Pros and Cons living in Dublin California – Are you considering moving to the Dublin, CA? If so, then you MUST know the pros and cons before moving to Dublin, California.
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 is all about the pros and cons of living in Dublin, California.
Just a little background on the city. Dublin is located in the Tri-Valley area and it sits between Pleasanton and San Ramon. It can be accessed from either the 580 or 680 freeway. Dublin, as all cities, has pros and cons. It’s just a matter of how you look at it. So you’re going to find a couple of points in my pros section revisited in the cons section. So let’s get started. These are the pros for living in Dublin, California.
Number one, In 2018, Money Magazine ranked Dublin as number seven for the ‘best place to live‘. Now, there’s several reasons for this, which bring us to…..
Number two, Dublin has awesome community events. Let’s start with their Farmer’s Market. It starts in April and runs all the way through to September. They have their outdoor summer concert series. Now, these are held at the Emerald Glen Amphitheater. Now get this, the Dublin Rec and Park hosts a flashlight tour through the Pioneer Cemetery, featuring the ghosts of Dublin. I can’t make this stuff up. And last, we have Dublin St. Patrick’s celebration weekend. This is a two-day all weekend event and it has a 5K run, as well as a parade.
Number three, Dublin is close to everything. From Dublin, you’re only 40 to 50 miles away from the San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and the Santa Cruz beach area. It’s just a two-hour drive to the Napa Valley wine country. For summer lake activities and winter ski sports, you’re just a four-hour drive away to the beautiful Lake Tahoe area.
Number four, Dublin has a great variety of homes. Dublin has several newer home developments. A lot of the growth for Dublin began in the late 1990s and it’s when they started building over on the East side. This is off of 580. The home builders included Toll Brothers, Shea, Lennar, K&B, and Brookfield Homes. You’ll find a mixture of condos, town homes, and single-family, detached houses. Most of these properties have HOAs and you’ll find amenities such as swimming poles, tennis courts, walking trails, and golf.
Originally, Dublin’s residential community consisted of 10 subdivisions located in the central area of Dublin. This included single-family ranch and two-story homes. Now over on the West side Hills of Dublin, you’re going to find some subdivisions up there that have some amazing views of canyons, as well as some of the city areas.
Number five, Dublin’s house prices are about half than what they are over in the Silicon Valley area. The Silicon Valley area is the tech center for companies like Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, etc. Dublin’s house prices are basically half of what you’ll find in that area.
Number six, Dublin has several large shopping strip malls. The two newer ones are Fallon Gateway and Hacienda Crossings. Both host large retail stores and restaurants. Hacienda Crossing has a Regal cinema, which features the IMAX theater.
Number seven, Restaurants. Dublin has several different types of restaurants. One of the areas my wife and I like to go for shopping, dining, and entertainment is the Hacienda Crossings. We make a day of it by doing a little shopping, then have a bite to eat and end off the day by watching a movie (Regal cinema).
Number eight, Dublin has top rated schools. There’s approximately 12,000 students in Dublin’s public school system, and that’s from K to 12. Now, the ratio of students to teachers is just 24 to one. To find out more information as far as their scores and ratings, please look at the Dublin Unified School District.
Number nine, Dublin has BART. BART stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit. These are electric trains that travel from Dublin to several other Bay area cities, including San Francisco. They don’t take you down to the Silicon Valley area. What I recommend is taking the commuter (ACE) train from Pleasanton to Santa Clara, San Jose area. From there, you should be able to take a bus or a Lyft to your destination. Many of these companies have their own commuter bus that takes their employees from the Tri-Valley area, all the way to their work campus.
Number 10, Dublin has great parks, walking and bike trails, and open space areas. Dublin has approximately 20 public parks and they all vary or differ from each other, so some have restrooms, tennis courts, aquatic center, and there’s even a dog park. For more information on this, you’ll find a link below for the Dublin Rec and Park community area.
Overall, like all the cities in the Tri-Valley area, Dublin is a very safe and friendly city to live in.
Okay, so we just finished the pros or the positives for living in Dublin, let’s get into the negatives or the:
Cons for living in the city of Dublin.
Number 1, Dublin is a fast growing city. It’s no secret Dublin has been rated as one of the fastest growing cities in the country. This can be a pro and it can also be a con. I chose to discuss it in the cons section, and the reason why is, rapid growth like this puts a stress on a city’s infrastructure and particularly, the road systems. This growth creates a stress on the traffic in Dublin and especially in the commute hours on Dublin Boulevard. It can be difficult to get through there, and that can be morning, as well as in the afternoon or early evenings.
Number two, BART’s parking lot. BART is definitely a feature or a pro for Dublin. However, BART has limited parking, especially in the commute time. If you plan on taking the morning train in for work, you’ll need to get to the station early enough to find a place to park. If you can get a ride, great. However, if you can’t, you might just want to take a Lyft or Uber to the station.
Number three, Dublin’s high housing cost. Yes, I said compared to Silicon Valley, it’s actually half the cost. However, if you take the same distance and go East over to Tracy to buy a home over there, it’s half the cost of what it would cost you in Dublin. So you have to understand that where you are, it’s cheaper in some areas, but it’s also a lot more compared to other areas.
Number four, Dublin, as some of the other Tri-Valley cities is a quiet town. There isn’t a lot of nighttime activities.
Yes, you can have dinner and a movie, however, if you’re planning to go out in the evening for dancing, comedy, concerts, professional sports events, you’re not going to be able to find this in Dublin.
Okay, that concludes my pros and cons for living in Dublin, California. Obviously living in Dublin is a great place to be, especially when you see the pros outweigh the cons over two to one.
I hope you enjoy this article. Please email me any questions you may have. [email protected]
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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