Are you considering moving to San Ramon, CA? If so, then these are the pros and cons you must know first before moving to San Ramon, 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 article is all about the pros and cons for living in San Ramon, California. A little background, San Ramon is part of the Tri-Valley area. It’s located between Danville and Dublin and you can access it from the 680 Freeway.
Let’s start off with the pros for living in San Ramon, California.
Number one, San Ramon offers numerous outdoor activities to include public parks, bike trails, and lots of open space for day hikes and horseback riding.
If you like golf, San Ramon has three public 18 hole golf courses. San Ramon Golf Club is located in the older part of San Ramon. Canyon lakes located in the Canyon Lakes Community and the newest golf course is the Bridges Golf Course, which is located in the Bridges Community. Each golf course is unique and they all offer club memberships.
One of the most interesting outdoor places to visit in San Ramon is Forest Homes Farms Historic Park. This is a 16 acre farm that includes a self-guided tour through the property.
Number two, Shopping. San Ramon has several different shopping strip malls. The newest one is City Center Bishop Ranch. It’s located inside Bishop Ranch Business Center. They host a variety of stores from clothing to furniture.
Number three, Restaurants. San Ramon offers lots of restaurants to choose from and a lot of these are located in their shopping strip malls. The newest shopping area I just mentioned, City Center Bishop Ranch, offers numerous dining options to include a food court as well as a line of food trucks. Their parking lot is the location for San Ramon’s Farmers Market.
Number four, Jobs. San Ramon is the home of Bishop Ranch Business Park. This 3,000 acre business campus is made up of a mixture of Fortune 500 companies, local startups and everything in between. They are the home to companies like AT&T and Chevron.
Number five, San Ramon’s public schools. San Ramon’s public schools have excellent ratings. In Contra Costa County, San Ramon’s elementary schools are the top eight public highest ranked schools and their Dougherty Valley High School ranks as number two.
Number six, San Ramon’s residential real estate. San Ramon offers several different types of residential properties to choose from. As we look at it from a map view,
San Ramon’s basically made up of four quadrants. We’re it borderlines with Dublin, is the South side, travel up 680 going North, the area off to the left is the West side. This is a mixture of older and newer homes. Many of these homes have awesome canyon views. Traveling on Bollinger Canyon Road going east, you’re now in the newer area. This is Gale Ranch, The Bridges, and as you travel further east, you’re in the Windemere Community.
San Ramon properties that are located on the south side (where they border with Dublin) were built in the early ’60s to ’70s. You’ll find a mixture of one to two story homes. Home size is from 1,200 to 2,400 square feet. Going up 680 north is Inverness Park (which is right before Bishop Ranch). This community was built by Chappelle Homes in the ’70s. These homes are larger, 2,500 square feet and over. Many have three car garages and most are two story. Many of these homes have been remodeled and are in good order.
Going to the opposite side of the 680 Freeway, is Twin Creeks Hills. This area was also built in the ’70s. The developer was Carl Dame. You will find a mixture of properties from condos, one story, two stories and tri-levels. Some homes have five bedrooms and three car garages.
Before I leave the west side, I want to discuss a development called Norris Canyon Estates. This is a gated community built by Toll Brothers. The first phase was in 2004/2005. It took approximately 10 years to complete. You’ll find large homes from 3,800 to 6,000 square feet. Many have large lots and amazing views.
Leaving the west side of San Ramon going across town, we pass over 680 to Bollinger Canyon road. Once we cross Alcosta road, you will see several communities that were built in the ’80s that feature town homes, condos, and single detached houses. Many of these homes are located in gated areas. Many of the homes have smaller lots and some have views.
Continuing our tour, going up Bollinger Canyon (heading east), we make a right on Windemere Parkway. This takes us to the most recent community which is the Windemere development. Windemere first opened up in the early 2000s and it took over 10 years to complete. The community has just about everything from schools, library, and parks. They have condos, townhouses and single detached properties. The lots tend to be on the smaller size. Some of the single detached properties are over 4,000 square feet and some have canyon views.
Number seven. San Ramon’s house prices. When compared to the Silicon Valley area, San Ramon real estate prices are much less. The Silicon Valley is the tech center for companies like Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Comparing like properties, San Ramon housing prices per square foot are just about half of what you’ll find in the Silicon Valley market. Just a little background. Silicon Valley’s approximately 40 miles from San Ramon and the traffic commute is horrible. People who commute to this area take the commuter train from Pleasanton (Ace Train), van pool or a commuter bus. With our current COVID-19 environment, most employees work from home.
Number eight, San Ramon is a very safe city. They have very low crime rate. In fact, they were rated as one of the safest cities to live in California. And number seven in the nation to raise a child according to the report by the home security and home safety company.
Okay. Let’s do the Cons for living in San Ramon, CA.
Number one, San Ramon’s high housing costs. Yes. San Ramon’s cost of housing compared to the Silicon Valley is about half. However, if you travel approximately 20 miles north to Concord, CA, a comparable home there is much less (than what you would pay for in San Ramon).
Number two, Higher property taxes. Some of the new developments like Gail Ranch and Windemere have higher property taxes. These communities were built in the early 2000s. The Windemere community has newer schools, city parks, walking trails, library, and community center.
Number three, San Ramon doesn’t have BART. BART stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit. Fortunately, the nearest station is in Dublin (BART Dublin/Pleasanton station), which is just a few miles away. Here’s one thing I need to tell you. Under normal commute situations, (when we’re not in COVID-19 environment), BART’s parking is difficult. So, if you plan to go during the commute time, you need to get there early to find a place to park.
Number four, San Ramon, like most of the Tri-Valley cities doesn’t have much nightlife activity. It is basically a quiet town. Not sure if this is a con. However, if you’re planning to go out in the evening to enjoy dancing, comedy, concert or professional sporting event, you’re not going to be able to do this on a regular basis in San Ramon.
Well, that concludes my pros and cons for living in San Ramon, California. Obviously the pros outweigh the cons over two to one. Now here’s my San Ramon bonus.
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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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