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.