Original post made by Dennis Jones, another community, on Jul 8, 2010
Earlier this morning, I was reading through some forum topics and came across one which escalated into a mudslinging affair that gave me cause to ask a few questions and hopefully begin a healthy convesation...
Why all the fuss over Ruby Hills? It is not as if that area is inhabited by a different species of people, just people with different priorities and tastes.
One lady commented that, if we all had the money to live there, we would. Actually, not true. I spent last Saturday looking at properties, some of them in that area, and several days prior, looking at dozens of RH properties online. You couldn't get me to live there, at half the price. Gauche, overreaching, and tasteless have never been my cup of tea, but that doesn't make the people who choose to or need to live there wrong, or bad people, just folks with different needs and priorities. But then I feel the same about the ginormous homes all packed in together along Foohtill Rd between Bernal and the entrance to the CC. Both examples are more humorous than anything, and it is sad there is still a sizeable contingent that subscribe to the belief that more is better and biggest is best. This antiquated, shallow values however, should not reflect poorly or disparage on the people who live there.
We are all part of the same community and as was the case back in the day, when those who lived at Castlewood viewed themselves as the "elite", those of us who choose to live a more grounded, self-assured lifestyle must welcome those who have the need for more material agrandizement into our society. There is a place for them in Pleasanton, but we will need to reach out and make the first step towards helping them find it.
Eventually I will find a piece of land and build or wait until this wonderful home I saw up on the Foothill Ridge goes up for sale. But regardless of where I end up living...can't we all just get along?
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