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.
If you have any questions at all feel free & contact me. We can chat & you can pick my brain.
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?
The Hagley Group
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
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.
The Hagley Group
Prudential California Realty
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.
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