San Ramon has a lot of choice for the home buyer moving in to the area, from condominiums and modest ranchers to large estate type properties. Many of the larger homes are of newer construction, which does not necessarily mean large lots, of course. As a former rural community, it should come as no surprise to discover that there are also homes with acreage, although these rarely come on the market.
Older San Ramon Homes
The older San Ramon neighborhoods are on the South side, next to the border with Dublin. South San Ramon has some of the more affordable single family homes in the area with prices starting around $700,000. This area has improved considerably in recent years and people continue to improve and remodel homes here, often to a very high standard.
San Ramon Home Developments After 1970
Moving North, the homes become more expensive. Montevideo Drive cuts across from San Ramon Valley Blvd to Alcosta Blvd and north of Montevideo is Inverness Park, a 1980s subdivision built by Shapell Industries. These homes were certainly sized very generously for the times, mostly with 3-car garages, and the area is much sought after today.
Another notable development is Twin Creeks, developed in the 1970s by Carl Dame, a prolific local developer. Twin Creeks homes are very varied from small condominiums and town homes through 1 and 2 story (and tri-level) 3 and 4 bedroom homes and some substantial 2 story, 5 bedroom homes with 3 car garages, many on large lots.
Across Bollinger Canyon Road from Twin Creeks is Bollinger Hills, also a Dame development. This is like an upscale version of Twin Creeks with some of the homes resembling the larger homes in Twin Creeks. Lot sizes are mostly generous and many of the homes have outstanding views.
The 1980s saw a boom in San Ramon real estate with many developments, large and small being constructed. Canyon Lakes (one of the few gated communities here), Country View, Vista San Ramon and Canyon Creek are just a few of these.
Newer San Ramon Homes Developments
When Shapell homes broke ground in Gale Ranch, this set the scene for a number of developments on the east side where homes continue to be built to this day under the auspices of Toll Brothers. Gale Ranch is a well planned community of several neighborhoods and detached homes here start around $700,000 although one can easily pay well over $1.5 million.
The most recent major development in San Ramon is Windemere, a master planned community on the east side of San Ramon beyond Gale Ranch. Work here began in 2001 and the neighborhoods are now complete. In addition to developments by a number of home-builders such as Centex and Lennar, Windemere has many parks, trails, schools, a library, community center, performing arts center and much more. Note that property taxes are higher in Windemere. The money for all of this infrastructure has to come from somewhere!
Although most of the new development is on the east side, there are a number of relatively small, newer neighborhoods on the west side, the largest one being Norris Canyon Estates by Toll Brothers. This is another large development and comprises large executive homes set on large lots. Prices start well above $1m.
You can learn more about San Ramon by visiting the official San Ramon City website.