But like Firenze mentioned below the current situation with the only one high school in Dublin concerns me a little. I too hope that by the time I'll need it there will be a new high school built. Now it's quite a drive to and from if you buy in Dublin Ranch and the school itself is getting overcroweded. Academically it's still below state targeted API 800 (2006-2007 school year). Overall rating is 9 out of 10 though.
Regarding "mello roos", the only area with significant tax assessments is Windemere.
Here are some links for information on each community
Let me know if you have any other questions!
You have already received some good answers. I also wanted to validate and provide you my answer. Whether Danville, San Ramon or Dublin, you cannot go wrong as all those communities are great, however in my opinion, the location of your choice is clearly Dublin because of the following reasons:
1) Schools: I can tell by your question that you obviously care about the school system. East Dublin Elementary and Middle schools are excellent schools. Dublin High School is not as high ranking as San Ramon and Dublin High Schools, however this should not be a great concern to you with your young children
2) Commute Location: Dublin would be the best commute location to Emeryville with special benefit if you are able to ride BART to work
3) Price: Dublin house prices are generally lower than San Ramon and Danville. San Ramon Windermere would be comparable, however you would not the high 1.4% to 1.7% property tax basis as you would in Windermere/Gayle Ranch communities in San Ramon. Average property tax basis in Dublin is 1.20% to 1.25%
Hope this answered your question. Let us know what community you finally decide on.
Happy Home Hunting!
As a East Dublin resident, I am going to say that East Dublin definitely meets your requirement of "most bang for the buck," especially given your kids are well under the high school age. If your kids were older, I cannot in good conscience recommend Dublin, since our high school does have the reputation of being the worst in the Tri-Valley; however, I am confident by the time your kids are close to high school age, we will have a new high school in East Dublin.
I just checked out Braddock & Logan's new single family homes over in Positano at Fallon Village. There will be about 75 homes in the Cantara community, and there will ultimately 3000 single family homes in the exciting Fallon Village project. The models at the Cantara community look really nice. The Around Dublin blog just posted something on that new project. Please check it out when you get the chance. Good luck.
Great question. I love the Dublin Ranch area for commuting. The proximity to 580/680 and BART is awesome. The local schools are highly regarded, but new, so they don't have an API posted yet.
San Ramon is more affordable than Danville. If you will go to http://www.VickieSellsHomes.com you will discover real estate market reports for these cities and for different developments within.
There's only one area of San Ramon with that high Mello Roos (Windemere. Although not all of Windemere has the high MR. The oldest section does not have the same rate). Gale Ranch is adjacent, also newer homes with no MR.
If you are shopping for a buyer's agent, I'd love to hear from you.
Vickie Nagy (925) 407-7987
You can't go wrong with your choices. All three cities have wonderful qualities. I personally live in Livermore but if I had to relocate I'd put both San Ramon and Danville at the top of my list.
I focus my real estate business on Livermore, Pleasanton and Fremont - but for straight talk on Danville and San Ramon go to the expert: Cindi Hagley - google her name and see what you find.
Good Luck and happy home shopping