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About San Ramon
An increasingly desirable place to live near San Francisco, San Ramon has a pleasant climate and scenic views, including Mount Diablo to the northeast. The city is a popular place to establish corporate headquarters, as Chevron, 24 Hour Fitness, AT&T West and General Electric's Global Software Center are all based here. Rather than being named after a saint, the city bears the name of a famed vaquero (or sheep herder), and the "San" was added by the original land grant holder to sound more Spanish.
The Community of San Ramon
Residences in any of San Ramon's 12 neighborhoods rank as among the most expensive in the state. There are few "bad" areas, parks and green areas are plentiful and the schools are ranked highly. Interstate 680 runs through the community, with most of the shopping areas and corporate headquarters situated along I-680 in the northwest.
What to Do in San Ramon
More than 140 miles of walking paths and trails wind through San Ramon, and the city encourages people to interact with the natural environment through the Trails Challenge. The Trails Challenge rewards participants who walk along at least five of the seven featured trails; register to receive a shirt when you meet your goal. You're likely to see several species of birds and plenty of wildlife along the way.
Buy fresh, local produce at the weekly Farmer's Market, held each Saturday and Thursdays during the summer. In addition to the fruits and veggies, you may find local meats and seafood, honey, flowers and olive oil for sale, as well as live entertainment to enjoy.
The San Ramon Performing Arts Center hosts regular concerts and plays, including some bigger names in entertainment. Arts patrons appreciate the spacious facility with excellent acoustics.
One Place You Shouldn't Miss in San Ramon
Forest Home Farms Historic Park is unlike most city parks; here, you'll find a 16-acre farm with crops, antique tractors, sheep and horses as part of the attraction. You'll also learn about how early settlers lived, farmed and made their household goods. The Glass House Museum is a restored Victorian mansion on the grounds that was relocated from another area farm and incorporates local history.
Dining in San Ramon
A fixture in San Ramon's dining scene, The Brass Door has offered renowned prime rib and an extensive wine list since the 1950s. With sandwiches, steaks, deep-fried seafood and pasta, the restaurant is popular for lunch and dinner, as well as for weekend brunch.
The Lot combines entertainment and dining. With a 10-screen theater and plenty of choices for where to dine, the Lot attracts people looking for the best microbrews, wines and cocktails as well as upscale dining that includes salads, flatbreads and pastas.