Are you thinking about moving to the Bay Area but aren’t sure where to settle? If so, I’m going to share one of my favorite areas: Livermore. On this episode of Bay Or Bust, I’ll show you the top 3 neighborhoods in Livermore that offer you the finest of Bay Area living. From commute times and locations to housing prices and lifestyle, you’re bound to love one of these amazing communities.
The Top 3 Neighborhoods In Livermore
There are a variety of good reasons to live in this city. Livermore is located in picturesque Northern California and is part of the Tri-Valley area, distinguished by its great arts and cultural showcases, recreational areas, good schools, diverse housing choices, and much more.
For those of you who love the outdoors, there’s plenty of natural, open space with parks, hiking trails, and areas for camping. Since it’s situated in California’s famous wine country, Livermore is a popular destination for all wine lovers—especially those of good California vintage. There are about 50 wineries not far from town, with many providing ongoing events and activities for guests. Some of the top names include Wente Vineyards and Concannon Vineyards.
In addition to outdoor activities and plenty of wineries, Livermore is a technology hub for world-famous science and technology centers, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory. Both laboratories, in addition to being the heart of innovations in science, are some of the biggest employers in the area.
Now that you have a better idea of what Livermore is all about, I’m going to share my top 3 neighborhoods to enjoy Bay Area living. The first neighborhood worth exploring is Christopher Ranch, a perfect place for those seeking single-family homes. The community homes were developed around 2000, but newer construction was built as recently as 2004. Generally, homes at Christopher Ranch range from about $750,000 to $1.4 million and up. Most sit on quarter-acre lots with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. Additionally, the most common types of parking include a detached garage, access to the garage, tandem parking, and side access yards.
Christopher Ranch is located in the Southern part of Livermore, right off of Holmes and Highway 84. Whether you’re going north or south, you’ll have an easy commute. If you want to get off into the Bay Area and Silicon Valley to work, you’re looking at average commute times between 20-60 minutes—depending on traffic. The closest airport is Oakland Airport, though you can also drive down to San Jose or San Francisco. Depending on which one you choose, travel time can take you about an hour to an hour and a half.
Another great neighborhood in Livermore is called Dunsmuir. This area is perfect for those also seeking single-family homes. Most of the homes were developed around 2000, with some built as recently as 2012. This means that you’ll find newer, more developed homes here than in Christopher Ranch.
In general, homes in Dunsmuir cost from $700,000 to about $1.5 million, most of which also sit on quarter-acre lots. They do include five bedrooms and three baths, also will the same detached garage, garages, tandem garages, and large side accesses.
Dunsmuir is located further east of Livermore, closer to the Lawrence Livermore Labs. It has access to the Hills, and if you head out to Tracy a lot, this is a great area. Because if it’s eastern location, you’ll have a bit longer of a commute to the airports—by an average of 15 minutes. It has great access to the Hills and other park-like settings that are perfect for outdoor activities.
The last neighborhood I recommend is Springtown, an area that’s more affordable than Dunsmuir or Christopher Ranch. Springtown mostly features midsize homes that still have value and a community that dates back to 1963, which has continued to be developed over the years. Springtown is a largely single-family community. As far as housing, there’s a large range of representation from different periods and styles ranging from $800,000 to $1.2 million. Like the other houses, these also tend to sit on quarter-acre lots. These homes average three bedrooms and two baths.
Common types of parking here are garage, side access, access from the garage, off-street parking, and some with room for RV or boat parking. Springtown is located at the north end of Livermore above the 580. Commute times to San Francisco are fairly short, as the 580 is so close. If you’re commuting to Silicon Valley for work—the furthest destination—you’ll want to plan for 45-60 minutes of commute time.
Living In Livermore
If you’re thinking about moving to the Bay Area, Livermore is a place you’ve got to check out. With so much to offer, a home in this area is sure to provide you the best of Bay Area living. If you’d like more information, feel free to reach out to me and I’d be happy to help. Make sure to also stay tuned to the next episode of Bay Or Bust to learn more about all things Bay Area!
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