I have lived in Alamo for 15 yrs now. My neighborhood has been very stable, my neighbors extremely pleasant and -- to my surprise when I first moved in - very welcoming! They were not snooty at all. Our children have grown up together, and continue to grow up together. I chose Alamo because of the choices in schools: it has a good public school district, as well as excellent private schools. Also, although the San Franciscans may choose to look down their noses at the Contra Costa Ballet and the Lesher Theatre, we do have our share of culture here. We do not have to cross the Bay Bridge. We can choose to explore Walnut Creek, or Berkeley if you so choose. One thing that also is very appealing about Alamo is the fact that you can still feel safe about your child biking or walking to school. There are enough eyes and ears along the way to the different schools (Alamo School or Stone Valley Middle School) to ensure your children are safe. Parents are very involved in after school activities, whether coaching soccer, baseball, lacrosse, or involvement in Indian Guides/Princesses or Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts. We are a small town, we know each other better than other small towns and that is a nice thing to have.
I work in San Francisco and commute in every day. Generally, it is not that bad unless the bridge is closed. I have asked my children repeatedly if they would like to move to San Francisco. Their unanimous answer has always been NO. Alamo is home, and Alamo is family.