If you're interested in Dublin check out this video I created on Dublin Ranch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pugUvsiwfnA
Also, I see Brian below left a good comment on lifestyle (I use Brian as my lender) and this is true that you will need to look at the type of lifestyle you enjoy.
West Dublin is pretty well built out and the shopping, parks and schools are nicely layed out.
East Dublin (Dublin Ranch) is in the process of being built out and have brand new schools, retail currently under construction and new parks within a lot of the new residential neighborhoods.
For more information on whats coming to Dublin email me at Tyler@MoxleyTeam.com, Ill be more than happy to get you the information you need on Dublin.
The greater Dublin real estate market is in meltdown, compared to the peak of the bubble, so every realtor will tell you about how many deals there currently are, but theyr are comparing to the absurd highs of the bubble. The reality is that this market has significant downward pressure on pricing, so you should really make sure you are very happy with what you buy. Don't compromise your expectations and if you go with a "traditional" realtor, make sure they are a buyers real estate agent (no dual agency), demand 150% service wise, and do not pay any more than 1 - 1.5% buyers agent commission, especially if you are doing the legwork. Better yet, go with a service like Redfin http://(www.redfin.com) where you can get a guarenteed commission rebate while getting 100% of the service any traditional agent may provide.
Check my other posts on Dublin for more info, as I've posted about various neighborhoods, market conditions, etc. I'm not affiliated with the Real Estate industry, so no hype or sales pitches.
Good luck and happy house hunting.
A lot depends on whether you want a newer home with a smaller lot, or an older home with a larger lot and more privacy. You might want to investigate both options, and you can make decisions from there.
I suggest visiting http://www.680homes.com/dublin/ for an excellent overview of the city.
If you would like to get information on specific neighborhoods, go to http://www.680homes.com/dublin/neighborhoods/
Lastly, you can get info on the Dublin schools here http://www.680homes.com/dublin/schools/
Best of luck, and if you have any questions feel free to give me a call. I went to school in Oregon, so I am familiar with the area.
It has become divided: East Dublin with its shopping malls and newly built homes is expensive, modern and people have flocked, because of this they continue to build. The range is tiny condo's and town houses (500-800K) to giant McMansions (1-2 million) with postage stamp back yards. The East Side of Dublin has attracted many people from East India who work mainly in high tech. They have a lot of money to spend and love the newer homes and have built a community here. There is also a large Chinese population, we even have an entire Asian shopping center and a Chinese preschool.
The West side of Dublin is divided up: Downtown (Dublin does not have a downtown) this is where the oldest homes are, they tend to be smaller but have huge backyards, are walking distance to schools (all three levels) shopping, a senior center, the library and BART. The neighborhoods are not as pretty but housing prices (even though high if you are coming from anywhere else) are still a better deal, 699-800K. People attracted to downtown are looking for good schools, affordable homes, parks, and big backyards, they are usually families.
Dublin hills on the west side is a mix of older and newer homes that are larger. The neighborhoods are lovely, lots of mature landscaping, nice homes, good neighborhoods, families. These houses go for 800k to 2 million. If you can afford it I think this is the best deal. The sunsets are pretty, the hills are lovely and some homes back up to the "greenbelt" offering really pretty views.
Dublin is a nice community, a newer city and improves every years, our schools are popular and very desirable. Dublin is a community for families.