People move into San Ramon including Windemere and Gale Ranch due to the phenomenal school system and proximity to employment. Rates are low, first time homebuyer incentives are available and many homes are priced to sell!
Are you sure there is a large pricing differential? My studies, as reported in blogs show that the median home price for single family homes in Gale Ranch was $807,500 and the median home price for single family homes in Windemere was $813,500. That's less than 1% differential. The disparity is clear on attached homes/townhomes.
Gale Ranch sales data for August
Windemere sales data for August
As a local real estate professional who lives and works in San Ramon I see the difference as personal preference based on some amenities. Windemere has more schools, parks and amenities but you are paying for them in terms of additional taxes. Most people don't walk more than 2 blocks in this day and age, so is it really more trouble to drive 2 miles to the park than 1/4 mile? However, I would point out that the homes on the backside of Windemere are a good distance from the freeway...but if you get way out on the edge you can back up to open space.
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Realtor, Empire Realty Associates
Hope you're having a great day! To add to the responses below, in regards to property tax, here's a response I had posted previously that you might find useful:
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