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!

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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


Get Ready – It’s Pleasanton’s Annual Ghost Walk – Starts Tomorrow

Pleasanton 2017 Events

It’s that time of year again! The temperatures have dropped, the colors orange and black are more abundant and the annual Pleasanton Museum On Main’s Ghost Walk is here again. This event has been a community favorite for 10 years now.

For 2 weeks, on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 8, starting tomorrow Friday the 20th, is the spooky Pleasanton Ghost Walk. The 90 minute guided tour is a unique and goose bump producing event that also teaches you a little something about Pleasanton’s haunted sites and paranormal activities that have been reported here over the years.

Pleasanton CA Ghost WalkSuch a great time for the entire family and costumes are recommended but not required. If tickets are still available, grab them quickly as they sell out every year. The tours take place no matter the weather so be sure to dress accordingly.

Tickets are from $13 to $18 and the tour starts at the Museum on Main here in Pleasanton.

Tours leave every 30 minutes between 6 and 8 at:

603 Main Street  Pleasanton, CA 94566

For tickets or more information, call 925-462-2766 or visit

Hope to see you there.

Armario Venema Homes Team

This Years Pleasanton Antiques and Collectibles Faire.

Pleasanton CA Antiques Faire

One of our favorite Pleasanton events of the Fall season (although it does happen here twice a year). It’s coming this Sunday October 8th from 8:00 till 4:00 on Main Street close to our office here in Downtown Pleasanton. NO admission fee and yes… your dogs are welcome to attend although appraisals can not be done on your pet, sorry LOL.

But how fun!! Bring those beloved items that your curious about. Maybe it’s origin, it’s age and of course maybe it’s value. We all have those pieces in our home that may have been handed down from our ancestors, or maybe we picked up in our travels abroad, or maybe even picked up at garage sales locally. You never know what you may have stumbled upon.

The Faire has 400+ dealers who specialize in Antiques and Collectibles. So if you are looking to maybe pick up a new piece for your home or as gift, this is the place to be. Some of the categories are: repurposed, upcycled, rustic, collectible, antique furniture and more (clothing, furniture, jewelry, toys, ephemera, home décor, etc).

Steve Yvaska, a very well known Appraiser and Columnist will be doing FREE appraisals from 10:00 till 1:00, so be sure to be there early to reserve a spot of time with him. Limit 1 item per person. His booth will be at the corner of Main and Division.

It’s important to remember that the Faire is no longer being held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. It is on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton only. Keep that in mind when finding parking this Sunday morning.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

The Armario Venema Homes Team