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Roy, Home Buyer in Dublin, CA

Gale Ranch vs. Windermere: Which is better? Pros and Cons.

Asked by Roy, Dublin, CA Mon Aug 18, 2008

We drove around these communities otw. Really impressed with schools. I know that they both share the same new High School but all the K-8 are relatively new. Torn between which to choose. Windermere and Gale Ranch.

2 young kids K-6 range.
Work in Emeryville.

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Interesting comment from @Ab ..

I am really confused if he is talking about Windemere in San Ramon? Or some other place? Section 8? Look at the info on the school's website to find out for yourself. The picture you will find there in the demographics is different than what is being suggested ...

Anyways, Windemere and Gale Ranch are both blessed with good schools. But I do NOT prefer Gale Ranch mainly because of the proximity of a disproportionate amount of homes to the power lines. As far as taxes are concerned you will end up paying about the same in both places ultimately because Windemere home prices are lower and Gale Ranch has HOA dues almost everywhere and home prices are higher.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 12, 2012
well windmere ranch is wayyyy better! its number one in the district, and gale ranch has unfriendly staff and is near the bottom... sad. also, windemre is the 7th highest API scored in the state, whilst dumb gale ranch comes nowhere near. gale ranch is bigger, but slightly only. plus, its one of those schools that arent easy to feel confortable in. gale ranchers are dumb. also, do u like worms or germs?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 7, 2012
Although this comment is mean-spirited, it does expose some of the differences between Windemere Ranch and Gale Ranch. It is extremely important to hear opinions from the side of the students. As an eighth grader who has experienced both Gale Ranch and Windemere, I believe that Windemere is more demanding academically, and Gale Ranch puts less pressure on its students, which helps them develop relationships. Overall I prefer Windemere because I'm an overachiever and my friendships are strong. But each year many people transfer to Gale from Windemere, and vice versa.
Flag Sat Aug 29, 2015
That was mean and it sounds like you are a student
Flag Fri Mar 14, 2014
Wow. So if anyone were to base their buying decision from this comment they could easily see the type of people that Windmere produces. All kids end up in Dougherty High School anyway and with khanking's horrendous grammar and misspellings this is what to expect from that school.
Flag Wed Feb 12, 2014
Sounds like you are a flunky. Keep on thinking that the other 90% are stupid enough to take your review seriously.
Flag Wed Feb 6, 2013
Windemere ranch is a great school I'm in sixth grade and the students even in eigth grade were helpful. And, also the windemere star exams are also better than Gale's and the house I live in is beautiful.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 28, 2012
As someone that owns a home in Gale Ranch and has two children, kids and a lot of the parents do not like Windemere. They have a problem in the schools with the section 8 children that attend that school and there's a reason there is a Police Station right in that area. I was actually warned by a Police Sergeant who is a close friend that I shouldn't buy my property in Windemere because that's where they get the most Police calls. he said he was always being called there versus Gale Ranch.

My daughter also had to go to Windemere Middle School for a year since the Gale Ranch Middle school was not built until 3 years ago and I saw for myself the kind of kids and parents that live in that area. Gale Ranch is closer to the Gold course and from what I've experienced isn't as troublesome as Windermere. I've heard of people that bought in Windemere, hated it and ended up selling and moving either to Gale Ranch or Danville.

The school's may be the same quality but the people that live near them are not.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 9, 2011
When people discuss Windemere, the first response is high tax. That is true in 30 years. But few mentions that Windemere house is cheaper than Gale Ranch. Which is better? It depends on your own preference. If you like more Park area, go to Windemere. If you like Shapell home design, go to Gale ranch.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 22, 2009
We have owned homes in both Windemere and Gale Ranch. The property tax rate in Windemere is high and you have the melaruse tax that keeps it high. Yes, everything is beautiful there and parks are abundant. You will be paying to use them so make sure you do to get your money's worth. The schools in Gale Ranch and in Windemere are great schools. You will find great teachers wherever you go. Note that the elem. schools are impacted in Windemere and some students are on a wait list to get into the school especially in grade Kinder. HIdden Hills houses almost 900 students and is a larger school. We now live in Gale Ranch and appreciate the lower property taxes and really love the Shapell architecture and added touches as compared to our former home in Windemere. Gale Ranch is not completely developed but is a beautiful community that is thoughtfully planned.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 22, 2009
I would not agree that the larger lots are only in high end home in Gale Ranch. If you lok at the older Gale Ranch homes this is not the case. Yes, there are more foreclosures / REOs in Windemere but that is driving prices DOWN. Be very careful! I specialize in helping people buy homes in San Ramon. It is easy to be sucked in to false arguments.

Bernard Gibbons

Bernard Gibbons, Realtor, e-PRO Certified Internet Specialist
J. Rockcliff Realtors, 15 Railroad Avenue, Danville, CA 94526
Phone (925) 997-1585
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 1, 2008
Lots are larger in Gale Ranch ONLY in high end homes. Most of mdeium ranch homes have so called patio look backyard. I honestly like Windemere better. Yes, Windemere has more property tax. Windemere Ranch middle school is more matured compared to Gale Ranch MS- I think Gale Middle School will be qeually good in next few years. More foreclosure means GREAT opportunity to buy an excellent home at cheaper price. Again, more foreclosure is relative conmpared to these two communities only.

Windemere is in last phase of development - more than 90% built out is already completed and rest will be finished sometimes in 2009. Gale Ranch has a long way to go.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 1, 2008
Generally no mello-roos in Gale Ranch, which means lower property taxes. Also, the lots are usually larger and there are fewer foreclosures. I sell a lot of homes.....my buyers generally choose Gale Ranch over Windermere.
Web Reference: http://www.cindihagley.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 1, 2008
The Hagley G…, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Roy: To answer your question about taxes. Windemere homes pau up to 1.7% property taxes whereas most of Gale Ranch is around 1.25% (some neighborhoods pay a fraction more). Why? Well somebody has to pay for all those parks, new schools, police and fire department, walking trails, green belt etc. It really is as simple as that.

Bernard G


Bernard Gibbons, Realtor, e-PRO Certified Internet Specialist
J. Rockcliff Realtors, 15 Railroad Avenue, Danville, CA 94526
Phone (925) 997-1585
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 19, 2008
Any stats on which of the two communities has more short sales and forclosed homes?

Gale Ranch has lower tax? How so?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 19, 2008
The schools are the same quality, in Gale Ranch & Windermere. Gale Ranch has lower Taxes than Windermere. Coyote Creek Elementry School is in Gale Ranch, and rated the Top School. The last I heard, there is a waiting list, so you want to be sure and check that out with the school District. Their phone number is: 925-735-1183.

Both areas are new, so it's really your preference.

Feel free to call me with any other Questions.

Jerry Flynn
Old West Realty Inc.
2 Hunters Terrace
Danville, Ca. 94506
Direct: 925-820-6550
Fax: 925-476-3396
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 18, 2008
To many it is just personal preference but remember that you may not get the school you expect with either location. The schools are pretty full so check with the school district before committing yourself if that is important to you.

Gale Ranch has the advantage of being all Shappell-built (=perceived high quality) and lower property taxes. Also closer to San Ramon, Blackhawk etc. plus more larger lots.

A disproportionate amounts of the homes in Windemere lack privacy (that is to say you can look into your neighbors' homes from inside yours.

Feel free to contact me with any questions about these and any other San Ramon neighborhoods

Bernard G

Bernard Gibbons, Realtor, e-PRO Certified Internet Specialist
J. Rockcliff Realtors, 15 Railroad Avenue, Danville, CA 94526
Phone (925) 997-1585
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 18, 2008
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