The San Ramon California, history, lifestyle, schools, real estate and more.
San Ramon California is located in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay area. It’s located just over the mountains from Oakland and the Castro Valley between Walnut Creek and Pleasanton. It’s located along I-680 and home to about 75,000 residents. It is the fourth largest city in the county behind Richmond, Concord and Antioch.
San Ramon is the headquarters of the Chevron Corporation, 24 hour fitness, and the West Coast headquarters of AT&T. It has several health facilities such as the San Ramon Medical Center and is one of the winners of Tree City USA.
San Ramon got his start back in 1797 when it was originally called Mission San Jose. At first it was simply pastureland but later that century it included a 16,000-acre Rancho San Ramon owned by José Maria Amador. The San Ramon Creek was named after those that attended the Mission sheep in the area and the term “San” was added to the creek’s name to conform with Spanish custom. It wasn’t until 1850 that American settlers first came to the location and Leo and Mary Jane Noris purchased nearly 4500 acres of land from José Maria Amador. In 1852, two settlers bought land from Noris and build a home what became the Alameda – Contra Costa County line in 1853.
Throughout the next few decades San Ramon was called many different things including Bevensville, Lynchville, and Limerick, all after specific settlers in the area. It wasn’t until 1873 when a permanent post office was established that the town was officially called San Ramon.
During the next few decades the village became a hub of community activity. Churches, general stores and classrooms all began to pop up. In 1891, the San Ramon Branch Line of the Southern Pacific Railroad allow for other changes to take place. Crops and passengers could travel in and out of the area and in 1909 San Ramon created a station for the line boasting a two-story depot, and engine house and turnaround for the locomotive.
Throughout the early 20th century the entire Tri-Valley area was the hub for agriculture and urban development. In 1966 the Interstate 680 freeway was completed through San Ramon to Dublin and more people were able to move into the region from the San Francisco Bay area. However, San Ramon was not quite incorporated in till 1983 when voters overwhelmingly decided to incorporate as a separate city and took control over development, city service officials, parks and businesses. From there a new library, community center and hospitals were built and developed.
Today, San Ramon is no longer a quiet suburb of the bay area but hold its own is a fantastic city outside of San Francisco with shops, restaurants and dozens of residential communities and neighborhoods. San Ramon continues to be a dynamic young city and one of California’s outstanding urban villages.
San Ramon has developed its own San Ramon Independent School District and is one of the top school districts in the entire area. It is been rated 10 out of 10 by great schools.org and nearly every school in the district boasts high academic and educational marks.
There are 22 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 4 high schools and several alternative education classes such as the FOCUS Program at Neil Armstrong Academy, continuous programs at the Vista Grande school and Venture Independent Study. Nearly every school in the district boasts a 10 out of 10 for class-size, academic programs, extracurricular programs, student to teacher ratio, student involvement, athletics and advancement. We pride ourselves on having some of the best schools in the entire Bay Area as well as the state of California.
San Ramon features a San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, which supports and promotes education in the community by partnering with the school district. This foundation provides funds and support to enhance and enrich the education of students and to inform the community about educational needs.
With all of these fields and community outreach programs working together, San Ramon is proud to be one of the best school districts in the state.
Things to Do
San Ramon is not only an excellent school district but it provides a wealth of activities and outdoor events year round. San Ramon is one of the best golfing communities in the bay area and with numerous golf courses and clubs to choose from, there’s something for everyone from private membership to public municipalities.
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San Ramon has the Bridges Golf Club at Gale Ranch, a beautiful 18 hole course that in the shadow of Mount Diablo. The San Ramon Golf Club also provides 18 holes in a championship golf course with views of Mount Diablo and the surrounding area. There’s the Canyon Lakes Country Club, offering spectacular views of the San Ramon Valley in an 18 hole championship course.
The Golden Skate Roller Rink is perfect for adults and children with your having a birthday party or simply hanging out with the family.
If you’re into the outdoors, there are multiple trails, regional preserves the natural wildernesses to explore either on horseback, by bicycle or by hiking. There’s also public parks. San Ramon has more parks than just about any city in the Tri-Valley area. There are over 50 parks featuring small, quaint neighborhood parks perfect for throwing the ball for your four-legged friend, expansive kid friendly parks with extensive playground equipment, sports fields, courts and green space, parks with trails and parks so large there perfect for summer concerts. Read more Outdoor Things to Do
For relaxation there are dozens of days spas and relaxation spots around San Ramon perfect for massages, aromatherapy, pedicures and manicures.
San Ramon also has some fantastic restaurants. The Brass Door is one of our favorites with delicious steaks, prime rib, casual and fine dining atmospheres. For Asian flair check out Four Flavors, perfect for stirfries, delicious sauces and curries. Poke Don has some of the freshest seafood around with delicious Hawaiian fair, fantastic tuna and salmon Poke and rice bowls. For a casual lunch check out Fresh Millions Restaurant with signature chicken salad, pesto pasta and mouthwatering sandwiches. Katy’s Korner is known as having the best breakfast in town with soft poached eggs over crisp English muffins smothered in hollandaise sauce. And for a night out on the town, check out Gianni’s Italian Bistro with seared tuna steak, short ribs, gnocchi and pasta making you feel like you’ve stepped into a fantastic Tuscan restaurant.
San Ramon is known for having large master-planned communities such as Windemere and Gale Ranch. Windemere is located northeast of downtown and features homes from about $920,000 to $1.7 million. Gale Ranch is located a little further west with homes from $650,000 to $1.4 million. Both of these master-planned communities have dozens of parks and schools right within the community and are just seconds from shops and restaurants in downtown San Ramon.
The median sales price for San Ramon real estate is about $900,000 or on average $430 per square foot. Rent in the area is approximately $3700 per month for similar homes. The median list price is also about $900,000 with the median house size of about 2200 ft.².
There are several smaller subdivisions throughout San Ramon as well, many of which are gated and feature their own homeowners associations. Several communities may feature amenities such as swimming pools, playground equipment, a common area clubhouse and social calendar.
If you’d like information on any of these particular subdivisions or customized list of homes in San Ramon that meet your search criteria and price contact my office today. I hope you find San Ramon just as entertaining and homey as we do. Because I live here, play here and work here, I’d love to help you find the right property in San Ramon California.