Moving to Fremont/Ardenwood

Hi all! We will be moving down to Fremont/Ardenwood area to be closer to my husbands work. Does anyone have any recommendations for elementary schools for our first grader? Also need preschool for our almost 3 yr old. Where are good places to eat? Fun things to do? I’m feeling very overwhelmed. I love it here in the Albany Berkeley area. Sad to be leaving. Any recommendations for anything in that area is appreciated!

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RE: Moving to Fremont/Ardenwood ()

I grew up in Ardenwood and lived there from 1985-2008, but my parents still live there so I can give you some info on what its like. Ardenwood consists mostly of homes and 3 parks/playgrounds with one mini strip mall in the middle off Deep Creek Rd that has a liquor store and a few other businesses- they’ve changed over the years so not sure whats there now. Coyote Hills Regional Park is at the end of Ardenwood off Paseo Padre Pkwy and its a great place to hike and enjoy nature. The Ardenwood Historic Farm is also nice to visit where they have activities and host field trips as well. The public elementary schools are highly coveted especially Forest Park. As for food, I usually use Yelp since I honestly feel like there aren’t many great places to eat in Fremont as far as original mom n pop type restaurants goes. My family likes Sala Thai for Thai food which is off Walnut Ave near Mowry Ave about 10 minutes from Ardenwood. There’s a lot of fast food/chain restaurants that you’ll find in any other suburb. Lake Elizabeth is a large park and playground that’s about 10-minutes from Ardenwood. Ardenwood is also right near the Dumbarton Bridge so you can go to Palo Alto and shop and stroll around University Ave where they have a lot of shops and restaurants. Overall, Ardenwood is safe and family friendly, but there’s not a ton to do or places to eat. Many families want to live there for the schools and tech people want to live there since its close to Dumbarton Bridge and costs less than living on the peninsula.