Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore
Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore are at the southern end of the San Ramon Valley, just past Castro Valley and includes the Livermore Valley. Collectively this area is called the Tri-Valley.
Dublin is a former "bedroom community" of homes in the central area and western hills built in the 1960s and 1970s. The downtown is typical of the era, but is changing to be walking-friendly with high-rise condos being built downtown, walking distance to shops, restaurants, and BART for an easy commute to Oakland, Fremont or San Francisco. Being at the intersection of the 580 and 680 freeways and with 2 BART stations, Dublin is a pretty and modern community in a great commute location.
In the 1990s and 2000s Dublin expanded to the east with a community called Dublin Ranch, executive-style homes on the hill. Past this housing, Just three or four miles off the freeway, one finds ranches and equestrian centers in the rolling eastern hills. There are parks, tennis courts, community swimming pools, a skate park, water park, playgrounds, soccer and baseball fields, and many activities including a Thursday night farmer's market, Friday night movies in the park, parades, festivals and fairs.
Pleasanton is an old ranching town with a charming Main Street with wooden sidewalks, unique shops, a variety of restaurants, and parks and events right downtown, including a year-round Saturday Farmer's Market. Across the northern border (the 580 freeway, separating Dublin from Pleasanton) is BART, with 2 stops, one at the west side of town at Stoneridge Mall and the other in the center of Dublin and Hacienda Business Park. The south side of town and highway 680 provide access to San Jose and the Silicon Valley, making it a desirable location for many who work in the tech industry.
Some of the houses near downtown are from the late 1800s and early 1900s, beautifully restored and maintained. The west side of town is in the hills, predominantly larger homes on very large lots, some gated or in gated communities. The eastern side varies from predominantly single-story neighborhoods to more modern homes, and at the farthest point east is Ruby Hills, a gated, golf-course community of mostly stately custom homes on large lots, home to many corporate executives and professional athletes. On the way to Ruby Hills one passes by several wineries, open for daily tastings as well as special events for the community.
Livermore is just to the east of Pleasanton. Another old ranching town, the downtown has been completely revitalized with breweries, cafes, restaurants, tasting rooms, and boasts the Bankhead Theater with productions of plays, operas, The Nutcracker, as well as professional musicians and other touring performers.
The housing is mostly smaller homes, many single story, built in the 1960s and 1970s, but newer homes have continually been built, most recently on the eastern side incorporating vineyards into some of the open space around the housing. There are more than 60 wineries in Livermore, including Wente (with a lovely restaurant, golf course, and musical events throughout the summer), Concannon, Steven Kent, Wood Family, and Murrietta's Well, dating from the 1800s. Many bike trails, walking paths and parks are in this area with views of the hills, the vineyards, and the stately oaks.
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