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shobana6688, Home Buyer in San Ramon, CA

san ramon or pleasanton? which one has good schools vs shortest bart time commute. estimate of house around 670k

Asked by shobana6688, San Ramon, CA Tue Oct 1, 2013

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Alex Greer’s answer
These is a prime example of what a real estate agent is meant for. You will likely have many more like this that can be answered with a quick call to your real estate agent. Do you have a real estate agent? Also, have you been pre-approved for a loan? These are the first two steps in the home buying process.

Alex Greer
Loan Officer
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San Ramon and Pleasanton are both parallel in terms of schools. Both cities have great schools. If you stay under the new development of San Ramon also known as the Windemere you get some great schools with great API scores. Here are some famous schools with over all ratings and API score:

1-Bollinger Canyon Elementary : Over all rating 10 and API of around 930
2-Coyote Creek- Over all rating 10 and API score of 967
3-Hidden Hills- Rating 10 API 972

Pleasanton schools also have similar ratings but what you get in San Ramon is newer homes closer to the range you're looking for.

As far as the commute is concerned, the closest bart station would be the Dublin bart station.
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Sorry almost forgot...If you go to my website. http://www.ZachKnappHomes.com. I have a link with every city. There you will see the rating per district & schools per city you click on. It is linked to the ed.gov site which come directly from the government so you know the data is correct. Hope this helps a little more.
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I would say San Ramon. I'm born and raised here. I attended the schools here as (K-12), St Mary's College here & sell real estate here. I'm a 2nd generation real estate agent, that lives in the same market I grew up in, played in, sell in & that my mother has sold for the past 25 yrs with the luxery of bring the real estate agents "son". Based on that being said the SR market is pricier, but there are things out there still.

If you have any questions at all feel free & contact me. We can chat & you can pick my brain.
Zach 9253898920
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Both cities have high-scoring school districts.

Here's a link to the Academic Performance Index (API) for Contra Costa County -- where you can see scores for San Ramon

And here's Alameda County's --- to see Pleasanton's

Besides these two schools, other areas also boast high scores.

But what are your other considerations besides BART time? Where are you commuting to? And what kind of amenities do you want? Proximity to parks? trails? shops?
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There are more homes in your price range available in Pleasanton. In fact, we have two coming on the market in the next few weeks. (3BR/2BA, small lots.) San Ramon certainly has nice homes in your price range, but they are few and far between!

Cindi Hagley
The Hagley Group
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The Hagley G…, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Hello There:
As other agents point out, there are great schools in both cities and time to commute via BART will depend on exactly where in San Ramon or Pleasanton you buy.
If you want a single family home, $670K may be a challenge in Pleasanton and certainly is in the newer parts of San Ramon (Windemere, Gale Ranch). You should be able to buy a 3 bed 2 bath single story home in south San Ramon (between Montevideo and Alcosta) in this price range but inventory is very low at present. There are signs of improvement though.
I've been listing and selling homes in San Ramon for over 11 years so please let me know if you have any more questions.
Bernard Gibbons, J Rockcliff Realtors
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You are a winner any way you go. The schools are top notch in both cities - however - you get a little bit more house for your buck in Pleasanton. Your commute to Bart may be a little bit quicker in Pleasanton, but the difference is negligible.

I live and work in San Ramon - however Pleasanton is GREAT and more walkable than San Ramon. Both cities offer a lot of parks and recreation.

Your property tax rate is slightly less in Pleasanton (Alameda County) as opposed to San Ramon (Contra Costa County.)

Both offer easy access to BART, easy access to both the 580 and 680....and both are highly desirable.

Cindi Hagley
The Hagley Group
Prudential California Realty
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The Hagley G…, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
The school ratings are high (Windemere Ranch Middle School 986 #1 in CA, Doughty Valley High School 928) in San Ramon 94582. Bart time commute range 5-12Minutes. You will find some houses in San Ramon around $670K, however, it will be limited(townhouse/sfr) ( their are New Shapell Homes below $670K at this time). San Ramon beats Pleasanton and Palo Alto as the wealthiest city in the nation.

If you don't already have an agent I can help you!

Venancio"Ben" Azcueta
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Agent
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San Ramon is good they have regular commute services to Bart.

If you like any listing feel free to call or email.


Jain Riahab
RE/MAX Active Realty.
Short Sale And Foreclosure Resource
Phone: (510) 676-4770
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Both school districts are excellent but there is no BART service to San Ramon. Pleasanton is at the end of the BART eastbound line, so there is a local station there. San Ramon may be slightly more affordable.

If you have additional questions, I would be happy to consult with you.
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This is like choose between going on vacation to Oahu or Maui. They are both great. Both are about 10-15 min away from the Dublin/Pleasanton Bart station and most schools in both cities have high API scores. You will find newer homes in San Ramon, but there are some areas of San Ramon where you will pay a higher property tax. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions

Hal Light, Broker
Light Realty Inc
Phone- 855-385-4448
Fax- 510-743-0672
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