How do you rate the windermere, Gale Ranch, Bridges and Thomas Ranch area in terms of pricing, convenience, schools, crimes and overall enviroment??

Asked by Jackie Li, Pleasanton, CA Mon May 6, 2013

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Doug Buenz &…, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Sat Jun 1, 2013
Gale Ranch, Bridges, and Windemere are the Big 3 in San Ramon. They consistently account for a large percentage of home sales in San Ramon. Buyers are attracted to these neighborhoods due to the fact that the homes are newer to new, they are close to schools, most of which are newer, and offer clean, attractive neighborhoods. Windemere is a very nice area with lots of parks and schools within the development. However, their property tax rate is higher than Gale Ranch or The Bridges.

Thomas Ranch is a very nice neighborhood as well, but on the West Side of San Ramon. It is more convenient to 680, and has the western hills as a back drop.

They are all wonderful communities. Here are links to see homes for sale and recently sold in these communities:

Thomas Ranch.…
The Bridges:…
Gale Ranch:…

Here is a guide to all San Ramon Neighborhoods

Good Luck!

Doug Buenz
The 680 Group at Alain Pinel Realtors
(925) 463-2000
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Roger, Agent, Dublin, OH
Fri May 10, 2013
Hi Jackie,

First thing first you need to be aware of the fact that San Ramon is by far the best unified school district in California. It has always been ranked very high.

Secondly, you need to aware of the fact that San Ramon has various property taxes based on where you buy your home. This important to know before you buy your home as I have seen that people move to certain area and at the end of the year when they receive huge tax, they come to know the reality. So here is the tax rate:
San Ramon has five different Tax Rates:
Old San Ramon (near Deerwood side) is typical approximate 1.25%.
San Ramon area near Alcosta/Old Ranch Rd has the lowest tax rate in the its vicinity i.e 1.08%

Gale Ranch Area has 1.4% tax rate + HOA and the Windemere area has between 1.4%-1.8%, however, the one below 1.8% tax rate properties have HOA (Home Owner's Association Fee), a monthly fee,which comes out to be almost the same as 1.8% as an average. The higher tax rate is due to Mello Roos Tax (A bond raised by local government to develop the infrastructure).

NOTE: The data I am providing may change since there are other taxes imposed and some supplimental tax is received by a home owner which may change the rate, hence this data is for information purpose only for you to have an idea about San Ramon. Please do your research thoroughly before making your own decision and don't take this data in full consideration.

From school perspective, Recently Doughrty Valley High School has been rated top 100 schools in the US surpassed Monta Vista of Cupertino. That tells how good the schools are. Most of the schools (Elementary, Junior, High) are 10/10 rated.

Conveniency perspective: It depends. If you work at home, it is the most convenient neighborhood specially Windemere area since it is purely residential. There is no industrial impact.

If you work in San Francisco, it is very convenient as you can take BART and reach from Dublin to San Francisco downtown in 45 minutes.

The only issue I see for the people who work in South Bay or Pacific side. It takes good 50-60 (sometime more) minutes to reach to their destination. However, if you change your timings (office hours) then you may reduce the time by 10-15 minutes. If you have priviledge to work from home for couple of days then it is fine.

There are companies, recently started shuttle services to South Bay and to Pacific and North Bay like Genentech etc...

Crime: As far as crime is concerned, it depends what kind of crime you are talking about... Crime is everywhere.... irrespective of the fact you live in high-end Palo Alto, Atherton, Los Altos etc or anywhere for that sake. In general, San Ramon area has extremely low crime rate.

Price of home: From Pricing perspective, It depends what kind of home you are looking for and what is the sqft. The per sqft price of the home depends on various factors i.e. size of the home, location of the home, structure, upgrade, and type of home (Condo, Town, Single Family) and sometimes HOA, type of community (Gated), any litigation, and the Tax.

Condo starts from 300+, Townhome starts from 300+, and Single Family homes start from 500K+ (Again, it depends. It may go low or higher).

Call me if you need any further information, I will be happy to share my 2 cents...

Truthfully, I generally don't find time to write. Today I am in Columbus, OH for a seminar. I was relaxing and saw your question, hence responding.

Home & More, Inc
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Barbara Wils…, Agent, Danville, CA
Mon May 6, 2013
look at the school scores. pricing tends to even itself out..... prices in windemere may be a bit lower than bridges, thomas, but windmere taxes are 1:8% vs 1:2% for the others. gale ranch has some different rates, but 1:4% is common. drive the neighborhoods during the weekends, around 4pm, to see what is happening in the area....does it work for you? and contact me if you want a comparison of price at different house prices, but basicslly, for the same monthly ourgo, you have an $850k house in bridges/thomas and an $800k house in windemere
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Bernard Gibb…, Agent, Danville, CA
Mon May 6, 2013
These are all great communities with excellent schools.

Thomas Ranch differs from the others you mention as it is in west side San Ramon. More convenient for access to the 680 freeway, downtown Danville etc. and in a much more established area. A different range of entertainment and shopping facilities etc.

I relly don't think you can go far wrong in San Ramon. Some people have different preferences for one school or another but you should check out where you can draw your own conclusions.

You should really check out crime statistics yourself as it is not appropriate for Realtors to comment about crime.
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