Sunol is a sleepy rural town on the Southern edge of Pleasanton. It is located at Interstate 680 and Highway 84, at the entrance to Niles Canyon Road, a popular commute route through a scenic canyon. It has a small cluster of commercial buildings that comprises the downtown area, along with a park, train depot, and historic school house. Most of the homes are located in Kilkare Canyon, a scenic two lane road that climbs along Sinbad creek into the wooded canyon. There are other pockets of homes along Foothill Road and on the East side of I-680.
Most of Sunol Real Estate here are unconventional and unique. They range from small cabin style homes to sprawling ranch homes on large lots. It is the "rural outpost" feel of the community that attracts buyers looking for a retreat from the sprawling suburban cities and housing tracts that comprise its larger neighbors.. It has the look and feel of a small town in the Sierra Foothills, yet it offers outstanding commute access to the South Bay and Peninsula.
Approximately 1000 people live amongst the 27.8 square miles that make up Sunol Real Estate -- a town that is well known for its many attractions, including the Sunol Water Temple, the Niles Canyon Railway, the Sunol Regional Wilderness and Sunol Valley Golf Club. A Dog as Mayor?
In the 1980′s, Sunol was briefly in the national spot light by electing a black labrador retreiver as mayor. "Bosco" actually received more votes than 2 human candidates.
The Ohlone Indian tribe were the first inhabitants of this area of rich land that made for plentiful crops and animal grazing. The town is named in honor of landowners Antonio and Maria Sunol, who with their son, built a complex of ranching support buildings near the present-day Sunol Water Temple in the mid 1800's. Subsequently, many gold miners-turned-farmers settled there. A Railroad Town
In the late 1800's the Southern and Union Pacific Railroads built tracks that came through Sunol to get to San Jose. This evolved the town into a vacation destination and by the 1900's, it had 4 hotels, 3 grocery stores, a meat market, 2 barber shops and a soda fountain. Log cabins were built up the canyon as summer retreats. After World War II, a shortage of Livermore-Amador Valley homes prompted people to retain their Sunol residences year-round. Today, the homes have been enlarged and remodeled, but still maintain their charming lattice work and stone walks in Sunol Real Estate