Pros and Cons for living in Livermore California – Is it worth living in Livermore?

Warren Oberholser
Warren Oberholser
Published on December 11, 2020

Is it worth living in Livermore? Watch my pros and cons for living in Livermore California. You may be surprised!

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Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.

This article is all about the pros and cons for Livermore, California. Just a little background. Livermore is part of the Tri-Valley area. It primarily boarders with Pleasanton, and this a small section on the North side that borders with Dublin. It can be accessed from the 580 freeway and it’s the most populated town in the Tri-Valley area.

Let’s get started on the pros for living in Livermore, California.

Number one, Livermore has so much to do. From outdoor to indoor entertainment, Livermore has it all. Let’s start with wineries. Livermore Valley is the home of 45 wineries. The two largest are Wente and Concannon. What I recommended to tour them in style and safety is to take the Livermore Wine Trolley Tour.

Livermore Wine Trolley

One of the more popular events is the Downtown Street Festival. This is formally the Honey and Wine Festival.

Livermore Rodeo

They have a nostalgic day car shows sponsored by the Ultima Cruisers and Farmer’s Market. An annual event that you must see is the Livermore Rodeo. This is a whole week and event that starts with a parade. Bankhead’s theater, they host numerous events to include concerts lectures and several types of performances. Livermore has two movie theaters, Livermore 13 Cinema West and the Vine Theater. Both movie theaters are temporary closed due to our current COVID-19 environment.

Livermore has numerous neighborhood and reginal parks

Let’s talk about parks. Livermore has approximately 28 neighborhood parks ranging from two to 30 acres in size. Two community parks offering a variety of amenities for equestrian use, rodeo grounds, and an all-weather soccer field. They have five regional parks, totaling 1,560 acres and 10 special use parks to include hiking, bike, and equestrian trails.

Wente Golf course

If you like golf, Livermore has four public golf courses. Let’s start off with Las Positas golf course. It’s located on the west side of Livermore next to the airport. They have an 18 hole and a nine hole golf course. Springtown, located in the Springtown community on the northeast side of Livermore, has a nine hole golf course. Going Southeast in Livermore, you’re going to find Poppy Ridge. Now, this has two 18 hole golf courses. And saving the most unique for last is Wente Golf Course, which is located on Wente vineyards. This is an 18 hole course that has amazing views of the vineyards and the Hills around it.

Livermore’s downtown has many restaurants

Number two, Restaurants. Livermore’s downtown area offers a variety of different types of restaurants to choose from. I recommend taking a casual stroll up and down and both sides of the street to make sure you see all the different choices. You’ll note that most of these restaurants have adapted very well to outdoor dining and style, safety, and comfort.

Number three, Livermore Downtown shopping area. They offer a variety of unique, one of a kind stores. Livermore’s downtown has several interesting stores to choose from. They also have numerous strip malls that host popular chain stores and restaurants.

Number four, Livermore Municipal Airport. Livermore airport is used for both business and private aviation. In the past, they’ve host air shows. It also serves as a business hub for small corporate jets. Most of the airport’s 460 tenants are made up of Livermore and Pleasanton residents. This is the perfect setting for aviation enthusiasts.

Number five Jobs in Livermore. Livermore is home to the renowned science and technological centers for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory. They have numerous vocations in engineering and science. Livermore also has several business centers throughout the town to include the business center at Livermore airport.

Livermore real estate

Number six, Livermore residential real estate. When I look at Livermore from a map view, it resembles a rectangle with appendages on the sides.

Livermore is made up of approximately 70 communities. So for sake of time, I’m just going to discuss a few in my BLOG.

I going to start our real estate tour where Livermore borders with Pleasanton on the southwest side.

Livermore westside area has 7 developments built in the early 2000’s

This area is made up of seven communities that were built in the mid ’90s to early 2000s. I going to discuss Portofino community. Beck Properties was the developer and it was built in the late ’90s. It’s made up of one to two story homes, square feet is from 2,700 to 3,700 square feet. Now, these are big lots. They’re from a third to a half an acre in size. Looking at the homes from an aerial view, you can see that the backyard is large enough to accommodate a pool, grass area, and an outdoor living space.

Portofino development

I’m going to focus on this property here, which I sold a couple of years ago. This is a large one-story home, which has over 3,200 square feet. What makes this development unique is some of these properties have four car garages, which this one did. The window on the right side here is actually part of the garage.

Okay, we’re going to leave this newer area, travel about a mile North to an older area called Sunset West. This community was built by Sunset Homes in the late ’50s to late ’60s. It’s a mixture of one to two story homes from 1,100 to 2,000 square feet, lot size is from 6,000 to 7,500 square feet. This was a listing I sold about years ago. What attracted my clients to this area was the close proximity they had to all three schools. Many residents in this area will actually walk their children to school.

Sunset West area

I’m now going to travel to the northeast end of Livermore to a community called Springtown. The first phase was built in the early ’60s around their public nine hole golf course. Springtown offers a mixture of condos, townhomes, garden homes, duplexes, and single detached homes. You’ll find the majority of Springtown single detached houses are a bit smaller. They run from 800 to 1,400 square feet. Springtown houses are priced on the lower side. This can make an excellent opportunity for your first home.

The last area I’m going to discuss is a newer area on the southeast side of Livermore. The community is called Dunsmuir. The developer was Signature Properties. They were built in the early 2000s. Home size is from 2,200 to 3,500 square feet and lots range from 8,000 to 11,000 square feet. You’ll find a mixture of one to two story homes here. Some have casitas, which is a separate dwelling that has a kitchenette, a bathroom, and a little space for a living quarters. Many of these properties have views of the local vineyards, the park, or the greenbelts. Clients who I represented who purchased property in this area have told me that they really enjoy the community feel and how meticulous the neighborhoods are always kept up.

Livermore has great schools

Number seven, Livermore has great schools. Livermore public schools have very good ratings. Livermore also has Las Positas Junior College, which is rated as number three as top colleges in California. And offers a guaranteed transfer program to several colleges in California and other states. And number eight, Livermore’s home prices compared to the other Tri-Valley cities, and especially the Silicon Valley area are much less.

Okay, that concludes the pros for living in Livermore, California.

Now, I’m going to do the Cons for Livermore.

Tracy is much cheaper than Livermore

Number one, High housing costs. Livermore home prices are less compared to the other Tri-Valley cities. And of course, much less than the Silicon Valley area. However, if you travel just 22 miles east to Tracy, you’ll find Livermore’s prices much higher.

Number two, Livermore Airport’s noise. One of the problems living near airport, of course, is noise from the airplanes, especially if they’re corporate jets. Now, Livermore airport is aware of this and they do have a noise abatement program.

Livermore doesn’t have BART

Number three, Livermore doesn’t have BART. BART stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit. Fortunately, you’re only a few miles away from Pleasanton Dublin station, which has the station for BART. There’s talk about putting in a Livermore BART station, but unfortunately that will be years away.

Livermore doesn’t have a lot of nightlife activity

Number four, Livermore lacks nightlife activity. And Livermore, like all the other Tri-Valley cities, doesn’t have a lot of nighttime activity. It’s basically a quiet town.

Livermore’s pros out way the cons over 2 to 1!

Well, that concludes the pros and cons for living in Livermore, California. Obviously, the pros outweigh the cons over two to one.

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About Warren Oberholser:

Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!

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