San Ramon Park with view of Mount Diablo

San Ramon is a growing city of some 75,000 people, situated off Highway 680 in the San Francisco East Bay, around 30 miles east of San Francisco. It is very well-positioned for commuting to San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Silicon Valley. Increasingly though, residents are likely to work locally, many in the growing Bishop Ranch office park. This is a beautiful area surrounded by rolling hills, and activities here are limitless. There are hiking trails, biking trails, a theater, a movie theater, golf courses, a community college, and many parks. And that’s just for starters. We have great schools, numerous restaurants at all price points and much more.

History of San Ramon

San Ramon Community Center

Just like most of the Tri-Valley, San Ramon had its beginnings as a ranching and agricultural area, with rolling oak studded hills and spectacular valleys. It was settled in the late 1700’s, but it was the gold rush period that really put San Ramon on the map, thanks to a stage coach line that ran from the valley to Oakland. Today, San Ramon is a dynamic city with a variety of homes, parks, shopping and entertainment options, and a major employment center.

The San Ramon Lifestyle

Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon

Considered by many to be just another bedroom community, San Ramon is now a highly desirable place to live. With relatively affordable housing compared to areas closer to Silicon Valley and San Francisco, residents are able to take advantage of the many options that San Ramon has to offer. With a wide variety of homes for sale here, San Ramon real estate has always been in strong demand and potential home buyers can find many options depending on their price point.

A Perfect Environment

With daytime temperatures that rarely drop below zero or rise above 100 degrees, the weather in San Ramon is close to perfect. Most days are sunny, and rain is generally confined to a few short months. So whether you are into walking, cycling or outdoor sporting activities, you will not be diappointed.

San Ramon has more parks, large and small, than any other city in the area. The largest is Central Park, adjacent to the San Ramon Community Center, but there are many small parks like the one shown here with a great view of Mount Diablo.

Sporting Activities

If golf is your thing, check out The Bridges Golf Course, pictured here. And then there is the San Ramon Golf Club in the older part of San Ramon. Both are championship golf courses and maintained meticulously.

But there are lots more options than golf. Many people are surprised to find that Cricket, for example has a very strong following here. And East Bay Sports has two indoor soccer fields as well as batting cages.

Shopping & Entertainment

Where to begin? San Ramon has numerous shopping centers from strip malls to the new San Ramon City Center at Bishop Ranch. In addition to a multitude of small family owned businesses, you can find stores such as GAP, Anthropologie and Williams-Sonoma as well as Whole Foods, Safeway and many more.

When it comes to dining, again, the options seem unlimited. There are eating places in San Ramon at all price points from fast food places to family owned bitros and trendy restaurants such as LB Steak and The Slanted Door.

San Ramon appeals to buyers searching for top rated schools, safe neighborhoods, community resources, a gorgeous valley setting, and excellent commute options. No wonder it has become one of the most popular destinations for home buyers in the Bay Area.

San Ramon Real Estate

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With such a wide variety of homes for sale here, San Ramon real estate has always been in strong demand and potential home buyers can find many options depending on their price point. From a small one bedroom condominium to estate homes with acreage, there are usually plenty of homes for sale in San Ramon to fit every budget and style. Plus San Ramon has one of the largest selections of new homes to be found in the Bay Area.

San Ramon Home Styles

San Ramon real estate covers many styles and price ranges. There are affordable condos and townhomes, luxury townhomes, patio homes, and high density planned unit developments. Many neighborhoods comprise single family homes both large and small.

Modest older homes from the 1960s can be found in south San Ramon and then in the 1970s, new homes tended to be a little larger, as can be observed in neighborhoods like Twin Creeks & Bollinger Hills area. Then in more recent times, 3 major master planned communities on the Eastern edge of San Ramon in the Dougherty Valley were established – Gale Ranch, The Bridges, and Windemere. The seemingly never-ending supply of new homes in Gale Ranch makes San Ramon a popular destination for new home buyers.

Geography

San Ramon has two distinct zipcodes, 94583 and 94582. The first of these, San Ramon 94583, covers the west side of San Ramon where most of the older developments are situated. This is what would generally be thought of as the center of San Ramon as it spans highway 680 and has numerous shopping centers.

San Ramon 94582 is the newer zipcode and although some of the developments there hark back to the 1980s, it also contains the largest neighborhoods in San Ramon – Canyon Lakes, Gale Ranch and Windemere.

The Future of San Ramon Real Estate

While San Ramon experienced tremendous growth starting in the 1970’s, it was really thought of mostly as a bedroom community, probably, because unlike Danville and Pleasanton, its neighbors, it still lacked a real downtown. This is not the case anymore with the recent opening of Bishop Ranch City Center, which will give potential home buyers even more reason to consider moving here.

Based on other parts of the area where new centers, or remodeled shopping and entertainment opportunities have taken place, all of this bodes well for San Ramon real estate values and this, combined with so many other factors of the San Ramon lifestyle should provide home buyers with a good financial investment as well as the opportunity to experience quality of life.

San Ramon appeals to buyers searching for top rated schools, safe neighborhoods, community resources, a gorgeous valley setting, and excellent commute options.  No wonder it has become one of the most popular destinations for home buyers in the Bay Area. And the San Ramon real estate market has performed exceptionally well, with strong buyer demand and robust development.