7.2 out of 10

Via Romero, Alamo

37.8477629253735 -122.039455496915
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parking
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Professionals


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Contra Costa County's Most Expensive Home"

So what brings me out here to the boonies of Alamo? The answer to the question, what is the most expensive home to have sold in Contra Costa County in the last year, that’s what.

The home in question sits atop a hill, all by itself at the end of Via Romero. It sold last year for $3.5 mil. Built in 1991, the public records show that this is the first time since 2000 that this home has sold for more than it was bought. (It has been sold 5 times since then and 3 times since 2011.)

What is so special about this 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home? The main thing seems to be its hillside location. I also suspect there may have been a bidding war. Trulia estimates the value of the home at $2.2 mil.

It actually does not look like the most expensive home on Via Romero. This climbing street actually has several large mansions on it. In fact I would say that of the homes on the cul-de-sac where the aforementioned home is located, that most expensive of homes is maybe the fourth best imo. There is, for example, a palm encircled pink mansion of the squarish kind that you typically find in the nicer parts of Miami. There is also a nice big home with a veranda, French windows, and a hedged lined front walkway. The main thing it has going for it is that it is up on a hill just about by itself.

The rest of Via Romero is no slouch either. It is a nice wide lane with a gentle curve and long flat homes (I think they are Ranch homes, but I’m not completely sure--maybe a Ranchy variety of Contemporary style home).

Of course, you also get all the other benefits of living in Alamo: no crime, great schools, clean and green and close enough to Walnut Creek to satisfy both commuters and shoppers.

Although I am not sure that particular home deserves to be the most expensive home sale in Contra Costa County, I do think that most of these homes are probably worth around their million dollar price tags. If you are secure in your finances and in a family way, anyway.
  • Nice Homes
  • Great Schools
  • No Crime
  • Very Expensive
  • A Little Boring
  • Public Transportation?
Recommended for
  • Professionals

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