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.

Fremont Ranked as Best City to Buy a Family Home

Are you looking for the perfect family home, but don’t know where to start?

How about our listing at 34203 Oneil Terrace in Fremont?

Recently SmartAsset released their third annual “Best Cities to Buy a Family Home – 2019 Edition”. Can you guess where Fremont ranked? Drumroll please…Fremont topped the list as #1! With home value increasing by 47% over 5 years and 88% of homes having at least two bedrooms, it’s the perfect location to find a large enough family home. Also, Fremont has a 37% five-year rent increase, which was the third-highest in the study.

To come to this conclusion, SmartAsset analyzed 6 metrics including 5-year change in median home values, 5-year change in median rent costs, average effective property tax rate, percentage of homes with at least two bedrooms, median housing cost as a percentage of median income, percentage of homeowners who are housing-cost burdened. You can find out about their data and methodology here.

We just so happen to have the perfect home for sale in Fremont right now! 34203 Oneil Terrace, Fremont.

34203 Oneil Terrace, Fremont

Beautifully updated in popular Ardenwood neighborhood within walking distance to elementary school and proximity to major commuter corridors and outdoor activities including Ardenwood Historic Farm, Coyote Hills, and Mission Peak. Open concept floor plan with lots of natural light. Spacious Living and Dining Room with soaring ceiling, open stairway, and striking glass block wall.

Kitchen

Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and Breakfast Nook. Adjacent Family Room with fireplace and slider to Backyard. Upstairs, Master Bedroom and updated Bath with large stall shower, soaking tub with jets, heated towel rack, and walk-in closet. Three additional comfortably sized Bedrooms share full Hallway Bath with tub/shower combination. New interior paint, new carpet, durable laminate flooring, recessed lighting, and ceiling fans. Fenced Backyard offers covered, raised deck with benches and newer hardscape. Full size Garage with laundry area, storage cabinets, and epoxy flooring. Ample guest parking. Low monthly HOA dues of $35.

Backyard

For more details and photos of our listing, click here.

For the full SmartAsset article, click here.

Fremont is a wonderful place to live!

To find out more about Fremont schools, click here.

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.

Listing Orchard – From Start to Finish

1707 Orchard Way, Pleasanton

This home had been very loved throughout the years and was there for many family milestones. It was our job to come in and assess what could be done to revamp it to be ready for it’s new family!

We brought in our go-to contractor, Vista Construction Company, Inc., to do the complete remodel. With all of the updates, it’s like brand new!

If this is something you are interested in, contact us. We would love to chat with you on how to get top dollar for your home!

Here’s a video of the home prior to any work being done:

After Vista Construction overhauled the home, we coordinated cleaners, window washers, and one of our go-to stagers, Divine Designs By Lydia, to tie everything together. Now that we have the finished product, it’s time for this home’s new family!

Here are the before and after photos:

Front Exterior
Living Room
Dining Room
Kitchen
Family Room
Master Bathroom
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 4
Bathroom 2

For more photos, check out our virtual tour!

If you are interested in purchasing this home, contact us!

Pleasanton is a wonderful 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.

Need A Summer Getaway?

Load up the car and pack the kids, it’s time for a road trip!

Just kidding, because this “getaway” would actually be in your very own backyard! With our newest listing at 7801 Flagstone Drive, Pleasanton, you could be on a perma-vacation! Forget the travel and imagine resort living in your own home!

7801 Flagstone Drive, Pleasanton

With an oasis Backyard showcasing a custom designed pool and spa with waterfall feature, and lush tropical landscaping including banana trees, this updated single story home feels like a vacation getaway!

Front Exterior

Situated on a large corner lot in the popular Muirwood neighborhood, within walking distance to Muirwood Community Park, elementary school and high school, with proximity to Historic Downtown, Stoneridge Shopping Mall, BART, ACE Train, TECH buses, and 580/680 freeways.

Family Room

Open concept and updated Kitchen/Family Room with stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar, breakfast nook with chandelier lighting, tile flooring, fireplace, and slider to Backyard. Formal Living Room and separate Formal Dining Room.

Master Bedroom

Spacious Master Bedroom Suite with Sitting Area, oversize slider to Backyard, and newly remodeled Master Bathroom with walk-in stall shower, dual vanity, and custom closet. Three additional comfortably sized Bedrooms share full Hallway Bathroom with tub/shower combination. Additional features include new Bamboo flooring and new interior paint, owned solar panels, Ecobee climate control system, electric car charger, recessed lighting, Solatube skylights, Laundry Room with storage, paver stone driveway and walkway, and much more! No HOA dues.

You will never want to leave your own tropical paradise!

Open House: Friday, 6/28, from 10-1, Saturday & Sunday, 6/29 & 6/30, from 1-4

For more photos and details click here.

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Pleasanton is a wonderful 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.

It’s Your Last Chance to be a Cowboy!

Yeehaw! The Cattle Drive is coming to Pleasanton for the Alameda County Fair’s Opening Day. On June 14th at 10:30am hundreds of cattle will walk Downtown, but you better giddy on up since this is the “Last Ride”.

Here’s the route the cattle will be taking:

In addition to watching the Opening Day Cattle Drive, the Museum on Main will have fun activities for kids and many businesses will be giving away free Fair tickets.

The Fair will also offer free admission to everyone Opening Day until 3pm. It’ll be your chance to experience the start of “Western Weekend” starring Team Roping on the June 14th and Pee Wee Kids Events on June 15th.

We can’t wait to see you at the Cattle Drive, be sure to bring your cowboy hat and spurs but please leave the six shooters at home!

Click here for more information on the Cattle Drive.

Click here for more information on the Fair.

Pleasanton is a wonderful 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.

Foothill Falcons Flying High!

One of the many reasons Pleasanton is such a great place to live are the schools. Out of the two local high schools, Foothill High School was just recognized as a 2019 California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education! Foothill was one of thirteen schools honored with this award in Alameda County, being previously awarded with the title in 1994, 2001, and 2005.

Foothill was awarded for its outstanding education programs and practices, “achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years”, according to the Pleasanton Unified School District website.

Foothill Principal Sebastian Bull said, “We are extremely proud to receive this statewide honor and look forward to celebrating with our Foothill community. This recognition belongs to our amazing students, families, and staff for always striving for excellence”.

Superintendent David Haglund said, “Congratulations to Foothill High School for this well-deserved recognition. Thank you to our amazing Foothill community for the effort and support that contributed to this distinction and continues to help our Falcons soar”.

We personally know what an exceptional school Foothill is with many of the Armario Venema Homes team members’ children previously and currently attending the school.

Whether you’re starting a family or have a family and are looking to move to an award-winning school district, give us a call. We are happy to discuss your options!

For the California Department of Education list of school awardees click here.

Click here for the California Distinguished Schools Program.

Click here for the Pleasanton Unified School District.

Pleasanton is a wonderful 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.

Ghost Town Road Trip!

Looking to get your ghost fix in this Halloween season? With the Pleasanton Ghost Walk sold out, it’s time to buckle up and hit the road!

Check out our map for the best routes of notable ghost towns near us!

Starting from Pleasanton, head on over to Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park in Nevada City, CA. In the heart of gold mining country, you’ll find the state’s largest hydraulic mine and a manmade version of the Grand Canyon due to the search for gold.

Next is Unionville, NV to check out the prior silver-mining town and stay at the Old Pioneer Garden B&B Guest Ranch.

After a relaxing time at the B&B head over to Silver City, ID to check out some intriguing alleyways including Avalanche Avenue and Dead Man’s Alley. It’s also a fantastic spot to explore the Owyhee Mountains.

At the farthest north is Bannack State Park, MT where you might find the ghost of corrupt sheriff Henry Plummer and his squad of “Innocents” still hunting for gold.

As you keep moving east, you’ll hit South Pass City Historic Site, WY. Due to restoration efforts, this is one of the most authentic ghost towns in the West. The mines were busy and full of riches, with the saloon named after the busiest, Carissa.

If you’re looking for a view of the Rocky Mountains, the next stop at South Park City in Fairplay, CO is for you!

Next is not technically a ghost town, but it was a bustling fort that thousands of troops were based at on the Santa Fe Trail. Fort Union National Monument in Watrous, NM is on the list due to it’s haunted past of trying to “pacify” the region’s indigenous peoples.

Also in New Mexico is the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in Mountainair, NM. In the early 17th century, 3 Franciscan missions were built here but eventually abandoned by Spaniards and Native Americans.

Your next stop at Goldfield Ghost Town in Apache Junction, AZ is fun for the whole family! Activities include riding a railroad, underground mining tours, a saloon, gold panning, Wild West shootouts, and horseback riding.

In its prime Rhyolite, NV had a population of nearly 10,000! It was a mining town rich with gold, even the bank had marble floors. It was founded in 1904 but by 1916 the streetlights were dark.

If you’re more of a silver person, the next stop is for you. Belmont, NV was founded due to a silver strike in 1865. It’s also popular for graffiti by mass murderer Charles Manson and his Family, it’s believed that they camped here in 1969.

For your final destination, Bodie State Historic Park, CA boasts a “state of arrested decay”. You can see over 200 buildings, coffins, church pews, and bottles of medicine.

You can always go in the opposite direction on the map – switch it up!

Each of these once busy locales have been deserted and are now quiet, eerily quiet, begging for a brave visitor like you.

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.