Please note: Fremont is part of a different MLS region than most of Silicon Valley, so this post will not include a list of homes for sale there. I have lived in Fremont and do sometimes sell homes there, but it’s farther than I normally will go and I prefer to use the regular MLS, though I do have access to both systems. 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.)
This south-east bay city has the fourth largest population in San Francisco Bay Area. Originally it was 5 smaller towns or districts: Centerville, Irvington, Mission San Jose, Niles, and 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).
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).
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.)
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?
Below please find a live Altos Research chart, showing the median list price of homes for sale – this will give you an idea of what a house might cost there.
And by zip code