7.1 out of 10

R and D

37.5758945952634 -122.066766315795
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+


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

"Best Residential Neighborhood in Union City"

Ever wondered where you can find the most expensive properties in Union City?

Well wonder no more. The R&D neighborhood has the distinction of being home to both the #1 and #2 most expensive home sales in Union City in the past year. In fact of the 5 or 6 homes which sold for more than $800K (the most expensive sold for $885K) in Union City, 4 are located in R&D.

What do these $800K+ homes have in common and what is so great about R&D that homeowners are willing to pay the big bucks?

First, these homes are all very new, having been built this millenium, and they are very big (over 6000 feet and with 5 bedrooms for the most part). They are also very luxurious looking (mostly in the Mediterranean style) that is so popular right now.

Of course, not all homes are this expensive here. At $600K, however, the median price here is still far higher than virtually anywhere else in Union City.

Even on the low end when it comes to homes here, however, you get a pretty good value. The cheapest single family home to sell here, for example, sold for $380K. It is a 4-bedroom with 7000 ft of space, pretty comparable to the top homes that sold for twice as much. What’s the difference? Mostly age. The less expensive homes date from the Reagan Era rather than W’s terms.

The neighborhood overall is pretty great as well. It pretty much feels like a suburban neighborhood of the kind you find to the east of here in Pleasanton or Dublin.

Schools here are pretty strong, crime is low and you are comparatively close to San Jose and the Peninsula, so you can look forward to shorter commutes.

And as I mentioned in other reviews, Union City is well situated for working couples who head in different directions when they set off for their workdays.

Overall, this has to be the best residential neighborhood in Union City.
  • Nice Homes
  • Good Schools
  • Great For Commuters
  • Expensive
  • A Little Bit Homogenous in Spots
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+

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