Welcome to Pleasanton

A relaxed and fun suburb close to Silicon Valley.

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Located further inland, Pleasanton is a San Francisco Bay Area suburb that’s just as pleasant as its name implies. This area is family-friendly and home to a high percentage of well-educated residents. It’s no wonder why it’s regularly ranked by Money and USA Today as one of the best places to live in America.

This area was originally part of a settlement called Alisal on the Rancho Santa Rita lands. In 1850, the town of Pleasanton was established. While it was originally home to a sand and gravel plant in the 1930s, the area developed into the thriving suburb it is today.

Due to Pleasanton’s location just outside of Silicon Valley, home prices haven’t skyrocketed in quite the same way. Beautiful, luxurious mansions are available in the low millions, but there are also comfortable and smaller options that won’t break the bank. Ranch-style and split-level homes are common—perfect for raising a family.

What to Love

  • Fun downtown area
  • Family-friendly, small-town energy
  • Conveniently located near San Jose and San Francisco

People & Lifestyle

Pleasanton is a relaxed suburb that offers a respite from the hectic, bustling cities nearby. With beautiful, warm weather throughout the year and lots of fun local events, Pleasanton provides comforting small-town vibes while remaining close to the big city.

Families thrive in Pleasanton due to its excellent schools and plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy. Residents who commute to local cities like San Jose or San Francisco are also drawn to the area, looking for a more low-key and relaxed place to live.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Pleasanton offers plenty of opportunities for shopping and dining—the perfect way to spend time with friends and family!

Residents love shopping at the nearby Stoneridge Mall, a shopping center filled with all of your retail favorites. Browse the Apple Store, Banana Republic, L’Occitane, Coach, and many more. Shoppers can also relax with lunch or dinner at favorite restaurant chains like The Counter, Cheesecake Factory, and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro.

Locals enjoy Italian cuisine at Nonni’s Bistro, a cozy restaurant known for its fantastic brunch. Make sure to check out Salt Craft Central Kitchen, a classic American eatery serving beer and wine, and Pastas Trattoria, an elegant Italian restaurant.

Things to Do

Pleasanton is full of fun activities for the whole family! With annual events and incredible parks to explore, there’s always something exciting to see and do.

The community gathers at the Pleasanton Farmers' Market, which sells fantastic local produce. You can also sample local wines at Rubino Estates Winery or Ruby Hill Winery.

Learn about local history at the Museum on Main, which is perfect for children and adults alike! There are also plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy Pleasanton’s fresh air. Check out Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area, a beautiful park where you can swim or fish. There’s also Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park, the perfect place to admire wildlife from afar.


Pleasanton is home to many excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Vintage Hills Elementary School
  • Walnut Grove Elementary School
  • Henry P. Mohr Elementary School
  • Fairlands Elementary School
  • Pleasanton Middle School
  • Thomas S. Hart Middle School
  • Foothill High School
  • Amador Valley High School