Looking for feedback Around Town, posted by CatherineA, a resident of another community, on Sep 29, 2010 at 8:28 am
We will be moving from the Central Coast and coming further North over the next few months, and are considering Pleasanton as our home. We have 2 kids, one will be a freshman in High School, the other in 7th Grade when we move. I would appreciate any feedback and comments on the area.
Posted by Timothy T, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Sep 29, 2010 at 8:50 am
It's a really great town. Love the weather and I love the access to San Francisco (but without living in fog). Schools are good, the downtown area is lively and can keep you busy.
It's one of the few towns anywhere that you can pull up to a stoplight and see a Ferrari on the left of you and an old truck with a horse trailer on the right.
And if you read through the forums here, don't get down on anyone. This is more of a sounding board for most people rather than an avenue for true discussion and the people here all love this town and are passionate about how they'd like to see it continue.
My family has been in California for 5 generations and I've lived all over the state. Pleasanton is definitely one of the better towns out there.
Good luck on your move and making the big decision!
Posted by Me Too, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 29, 2010 at 8:50 am
My first suggestion is to not read too many of these message boards as they don't represent the community as a whole.
Pleasanton is a very nice place and the schools are good. I don't think you can go wrong with either high school, but if extracurricular activities are very important some programs in one school may be better then the other. If you are moving mid-year you will be assigned a school based on capacity, but next year you would be able to go to your home school based on location (you can get a map fro the district).
There are various neighborhoods around. Some are more culturally mixed then other which you can somewhat identify based on school information available on the internet. I don't really know of any neighborhood that has a bad reputation.
Dublin tends to be a little cheaper than Pleasanton and they have been in a large growth mode for many years due to the east Dublin development. Dublin does not really have a downtown area like Pleasanton and Danville, but many of the large shopping stores are there.
I'm not sure what else to add, but if you have more specific questions, just post them and I'm sure someone will answer.
Posted by Oldie, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 29, 2010 at 10:56 am
I picked it out a decade or 2 ago....at the intersection to choose any direction, or each going opposite directions...plus BART West and the ACE train to silicon valley. Not as hot as Tracy & the valley east, not as foggy as Castro Valley, Oakland, & SF. It is child centered, which is good for some, bad for others. Today, has a good selection and range of restaurants, which was not always the case. Hacienda business center is a beautiful, classy job center...good for tax base, and jobs. Great clean Stoneridge Mall with See's candy, Nordstrom, JCP. Giant 21 movie, shopping, restaurants 5 minutes in Dublin....that depends on traffic, which most of Pleasanton is trying to help the flow...but some prefer traffic roadblocks over open roads. strict requirements for lots of beautiful trees, and streets are kept in good repair. Pretty, quiet, and safe. Two great coutry clubs, one has 2 PGA courses...plus a city course....lighted city tennis plus several private courts... If not walk,can at least bicycle to anything in town. Both OLD CHARM and beautiful new.
Posted by Ptown Mom, a resident of the Las Positas neighborhood, on Sep 29, 2010 at 12:58 pm
Yes we love Pleasanton. Though not every town is perfect - we all have our gripes about this or that, but overall, we chose to live here because: the schools are fantastic, the sports and facilities are fantastic. It is a wonderful atmosphere to raise kids - close enough yet far enough to major cities and access to everything you would want! If you can pick a place where your kids will go to high school eventually, pick Amador Valley. My kids have gone to both and clearly the administration, teachers, sports, and facilities are far better at AVHS, in my opinion.