With a population under 20,000, Alamo takes great pride in carefully maintaining its small town rural charm, such as two-lane roads, trees, parks, and support of local businesses.
Large lot sizes echo Alamo’s rural heritage, many with views of Mt. Diablo and the valley. Many lots are at least half an acre, with custom built homes. Alamo is one of the East Bay’s most exclusive and upscale areas, coupled with one of its most expensive zip codes. Some of Alamo’s notable communities include White Gate, Round Hill Country Club, Alamo Springs, Stonegate and what is known as the “Westside.” Each of them are distinct and beautiful and offer a range from ranch homes to mansions, with price points to match.
Many Alamo residents belong to the Round Hill Country Club. A private club, Round Hill was founded in 1959 as a combination golf and luxury housing community. It offers a championship, par-72 course that has hosted numerous business, club and golf tournaments, including the LPGA. Round Hill’s Clubhouse and catering facilities are exceptional and offer a wide variety of dining choices, from an intimate dinner for two, to banquets serving hundreds of guests. In addition, Round Hill has state of the art tennis facilities, with top professionals recognizing them as some of the most complete in Northern California, and a widely known Aquatics facility and locally renowned swim team. Its bocce league is also very popular, and teams often play against others from Diablo and Blackhawk country clubs.
Alamo is served by the highly regarded San Ramon Valley Unified School District, which boasts more California Distinguished Schools of Excellence than any other district in Northern California. Great schools, a low crime rate, highly educated residents and high rates of homeownership in mainly single-family homes make Alamo a great choice for raising a family.
The town has one main commercial shopping district, many parks and hiking trails and offers close proximity to downtown Danville and Walnut Creek for shopping, fine dining, and nightlife. For even more options, San Francisco is only a 35-minute drive away.
A community of luxury living, Blackhawk is comprised of six gated communities: Hidden Oaks, Oakridge, Saddleback, Silver Oak, Silver Maple, and the world-class Blackhawk Country Club. Every community boasts breathtaking views of Mt. Diablo, surrounding valleys and acres of preserved open space.
Central to the community is the highly exclusive 4,800 acre Blackhawk Country Club, nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo. A golfer’s paradise, this private facility features two par-72, 18-hole championship golf courses, with programs and tournaments available for the entire family. There are also two club houses for members to enjoy, with dining options from formal dinners, to cocktail gatherings and casual family nights.
Members can also enjoy the 25-acre Sports and Recreation Center, where they have a plethora of activities to choose from. Play a game of tennis at one of the 20 tennis courts, take a refreshing swim in the competition-sized Olympic pool, enjoy participating in bocce ball leagues, or sign up to take a group fitness class at the new Blackhawk gym. Blackhawk boasts one of the top swim teams in the area, and is a regular host to large swim meets throughout the summer months. Each year, the Country Club hosts a very popular 4th of July carnival and private fireworks show for members at the main Clubhouse.
Blackhawk is a highly diverse community that welcomes all ages. The Blackhawk HOA is very active and maintains Eagles Nest Park, popular for family gatherings, and recently opened the Blackhawk HOA dog park. The HOA also sponsors many events throughout the year, including a Halloween Parade that attracts thousands of children, and Christmas season home decor awards. When purchasing a home in Blackhawk, homeowners enjoy the benefits of excellent schools, a well-organized, friendly community, and 24-hour security.
Blackhawk Plaza is located less than a mile from the Blackhawk main gate. It offers numerous shopping and dining options, Crunch gym and Century theatres cinema. The Plaza also features the world-renowned Blackhawk Museum and hosts many events throughout the year, including weekly Summer outdoor concerts and childrens’ attractions such as visits from the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.
Often referred to as the “Heart of the San Ramon Valley,” Danville’s tree-lined streets and family-friendly offerings are highlighted by a renowned downtown filled with shopping, dining, and entertainment. In 2020, Danville was named the safest town in California.
Danville offers many unique areas for homeowners, including the Westside, Sycamore, Geenbrook, Danville Station, Crow Canyon Country Club, and many neighborhoods along the Camino Tassajara corridor.
Danville has exceptional surrounding nature, including Mount Diablo State Park, and Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Both are enjoyed by biking and hiking enthusiasts. The Iron Horse Trail, which spans over 30 miles from Concord to Pleasanton, runs through the heart of downtown Danville and is a popular walking and biking trail for locals and families. Danville is also home to the San Damiano Retreat, a Franciscan monastery that welcomes visitors seeking spiritual renewal and growth.
Its weekly farmers’ market occurs next to the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, located in the Southern Pacific Railroad Train Depot. There are also numerous festivals and events downtown throughout the year, including The Danville July 4th parade and lighting of the historic Oak Tree to kick off the Christmas season.
Danville has outstanding public schools, which is one of the main reasons given by families who choose to move there. The San Ramon Valley Unified School District has been named to the annual AP Honor Roll for eight consecutive years, one of only two school districts to achieve this milestone.
Danville homes range from beautifully maintained cottages to gated estates. With gorgeous weather and an ideal location centered in the 680 corridor between Walnut Creek, Pleasanton and Livermore, as well as close proximity to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, it’s the perfect mix of easygoing luxury and small-town living.
Nestled between Danville and Blackhawk, Diablo is a prestigious micro-community that sits at the base of Mount Diablo, for which it is named. It was established in the early 1900s as a summer vacation spot for wealthy San Francisco residents who wanted to escape the fog. In 1912 Robert Noble Burgess purchased Oakwood Stock Farm and transformed it into a summer resort: the Mount Diablo Park Club. It was Burgess’s vision to create “A Community with an Ideal,” and it was not long before Diablo had become a hot-spot for upper-class tourists. In 1916, four special trains dubbed the “Millionaire Special” brought prospective buyers to what is now Diablo Country Club; local newspapers reported that more than 600 prospects came that day. The San Francisco and Oakland society pages often featured articles about the parties and dances held at the Mt. Diablo Park Club.
Burgess hired Jack Neville and William Watson, the architects of Pebble Beach and The Olympic Club to build the Diablo Country Club golf course. The course is well-suited to both walkers and electric carts, and features spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and Mt. Diablo. It has served as the host to Professional Exhibitions, the Northern California Open Championship, USGA Amateur Championship qualifiers and US Senior Open Qualifiers.
Diablo Country Club is known as a place of recreation and relaxation, with state of the art amenities, while also celebrating the Club’s rich history and heritage. The Club is in the process of renovating its entire golf course, building a three story family activities and wellness center, and refurbishing its historic Clubhouse. Although Diablo is no longer the only country club in the valley, it has a uniqueness and a history unrivaled among communities in the East Bay.
Today the Diablo community is occupied by nearly 1,000 people of all ages and exquisite homes. It is served by the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, and is also home to The Athenian School. The Athenian School is a selective college preparatory and boarding school that is ranked the #1 school in Contra Costa County, 106th on the 2020 list of the best private high schools in America, the 28th best boarding school, and 8th highest SAT score of any boarding school in the United States.
Dublin is a suburban city in the East Bay and Tri-Valley Region of Alameda County. In 2019, census data showed Dublin as one of the fastest growing cities in the country. In 2018, Dublin was ranked #7 in Money’s list of “The Best Places to Live.”
Dublin provides home buyers real estate opportunities in a variety of neighborhoods. In 1960 the first housing tracts were built in West Dublin. There are now many residential communities to choose from, including Dublin Ranch, a master planned community in the hills of East Dublin, offering high end condominiums, townhouses and single-family homes, and the Toll Brothers community of Tassajara Hills. Golf lovers will be happy to discover the Dublin Ranch Golf Course, a par-63 public golf course with rolling hills and panoramic views of Livermore Valley and Mt. Diablo.
Dublin is home to many parks, including the Fallon Sports Park opened in East Dublin in 2010. Emerald Glen Park is the largest community park in Dublin. The Wave at Emerald Glen Park is a 31,000-square foot facility which is anchored by an indoor pool for year-round swimming lessons, exercise programs, and recreational use.
The Dublin Unified School District serves nearly 13,000 students, and offers seven elementary schools, one k-8 school, two middle schools, and two high schools.
Dublin has several large shopping centers, including: Dublin Place and Dublin Retail Center were followed by Hacienda Crossings,The Shops at Waterford, The Shops at Tralee Village, Grafton Station, Fallon Gateway, and Persimmon Place. Shopping options featured retailers such as Best Buy, REI, Whole Foods, Nordstrom Rack, Target and more. With an impressive list of future projects, including adding a second BART station to the city, Dublin will continue to offer residents and prospective home buyers many new developments to enjoy and look forward to.
Known as the “Jewel of Amador Valley,” Pleasanton offers lush rolling hills, attractive housing options, and convenient rapid-transit connections. It is also known for its award-winning schools in the Pleasanton Valley School district, which includes 9 elementary, 3 middle and 2 high schools.
The Pleasanton Ridgeland’s Regional Park and Shadow Cliffs recreation area boasts over 3,000-acres to hike, picnic, swim and fish. Other amenities in Pleasanton include the Castlewood Country Club, golf course, community centers, cultural arts center, aquatic center, and senior center.
In spite of massive growth in many sectors over recent years, Pleasanton has managed to preserve its small-town charm. It is home to numerous famous landmarks such as the Pleasanton Racetrack, Hearst Ranch, and the historic Pleasanton Hotel. The Alameda County Fairgrounds is conveniently located near downtown and is host to the County Fair every summer. Downtown Pleasanton has numerous restaurants and is host to a large Farmers Market. Its downtown is the perfect place to stroll and enjoy the community experience.
If you are also looking for business space, the Hacienda Business Park is one of the largest business parks in Northern California with more than 875 acres providing millions of square feet of office space. There is also Stoneridge Mall with over 165 stores and dining options. Across the street is a brand-new BART parking structure making the commute to San Francisco much easier.
Pleasanton is the home to the well-known communities of Ruby Hill, Castlewood, and of course Downtown Pleasanton.
San Ramon was once home to local Native American tribes. In the 1790s became Mission San Jose grazing land, and then part of Jose Maria Amador’s 16000 acre Rancho San Ramon. American settlers first came to San Ramon in 1850, and many of its founding families are remembered today on the streets, canyons, and hills in and around the city.
With its growing and diverse population, San Ramon was recently rated the 7th safest city in all of California. It has a rare combination of great schools, fantastic indoor and outdoor recreation, a vibrant business community, and a wide variety of housing options with close proximity to the Bay Area’s major cities.
An incredible place to raise a family, San Ramon is served by the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, whose achievements include National Blue-Ribbon Schools of Excellence as well as more California Distinguished Schools of Excellence than any other school district in Northern California.
The city offers a number of quality public amenities for its residents and youth. With 56 parks, 2 public libraries, miles of hiking trails, public pools, performing arts venues, farmers market and numerous annual events to choose from at the community center, the city provides countless opportunities for the heart, body, and soul. San Ramon is in close proximity to the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, and residents love to walk and bike the Iron Horse Trail in either direction toward Danville or Dublin through the center of the city.
San Ramon plays host to more major companies than any other city in the East Bay, including Chevron, 24 Hour Fitness, AT&T, SAP and New York Life. 2600 Bishop Ranch is the largest office building in the Bay Area, with 1.8 million square feet of office space, and more than 30,000 employees.
San Ramon offers a variety of real estate opportunities. From apartments and condominiums to single-family homes and luxury estates, homebuyers have their choice of price and preference. Some of the leading communities in San Ramon include: The Bridges, Gale Ranch, Windemere and Norris Canyon Estates. The Preserve by Lennar Homes is the city’s newest development, and gives homebuyers easy access to the 680 freeway.
Adding to the list of San Ramon amenities is the brand-new City Center Bishop Ranch outdoor mall, with popular shops like Anthropologie, Pottery Barn and Sephora. Fine and casual dining options include The Slanted Door, Mendocino Farms and coming soon Sprinkles Cupcakes!
What makes Walnut Creek so unique is that it has a large population (almost 70,000 residents) yet it retains many smaller eco-communities that are perfect for day-to-day living. Hidden enclaves such as Walnut Knolls offer privacy and tranquility, where larger communities such as Woodlands and Outlook offer sweeping views and majestic trails. The city is filled with neighborhood parks, playgrounds, pools and endless fun things to do. The tree-lined 55+ community of Rossmoor is also a popular choice for active seniors. Overall, Walnut Creek offers the perfect fit for residents of any age, lifestyle or interest.
Walnut Creek is the home to the popular outdoor shopping mall, The Broadway Plaza. Located in downtown Walnut Creek, this mall features luxury shopping like Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Apple, and Tesla. Its commuter access to this city is ideal and makes it perfect for professionals, yet it offers a haven for singletons and families as well. You can also visit the awesome Lesher Center for the Performing Arts and the multiple downtown street fairs and events. In Walnut Creek there is always something happening to enjoy.
The architecture of Walnut Creek is varied as well. While the Rancho San Miguel neighborhood is brimming with Eichlers and other mid-century treasures, the Parkmead community boasts modest bungalows and easygoing ranch homes. Other beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods include Lakewood, Rancho Paraiso, Walnut Heights, and Northgate, to name a few. The entire town is bordered by rolling hills and studded with oak and walnut trees, creeks and trails.