Welcome to Alamo
Lounging along the western slopes of Mount Diablo, just east of the San Francisco Bay, lies the rural community of Alamo. Despite being only several miles to the east of the San Francisco and Oakland Areas, Alamo is a mostly rural region. While many of the surrounding cities are functional bedroom communities for the major western metropolitan centers, Alamo remains a city defined by its natural beauty and protected open spaces, which make Alamo real estate so desirable.
Lay of the Land
Located in the center of Contra Costa County, Alamo is an unincorporated census designated place. Like most of the central county, the skyline is dominated by a variety of mountainous regions, the most notable of which is Mount Diablo to the immediate east of town. The town of Alamo sits in the San Ramon Valley between the city of Danville to the south and Walnut Creek to the north. Unlike most of the northern and eastern sections of the county, the 14,570 residents of Alamo are extremely affluent. The average household income is $160,920 while the average home price is well over one million dollars.
Interstate 680, which runs north to south through the county, connecting Alamo and most of the cities in the region to San Jose in the south and Napa Valley in the north. State Highway 24, the major east to west commuter highway in the county, intersects Interstate 680 near Walnut Creek and provides access to San Francisco and Oakland.
Public transportation for the city is accomplished via a variety of local and regional transportation lines. County Connection’s operates a variety of local bus routes which connect Alamo to several of the other cities in the immediate area. It also provides access to the Walnut Creek Bay Area Rapid Transit Station which allows Alamo residents to connect to the San Francisco International Airport and to larger regional transit hubs in the immediate San Francisco Area.
Despite its rural setting and lack of formal government, Alamo is not a town that skips expenses when it comes to the development of community resources and general town aesthetic. Aside from the variety of professionally maintained and sculpted open spaces, Alamo is also home to several stunning parks. These include Andrew H. Young Park, Livorna Park, Rancho Romero School Sports Field and Park, Alamo School Sports Field, and Hap Magee Ranch Park. These locations represent over 30 acres of developed land and amenities designed to support a wide range of athletic and outdoor pursuits.
The city is also adjacent to the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. The 5,342 acre park is dedicated to wilderness trails which allow hikers and horseback riders to enjoy the remote and relatively undeveloped location. While mostly undeveloped, the park does feature several amenities designed to support the natural experience. These include a fully operational stable with boarding facilities, an extensive picnic ranch, and the O’Neill National Historic Site. This is of course in addition to the unique range of plant and animal species that call the park home.
Alamo is also adjacent to the Diablo Country Club. An iconic county location, the county club is one of the oldest golf courses in the region. Originally the country estates of a wealthy local family, the estate was converted into a golf course and country club in 1914. While the estate have undergone periodic renovations and basic modernization, the grounds remain for the most part in original condition. In addition to golf, the grounds supports several additional activities, including tennis, a swimming and fitness center, and two Bocce Ball courts. Finally, the clubhouse features full service dining facilities and several locations in which guests can lounge and enjoy the local scenery and ambiance of the club.