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Sunnyvale Meadows, Sunnyvale  –  We invite everyone to visit our open house at B-1095 Reed Avenue on October 16 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

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Where are the Silicon Valley luxury homes? Where are the more upscale Silicon Valley neighborhoods?

Know your neighborhoodsIf you are relocating to Silicon Valley and wish to choose an upscale or luxury neighborhood, where should you begin looking?  Where are the very best areas in or near San Jose?

Here are some quick lists of areas in Silicon Valley areas which enjoy beautiful estate properties:

Luxury Home Neighborhoods in Silicon Valley’s west side

Most of the more expensive parts of Silicon Valley are along the “west valley” areas, and these all enjoy excellent public schools.  If you were to look at a topographical map, they would be the cities, towns and neighborhoods close to the coastal foothills (also known as the Santa Cruz Mountains).  Or if you looked at a road map, most of them would be on the west side of Highway 85. Unless otherwise noted, the districts, cities or towns are all in Santa Clara County.

These “west valley communities” are listed from southernmost to northernmost, extending from southwestern San Jose up into the San Francisco Peninsula.

  • Almaden Valley (part of San Jose)
  • Los Gatos
  • Monte Sereno
  • Saratoga
  • Cupertino (foothills area in particular)
  • Los Altos
  • Los Altos Hills
  • Palo Alto
  • Portola Valley (San Mateo County)
  • Woodside (San Mateo County)
  • Hillsborough (San Mateo County)

These are not the only places to find high end real estate in the South Bay area, though – it’s just that most of them are located along the west valley corridor.

More Luxury Home Neighborhoods in Silicon Valley

More communities which are “exclusive” can be found:

  • The Silver Creek area of San Jose (eastside, within the Evergreen district)
  • Part of the Alum Rock neighborhood near the old San Jose Country Club (also on the east side).
  • The Rosegarden area of central San Jose
  • The Naglee Park neighborhood near downtown San Jose
  • Willow Glen enjoys some beautiful old mansions (between downtown SJ and the west side)
  •  Part of the Mission District of Fremont (Alameda County)
  • Eagle’s Ridge community in Gilroy (south part of Santa Clara County)

Something to be aware of is that many of these areas are served by more than one school district. In some cases, the different school districts can be very different in terms of school performance scores.  In Saratoga, for instance, there are 3 different districts. Two have excellent scores and the third has good scores – but very different numbers!  This can be a surprise to people who relocate to Silicon Valley: so be aware of this quirk if you move here!  (Even if you are not interested in utilizing the schools, know that they are a prime driver in home values and pricing.)

Would you like to learn more about luxury real estate & homes in Silicon Valley? I have some other blogs with posts that you might find helpful

Related posts on the Valley of Heart’s Delight blog:

Luxury Real Estate in Silicon Valley

The Silicon Valley Luxury Home Market (browse listings over $2 million in a few areas)

The Luxury Real Estate Market in Almaden, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga

Monte Sereno Real Estate and Homes for Sale

Saratoga, CA, Real Estate Market Update

What Type of Home Can You Get for $1,000,000 in Silicon Valley?

Almaden Valley Housing Market by Price Point in June 2010

Real Estate Inventory & Sales in Silicon Valley’s “West Valley” Areas of Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell and Cambrian Park

Related posts on the Live in Los Gatos blog:

Fewer Sales, but Higher Prices, in Los Gatos & Monte Sereno

What’s Selling in Los Gatos Now? How’s the Market?

A Five Year View of the Los Gatos Real Estate Market (Jan 2005 to June 2010)

Swim Teams and Cabana Clubs in Silicon Valley

Got swimmers?  Our sub tropical climate in Silicon Valley makes swimming a popular sport, so if you relocate to the “Valley of Heart’s Delight” you may find an increased desire for jumping into a pool.

Perhaps swimming is already important to you or to your family.Several community centers have excellent swimming facilities, including the Cambrian Park Community Center in San Jose (at Union & Camden Avenues, approximately), the Y and several provate clubs.

If you are looking to live in a neighborhood with a swim club and cabana, you will find many options in the San Jose – Santa Clara County region.

The city of Santa Clara probably has more pools, cabanas and swim teams than any other part of the south bay.  There are plenty in San Jose, too, though, including in Los Gatos, Cambrian Park and Almaden Valley. There are different leagues, not all of them with easily findable websites.

Valley Cabana Swim League is a local association with these member teams

Almaden Country Club (in San Jose’s Almaden Valley)
Belwood Dolphins (Los Gatos – Belwood & Belgatos area)
Los Paseos
Montevideo (in Almaden)
Silver Creek Valley Country Club (in Evergreen area of east San Jose)

Here’s a good list of local and greater Bay Area swim teams:

Relocation can be challenging but if you know what features you want to find when you get to Silicon Valley, I can help you to locate them, whether it’s a place to swim or virtually anything else.

South County – where is it?

Silicon Valley residents will sometimes refer to “South County”.  Where is it?  This is the area south of south San Jose where you find Gilroy, Morgan Hill, San Martin and nearby areas.

The south county region of Santa Clara County is the last real stronghold of agricultural land in the valley (that plus the eastern range by Mt Hamilton).  There you will find many orchards, vineyards, farms and ranches even today.  As you drive through Gilroy you may catch a scent of garlic – particularly if you drive highway 152 toward Pacheco Pass as you go past a garlic processing plant!  In summer you will want to visit the famous “Garlic Festival” at least once, if not make it an annual event.

South County is home to the discount Outlet Malls in Gilroy (at Hwy 101 at 152 east), so if you live in or near San Jose, you will eventually find your way there!

Want to relocate to South County? Many San Jose area residents consider it a good place to retire since they can downsize to a comfortable home and often pay much less than a comparable home might cost in Los Altos, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Willow Glen or Almaden and at the same time get more home.  A number of my clients have spoken of wanting to retire into the Eagle Ridge Golf Course area of Gilroy for that very reason.

View a map of South County on Google maps.

Los Gatos Real Estate Market: What a Difference a Zip Code Makes

Combination of 95032 and 95030 areas in Los Gatos (homes for sale, list price)Real estate is local, local, local. There may be discernable trends in the national real estate market, the California real estate market, or the Silicon Valley real estate market – but all of that may or may not be reflective of what is happening with your house or home today.

Los Gatos is a case in point. The view of “the town” is entirely different from a view of its parts taken separately. Recently I spent a few hours pouring over the data and learned how dramatically different the market is from the 95030 zip code to the 95032 zip code.

It all depends on how you search.

If you are analyzing all of the addressess with “Los Gatos” as the mailing address, you will get homes in town and also properties that are not part of the town but rather are in the Santa Cruz Mountains (such as Redwood Estates, Aldercroft Heights, Chemeketa Park, etc.). Those homes have a 95033 zip code and really should not be considered as the “Los Gatos real estate market” because the mountain communities are entirely different.

In town, the schools tend to define desireability. Most of 95032 does not have the exceptionally highly regarded Los Gatos Schools and right now, that is most likely what is causing the huge gulf between the markets.

I invite you to view my detailed post and check out the large number of graphs on my Live in Los Gatos site:
Understanding the Los Gatos Real Estate Market Trends  and also see Los Gatos real estate market trends

Silicon Valley: A Word About the Climate

People coming from out of the area to relocate to Silicon Valley might not know what to expect from the weather in the San Jose, Santa Clara County, or Silicon Valley Area.  What’s it all about?

In a nutshell, this is a “sub tropical” area, or a place that enjoys a “mediterranean climate” that is most heavily influenced by the close proximity of the shoreline and the Pacific Ocean.  Temps are mild, we get little rainfall compared to many parts of the country. More specifically, we usually get about 20 inches of rainfall a year and enjoy 300 sunny days a year. Winters seldom see many hard freezes (but they can happen).

A typical summer day has highs in the mid to upper eighties but very low humidity – so it feels much cooler. Heat waves and heat inversions can run the temps up to the low to mid 100s in the hottest parts of the valley. Luckily it doesn’t happen much, or stay for long! Most people do NOT have air conditioning here unless they are in a newer home or live in the warmer South County areas of Morgan Hill or Gilroy.

A January day might have a high in the 60s or 50s, depending. By February, though, the worst is usually over and it’s even possible to have freak warm days that hit 80 degrees!

Our weather varies from year to year. Some years we get drought conditions and may require water rationing (right now we have been asked for a voluntary cutback of 10%). Other years we get lots of wet weather from the Pacific – temps are warmer but there’s much too much rain: those are the El Nino years. Most often, though, winters aren’t that bad – evenings can be nippy as temps drop into the 20s on the worst nights in December or January.

Because we are on the Pacific, that ocean dominates our weather. Sometimes a freaky cold storm from Alaska barrels down the coast in winter. When that happens, it gets  extremely cold. And once in a rare time – perhaps once a decade – it might even snow! When the white stuff does fall in Los Gatos, Saratoga or San Jose, though, it doesn’t usually stay for awhile. It is so rare that it simply feels like magic. Can you imagine the look of snowfall on a palm tree?

Warm weather – or mild, comfortable weather – is the norm from about spring (varies from Feb – April each year) through most of November. Really December and January tend to be the coolest months, but sometimes cold storms can make winter linger longer and forestall spring a bit.

LiveInLosGatos IMG 0019 Small - Silicon Valley: A Word About the ClimateAnd what of those palm trees?   We have LOTS of types of palms here (Royal Palms, Fan Palms, Date Palms, etc.). They do well here when planted right and well nurtured, but they are not indigenous to northern CA. They are native to southern CA but not here. However, if handled well they usually do fine in our slightly cooler climate.

For me, the palm trees are a sign that the climate somewhere is “mild enough”. I often joke with folks, “if the palm trees can live there, so can I….”

Ranch For Sale in Saratoga


• 1,191 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm ranch




– Great Opportunity!


Great chance to buy into beautiful and highly desired Brookview neighborhood at an affordable, entry-level price! This 3 bed, 2 bath home is clean and nicely maintained but modest for the neighborhood at 1191 square feet. The lot is huge (and offers RV parking), so the upside potential is HUGE!

3 Bedrooms

2 Bathrooms

Hardwood Under Carpet

Remodeled Hall Bath

Some Dual Paned Windows

Newer Furnace

Newer Air Conditioning

Newer Rollup Garage Door on Attached 2 Car Garage

Washer, Dryer, and Fridge to Stay

Oversized Quarter Acre Lot with Gorgeous Yard, Lawn and Fruit Trees

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Single Story For Sale in Sunnyvale Manor

w475h3562• 1,044 sq. ft., 1 bath, 3 bdrm single story “Eichler Home!”






Open This Saturday & Sunday, Aug 25 – 26, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Please Stop By!

New listing in Sunnyvale Manor, one of three pockets of highly desired Eichler homes in the heart of Sunnyvale! This home has been wonderfully maintained, updated and remodeled. Gorgeous tilework accents both the kitchen and bath. Hardwood floors throughout, exept the bath, which is tile. Beamed ceilings, loads of windows and an open floorplan create a sense of space and a connection to the outdoors. Aggressively priced, this home will not last – so hurry out and take a look!

Darling Eichler built home featuring open floorplan, loads of natural light, and great use of the outdoors as living space!

A gate at the sidewalk welcomes you to a very lush front yard and large deck, both of which create a “B & B” feel.

The updated kitchen features a large gas range, stainless steel fridge, colorful tiled counter and a breakfast bar.

The dining area is open to the living room and kitchen and offers access to the stunning rear yard.

Hardwood floors grace the living areas, hallway and bedrooms of this home.

The bath is very tastefully remodeled with loads of tile and conveniently placed in the home. It features a shower over the tub and a pedestal sink.

An attached two car garage and a privacy fence in front enable extra space for storage and hobbies.

In back, a lovely, tiled patio creates another wonderful living space outdoors. A lawn area and carefully planted areas invite exploration and enjoyment.

Also noteworthy:

*Brand new hot water heater

*Fridge, oven/stove and gas dryer all remain, plus an extra fridge in the garage if buyer desires it

*Inspections done. To view reports, please login here: (disclosures coming soon)

*Radiant heating (great for people with allergies/asthma)

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Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd.
Los Gatos CA 95030
[Silicon Valley, California, USA]
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