Once a part of Mission San Jose providing grazing land for mission sheep, it later became Rancho San Ramon. American settlers arrived in 1850 when a couple named Norris purchased acreage from the owner of the land grant. Many of San Ramon's founding families are remembered today because various hills, streets and canyons carry their names. As often happens, San Ramon has had several names including Limerick, Brevensville and Lynchville. When the first post office was establish, it was called San Ramon and the name stuck.
The San Ramon we know today is a dynamic, mid-sized city of 72,000 located in Contra Costa County. With diverse topography of flat land and rolling hills, the area still has much undeveloped land surrounding the area. Much of San Ramon residential real estate was built between the 70's and the 90's.
San Ramon has recreation bragging rights with over 50 parks within the city. Dog parks, sports parks, tot lots, school parks, senior center & parks, aquatic park, fire truck park, the outdoor recreation here knows no limits. San Ramon has hiking trails for all levels of fitness, from flat trails dotted with benches, to the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Trail that will have you hiking uphill for a couple of hours, to the Iron Horse Trail that will take you through adjoining cities where you can stop your hike or ride for lunch, there will be something that will fit your needs.
Students are served by the San Ramon Unified School District. There are 21 elementary schools, 8 middle schools and 4 high schools.In addition there are also several alternate education programs. The schools here are highly acclaimed as are schools in neighboring towns. The Diablo Valley College also has a branch campus in San Ramon.
San Ramon City Center is now open and is a community gathering place and town center. The project encompasses over 2 million square feet of space on 39 acres. The center features a neighborhood atmosphere blending community gather, living, shopping, working and dining experiences. A gathering place and plaza are planned along with a new City Hall and Library. San Ramon leaders expect that the City Center will become the place to be for dining and entertainment.
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