Guide to the Neighborhoods of Pleasanton, CA

Moving to Pleasanton, CA? Check Out These 11 Great Neighborhoods 

Pleasanton is a centrally-located city in the East Bay close to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The ACE Train, BART, and Interstate offer various commute options from Pleasanton into these nearby areas. Many Pleasanton companies have pick-up and drop-off locations for those riding corporate buses. 

There are several nationally ranked schools in Pleasanton. One is Amador High School, which was named National Blue Ribbon School in 2017. It’s the only one in 25 in the state that has this award. 

Pleasanton offers a small-town community feel and has tree-lined streets and acres of open spaces for biking and hiking. It’s a very diverse community, with 75 different neighborhoods throughout. You can find classic homes in Downtown Pleasanton as well as gated communities with spacious golf courses.

Whether you’re looking for large estates or single-family homes, the neighborhoods of Pleasanton have a lot to offer. In this post, you’ll find an overview of many of these neighborhoods based on their appropriate price range.

Affordable Neighborhoods

1. Del Prado

Located in central Pleasanton, Del Prado provides its residents with easy access to local schools, grocery stores, and community parks. You can find a tennis park and the Del Prado park inside this community.

Del Prado is a quiet neighborhood with minimal amounts of traffic. The majority of the homes here are traditional-style, single-family homes, ranging from 3 to 5 bedrooms.  The average size of the residences is 2196 square feet. 

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2. Mission Park

This residential neighborhood can be found on the south side of Pleasanton, which is very close to downtown. Most of the homes in Mission Park are either attached or single-family homes that have a traditional and ranch style. These homes have 2 to 5 bedrooms and the average size ranges from 1031 to 3052 square feet.  

3. Highland Oaks/Muirwood

Located on Pleasanton’s west side, the Highland Oaks/Muirwood neighborhood is only a few minutes from I-680 and I-580. This residential community was built in the 1960s and 1970s by a few various builders.

Most homes here are 3 to 5 bedrooms and range in size from 1300 to 2000 square feet. Highland Oaks/Muirwood also offers its residents a community pool with open grass and a 2800 square feet recreation center.  You can find the Muirwood and Oakhill Parks and Foothill High, and Lydiksen Elementary here.

4. Val Vista

This residential community is located on the west side of Pleasanton just a few minutes from I-680 and I-580. Val Vista was built in the mid-1970s by Singer homes. The majority of homes are 3 to 6 bedroom single-families in a ranch or traditional style.

The sizes of residences range from 1334 to 3000 square feet in living space. Donlon elementary school, as well as Val Vista Park, are both located within the neighborhood.

Midrange Neighborhoods

1. Downtown

Many of the houses in the downtown area were built in the mid-1800s and early 1900s. Some of Pleasanton’s oldest homes are located here and come in various styles. Some are farm homes with barns and carriage garages, while others are Victorian homes with full basements.

Because these historic homes have a unique style, they are some of Pleasanton’s more expensive homes. These landmark homes come with small cottage size lots up to an acre of land. Downtown offers 1- to 5-bedroom homes, with an average of 1532 square feet. 

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2. Vintage Hills

Located in Pleasanton’s Eastside, this neighborhood was built in the 1960s and 1970s by HC Elliot. It’s around a mile from Downtown Pleasanton and gives easy access to the Livermore wineries. The Vintage Hills park and Tawny park are also located here. Most homes are 2- to 7-bedroom attached and single-family homes that have a traditional style. The sizes of homes range between 912 to 4481 square feet. 

3. Happy Valley

This residential community is located in southern Pleasanton and is known for its ‘horse properties’ and ranchettes. Here you’ll find single-family, ranch-style homes with large lots that range in size from ½ acre to 10 acres.

Newer custom homes were built in Happy Valley when the Calliope Preserve Golf Course was completed. Happy Valley is a short drive away from the 680 freeway and is walkable to Downtown Pleasanton.

4. Laguna Oaks

Located in western Pleasanton, this neighborhood is only minutes from I-680 and I-580. Laguna Oaks is tucked away in a private area along Foothill Road. This neighborhood was built during the late 1990s by Davidon Homes. Most homes in Laguna Oaks are single-family, 4 to 6 bedroom homes in a contemporary style.

The homes’ size ranges between 3400 to 4000 square feet, often featuring dens and guest rooms. Residents can enjoy the neighborhood park that features a volleyball court, basketball court, and spacious grass areas.

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High-End Neighborhoods

1. Ruby Hill

Located just outside Livermore Valley’s wine country, Ruby Hill is an upscale gated country club neighborhood. The Ruby Hill winery can be found on the outskirts of the community.

Ruby Hill features around 900 homes, surrounded by a championship golf course and country club, designed by Jack Nicklaus. In this neighborhood, you can find tract homes ranging between 2000 to 3000 square feet and custom homes, ranging around 4000 square feet to up to 10000 square feet. 

2. Pheasant Ridge

Pheasant Ridge is located on Pleasanton’s west side and was built between 2002 and 2008 by Greenbrier homes. It’s a popular neighborhood because it is close to Hearts Elementary, downtown Pleasanton and Pleasanton middle school.

Residents of Pheasant Ridge get to enjoy its neighborhood park which has a basketball court, playground, and expansive grass area. This neighborhood is perfect for outdoor lovers because of the walking trails around Pleasanton Ridge that surround the neighborhood. Most of the homes in Pheasant Ridge are single-family 4 to 6 bedroom homes in a contemporary style.

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3. Castlewood

Located on Pleasanton’s west side, this high-end neighborhood is only minutes away from I-680 and I-580. Castlewood is famous for its privacy in the west side’s hills, the golf course, and it’s spectacular views. Homes here typically range in size from between 2000 to 6000 square feet. 

The Castlewood Clubhouse was formerly the home of Phoebe Hearst until it was sold in 1924. The new owner converted it into a country club, and the lots were sold to affluent San Francisco and Oakland residents. Today, you can find two golf courses in Castlewood called the ‘hill,’ and ‘valley.’ 


There are many neighborhoods in the city of Pleasanton that features homes of various styles and sizes. Whatever style or community you prefer, Pleasanton probably has a neighborhood that fits your desires.