Sorrento at Dublin Ranch has really come down in price. The townhomes by Emerald Glen should also be in your price range. Best of all, Dublin will have its own Farmers market soon Thursday nights starting May 12th.
Sounds like you're looking at very diverse homes....Courtyards being condos and Robury being single family, Woodlands not as new. I'm very familiar with all three, and my personal preference would be Woodlands, but a lot of my buyers would probably choose Courtyards. As you say, it's all about lifestyle and what appeals to you.
I like Califonia Highlands on the extreme East side as well. I'll be doing a special piece on California Highlands for a blog I contribute to on January 15th. The reason I like it is that they're townhome style and nestled in the hills. I love the ones that back up to open space. I'll be posting that blog on http://www.LiveDublinCA.com on the 16th. Also, there is a lot of neighborhood information at http://www.VickieSellsHomes.com. Just click the blog button and pull down to the Dublin menu.
Please let us know what information you are interested in.
areas you mentioned. The schools are rated higher in the newer area but yards are bigger with more privacy in the older. I live in Dublin so call me or email directly so we can talk more about what is important to you then I can match you with your best fit. 989-9559