7.1 out of 10

Dougherty Valley

37.7379784290201 -121.916853992018
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish


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 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Affluent Little Pocket of Peace"

Dougherty Valley is an outpost of San Ramon and Dublin, just the next phase of development in an area that has been continually growing now for several decades. For those who wondered where White Flight was going—well here you are.
This is one of those neighborhoods that was built for those needing to get farther and farther away from areas that were now deemed too dangerous for bland middle class living.

Even with the Housing Crash and the Foreclosure Crisis this place has continued to do pretty well with homes going for between about $700 K and just over a million. These are those newer Contemporary homes built in the 90’s. This is a slightly hilly area where lawns are so immaculately manicured that it feels like almost every blade of grass has been perfectly placed.
You get some minor views as well and each home seems to have a fairly distinct look to it, unlike a lot of the more homogenous looking neighborhoods you find just to south of here.

Also, you are just far enough away where you still see rolling green hills which have not yet been developed. This gives you a bit of a bucolic feel and an openness that residents must find very rejuvenating.

I especially like Bridle Court, which has a really unique look to it, with homes that have a sort of Mediterranean look to them and this sort of faux rustic stonework that really makes them stand out.

Now this is really a place for family living. If you are single, you will definitely not enjoy yourself here. And the cost of living is also very, very high, so it you don’t make bank you really will not be able to make a life here.

Of course, I don’t even need to mention that the schools are terrific and that there is virtually no crime here either.

But if you are married and doing really well in Silicon Valley, this might be the perfect spot for you.
  • Beautiful Homes
  • Quiet
  • Great Schools
  • Very Expensive
  • Some Critter Problems
  • A Bit Remote
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish

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