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Downtown Pleasanton 1st Wednesday Street Party Schedule

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The schedule for the 2016 Downtown Pleasanton 1st Wednesday Street Parties is out and you are going to love the new additions!  The 1st Wednesday parties run from May – September on Main Street in Pleasanton.  This year they will have more music, the kid zone, Food Truck Mafia trucks, an all new Art Rock, and the Beer & Wine Garden.  This is a great event for the whole family so mark your calendars for May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3 and September 7.

May 4

Cinco De Mayo Celebration

June 1

80’s Neon Summer Nights

July 6

Red, White & Blue

August 3

Dog Days of Summer – Pooch Parade

September 7

Light Up the Night

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Featured Neighborhood – Foothill Knolls


Foothill-Knolls-Pleasanton-CA-homes-for-saleFoothill Knolls is an upscale Pleasanton real estate neighborhood along Foothill Road with large lots and custom amenities.  It is the incredible setting that makes Foothill Knolls so unique. It is located at the foot of the Pleasanton ridge, and most homes have captivating views of the ridge. It has a walnut orchard on one side, and a community park that it shares with Laguna Oaks on another side. Foothill Knolls available homes for sale are very conveniently located, with great access to Foothill High School and the elementary school, and excellent commute access to I-680, I-580. and BART.

For an in depth look at Foothill Knolls including a video tour, school information, floor plans, and current listings in the neighborhood visit

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Spare the Chair Day in Sunol

The wildflowers are blooming in the hills so get out of that chair and enjoy the great outdoors!  The Sunol Regional Wilderness Area is hosting a Spare the Chair Day Hillside Wildflower Amble this Saturday, April 2 from 9-11 am.  This guided hike will go up into the hills to admire Mother Nature’s amazing springtime palette on a 1.5 mile slow-paced hike to fantastic wildflower displays.  The hike is open to anyone 10 years or older.  For information on the hike go the The East Bay Regional Park website.

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Pleasanton Bunny Hop Scavenger Hunt


Looking for some Easter fun this weekend?  Bring your kids to explore Downtown Pleasanton with the second annual Bunny Hop Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Start your journey outside of the Museum on Main at 603 Main Street anytime between 10am and Noon while supplies last.  Children 10 & younger will receive a goody bag and their first clue to lead them to goodies throughout downtown at over a dozen participating businesses. Don;t worry about getting lost, parents will be given the answers to all of the clues to help children find the treat locations. The participating businesses will have goodies and special offers for the adults as well.

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Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Home


After a long, chilly winter, spring’s bright sun and refreshing winds are, well, a much awaited treat. However, along with this warmer season comes the task of dealing with leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks, and dead plants in the flower beds. Here is a list that will help you target the areas that need maintenance so that your home will be ready for Spring.

  1. Check the Cooling System

With warmer days ahead, you don’t want to get stuck with an out-of-commission air conditioner. Work with a technician who can tune up your cooling system to manufacturer-rated efficiency. Take note that dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder. It is also responsible for higher energy costs and may eventually lead to damaged equipment. Check them monthly and replace as needed.

  1. Inspect the Gutters

Look for loose or leaky gutters. If you don’t want water around your foundation, make sure that you don’t have any improper drainage. Check if the downspouts drain away from the foundation and remove any debris.

  1. Clear Your Yard

To make your yard more attractive be sure to prune trees and bushes and remove dead trees and plants. For healthy trees and bushes, keep them trimmed and away from utility wires. You may also consider filling low areas in the yard with compacted soil to avoid yard flooding. When neglected, this may lead to foundation flooding and damage. In addition, water pools in low areas and can become a breeding grounds for insects.

  1. Repair Your Roof

Examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your property has an older roof covering, you may consider replacing it. Look for shingles that are cracked or loose and be sure to replace them. Check and repair breaks in the flashing seals around vent stacks and chimneys, too.

  1. Examine Hose Faucets

The cold winter months can cause damage to outside hose faucets. To check, turn the water on and put your thumb or finger over the opening. Being able to stop the flow of water is a possible sign that the pipe is damaged and has to be replaced.

  1. Pressure Wash the Exterior

Washing the exterior of your home will make it look its best. You may rent a pressure washer to remove accumulated dirt, mold, and stains from the siding, deck, sidewalks, driveway, garage floor, and fences of your property.

  1. Wash the Windows

To let the spring sunshine in, make sure the windows are clear and clean. Use a soft brush or vacuum attachment to clean out the sills and window tracks.

With these simple tips, your home will be ready to welcome spring and impress your neighbors.

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Are you looking for Pleasanton homes for sale or need help in selling your Pleasanton home? Call me, Doug Buenz, at 925-621-0680. Our team of professionals at The 680 Group has the experience and expertise to provide you with unparalleled service in real estate market.

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Sotheby’s Significant Sales Vol. 7 | 2015

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Every day, a Sotheby’s International Realty Associate connects a family with their new home. Find the most notable sales around the world in Sotheby’s monthly list of Significant Sales. There are some amazing properties on this list from all over the world. New York, Florida, Texas, San Francisco, Napa, and more! Do you have a favorite?

View the complete list here:  Sotheby’s Significant Sales Vol. 7 

Bay Area Holiday Light Displays

LightsIf you are looking for the best holiday light displays in your area then the California Christmas Lights website has you covered.  They feature light displays all over California that are easy to search by city with previews of each home.  Time to make some hot cocoa, load up your family in the car and tour your neighborhood holiday light displays.  If you live in Pleasanton don’t miss Bob’s World on Chelsea Court.  They were featured on ABC’s Great Christmas Light Fight this year!  To find a complete list in your city visit


The Most Expensive Listing in San Fransisco

SF ViewThis is one of the best views in San Francisco, but can you afford it?  This amazing view belongs to the most expensive residential listing in San Francisco, 2250 Vallejo Street which is listed at $28 million.  The mansion was built in 1901 and has a rich history leading up to it’s current status as the most expensive listing in the city.  For a look inside this 9,095 square foot dream home visit

Pleasanton Hometown Holiday Celebration

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The annual Pleasanton Hometown Holiday Celebration kicks off this Saturday, December 5 at 5:00pm.  The Holiday Parade begins at 5pm and includes floats, marching bands, community groups and more.  Bring your hot cocoa, chairs and blankets to watch this fun parade right on Main Street.  Once the parade is over you can head over to the Museum on Main for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:45 pm. Plus Santa will make an appearance at the Tree Lighting too!  
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Client Thank You & Pie Event

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We had a great Client Thank You & Pie Event yesterday here at our new Sotheby’s office.  We gave away over 50 pies to our loyal clients and had a great time catching up with everyone who came.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by, we truly appreciate our clients and value our relationship with you!