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Md, Both Buyer and Seller in San Ramon, CA

Are there areas of Pleasanton that are more desirable to live in?

Asked by Md, San Ramon, CA Fri Oct 17, 2008

Do the level of schools differ by area? As a first time home buyer, any options in Pleasanton for a new home under $800K?

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Hi Md,
As the old saying goes, "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder." What might seem desireable to me might not be the same for you. First we'd need to define your top 10 desires in a home and go from there. Pleasanton is a great place to live and the schools are incredible. I think your Realtor can help you understand what part of Pleasanton is best for you!
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 13, 2008
Pleasanton has a relatively small school district, and for the most part they are all excellent, so practically speaking there is not a difference in home prices among the neighborhoods due to school attendance issues. If you are looking under $800,000, there are several areas that have excellent schools and ammenities to choose from. There are no new homes in Plesanton in this price range, but there are some newer homes (under 10 years old). However, much like Palo Alto, buyers do not move to Pleasanton to get a newer home, but rather to take advantage of the quality of the schools and the community.

Feel free to visit http://www.680Homes.com where you can search for homes by neighborhood, so you can see which neighborhoods are in your price range and go from there. Happy hunting!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 21, 2008
Hi Md, I have a different take regarding the process of buying a home. Understanding your needs are definitely important, but in some cases finding the home with the least negatives can turn out to be a better strategy.

Your very first step should be a loan pre-approval (see link below for the difference between a pre-qualification and pre-approval). Next, based on your newly confirmed purchasing power, perform a Pleasanton-wide housing search. Next, keep looking until you find the "hidden gem." Many times I have seen initial "must have" needs give way to "must have this house" for reasons that never made the initial needs list.

Best Regards,

Steven A. Ornellas, GRI, ABR, e-PRO, CMPS, RE Masters, MBA
REALTOR® / Mortgage Banker-Broker / Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 17, 2008
Vickie is correct re: preferred schools, however as an broker who works in a number of East Bay cities, there's really not a BAD school in Pleasanton, especially relative to the rest of the East Bay.

Here's a link to the 2006-07 School Accountability Report Cards for every school in the Pleasanton Unified District (these were just published in June 2008):
http://www.pleasanton.k12.ca.us/EducationalServices/Assessme…

You definitely have some options under $800,000, but they will be limited by your wants and needs. As you've already heard, Pleasanton doesn't have much BRAND new construction, but does have a good number of homes built within the last decade, which will give you the experience of a nearly new home, with the bonus of knowing that any build defects have likely been detected and resolved on someone else's dime.

Some of the questions I would ask you to get a clearer picture of whether you will be able to find something you like in Pleasanton are:

1) By new do you mean brand new construction or something built in the last 10 years?
2) Are you looking for a detached single family home or would a townhouse/condo work?
3) Are you okay with paying monthly HOA dues? (Most new-ish construction will have these - even the detached homes)

Currently I've got access to about 4 different detached, 3 or 4 bedroom/2 bathroom homes in Pleasanton built between 1999 and 2005 that are listed at or under $800,000 - drop me a line if you'd like me to send those listings over, would like an appointment to see any or all of them, or if you have any other questions!

Happy House Hunting!

Tara-Nicholle Nelson, Esq., Accredited Buyer's Representative
Broker & Owner
Tara@REThinkRealEstate.com
510.910.6713
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 17, 2008
Hello Md.

Many buyers prefer Mohr Elementary, but it's impacted (per the district). Foothills is the preferred High School. I have copies of the API reports for the district availble if you contact me.

New construction in Pleasanton is limited. Yet, builders want to move their inventory. If you have no agent representation, please contact me for a no-obligation consultation.

Kindest Regards,
Vickie Nagy
Realtor® - ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SRES
Specializing in "GETTING YOU WHERE YOU NEED TO BE"
(925) 407-7987 cell
http://www.VickieSellsHomes.com
http://www.BestTriValleyHomes.com
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