When I moved to Livermore nearly 20 years ago from Los Altos, I thought we were moving to the middle of nowhere. What a treasure we've discovered over the years! Livermore is still affordable; it is located for a "quick getaway" to the mountains and Delta Region; we have wineries, golf courses, shopping, world famous Bocce Ball, a great tennis and swim club, soccer fields and baseball diamonds for the kids (and adults!); minimal street traffic if you stay off the freeway; a thriving downtown; a variety of employers including two world famous national labs for all the scientists and engineers; and good schools.
Both my kids attended K through 12 in Livermore and are now in college. The Livermore school teachers are approachable; the school district and local schools encourage parent participation; there is a good variety of class choices; the district manages tight budgets effectively; and many of the teachers live in our community. If for some reason parents decide they don't want their children to attend the regular public schools, Livermore is also home to the Livermore Valley Charter School. It teaches K through 12 and the school is in the process of opening a new campus.
Is Livermore a good long term investment? I think so, but none of us can predict the future. We can only tell you where we are today, and where we've been in the past. Would I choose to move here again, if I had the choice? Most definitely! Are you thinking about investment property or moving here to live?
If you would like to talk about Livermore in more detail, please contact me. I have lived all over the Bay Area (peninsula, San Francisco, Marin County, Santa Clara, San Jose, and Berkeley) so can discuss the pros and cons of Livermore compared to these other areas.