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Valley Trails and freeway noise

Original post made by Sally, Valley Trails, on Apr 25, 2012

I am looking to buy a house in the Tri-Valley, and especially in Pleasanton. At first sight, Valley Trails seems like a nice neighborhood, and much more affordable than some other areas in Pleasanton.
However, I walked in the neighborhood recently (halfway between 680 and Hopyard), and I was very very bothered by the noise of 680 (especially since the wind is usually blowing west-east). Is it always that bad? I also saw a couple of vacant, bank owned homes, there, which did not make me feel comfortable about the area.
Any feedback about this topic would be appreciated.

Thank you!

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 25, 2012 at 10:30 am

Valley Trails seems to be a nice neighborhood and I've heard that a lot of residents like it. I haven't heard anyone complain about the freeway noise there, though. The #1 concern I've heard about Valley Trails for homebuyers is that there are apparently some foundation problems among some of the houses there.

Since Pleasanton is near the intersection of two freeways and has a number of busy streets, some level of traffic noise is not that unusual. You can find a noise contour map of future estimated noise levels throughout Pleasanton at the following link: Web Link

The map shows that, as a whole, Valley Trails is not a particularly noisy neighborhood in comparison with most of Pleasanton.


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Posted by stever
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 25, 2012 at 11:15 am

First they force low income housing down our throats. Then they complain about freeway noise. Next they try to impose noise curtailing rules and regulations on us. And before long His Royal Highness Barack Hussien Obama and the rest of his loyal loon followers will be insisting that we all wear spandex and ride bicycles. We're on our way DOWN.


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Posted by my two cents
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Sally,
Don't buy in Pleasanton. The schools are a mess and the people are snobs. The town's policies are backwards... see all the threads about downtown and new businesses. We moved here 18 months ago and all the realtors told us Pleasanton is the place to be. I hate it here...no one is friendly. I've heard alot of new residents have similar comments. Personally, I"d go to San Ramon or Danville.

Besides that... you have the nutjobs like Stever (see comment above)

Good luck!


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Posted by resident
a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm

We live a couple of streets away from the freeway - you will not even notice it after a while - I like living here - the folk are friendly - the VTHOA ($25 a year) have regular get togethers throughout the year so you can meet your neighbors like pot luck bbqs etc.

These houses were built around 1969 and had foundation problems initially but I think all the houses have had their foundation problems rectified many years ago, so you will probably find that the houses no longer have issues with the foundations.


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Posted by another resident
a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Sally....You'll find bank owned homes everywhere so to say this make you uncomfortable means you'll have a hard time finding a house anywhere.

One of the homes in our street sat foreclosed for a couple of years - you wouldn't have known though as the neighbors cut the grass etc and kept it looking nice.


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Posted by Yikes
a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 25, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Sally, you also have the smell from the sewage treatment plant by val vista. And you may get used to the noise from the freeway, but remember how much pollution you will be inhaling! i would also recommend Danville / San Ramon over Pleasanton. And I have lived here for 17 years. Schools are way overrated. And the low income housing will put a fork in this town. Pleasanton downtown is all but dead. You should see DT Danville or Livermore....very vibrant


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Posted by resident
a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 26, 2012 at 8:56 am

@Yikes - we don't get the smell from the sewage treatment FYI - maybe it's the way the wind blows or something.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

Yikes said: "Sally, you also have the smell from the sewage treatment plant by val vista. And you may get used to the noise from the freeway, but remember how much pollution you will be inhaling! i would also recommend Danville / San Ramon over Pleasanton."

I've never heard of Valley Trails getting any smells from the water treatment plant. And as for the freeway, the very same freeway also goes right through Danville and San Ramon.

We bought our house in Pleasanton in the summer of 2010 and looked all over the area. Danville was a bit too far away, but we did see some houses in San Ramon. The schools are good there, but the city didn't quite have the Pleasanton feel to it. The parks didn't seem to be kept up as well as Pleasanton parks, and the neighborhoods didn't seem to feel as good as most Pleasanton neighborhoods. In looking at the neighborhood houses, there didn't seem to be the same level of pride in home ownership that I see in Pleasanton.


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Posted by vthomeowner
a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

You're right Sam - we don't get any smells from the water treatment plant. I think Valley Trails is a great area to live - close to Donlon, Hart and Foothill schoools.

@ the negative posters about Pleasanton - why don't you move if you hate it so much!


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Posted by my two cents
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

@vthomeowner

Why don't you be nicer? Maybe we wouldn't hate it so much.....Such a typical Pleasanton response..... 'There is nothing wrong here... it isn't us... it must be YOU'. You must be like the neighbor across the street who refused to introduce her kids to mine because 'They are too busy for new people' Or the parents on the sports teams don't talk to the new parents or invite them to their get togethers. However, we have also played on sports teams in san ramon and those parents couldn't have been nicer.

If people would reach out and be friendlier, it really would be a better place to live. But no one has time for anyone here, except their friends.

I DO want to move, but obviously, you haven't relocated across the country or you would know it isn't that easy to uproot a family again.


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Posted by Ruthie
a resident of Happy Valley
on Apr 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

Yeah, if you don't like it in Pleasanton, move. Say to Danville. You want the definition of snob, you'll find it in Danville. I grew up there. It was full of snobby people then and it still is.


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Posted by soccer mom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2012 at 11:49 am

Sally,
I am wondering about the smells, too.
I have been at ValVista (the soccer park) several times where the smell has been overbearing. I'm not sure if it is just the close proximity to the water treatment plant or not?

I don't know because I don't live there. I'm sure it depends on your location in the neighborhood. But, if I was looking at a house that is adjacent to ValVista, I would visit several times a different times during the day (and different weather) to be sure... if I had a sensitive nose.

Good luck in your home search.


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Posted by Sally
a resident of another community
on Apr 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Thank you all for your (very) various comments. I do like Pleasanton, I have been in the Tri-Valley for quite some time now, and I know what to expect from this town, and I have many friends and habits there. I was just wondering about a particular area of Pleasanton, which I did not find as apealing (at first sight) as Vintage hills or the Downtown area for example. The houses also seem cheaper in Val Vista/V. Trails than the rest of the City, and I was trying to understand why. I am also not opposed to San Ramon or Dublin, I will definitely keep looking.


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Posted by Mitch
a resident of another community
on Apr 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

There sure are some sick cookies on this website.

Do you really think people are that much different 5 miles down the road in San Ramon?

To answer your question, the two biggest reasons why Valley Trails is cheaper is A. The sinking ground B. The smells

The freeway should be the least of your concerns.

On the other hand, if you were to ask the conservative trolls/liberals posing as conservatives, they will tell you the biggest problems in Val Vista are A. Obama B. Low income housing.


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Posted by homeowner
a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm

@Mitch - don't know what smells you're talking about - we don't get any here. - Val Vista has the problems with the sewage treatment center not Valley Trails - you can sit out any day of the week in your yard and smell the fresh air while you listen to the soothing freeway traffic!

@Mitch - the sinking ground - that's not much of a problem anymore - it was when the houses were first put up - we've been here 15 years and not had a problem.

@Mitch - You live in "another community" and don't know what you're talking about.

So Sally, you can take advise from the people who actually live in Valley Trails or those who think they know everything about it yet don't live here.


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Posted by Mitch
a resident of another community
on Apr 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm

@homeowner - I stand corrected. I did mix up Val Vista with Valley Trails. Smells aren't as bad.

@homeowner - That is great YOU haven't had problems in "15 years" but that doesn't mean they don't exist.

@homeowner - I'm from another community, and therefore don't know what I am talking about? I lived in town long enough to know I don't want to live there, but that is not to say it isn't a great place to grow up. As long as you live outside of the sinking Valley Trails ghetto, that is.


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