet doors, and more! Full size two car garage with epoxy flooring, electric car charger, and extra storage space. Resort style HOA amenities include pool and spa, fitness room with locker rooms, movie, game, and function rooms. Green space and playground adjacent to Clubhouse.

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Dublin is a wonderful place to live!

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Sycamore Grove Park in Livermore California

Spring is almost here and here is 1 of our favorite places in the Tri Valley to spend the day.

Parks in the Tri Valley

Sycamore Grove Park is over 840 beautiful acres in Livermore California. The park is open 365 days a year. Great for hikers and even commercial photographers. The park has two entrances, one on Wetmore Road and the other on Arroyo Road. There is plenty of parking and restrooms in the park. Parking is about $7 a day. There’s over 2 1/2 miles of paved paths and many dirt paths that can be explored further into the park. If you would like to take photos in the park on a commercial level, a day permit is required and is $50.

The park opens at 7 AM and closes at sunset.  Make sure you are always aware of the parks trail signs and make sure that your pets are on a leash within the park. You can even reserve your own picnic area for parties and celebrations in Sycamore Grove Park.

Great information here on their website for:

Wildflowers of the park

The Sycamore Groves Trail Map

Even a video of potential trail options

If you’re looking for a place to spend the day out with the family, sycamore Grove Park is really a great option. Grab the kids, and the camera and spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful park.

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The Annual Fall Festival at Aviso Adobe Park is back again

Location:  3465 Old Foothill Road

Date:  Saturday, September 23 from 11 – 3 p.m

Pleasanton CA events

Fall here in the Tri Valley wouldn’t be complete without the 4TH Annual Fall Festival at Aviso Adobe Community Park. This is the kick off event for the fall season.

This event is the perfect place to take the family and enjoy the food, games and crafts. Also, a few interesting events like the local 4H live animal display, authentic Californios music and dance by the California Fandango Project and of course, the must see, the Park’s life sized fiberglass milking cow.

A few other fun it’s to occupy the kids like: Ice Cream Churning, Apple Cider pressing, soap carving, horse roping and of course, the adobe brick making project. The Alviso Adobe park wouldn’t be complete without the onsite taco vendors, Yum!!

This should be a fun day for the kids and parents too. Maybe we will see you there.

The fall events to follow here in Pleasanton are:

  • The Halloween Scavenger Hunt
  • The Brew Crawl
  • and The Ghost Walk

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The Annual Scottish Games in Pleasanton 2017 – This Weekend

The Scottish Games this weekend in Pleasanton California – September 2nd and 3rd

Pleasanton CA Events

Heritage and culture are always a fun celebration. Some cities and towns have small celebrations and others have large ones. There are things like Italian Fest’s, Medieval Fairs, and Mardi gras and then there is San Francisco’s “Scottish Games.”

California has been the home to the Scottish games since 1866. The Caledonian Club of San Francisco hosts this celebration every year. This is 2 day event now rather than the one day event that it began as. The Scottish Games has been going on for over a hundred years.

The gathering and games started as more of a family picnic and grown more and more over the years. They have been held in San Francisco, Sausalito, Oakland, Santa Rosa and have finally come to rest in Pleasanton. This particular celebration has lasted through the economic depression, wars, earthquakes, and bridge closures.

In tradition the Scottish games, were known as heavy athletics. These events were held in Scotland, they began as strength training for the Scottish military soldiers. During those events, strong men would heave tree trunks, toss large river rocks, and lead weights. As time went on and progression happened the games became more of a family picnic gathering for the town folk.

Scottish Games in Pleasanton CA 2017

The California Gold Rush attracted many scots’s to San Francisco. Along with them came their heritage and their culture. Seventeen men, worked together to organize and plan the Inaugural Scottish Games, they made them happen a week later on Thanksgiving day in November 1866,

What started as tree trunk heaving, river rock distance tossing and lead weight tossing this has definitely evolved into a more modern set of events. The games have grown from 9 events to over 60 competitive games, with additional venues. The games have also extended from 1 day to 2 days. The original events may appear barbaric and well behind the times, however they were designed for men and proving strength.

Some of the modern day events have gone beyond being a test of strength. Just like with anything as time goes forward, things evolve and change to match the current time period. They have drum major events, dancing championship, pipe band competitions and so much more. There are also archery exhibitions, bird of prey shows, reenactments and more.

The games occur at different venues around the fairgrounds. You can now find the Traditional Entertainment stage, Irish Pavilion, Celtic Heritage Stage, Game Grand stands and more. Each stage offers something different dating from original events to modern day events. The stages have been spread out around the fairgrounds so different events can run concurrently.

With the attraction of almost 50,000 attendees, the Scottish Games are an amazing event produced on all on volunteer participation. The event is an amazing honor of the heritage and culture of the Scottish. If you enjoy traveling the world and experiencing culture then the Scottish games at the Alameda Fairgrounds is a highly recommended experience.

HERE is their website for full information, events and tickets.

Contact Us for more information on the Games here in Pleasanton and maybe we will see you there 🙂

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The Alameda County Fair is back – Starts this Friday

It’s that time of year again YAY!!! The Alameda County Fair Starts this Friday

The Alameda County Fairgrounds is a 270-acre facility located here in Pleasanton, California. It is home to the annual Alameda County Fair, held since 1912, as well as numerous trade shows and community events.

Here is some information, locations and schedules for you.

Address: 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Use Gate 8 Valley Rd., Pleasanton, CA 94566  Phone: (925) 426-7600

Getting Here:

The Alameda County Fair is located off of the Bernal Ave Exit from the 680 Highway in Pleasanton, California.

There are 4 entrance gates to the Fair for the public:

Green Gate – Known as the “Main” entrance, the Green Gate is located right off of Valley Ave, cross street of Bernal Ave.

Blue Gate – Accesed from the main parking lot.

Red Gate – Red Gate is accessible from the Gate 12 entrance located about a 1/4 mile up on Valley Ave. from Bernal Ave.

Yellow Gate – Located at 4501 Pleasanton Ave. off Bernal Ave. This is the location of: Administration Offices – Will Call Ticket Booth -VIP Parking Lot

From BART

View Wheels Shuttle schedule from E. Dublin/Pleasanton BART

Here are just a few of the attractions at the Fair:

  • Rides
  • Concerts
  • Stage Acts

Here is the schedule of performances – http://annual.alamedacountyfair.com/entertainment/live-music-special-events/concerts

Alameda County Fair Stage

 

There is also a list of companies that are giving away FREE tickets at the link above!

Pleasanton CA Cattle Drive Route

  • Horse Racing

http://annual.alamedacountyfair.com/horse-racing/live-horse-racing  Free with Fair admission

Pleasanton Horse Racing

Must see the over 14 wineries that will be here, and there will be entertainment specifically for the Beer and Wine Garden.

And here is the full schedule of events at the Fair.

Alameda Fair Schedule of Events

We hope to see you there!!

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Val Vista Park in Pleasanton CA – A kid friendly park in the Tri Valley

Val Vista Park Pleasanton CAThere are so many exceptional parks and recreation areas in the Tri Valley but the Val Vista Park in the town of Pleasanton California is an oasis for parents wanting to spend the day with the kids. A place to play sports, enjoy the snack bar and nature trails to take in the fresh air and unwind. It is the ultimate activity day where Pleasanton and East Bay children can play for hours to their hearts content.

There are two play areas within the park. There is also a large picnic area where families can gather and have lunch on any afternoon during the week. There are soccer fields here, a giant skateboard park, roller hockey rink and a climbing wall for the more adventurous.

Val Vista Park also has a nature trail walk and don’t forget to bring your swimwear to experience either one of its two water sports areas. There are three play structures to keep kids occupied all day and those coming from all around East Bay will be pleasantly surprised to learn there is plenty of parking around the park.

Val Vista Park East Bay

The approach to the park is down Stoneridge Drive where you will notice the roller hockey rink, several soccer fields and a skateboard park. These are just a taster of things to do within the park. Once you have parked, you will notice the two huge play structures, a big area for families enjoying a picnic and a water feature to take your selfies at.

The play structures are for kids of all ages. There are tiny tot swings, four slides for larger children and a small water feature boat. There is also one huge play structure for kids and juniors up to the age of 12, a main playing structure that has so many different ways of climbing up that children will be spending most of their day on this, and six different slides to accommodate all the kids. There is also a safe high bridge and plenty of wheels to spin on or just hang onto.

The play areas are a haven for the kids and there are areas specifically designed for smaller children (aged two to five). This wonderful park has a snack bar area and bathroom facilities and a lovely little stream running through the nature trail walking area.

If you are ever at a loss of what to do with your family one afternoon in the Tri Valley, you should bring them here to the Val Vista Park. It is what childhood memories are made of and makes for a complete day out.

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