San Ramon is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States, and is located 34 miles east of San Francisco.
City Hall is a newly built facility, features ample parking, and is easily accessible to all residents and persons wishing to do research or conduct business with the city.
The contemporary, two-story City Hall houses the City’s Council Chamber, public meeting rooms, offices, and a very spacious lobby. It is located next to Central Park, a skateboarding ramp and just east of the beautiful new City Center at Bishop Ranch.
It is said that City Hall is so nice, it even makes the many board meetings tolerable.
The Residents section is a great resource for people interested in finding out more about the area in which they live, or moving to this safe, prosperous and clean Bay Area city.
San Ramon is currently the 478th largest city in the United States. That sounds a lot bigger than the city feels!
Currently, the market is still competitive, meaning, there are typically not many homes that stay on the market for very long in San Ramon.
However, recent trends show that the area is becoming more affordable, as prices have cooled off from their peak a few years back.
The average home price as of this writing is $829K, nearly a 9% decline from the same period last year, according to the real estate resource Redfin.
When the 680 freeway was built in the mid-1970s, San Ramon suddenly became a viable place to run big business.
What actually happened was that Bishop Ranch became a hub of corporate commerce, with Chevron, AT&T and 24-Hour Fitness smartly making their defacto headquarters in the area. Large companies took a great deal of the available office space, but smart and smaller companies too thrived.
Naturally, residents of the Tri-Valley area would much rather “commute” to nearby San Ramon than drive all the way out to Silicon Valley, where a two hour commute each way in grinding traffic is the modern normal.
In the 1990s, a new shopping center opened at Bollinger Canyon Road and 680. This new retail space was anchored by a large Target “Greatland”, and the nascent beginnings for the vision for Bishop Ranch began to take root.
Currently, the City Center is home to notables including The LOT Cinema & Restaurant, Delarosa Italian, Equinox Fitness, Williams Sonoma, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Fieldwork Brewing Company, Slanted Door, George Pet Accessories and many more.
The SRVUSD has 36 schools serving more than thirty-two thousand students from Kindergarten through grade 12.
The District has an annual operating budget of over $337 million, and receives more than $17 million per year in private donations(!), and approximately $6.9 million per year from a local parcel tax (where does all that extra money come from?) Local residents pay for these schools with their taxes.
It is a well-funded, higher-end school district and a great place for kids to get a top-flight education.
There are eight middle schools in San Ramon, encompassing grades six through eight. These schools include Charlotte Wood, Diablo Vista, Gale Ranch, Iron Horse, Los Cerros, Pine Valley, Stone Valley, and the newest, Windemere Ranch.
Chevron’s business is energy: oil, natural gas, and geothermal. Chevron also focuses on exploration and production of hyrdrocarbons, and refines, markets and transports same.
Known for its exceptional greens, this meticulously manicured and smooth-rolling course is challenging but fun to play, and rewards the skilled and amateur golfer.
Play time is generally less than 4.5 hours.
The golf course features easy walking, though power carts are also available for rent.
In addition to the wonderful course itself, Bridges features a beautiful wedding reception and ceremony facility.
The Bridges Golf Course also offers instruction, tournaments, a lighted driving range, online tee scheduling, an elegant private event venue, as well as a restaurant and bar for guests. A wonderful, relaxing afternoon can be spent sipping a cocktail while enjoying the sunset from the scenic porch.
Wedding receptions at Bridges, complete with flashing DJ lights, can often be seen on just about any night of the week when driving east on Bollinger.
The 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic brought San Ramon to a lengthy, if temporary, halt, as it did every other city, state and community around the world.
San Ramon residents were told they could go outside for exercise. However playgrounds, the wonderful dog parks, public picnic areas, the aforementioned golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, and pools were closed.
Only members of the same household were allowed to play sports sharing the same equipment,. How that rule was enforced is anyone’s guess.
The shelter-in-place order had a crushing effect on San Ramon businesses, and the City Center Bishop Ranch became a temporary ghost town.
A relatively small number of coronavirus cases were reported in San Ramon, as the majority of residents dutifully kept their social distance.
The San Ramon Valley is a colloquialism for the area between the Oakland Hills to the west, and the Diablo mountain range to the east.
The total population of the San Ramon Valley is approximately 130,000 residents. Naturally, the city of San Ramon and the southern tip of Walnut Creek are located in the San Ramon Valley, as are the localities of Alamo, Blackhawk, Camino Tassajara and Diablo.
Interstate 680 is the major freeway that bisects the San Ramon Valley.
The Dougherty Valley roughly describes the area east of Alcosta Boulevard. It is essentially the large land mass over the first foothills to the east of the 680 freeway, and is in close proximity to both Bishop Ranch and Hacienda Business Parks.
Dougherty Valley is situated between developed areas in San Ramon to the west, developing areas in East Dublin to the south, the Sycamore Valley and west side developments in San Ramon and the Town of Danville to the north.
There are major regional parks and permanent open space along its borders.
To locals, it’s primarily a left turn off of Diablo Road, wherein one can enjoy the beautiful Country Club and hey, even a post office!
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