6 Reasons Families Love Living in Lathrop

Edgewater_Fam&FriendsLathrop, CA is becoming a favorite location for young families. It isn’t difficult to see why when you study the area. Here are some of the top reasons that families love this city.


Almost half of the city’s residents, 48.8 percent, are married couples. Of the approximate 4,700 households, 57.3 percent have children under the age of eighteen. Schools in the area offer a multitude of after-school activities and music-related activities are often emphasized. With the number of children in this area, there is always something going on to entertain families.

The Weather

Weather in this area is nearly ideal compared to the rest of the country. From May through September, nearly ninety percent of the days experience sunshine, higher than the national average. In addition, both annual precipitation and humidity fall well below the national average year-round. The weather lends itself well to all types of outdoor family activities.


The San Joaquin River is on the west side of the city. This river lends itself to fishing, swimming, kayaking or simply relaxing on the banks and enjoying the day. In addition to the river, A public park is never far from where you are located and the parks all offer educational and recreational programs for all age and skill levels. With a total of seven parks to choose from, you can visit a different one every day. Being outside, interacting with nature, is almost a natural reaction with the type of weather in this area.


The city offers several celebrations throughout the year that are geared toward families. Whether you want to enjoy the annual Birthday Celebration or be amazed at the Tree Lighting Ceremony, there is something going on regularly to entertain the whole family and give you exciting things to do and explore. The city is also home to one of the country’s largest pumpkin mazes. The Skate Park is open until dusk every day and provides hours of family fun.


The average income in Lathrop is approximately $58,000 annually. There are numerous manufacturing and retail opportunities to provide income for a population whose average age range is in their mid-thirties. The Tesla factory is growing and providing more jobs each year.


The population of Lathrop is widely diverse racially, allowing for a community of peace and understanding. Children are given the opportunity to interact naturally so they are ready for a world based on international relations when they become adults. Lathrop is a community that stands as a living model to how a peaceful environment can be achieved easily.

Final Words

Lathrop is an ideal location for young families to set up household. They are growing steadily, but still maintaining a sense of community and family. Outdoor activities abound, keeping families entertained and in motion. Overall, it is a place that will grow with your family.

That is why DeNova Homes offers you two amazing communities in Lathrop: Drake’s Bend, a lovely neighborhood of homes located in the unique master planned community of River Islands and Edgewater, an exceptional neighborhood built to exacting standards by renowned DeNova Homes and offers an exceptional opportunity to experience “home” the way it should be.


Discovering Pleasanton

Township_BlogPost_121115Have you ever heard about the Legend of Zorro? Some say it all started in Pleasanton, back then called “Alisal”. The hero (or “desperado”, depending who’s telling the story) brought a new hope to town and since then Pleasanton turned into one of the most prosperous communities in California.

Zorro was not the only reason why Pleasanton became what it is today. Its rich soil hosts many of the largest domestic and foreign beer producers, making Pleasanton internationally famous. In 1894, the city became home to Pleasanton Race Track, the oldest horse racing track in the nation. It’s not hard to imagine why in the mid-20th century it became a magnet for retail and commercial developers. Today is proudly a major job center with an ongoing influx of many corporate businesses and industries.

This city holds a year round range of fun family activities, like the Truffles, Tidbits & Wine Tasting in February, Cinco de Mayo Celebration, the Antique Fair (in May), Shakespeare in the Park and Movies in the Park are also a big success. Also, concerts in the Park during the whole Summer, the Pleasanton Heritage Festival in September and the Fall Antique Fair in October are famous events. And don’t forget the annual mid-summer Alameda County Fair is located in Pleasanton, hosting numerous shows and statewide and regional events which draw thousands annually and don’t forget the Beer Crawl festival!

Downtown Pleasanton offers a hometown feel – even though is not far from busy San Francisco – and holds charms and wonderful places to dine, shop or just enjoy the outdoor public spaces.

The Fairway Golf Course, with nine holes and 30 par is excellent for rookies and experts. But if you’re looking for a great family fun day, you and your little ones will enjoy the waterparks: Shadow Cliff Recreation Area and Rapids Water Slides.

Wouldn’t you love to be part of this historic, exciting, vibrant and prosperous community? DeNova Homes offers the perfect home in one of the most desirable locations in Pleasanton – with its exceptional, highly decorated school system: Township Square.

All homes are traditionally-styled architecture reminiscent of brownstone design, spacious and perfect for growing families, with approximately 2,830 – 3,662 sqft., 3 – 4 bed, 2.5 – 3.5 bath and 2 car garage… Sounds too perfect? Well, it is true! Give us a call today (888) 548-8883 and schedule a tour!

Holiday Events For The Family

christmas-xmas-christmas-tree-decoration-largeHolidays for the family are many this time of year, but finding them can be difficult because they are often mixed in among other events. Here are a few of the numerous events that are available for you and your family to enjoy this holiday season. It is only a nibble of the feast that is out there, but it will will fill your plate with family fun and memories.


Pleasanton is home to some of the best holiday light displays in California. Visit this extensive database for a listing of the best displays in your area. With over 200 homes listed, a growing everyday, you could visit a different area of town, and the then head to surrounding areas, every night between now and Christmas. Check out our Pleasanton Neighborhood Township Square


The Historic Crest Theatre is putting on The Muppet Christmas Carol. This classic holiday story will appeal to all ages, from 1 to 99. Enjoy an afternoon of theatre and then an evening of Christmas light exploring for a day the whole family will remember for years. Drake’s Bend & Edgewater


Santa has transformed the Northgate Village Shopping Center into a holiday wonderland. Performances take place on the 19th and 20th, with a return of the most popular acts on the 21st. The performance features a multitude of entertainment to delight both children and parents, and the little ones will delight in seeing Santa introduce each act. Villa Vista


The Cooperhouse Breezeway is hosting a card making party on Dec. 19. Kids and adults can participate in making their own veggie-stamp holiday cards to mail to friends and relatives. Enjoy designing and decorating personalized cards that will be treasured for years to come.Tea Tree


Join Mr. Jelly Belly and Santa Claus for a fun-filled brunch full of laughter, food and fun activities. This event takes place at the jelly Belly Candy Company on Dec. 12th. You and the kids will enjoy a magic-packed afternoon that will create memories that the kids will tell their kids about. Brandbury Park


Cookies and decorations are essential parts of the holidays. Visit the Antioch Historical Museum for the Cucidati Cookie Contest. The entire family will enjoy taste-testing the variety of cookies competing for prizes. Then take a tour to the seven different rooms, decorated for the holidays, each in a unique theme. Before you leave, don’t miss the pizzelle making demonstration.

Final Words

As noted, this is only a few of the many holiday events available for families throughout this holiday season. Concerts, plays and sporting events are all available for enjoyment. Don’t forget to create your own family activity, complete with caroling and hot chocolate, and maybe a hay ride. Aspen


Santa Claus is coming to Oakley!

IMG_1362How exciting! Beautiful Oakley is getting ready for the winter and also for the “most wonderful time of the year”. Are you wondering if Jack Frost is going to visit California this year? Well, with or without Jack, Oakley is still be an amazing community to spend your weekends and holiday festivities. Why? Because Santa is coming to Oakley… twice!

So what’s happening in Oakley in December? For starters, on Saturday the 5th, there will be the Christmas tree lighting at 6pm at Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main Street. Games and activities, choir performances, free refreshments and more! Naturally, Santa Claus couldn’t miss this gathering! Don’t forget your camera (or smartphone).

On Saturday 12th, Santa Claus is coming to Oakley again for a continental Christmas breakfast at 10am with all the families living in this wonderful community, in the City Council Chambers, 3231 Main Street. For $5 you will be enjoying a very generous meal and all children will be offered a craft and a small gift. Please note: pre-registration is required. For more information, call Cindy at 625-7044 or email: coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us

Also, ‘helping out’ Santa, the Friends of Oakley will be distributing Christmas food baskets and gifts to Families of Oakley in need on Sunday 13th at O’Hara Park Middle School’s gymnasium, located at 1100 O’Hara Avenue. If you’re interested in volunteering (and be a Santa’s helper) you can participate at the food sorting and basket distribution, on Friday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m.; at the prep event on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (estimated based on preparation) and the distribution on Sunday! Fore more information, contact 925-625-7946 or 925-864-1154, or visit friendsofoakley.wordpress.com.

Are you a proud Christmas Home decorator? Do you have Santas, sleighs, reindeer, lights and inflatables all over your front yard and roof? Then you must enter the Hometown Holiday Decorating Contest. But hurry up: entries must be received by Friday, December 7th at 5pm. Limited to exterior front yard and roof only. Online voting will go from December 8th to 14th and the winner will be announced on December 15th. Register here.

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