Located 45 miles east of San Francisco, the city of Pleasanton has become a high-end hub of the East Bay, and according to Niche, has about 80,000 residents. What makes this town great is that Pleasanton offers all the convenience and accessibility of a small city, yet still is a majority suburban neighborhood. With a Bay Area Rapid Transit station, it’s easy to commute to all corners of the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. It is also home to a charming and historic downtown district with over 550 diverse businesses including restaurants, bars, boutiques, coffee shops, galleries, and a variety of other local gems, according to Pleasanton Downtown Association.
Pleasanton is nationally recognized and has been ranked on a variety of lists including 24/7 Wall Street’s “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live” and Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” (via City of Pleasanton). With all that Pleasanton has to offer in terms of outdoor space, public education, and a busting downtown district, along with its continued growth, owning a home in the city provides significant value. The median home sale price is around $1.6 million, making purchasing a home in Pleasanton slightly cheaper than many other distinguished Bay Area suburbs (via Redfin).