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2012 Reviews of Pleasanton

April 2012

Re: Moving to the East Bay from SF - where to live?
If commute issues are equal, I would go with Pleasanton (or San Ramon). As far as I know, the Tri-Valley area has little or no graffiti and no gang activity. In addition, they have top notch schools because the average income of the community is higher and families are highly encouraged to give $'s when registering for school each year which goes to support the schools (as well as fundraisers throughout the year). I grew up in Pleasanton many years ago and would move back to the area if my husband didn't work on the Pennisula. I would consider San Ramon as they also have top notch schools and you can get more house/yard for the money. anon

April 2012

Hi BPN, I'm looking for a family friendly neighborhood to move to in or close to Fremont or Pleasanton. My husband works in the south bay and I work in Concord (680) so finding a place to live where we can both have reasonable commutes is important to us. We're looking to buy our first home and are very nervous about 'settling down' and we're unsure of whether to pick a home based soley on school district alone? I would love to hear from anyone who lives or has lived in Fremont or Pleasanton about good neighborhoods for families with young children, my kids will be starting elementary school in a few years. I want my kids to go to a well rounded, diverse & good public school (I'm not looking for super competititve environment or one with the highest test scores.) Any recommendations (or neighborhoods/schools to avoid) would be appreciated, thank you! Moving soon

My half sister attended Fremont public schools K-12, and now teaches at one of their middle schools. I also have a good friend who lives in Pleasanton, and whose child is currently attending K. Here's what I've heard from them: FREMONT Pros-
schools are very diverse and are well-regarded (for the most part). Fremont itself is very diverse. Weather is warm in the summer but not as hot as Pleasanton.

Cons -
not a very 'pretty' city, and very spread out. Schools are good, but not as great as Pleasanton's.

Good neighborhoods -
don't know too much about the neighborhoods, but in the late nineties my father, stepmother, and sister moved to the Warm Springs area of Fremont from Ardenwood and really loved it. It is a quiet and well-established neighborhood, with lots of trees, big backyards, etc.

Pros -
schools are top-notch, score-wise; incredibly safe; a good sense of community (my friend has found a good group of women to hang with since she moved there over a year ago); very kid-friendly (lots of parks, a good rec center and library, etc). More of a 'town' feel than Fremont, which is a bigger city and feels more sprawling.

Cons -
not very diverse... my friend says that Caucasians, Indians (she herself is Indian), and Asians make up the majority of the population. When I go out there to visit, this is pretty much what I see, as well. Hot weather in the summertime (too hot for me).

Neighborhoods -
again, don't know much about the neighborhoods, but my friend lives in the Vintage Hills subdivision and loves it. It is pretty and quiet, with lots of kids.

Hope this helps! anon

Moving to Pleasanton

June 2010

Hi, We are moving to Pleasanton at the end of the month and I'd like to know if someone has a recommendation for the following: pediatrician, general doctor, OBGYN, mom/children groups (for 1 year old), basically everything that a new mom can need :) I appreciate your help Mom in need

Welcome to the area! We are recent transplants too, and have a one year old as well. I would highly recommend Livermore/Pleasanton Pediatrics, specifically Dr Lembach. They have an office in the Valley Care hospital building. Dr Weger is great there too. Check out the Pleasanton Mothers Club too...helps with finding a playgroup, getting to know neighbors, etc. Please ask the moderator for my email address if you have more questions! another 580 momma

Pleasanton for south bay commute

June 2008

We're thinking of leaving Oakland and moving out to the suburbs of the east bay. Because my husband's job requires travel and commuting to the south bay, we need to be near Oakland airport and the 680 freeway. We like Pleasanton. Any suggestions for the best neighborhoods? Close to the 680 freeway, family friendly, best schools (daughter in kindergarten in 2009), etc? Thanks! Searching for a new home

We moved to Pleasanton from Oakland 4 years ago and although its not as progressive, we do like the family friendly atmosphere. We live in the Val Vista area right off Stoneridge drive. We are a 2 minute drive from the 680 on ramp and also the Stoneridge mall. Donlon school is the elementary school in our neighborhood, it is supposed to be really great. Our son will also be starting kindergarten next year. Hopefully this helps, good luck with your search...
Have you considered Dublin? We live just off Hacienda in the Summerglen development. We are near a trail and an easy walk to Emerald Glen park which my children love. We are a few blocks from an elementary school, so they can walk when they start kindergarten in 2010. There are many families with young children in our neighborhood. We drive 3 minutes to get on 580 for my commute to Oakland and my husband merges onto 680 to head down to the south bay. A new Whole Foods store is planned right across from Hacienda Crossings. The Safeway on Tassajara was recently renovated as one of their new ''lifestyle'' stores, so lots more organic products to choose from. When we want a downtown, we drive over to Pleasanton. One thing you may want to explore - I have heard a few parents at our preschool say that the kindergartens in Pleasanton are now so full that you don't necessarily get to attend the one in your neighborhood. It's worth finding out how true that is before you pick a neighborhood based on the school. I Like Dublin
Congratulations on choosing Pleasanton. We've lived here two years and really enjoy the community and schools. There are many nice neighborhoods, but we feel fortunate to live in ''Birdland'', which is an older (1960s), established neighborhood with lots of beautiful street trees. It's very close to the Sports Park (which offers miles of playing fields and trails) and fairly close to downtown. Our school, Walnut Grove, is wonderful. anon
I recommand San Ramon as well. San Ramon is rignt next to Pleasanton & Dublin. It's along the freeway 680 and I think it might take about half hour to get to the Oakland airport. I've been living in San Ramon for over two years and I love the city. Schools are all nice (new part of the town called windmere has state of the art schools from elemantry to high school....although due to the large number of new families, there is a shortages in space in kindergarten...just around the new homes...) My daughter will be in kindergarten in 2009 as well and she will be going to the Monte Video. I hear Pleasanton has nice schools as well. Good luck.

More Reviews of Pleasanton

October 2006

Re: Kid friendly neighborhoods in the East Bay As I was reading your post asking for a recommendation for a kid-friendly neighborhood in the East Bay, I could not wait to reply!! My husband and I have a 9 month old as well and we LOVE our neighborhood. We live in Pleasanton, which I believe is about 40 min. away from you. I can't tell you enough good things about it. The neighborhood is filled with families with children, there are tons of great parks and green areas and the schools are top notch. I love living in Pleasanton because you have easy access to the freeway, and traffic is not a problem. There is a beautiful downtown that is great for a Sunday walk, cute stores and great little restaurants and cafes; it has its own farmer's market every Saturday with lots of goodies. You always see families with their strollers and kids. The only thing is housing costs are higher than other areas, but since you mentioned that thankfully your income allows for flexibility, I really encourage you to check out the neighborhood. Feel free to email me directly for more info or if you have questions. maria.esther

May 2006

My husband's new job is in San Jose which is a haul from where we are in Richmond. It is easily 1.5 hours each way. I am a SAHM but thinking about returning to work in SF after a 7 year mom-hood. Mine is not a sure thing. We are thinking about Pleasanton because we have heard great things about their public schools (we do private now) and it is a reasonable commute to San Jose or even SF if I end up working. I would love to hear from families who live there or moved there from the East Bay about life, better elementary schools, neighborhood feels, family friendly areas, social environment, etc. In case you are wonding why not move to the south bay - it is because the good school districts have outrageous housing prices. For the same type of home we would need to spend double in the south bay. In pleasanton houseing would be 25% more for the same type of house. If you think we are missing a hidden gem, please let us know. Many thanks

I've lived in Pleasanton for 18 years and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We have two children ages 9 and 6 who attend public schools and we have been very impressed by the education they are receiving. Pleasanton school district is one of a few which provides access to a Dual Immersion program in Spanish.... both my children are in this program. My 3rd grader now speaks Spanish fluently. The community if very family friendly...lots and lots of parks, a huge sports park, many SAHM to help share childcare with. Main Street in downtown has lots of yummy restaurants and fun shops and it is so quaint. In the summer they have ''Concerts in the Park'' which are free concerts every Friday night...lots of families come out for these spread out a picnic blankets, food, drinks, wine, and enjoy music. After saying all these wonderful things about Pleasanton I do have two things I don't like: 1) how hot it can get in the summertime (I grew up near S.F. on the coast), 2) When the Alameda County Fair is in town (for two weeks in June/July) our crime rate increases
Lovin' my town
We live in Pleasanton and love it. I'm not sure you'll find anyone who can tell you about moving to Pleasanton from the East Bay, though, since Pleasanton IS in the East Bay.

As you mentioned, the schools are great, the downtown and its restaurants are second to none. There is a great Mom's Club with almost 500 families ( There are wonderful parks and the Pleasanton Ridge is a great place to go hiking in the hills, open only to Pleasanton residents.

It's just a wonderful place; we love being here. I would never trade being here for being in the South Bay; you're making a smart move
Still living in the East Bay

Dec 2004

We are thinking about moving to Pleasanton from Berkeley. We are quite nervous about doing this since it means leaving beautiful weather, culture, diversity, and interesting shops and places to visit with our one year old son. At the same time, we desperately want a bigger house, yard, good school, etc. We would love some insights from people who have made similar moves about lifestyle, preschools, and things to do with a toddler in Pleasanton. Thank you very much in advance for the suggestions! Mary

I live in Pleasanton, after going to graduate school in Berkeley. Yes, it is fairly conservative and the restaurants/shops can not be compared to more urban areas. However, people in my neighborhood are very nice. We've also discovered a few excellent restaurants--eg. Lindo's has interesting Japanese food that you can't get in Berkeley, and there's a great Chinese restaurant right near the JC Penny furniture store near Stoneridge mall. There's a substantial Indian population that supports several grocery stores and restaurants in Dublin/Pleasanton. Blue Agave has very good Mexican food (albeit a bit pricey). As far as toddler activities, we usually hit the parks. There's many great playground facilities in Pleasanton. We also like to goto the farmer's market in town. anonymous
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