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.

Vacation Getaway or Forever Home!

905 Willow Lake Road, Discovery Bay

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Enjoy the very best of Discovery Bay! This beautiful custom home is the perfect vacation getaway or forever home. Ideally situated on premium deep water lot with stunning Bay views and just 6+/- minutes to fast water. Open and airy floor plan features loads of natural light.

Updated Kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, oversized island with bar seating, Corian counter tops, and travertine backsplash. Adjacent Family Room with gas fireplace. Master Bedroom suite with walk-in closet, jetted tub, and stall shower. 2 additional spacious Bedrooms, one on the lower level with full ensuite Bath and the other on the Main Level sharing the full Hallway Bath. Oversized Laundry Room with space for storage or guest bunk beds. Neutral paint, indoor/outdoor speaker system, durable laminate flooring, skylights, ceiling fans, recessed lighting, plantation shutters, central vac, water purifier, tankless hot water heater & more! Multiple sliders to oversized all weather deck with cover. Pull in dock with newer canvas cover and Hydro-Hoist. 2 car garage with workshop and golf cart parking area. Close to Marina, elementary school, and golf course at Discovery Bay Country Club. No HOA fees.

Discovery Bay is a great place to play and stay!

Click here for the Discovery Bay Country Club

Contact us for more information

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.

Pleasanton Real Estate Agents

You’re Invited to Hop On Over!

How did the soggy Easter Bunny dry himself? With a hare dryer!

Pleasanton CA Easter EventBut seriously, we’re hoppin’ for a sunny day on Saturday, March 31st when our real estate team will be participating in Downtown Pleasanton’s annual Bunny Hop.  This is a scavenger hunt event for families from 10am-12pm.

You can pick up your treat bag and list of clues at the Museum on Main. Our clue will lead you to our office at 459 Main Street. We’ll have treats for the kids and mimosas for the adults. We’ll also have a drawing for an Easter wine basket to complement your holiday celebrations. We hope you and your family can make it.

Pleasanton Easter Event

Just remember that the event is limited to the first 600 people so be sure to come early!  It’s sure to be an egg-cellent time!

Ears hoping you have a very Hoppy Easter!

Pleasanton Real Estate Agents

Wishing you Happy Holidays from your friends at the Armario Venema Homes Team

Christmas in Pleasanton

We love this time of year when the temperature drops, the decorations start to light up the night around Pleasanton and the locals are all happy and excited about the holidays and the upcoming new year. We wanted to share a few photos of our holiday season here in Pleasanton with good friends and family.

Pleasanton CA Holidays

Christmas brings family and friends together. It helps us appreciate the love in our lives we can often take for granted. May the true meaning of the holiday season fill your heart and home with many blessings.

The 11th “Honoring Veterans Day” in Pleasanton

The 11th annual “Honoring Veterans Day” takes place on Thursday, November 9, at Las Positas College. All are invited to attend the free event.

Pleasanton Veterans Day 2017

The celebration begins at 11 a.m. with the Honor Guard Presenting the Colors, Elaine Johnson singing The Star-Spangled Banner, and the Travis Air Force Band of the Golden West performing. The opening ceremony takes place at the flagpole located near the Veterans Resource Center, Bldg. 1310. Parking is $2, and the nearest lots are C, D and E.

Veterans Day Pleasanton CA

At 11:30, those interested may attend a barbecue luncheon that is free for veterans, and $10 for all others. “At 1 p.m., we’ll have Retired Senior Chief U.S. Navy SEAL Thom Shea as our keynote speaker,” says LPC’s Veterans First Coordinator Todd Steffan. “Each year we have great keynote speakers like Tuskegee Airmen, survivors of the USSArizona, Vietnam Huey pilots, and now a former Navy SEAL.”

At 7 p.m., Shea will give his talk a second time at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 301 Main Street in Pleasanton. Following the one-hour presentation, Shea will answer questions and autograph books. Although both talks are free, donations to LPC’s Veterans First Program are welcomed.

Pleasanton CA Veterans Day Event 2017

See You There!

For more information call 925-200-9849 or visit