Fremont

The City of Fremont in Alameda County California was incorporated on January 23, 1956, from the Merger of five smaller communities: Centerville, Niles, Irvington, Mission San Jose and Warm Springs. The city is named after American explorer John Charles Fremont, “the Great Pathfinder.”

Fremont is located southeast of the San Francisco Bay Area in the East Bay region primarily.  According to the 2010 census Fremont has a population of 214,089 residents and is the fourth most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the largest suburb in the metropolis.  It is the closest East Bay city to Silicon Valley and is thus sometimes associated with it.  Fremont is also the home of “Tesla,” the first electric automobile.  The area consisting of Fremont, Newark, and Union City is now known as the Tri-City area.

Fremont has 5 distinct districts each with a charm of its own:

Centerville District: It is an area of older neighborhoods, and old merchants and slowly becoming the town center of Fremont, which includes “the Hub.”

Warm Springs or South Fremont District on the Milpitas border: This area has High Tech businesses and newer more modern homes.

Mission San Jose District:  This area houses million dollar homes, in the hilly area along highway 680 and is known for its great schools and Ohlone College.

Brookvale/Ardenwood District:  This area is North Fremont on the Union City border, and leads to the Dumbarton bridge across the Bay.

Irvington District:  This area is being revitalized.  The housing is affordable with many older homes with pockets of newer homes with many great schools.  This area also houses the new Pacific Commons Shopping District.

Niles District:  This is indeed “Mayberry”…but cooler, with its old fashioned main street with antique shops and family owned restaurants, great street walking and shopping, with quaint murals of “Charlie Chaplin and reminiscent of “old Hollywood.”

The town center is around Lake Elizabeth with the new the new “Aqua Adverture Water Park” great for kids.  Also BART links Fremont to the rest of the San Francisco North Bay and within a couple of years it will go to San Jose.