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Fremont has the fourth largest population in San Francisco Bay Area. It is well known for many reasons, including consistently ranking high in happiness!

Aerial view of Fremont CA courtesy of John Handy

Fremont’s 5 districts

Originally this city was 5 smaller towns or districts:

  • Centerville
  • Irvington
  • Mission San Jose or The Mission District
  • Niles
  • Warm Springs

They incorporated together in the 1950s, most likely to avoid being swallowed up by the City of San Jose to the south, which was in a crazy land grab at the time.

Each of the five areas has a distinct history and feel.  Perhaps best known are the Niles Canyon area, where Charlie Chaplin was filmed, and the Mission San Jose area (odd but true that Mission San Jose is not in the city of San Jose). The Mission District has highly regarded public schools and this area is usually the most expensive part of the city.

Today, Fremont represents one edge of Silicon Valley, and it has a number of major high-tech employers such as Tesla and Western Digital.

There are plenty of educational opportunities for all levels including multiple colleges and universities within the city and nearby.  The Warm Springs area is known for its good public schools, and the scenic Mission District’s public schools enjoy an absolutely outstanding reputation (making home prices there more costly than most of Fremont).

Fremont Transit is tops

Connected to BART, VTA, two freeways and a local bus system, it’s easy to get around within as well as in or out of Fremont. (I used to take BART from there to Berkeley for grad school and it was a breeze.)  For those working in Fremont and looking for slightly less expensive real estate costs for strong schools, Pleasanton is close enough to be a reasonable commute for many.  (Pleasanton is well known for excellent schools and has a wonderful downtown area, too.)

Warm Springs area of Fremont

Stretching from the bay shore, to the eastern foothills  and as an official Tree City, Fremont  boasts a lot of  natural beauty. Hiking is popular along the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge which has trails extending over the water and along the Mission Peak Regional Reserve, a strenuous but view-filled mountain excursion. The outdoors are inviting with more regional preserves, local parks, the Aqua Adventure water park, and historic areas, like the Ardenwood Historic Farm with forest, estate, and educational farmland. Rainy day fun may include a trip to the art museum, silent film museum in the Niles district, shopping, or a movie.

What does it cost to buy a house in Fremont?

In the last 30 days, the sold prices for houses in this city ranged from a low of $915,000 to a high of $4,120,000 with average days on market being 13. The average home size was 2,042 SF, lot size 8,348 SF, list price $1,845,498 and sale price $1,953,998 (7% more than list price).

Recent sales stats for Fremont by zip code

94536: 1,957 SF, 7,475 SF lot, 13 days on market, $1,647,472 list price, $1,742,500 (also 7% more than list price)

94538: 1,448 SF, 6,225 SF lot, 20 days on market, $1,263,089 list price, $1,333,000 sale price (6% over list price)

94539: 2,550 SF, 11,020 SF lot, 12 days on market, $2,414,817 list price, $2,535,226 sale price (6% over list price) – this is the Mission District

94555: 1,463 SF, 5,317 SF lot, 11 days on market, $1,375,987 list price, $1,528,889 sale price (12% over list price)


Please note: Fremont is part of a different MLS region than most of Silicon Valley, though now our MLS organizations have a decent shared database of listings.  I have lived in Fremont and do sometimes sell homes there, but it’s farther than I normally will go.  If you are interested in purchasing a home there, please reach out to me and I will introduce you to a great Realtor who serves that area.  (Photo below courtesy of my brother in law, John Handy, who took this photo in the summer of 2015.)