Retire in Pleasanton California

Retire in Pleasanton California

Pleasanton is so much more than pleasant!  About 40 miles south east of San Francisco, Pleasanton California enjoys warmer weather than the foggy city by the bay.  The downtown is just plain cute with local merchants, some great restaurants, and plenty of year round activities.   Pleasanton is also home to the huge Alameda County Fairgrounds with year-round events featuring the annual fair, reptile shows, hula competitions, and the largest highland games (Labor Day weekend) in the world.  We recently stayed at the Fairgrounds RV Park while visiting family in the area.   It was Cinco de Mayo and the Mexican Restaurant in town had a party going on!   Those who retire in Pleasanton California will find a tight-knit community with plenty to do.  Residents enjoy free concerts in the summertime and some of the highest rated schools in the state. 

The climate is very mild in the winter with the average low in the 50’s and the summers can be quite hot with averages in the 90’s.   But the San Francisco bay is on the other side of the hill for a quick break from the heat.

Housing:  As in all of the bay area, Pleasanton’s housing market is well above the national average.  The average 3 bedroom 2 bath home is well above $1 million, but you can easily find townhomes and condos in the $500K range.  Gulp!  Personally, if I was going to move to this area as a retired person, I would either rent or move farther away from the bay.

Population:   Over 70,000 people call Pleasanton California home and 10.9% of those are over 65.  

Weather:  Winters are cool to mild in the mid 60 degrees F.   But the summers can be in 90’s and higher!    There are 265 days of sunshine per year and just 15 inches of rain – except for the recent drought.   We were in Pleasanton in May 2016 and it poured rain!

Pleasanton is a great place to visit in the Bay Area.  It is also on the very popular BART transportation system so you can park your car and ride into the city or around the area.   We come back to Pleasanton almost yearly to visit family it remains at the top of our favorite places to stay.

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Cheryl and her husband have just recently retired and live in the Pacific Northwest. She has been enjoying her herself by traveling around the world, playing with her grandchildren, and she frequently volunteers in her community. There is certainly never a dull moment with Cheryl. She cheerfully co-founded RetireBook and wants to share her energy, hoping that it inspires her readers to live life at its fullest.