Just Beautiful in Popular Mission Park!

5877 San Juan Way, Pleasanton

Open House Friday 10-1, Saturday/Sunday 1-4

Situated on a hill-top lot in the popular Mission Park neighborhood, this beautifully updated Pleasanton home for sale offers partial views of the valley & surrounding hills. Within walking distance to Historic Downtown’s shops, restaurants, and events, with proximity to major commuter corridors & ACE train.

Highlights include updated Kitchen with granite counter tops and tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, island with bar seating, sunny Breakfast Nook, and loads of cabinet storage. Adjacent Family Room features raised hearth gas fireplace and slider to covered Backyard patio. Formal Living and Dining Room with vaulted ceiling, plantation shutters, and slider to side yard raised deck. Spacious main level Bedroom (possible second Master Bedroom) with slider and main level updated granite Bath with dual granite topped vanity. Upstairs, large Master Bedroom suite features vaulted ceiling and partial valley views with updated granite Bath featuring his & hers vanity, oversized stall shower with glass enclosure, soaking tub, and walk-in closet. Two additional comfortably sized upstairs Bedrooms share updated Hallway Bath. Hardwood Bamboo flooring & tile flooring throughout, main level half bath, ceiling fans, crown molding, recessed lighting, inside Laundry, and much more. Private, low maintenance Backyard with covered patio and mature landscaping with new sod in front and rear yards. No HOA dues. All this and top rated Pleasanton Schools, walking distance to park, proximity to Livermore Valley Wine Country, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley.

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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.

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Gotta Have A Single Story? We Just Listed Two Beauties and They’re Both Open This Weekend!

2 New Beautiful Pleasanton CA Homes For Sale

Both Open Today, Friday 10am-1pm and Sat/Sun 1-4pm

3440 Gravina Pl in Ruby Hill Golf Community

Pleasanton Home For Sale

Just Beautiful! Located on a premium corner lot at prestigious, gated Ruby Hill golf course community with Jack Nicklaus designed course, this rarely available single story home has been beautifully updated throughout. Dramatic formal entry opens to Formal Living/Dining Room with soaring ceiling & fireplace. Updated Kitchen/Family Rm. boasts Carrera marble counters, Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring, SS appliances, built-in cabinetry, and French doors. Spacious MBR suite w/sitting area includes his/hers closets & newly updated Bath with travertine accents, soaking tub, & stall shower. 2 additional comfortably sized BRs-one with custom loft bed-share updated Hallway BA. Guest BR/Office. Large Laundry Rm w/storage. 3 car garage w/storage. Private, fenced Backyard with pergola & patio. Mature landscaping in front & rear. Resort style HOA amenities. Proximity to Historic Downtown, Livermore Valley Wine Country, Silicon Valley & San Francisco. Open Friday 10am-1pm, Sat/Sun 1-4pm.

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…AND 3637 Touriga Dr in Vintage Hills Neighborhood

New Home Listing in Pleasanton CA

Rarely available single story in popular Vintage Hills neighborhood! Situated on a large flat lot and nicely updated throughout including updated Kitchen with new stainless steel stove & dishwasher and new granite counters. Spacious Living/Dining Room with cherry hardwood floors, fireplace, and slider to Backyard. Large Master Bedroom Suite with newly updated Bath. 2 additional comfortably sized bedrooms share updated Hallway Bath. Inside laundry room with storage. New paint and carpet. Extra wide, gated side yard for RV/Boat parking and spacious Backyard with patio area and mature landscaping. No HOA fees. Walking distance to elementary school and Historic Downtown. Proximity to major commuter corridors, ACE train, and BART. Open House Friday 10am-1pm, Sat/Sun 1-4pm.

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A Little History of a Big Valley – Pleasanton California

History Pleasanton CA

Few towns or cities have been blessed with such a great name like the one in the Amador-Livermore Valley has. Pleasanton was sighted for the first time in 1772 by a Spanish foot patrol soldier and half a century later the land was settle on as Alisal. This beautiful place later changed its name to Pleasanton – an adaption of the name of a Civil War general, Alfred Pleasonton – and Spanish settlers were the first people to make their homesteads here. The town soon became popular among those stopping over on route to the gold fields of the Californian valley.

The railroad soon arrived in Pleasanton and this increased the population from a small 500 to a populace into the thousands. By 1870, the town was attracting many ranchers and breeders of thoroughbred horses. They loved the climate, the abundance of rain, fertile soil and agricultural-friendly land. Such an area also meant it attracted dairy farmers, hop-growers, wine growers and the economy of the town simply boomed because of it. Brewers across America heard of the fine hops that grew here and wanted them for its beers. So sought after were they that even brewers in the big markets of Europe began to import hops from Pleasanton.

It quickly became a place with a bit of international fame and by the start of the 20th century Pleasanton was about to make a bustling and thriving community complete with its own bank, world-renown vineyard at Ruby Hill, internationally famous hop industry and several top graded hotels.


It developed a main central area where business and communities became part of the town’s character. It was well on the way to becoming a thoroughly modern community and started to leave its agricultural roots behind.

However, raw industries like sand and gravel mining started to take place in the 1930s just on the town’s outskirts. It was the gravel industry that gave Pleasanton another 20th century economic boost. The ballast much demanded by America’s ever-growing road building industry. And so the profits for the town boomed and the community here began to grow strong.

Around the 1960s the population began to grow rapidly, and by the 1980s most of the town supported opulent homes, schools and international businesses. The Hacienda Business Park was completed in 1982 and this thriving, bustling network of industries created jobs for thousands. Today, the city is a legacy to what was once an agricultural backwater to today’s bustling community and city status.

It’s location is only a short drive from either San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Palo Alto. If you get a chance, a visit to Pleasanton is a must do.

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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.


Livermore looking up in 2013

Home Prices In Livermore Expected To Rise This Year

Real estate website forecasts price increases for 2013 in all but one Bay Area zip code

Patch.com | February 20, 2013 | link


Home prices in Livermore will rise about 6 to 7 percent this year, according to a study done by an online real estate site.

The site, zillow.com, predicts home prices in 244 of the 245 zip codes in the Bay Area will rise in 2013. The only exception will be the 94515 area in Calistoga, according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The story says the biggest reason for the projected price increase is a lack of homes for sale on the market.

Even with the increase, prices are still well below the peak prices of a few years ago in most zip codes.

Here is the individual zip code data for the Livermore area.

Zip Code Dec. 2012 median Dec. 2013 projection Increase % decrease from peak price
94550 $500,000 $542,620 8.5% -27.5 percent
94551 $394,100 $424,725 7.8% -34.9 percent

Learn more about Livermore

Five surprising facts about the Livermore Valley

Susan Hathaway | Mercury News | March 18, 2013 | link

Brett Caires, owner, walks to unlock the tasting room at BoaVentura de Caires Winery in Livermore, Calif. on Monday, March 11, 2013. (Jim Stevens/Staff)

Brett Caires, co-owner and winemaker of BonaVentura de Caires Winery, grew up in Livermore with fifth-generation winemaker Karl Wente. Before he made wine, Caires worked as a real estate broker in the area for 26 years. Here, he shares five surprising facts about the Livermore Valley — things you probably never knew.

1. It’s old

The Livermore Valley is probably the oldest wine region in California. There were well over 50 wineries in Livermore Valley before Prohibition, but the 18th Amendment demolished much of the wine industry there. In fact, the wine business still hasn’t caught up to its pre-Prohibition winery count, which was around 70.

2. It has its own orientation

Most California wine regions run north-south, but Livermore runs east-west. This is a good thing for wine grapes because it helps the vineyards cool as coastal breezes come through from the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay.

3. We saved the French

We gave them phylloxera, the wine version of herpes, and then gave them the cure. A lot of grape cuttings originally planted in the Livermore Valley were from France and when some cuttings went back to France, they brought with them the sap-sucking pest that wiped out much of the French vines. Later, phylloxera-resistant American root stock from Livermore was sent to France to help them recover.

4. It’s fueled by geek power

About half the winemakers in this region are highly educated in areas like physics and engineering. Many retired from Lawrence Livermore Lab or Silicon Valley, and come armed with other technical backgrounds. They are off-the-charts smart.

5. Agriculture conservation is a priority

The South Livermore Area Plan, first adopted in 1993 to ensure “orderly development” of the area, includes permanent agricultural easements that must be followed by developers. Each building permit must include one acre used for “intense agriculture,” which has led to significant expansion of vineyards in the region. Today, you see newer subdivisions with vineyards planted between them.

Buyers coming from abroad

Wealthy homebuyers in China embrace the McMansion

Mary Umberger | Chicago Tribune | February 22, 2013 | link
  • Wealthy Chinese fancy Western-style homes, such as this one in Lagoon Manor, a development in northeast Beijing.
Wealthy Chinese fancy Western-style homes, such as this one in Lagoon Manor, a development in northeast Beijing. (Dahlin Group photo)

An American export has turned out to be a surprising hit in China: the McMansion.

Though “McMansion” may not be the kindest term for this Chinese architectural phenomenon, that’s the case: Wealthy locals in Beijing and other cities have become smitten with Western-style houses that are huge (even by U.S. standards) and in planned subdivisions. And they’re farming out the design work to American architects.

Not unlike in certain U.S. communities, such homes have become a way of advertising their success for well-to-do Chinese, according to Chip Pierson, a principal of Dahlin Group, a Pleasanton, Calif.-based architecture firm that has designed many of them. The homes are also perceived by the buyers as a safe haven for cash — usually very large amounts of cash, he said.

In an edited interview, Pierson explained how these well-heeled buyers’ tastes favor a vaguely French chateau look, with a hefty dash of “Downton Abbey” thrown in:

Q: How involved is your architectural firm in Chinese residential design?

A: Our firm has spent 35 years in development and homebuilding for Fortune 500 companies, some of America’s biggest homebuilding companies. We’ve been involved in developments all over the country.

I’ve been working in China personally since 2001, when a Chinese employee of ours led us to become involved with homes for expatriate housing there. Now we are designing homes for communities whose residents are going to be Chinese.

Q: What is the attraction of the Chinese to these Western designs?

A: More people in Chinese cities live in high-rises than in single-family homes. The idea of a single-family villa, which is what we call these detached homes, for the Chinese buyers was incredibly unique. Nobody had built single houses for individuals there since the 1930s.

As the United States’ economy went down from 2006 to 2010, the Chinese economy went up. As their economy grew, the middle class grew, and they began investing in real estate — homes like these.

At the peak of the market over there, our company hired 45 people in the U.S. to do design work for Chinese buyers, which is the opposite of what most people would think — they’d think, you’re offshoring work and talent to the Chinese, but actually the Chinese are offshoring their work to American architects.

Stylistically, in the bigger villa projects, some of the designs are contemporary, but many are very European. If you think back to the early development of what became the wealthiest American suburbs, (the grand mansions) they built were a takeoff on their vision of traditional European style. That’s the trend for the single-family home in China now.

Market researchers in China say that these buyers prefer styles (derived from) the old houses in France and England. The people feel that the styles of the English and French are more “wealthy looking” than Spanish or Mediterranean styles. Think of “Downton Abbey” or Fontainebleau. Those are perceived as the homes of royalty. Homes in Spain or Italy, they perceive those homes as more casual.

And they want to show that they have money.