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.

Wanna Run A Ghost Town?

Did the Pleasanton Cattle Drive inspire you to move to a home on the range?

Have $925,000 to spend? Why settle for a measly home, when you could have an entire town! Cerro Gordo, or “fat hill”, is situated on 300+ acres of patented mining claims south of the Sierra Nevada with nearly 22 structures including a hotel, church, bunkhouse, and superintendent’s house.

Source: Nolan Nitschke

The history of the town is something out of a wild west film. Built after the discovery of silver in 1865, the average crime rate was a murder a week! According to the town’s website, they became the largest producer of silver and lead in California and contributed to Los Angeles’ growth and economic development.

Because of its unique history and having been in the family for decades, what happens to the property is important to the sellers. They’ve protected it from looters, diggers, and natural disasters.  Interested buyers have pitched an amusement park and a marijuana town, but the sellers are more interested in someone preserving its story.

If you know California real estate, $925,000 is low for a house, let alone a whole town! Don’t let the old mining ghosts spook you, get to bidding on this piece of California history!

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More information on the history of Cerro Gordo here

To find it on a map 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.

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

Exciting News! We’re Celebrating Our 5 Year Anniversary!

Pleasanton Real Estate Office

Time sure flies when you’re doing what you love.  We recently celebrated our 5 year anniversary with a ribbon cutting ceremony at our Downtown office, attended by fellow members of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.  And yes, those big scissors really are sharp enough to cut the ribbon! Our Pleasanton based team has worked with more than 250 families and generated a closed sales volume of almost $400 million.  We deliver winning results again and again.  Marketing and selling Tri-Valley homes is what we do best, but our business is truly all about the people we meet along the way, connecting them to each other and the places they call HOME.

Pleasanton Real Estate

Thinking about buying or selling? Stop by our office at 459 Main Street. We’re there most days, and some evenings too.

Or visit our website to learn more about our team, read testimonials from past clients, search for properties, or check out our new listings. See you around town!

 

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.

Contact Us for more information on Living in Livermore and the Tri Valley.

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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 AmericanLegionPost237.org

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Yay!! The 2017 Halloween Brew Crawl in Downtown Pleasanton

Pleasanton Brew Crawl 2017

It’s that time of year again, one of the most popular events in Pleasanton in the Fall. The Halloween Brew Crawl, and it is tomorrow October 28th from 5 to 8.

Here are a few things you should know including the New Starting Location. Every participant must check-in at the starting location, Veterans Memorial Building at 301 Main Street (just down the street from our Armario Venema Homes Team office). Check-in is from 4:30-7pm. Beer tasting begins at 5pm and ends at 8pm. No refunds. Of course you must be a least 21 years old with valid ID to participate. Costumes are Encouraged!

Tickets are $45 to $50 at the door, and bring cash as they don’t accept credit cards.

Here is a list of the Breweries that you will see and taste:

Alameda Island Brewing Company, Ale Industries, Altamont Beer Works, DasBrew, Dust Bowl Brewing Co, Eight Bridges Brewing™, Inc, Epidemic Ales, Fort Point Beer Company, Gilman Brewing Company, High Water Brewing, Morgan Territory Brewery, Oak Park Brewing Company, Shadow Puppet Brewing Company, Sonoma Springs Brewing Company, The Lagunitas Brewing Company, Working Man Brewing Company

….and MORE!

Be sure to go early to find parking and have a designated driver…Or even easier, order your UBER.

Have a great time and we hope to see you there.

The Armario Venema Homes Team