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What does it cost to buy a 3-5 bedroom house in an area with good schools in Silicon Valley?

School District MapIt’s a hot seller’s market in Silicon Valley, but it’s also a time of great job growth here! Each week I get calls or emails from people considering job offers in Cupertino, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Menlo Park, San Jose and nearby. Many of these recruits are interested in areas with superior public schools.

What’s the cost of buying a house of about 2,000 square feet with 3-5 bedrooms and great schools?  A few communities with better education are these: Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino, Palo Alto. We’ll consider these to provide a sense of prices in similar areas.

Here’s a quick look at what single family homes have been selling for over the last three months:

  • Los Gatos: mostly $1,200,000 to $2,200,000 depending on the school district, averaging about $1,700,000
  • Saratoga: mostly $1,400,000 to $2,300,000 depending on the school district, averaging about $1,900,000
  • Cupertino: mostly $1,700,000 to $2,100,000 depending on the school district, averaging about $1,950,000
  • Palo Alto: mostly $2,000,000 to $3,300,000 depending on the school district, averaging about $2,650,000

If you are new to Santa Clara County, you may be wondering if this is correct. It is…

Please continue reading here:
How do prices compare between Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino and Palo Alto?

Home with in-law suite

920 Hazelwood Ave Campbell guest suite or second family room

920 Hazelwood Ave Campbell – Home with in-law suite or guest quarters

Looking for a Silicon Valley home with in-law suite and a quarter acre lot? It can be challenging to find a house offering a separate wing of with guest quarters big enough for family, friends, or rental income and still have a nice sized back yard left over.  Right now you can find a fantastic place in Campbell, one of the most popular cities within the region, that’s been remodeled and expanded, featuring a spacious guest suite and a large back yard. It is sure to please!  Let me introduce you to 920 Hazelwood Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008.

From small bungalow to stunning, remodeled home with in-law suite

Originally built as a small ranch style home in 1945, the house was a modest but thoughtfully designed 3 bed, 1 bath home with a detached 1 car garage at its inception. Long before there was Silicon Valley, this was a quiet county pocket near Campbell with quarter acre lots (today it is incorporated and part of the city.) Previous home owners expanded the house, adding a family – dining area, an office, and a second bath off of the office. Hardwood floors are found throughout all of these areas except for in the bathrooms.

In around 2000 to 2001, current owners did a beautiful kitchen remodel, demolished the 1 car garage and built an over-sized 441 SF attached 2 car garage just off the kitchen, and added a 539 SF guest suite behind the garage.  Today it is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with 2024 square feet – and it’s move-in ready!

About the in-law or guest suite

The in-law quarters features a large living space with big wet bar, a good sized bedroom with a walk in closet, and a full, private bath.  This area includes a separate entrance, so the residents can come and go via a gate in the side yard.  It also does connect directly to the house.  The guest quarters’ living area, or a second family room, offers windows on 3 sides, with one wall featuring a large slider to the back yard (see image above).  This room provides recessed lights as well as a regular ceiling light.  It is a beautifully bright room, whether used for family or daily living. (If you don’t need a separate apartment for family or tenants, this makes a great 2nd family room.) If you want the master bedroom suite to be away from the rest of the bedrooms, this is ideal!   My clients furnished this charming suite and rented it out via Air B & B at $2,000 per month.  This can be a wonderful supplement to help cover the mortgage!

Remodeled kitchen with skylight

920 Hazelwood Av Campbell remodeled kitchen with skylight

920 Hazelwood Av Campbell remodeled kitchen with skylight

The remodeled kitchen at 920 Hazelwood Avenue offers an ideal layout, open to the family – dining room and with a view to the spacious backyard beyond it.  Impeccable maple cabinets, slab granite counters, tile back splash with glass tile accents, stainless steel appliances, pullouts, recessed lights and under the cabinet lights, a breakfast bar, and a wonderful skylight  to boot.   This kitchen – family – dining area is the heart of the home.  It is a joy to spend time here, with beauty both inside and out.

More features, and a stunning back yard

Similarly, the bathroom in the bedroom wing of the house was exquisitely remodeled with slate flooring, tile walls, and stall shower. The room was thoughtfully designed with room for a hamper. The other two baths have both been updated, too.

Many Silicon Valley home buyers want a large backyard, ideal for entertaining. Here you have it, and more!  The back yard provides a gorgeous dining & lounging area with pavers, and the walkway along both sides of the home are also done with pavers.  A large lawn area is graced by mature landscaping, including a pluot tree and an avocado tree.  A wooden play structure completes the garden in one corner.

This lovely house features dual pane windows throughout.

Campbell home for sale in-law suite big back yard

Campbell home for sale in-law suite big back yard

Room to grow: if someone wants a little more home, it’s possible to add on and still leave an enormous amount of yard.  One of the bedrooms could be expanded to create another master bedroom with private bath.  Stop by the open house and I’ll show you where that can be done.

Great, quiet location close to downtown Campbell

In so much of Silicon Valley, it can be hard to get away from freeway and road noise.  The house at 920 Hazelwood Avenue enjoys the enviable bonus of being close to major commute routes (San Tomas Expressway, Highway 17 /880, Highway 85) but being far enough away that the backyard truly is a quiet oasis.  You cannot read about this – must experience in person!

The location is also close enough to downtown Campbell to make it a quick jaunt or bike ride for the farmers market, dining or shopping.

Lest we forget the schools:

Public schools are Capri Elementary, Rolling Hills Middle, Westmont High.  Canyon Heights (a private, Catholic school) is very nearby.

Inspections have been done and the home is ready to be sold today!  Please call or email to learn more – or stop by our open house this weekend, August 13-14, 2016 between 1 and 4 both days.

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Virtual Tour!    920 Hazelwood Av Campbell CA 95008 virtual tour: Home with in-law suite



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920 Hazelwood Avenue, Campbell – home with in-law suite!

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San Francisco and Silicon Valley unemployment rates

The San Francisco and Silicon Valley unemployment rates are a huge driver of the SF Bay Area’s housing market. Today I saw real estate market info from the California Association of Realtor’s chief economist, Leslie Appleton-Young. One of her slides makes plain why the Silicon Valley real estate market is so crazy: our unemployment rate is extremely low, behind only San Francisco (where trying to buy a home is even worse than on the Peninsula or South Bay). Have a look at the data by California metro area:

San Francisco and Silicon Valley unemployment rates

San Francisco & Silicon Valley unemployment rates plus all of California

San Francisco and Silicon Valley unemployment rates plus all of California by metro area

As you can see, San Francisco has a screaming hot jobs market with only 3.4% unemployment. The San Jose metro area is only slightly cooler at 4.1%. (Unfortunately there are no “Cliff Notes” to tell where the San Francisco Metro Area ends and where the San Jose Metro Area begins – so I cannot tell if San Mateo County is lumped in with Santa Clara County to the south or San Francisco County and City to the north.)

With all this hiring going on, it’s no wonder that a frequent topic of conversation is Silicon Valley traffic patterns and congestion.  A few years ago, the rush hour traffic in the morning went from about 6:30 or 7am to 9am, and the evening commute times were about 4 to 7pm.  Today both are extended.  I find that Highway 85 in the “west valley” areas along Los Gatos, Saratoga, and Cupertino tends to still be pretty thick with cars even at 10am.  The return trip from Palo Alto (where I have some doctors at Stanford Hospital) can be sluggish as early as 3pm.

Worsening traffic from low Silicon Valley unemployment rates means that Silicon Valley real estate is even more expensive than usual for close-in locations.   Many San Jose area commuters spend an hour driving into work in the morning and 75 or 90 minutes driving home in the evening (for reasons I don’t understand, the evening commute is quite a bit worse than the morning one).   That translates to home prices being much, much more expensive than you’d expect in places like Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara.   For a better quality of life, Silicon Valley employees will often pay dearly to get that shorter commute. If they can get the smaller commute and great public schools, the communities are the most expensive places to live, as is the case in Palo Alto, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills in particular.

Find Silicon Valley real estate and homes for sale in “close in” locations below

A sampling of the newest properties on the market – all price ranges – in the following areas:

Los Altos homes for sale

  1. 7 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 6,329 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,935 sqft
    Year built: 2017
  2. 4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 7,683 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.27 ac
    Year built: 1926
  3. 6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 6,096 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,002 sqft
    Year built: 2017
  4. 4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,629 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,997 sqft
    Year built: 2008
  5. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,670 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,975 sqft
    Year built: 2009

See all Los Altos, California Real Estate.
(all data current as of 7/26/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Palo Alto homes for sale

  1. 5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,145 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,522 sqft
    Year built: 1927
  2. 6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 9,322 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.80 ac
    Year built: 1929
  3. 5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,326 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,697 sqft
    Year built: 1927
  4. 6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 7,044 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,079 sqft
    Year built: 1906
  5. 6 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 6,413 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,757 sqft
    Year built: 2017

See all Palo Alto, California Real Estate.
(all data current as of 7/26/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Sunnyvale homes for sale

  1. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 3,708 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,016 sqft
    Year built: 1955
  2. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 2,509 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,699 sqft
    Year built: 1947
  3. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,086 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,728 sqft
    Year built: 1954
  4. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,106 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,550 sqft
    Year built: 1960
  5. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 1,964 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,407 sqft
    Year built: 1954

See all Sunnyvale, California Real Estate.
(all data current as of 7/26/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Cupertino homes for sale

  1. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 624 sq ft
    Lot size: 13.69 ac
    Year built: 1953
  2. 6 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 6,089 sq ft
    Lot size: 10.95 ac
    Year built: 2016
  3. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,017 sq ft
    Lot size: 4.65 ac
    Year built: 1992
  4. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,727 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,374 sqft
    Year built: 2016
  5. 4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,714 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.60 ac
    Year built: 2017

See all Cupertino, California Real Estate.
(all data current as of 7/26/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

 

Learn about some of the local Silicon Valley real estate markets:

Cupertino real estate market trends and statistics

Los Gatos real estate market trends by price point and high school district

 

Relocating to San Jose

Evergreen The Ranch view of Downtown San Jose

Evergreen The Ranch in the East Valley area of Santa Clara County – view of Downtown San Jose

Are you mulling over a job opportunity in the tech capital of the world, Silicon Valley?  If you’re relocating to San Jose, or nearby, there are a few helpful things to know right away.  Here’s a quick primer:

  • San Jose is located at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay, so is part of the SF Bay Metro Area (and is about 1 hour south of San Francisco, which locals call The City)
  • This sprawling city has a number of different districts or communities.  There are also quite a few school districts – school lines are not based on city or zip code boundaries.
  • The beach at Santa Cruz is anywhere from 30 – 60 minutes away from most of San Jose (assuming you don’t go at the peak of “beach traffic” timing on a weekend or holiday).
  • San Jose is also the home of Silicon Valley, which began here in Santa Clara County, but has now spread throughout the area
  • This city is the 10th largest in the United States (though poll most people who aren’t in The Golden State and they couldn’t tell you where it is).  The population recently hit the 1 million mark.  The county has about 1.9 million people and the Silicon Valley region (Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and a little each of Santa Cruz County and Alameda County)
  • Home prices are just about the highest in the nation.  The average price of a house in the area is $1 million.  And that is not for
  • a big home, in most cases.  Sticker shock is the #1 reason why some people won’t move here – and why others move away.  Rents are, similarly, high.  It’s not uncommon to hear of people spending half their income on housing.
  • Weather is often ideal – 300 sunny days per year, so you won’t need that basement if you’re coming from someplace with long, cold winters.  Winter here is pretty much just December and January, and even in January you’ll see some trees pop alive with beautiful blossoms.
  • San Jose has frequently been named the best place to raise a kid.  Just google that 🙂
  • Next to housing or real estate prices, traffic is the second biggest complaint.

Looking for more info?  Here are some links:

Facts about San Jose, the Capital of Silicon Valley

San Jose is big and sprawling: where the the districts?

  1. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 29,716 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.08 ac
    Year built: 1968
  2. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 41,250 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.54 ac
    Year built: 1961
  3. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 11,925 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,988 sqft
    Year built: 1959
  4. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 14,315 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,104 sqft
    Year built: 1969
  5. 6 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 6,685 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,859 sqft
    Year built: 2016
  6. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 11,243 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,300 sqft
    Year built: 1966
  7. 5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,004 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.37 ac
    Year built: 2005
  8. 6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,088 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,598 sqft
    Year built: 2013
  9. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 5,561 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,899 sqft
    Year built: 1957
  10. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 6,364 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,840 sqft
    Year built: 1959
  11. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,725 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,329 sqft
    Year built: 1948
  12. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,301 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,329 sqft
    Year built: 1948
  13. 7 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 8,314 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.40 ac
    Year built: 1989
  14. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 9,963 sq ft
    Lot size: 32,844 sqft
    Year built: 1965
  15. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,107 sq ft
    Lot size: 13.68 ac
    Year built: 1991
  16. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,107 sq ft
    Lot size: 13.70 ac
    Year built: 2001
  17. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,029 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,998 sqft
    Year built: 1951
  18. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,139 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,068 sqft
    Year built: 1998
  19. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,527 sq ft
    Lot size: 31,877 sqft
    Year built: 2017
  20. 7 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,700 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.34 ac
    Year built: 1964
  21. 6 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 5,749 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.54 ac
    Year built: 1977
  22. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 6,260 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,249 sqft
    Year built: 1960
  23. 4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,432 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,424 sqft
    Year built: 1994
  24. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 5,902 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,755 sqft
    Year built: 1964
  25. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,750 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,298 sqft
    Year built: 1961

See all San Jose, California Real Estate.
(all data current as of 7/26/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Silicon Valley homes for sale

Graphic image of a magnifierIf you are searching for Silicon Valley real estate, or Silicon Valley homes for sale, you may discover that you get overwhelmed with choices and housing results.

The biggest problem is that the area is simply enormous.  Most agree that Silicon Valley is an area covering Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, part of Santa Cruz County (Scotts Valley) and part of Alameda County (Fremont – and some also add Union City and Newark). It’s a lot of territory – 1,854 square miles.  As of last year, this much territory was home to between just over 3 million people.

So if you are in house hunting mode, the very first thing you need to do is to understand your anchor point. The anchor point is the thing which you want to be near. For most people, that’s a work location (and in many cases, it may be 2 work locations). Sometimes it’s proximity to family members, a place of worship, a particular school or any number of things.  Most of the time, the main anchor point is the place of employment and desired commute time, tempered by things like good schools, shopping, parks, things to do, and quality of life.

Narrowing the home search geographically

Moving here to work in Scotts Valley?  Much of Santa Cruz County may work – but so could living in Los Gatos, Campbell or nearby, where you’d have a reverse commute.

Relocating for a job in Mountain View?  Most likely, you’ll eliminate Santa Cruz County due to distance and commute challenges with Highway 17 going over the Santa Cruz Mountains.

If good public schools matter, that will help to refine your search, as not all parts of the southern San Francisco Bay Area have equally good education.

Below I’ll post sample listings from communities noted for better public schools in Santa Clara County up to 1.2 million, which seems to be a very hot price point that many relocating home buyers can afford. I do also serve San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties, but most of my clients are looking at Santa Clara Co., so limiting this search here.  Unfortunately, Alameda County (Fremont, Union City, and Newark are there) has a totally different MLS so usually I don’t work there – but am happy to introduce you to a great Realtor who does (please just email me and I will connect  you).

Santa Clara County homes for sale with good schools up to $1,200,000

Palo Alto

  1. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 938 sq ft
    Lot size: 766 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Palo Alto.
(all data current as of 7/26/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Los Altos

  1. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 756 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,306 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Los Altos.
(all data current as of 7/26/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Cupertino

  1. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 871 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,197 sqft
  2. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 914 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,546 sqft
  3. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,062 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,681 sqft
  4. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,198 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,045 sqft
  5. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 786 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.03 ac

See all Real estate in the city of Cupertino.
(all data current as of 7/26/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Saratoga

  1. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 948 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,319 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,546 sq ft
    Lot size: 836 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,064 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,346 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Saratoga.
(all data current as of 7/26/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Los Gatos

  1. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,344 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,663 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.40 ac
  3. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,536 sq ft
    Lot size: 5.00 ac
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,319 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,916 sqft
  5. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,440 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,500 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Los Gatos.
(all data current as of 7/26/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Milpitas

  1. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,243 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,210 sqft
  2. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,202 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,599 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,522 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,463 sqft
  4. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,538 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
  5. 5 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,027 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,998 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Milpitas.
(all data current as of 7/26/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Almaden area of San Jose

  1. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,454 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,700 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,471 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,059 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,835 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,552 sqft
  4. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,955 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,012 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,390 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,920 sqft

See all Real estate in the Almaden Valley community.
(all data current as of 7/26/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

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San Jose Mercury News Headlines April 15 – 16 2014: home prices to buy or rent are rising steeply

Here are the headlines from the San Jose Mercury News in mid April 2014:

Home Prices to buy or rent going up April 15-16 2014

Rental article: Bay Area apartment rents set record 4/16/14

Excerpt:  Bay Area apartment rents are rising at nearly double-digit annual rates and have reached record levels, according to a report released Tuesday, prompting some analysts to warn that the region’s economic boom could be choked off by the relentless rise…..  Among the Bay Area’s three largest cities, San Jose had an average asking rent of $2,066 during this year’s January-March quarter, up 10.3 percent from the same period last year, RealFacts reported. Oakland had an average rental rate of $2,187, up 12.3 percent, while San Francisco posted an average of $3,057, up 9.5 percent.

Home buying article:   Bay Area home prices jump year over year

Excerpt:  March marked more than 20 consecutive months of year-over-year price gains for single-family homes in the East Bay, South Bay and Peninsula, according to real estate information service DataQuick, which released a report on March sales Wednesday…. The San Diego-based company said that prices were up 29.2 percent from the previous March in Alameda County to $575,000. In Contra Costa County, prices rose 22.8 percent to $425,000. Santa Clara County gained 20.3 percent to $800,000, and San Mateo County was up 13.2 percent to $860,000.

Whether you buy or rent, prices have been rising dramatically.  When factoring in what housing will cost, include the trajectory of appreciation per month.

Incredible Price on 5114 Nerissa Way in Cambrian Park

Cambrian Park, Santa Clara County

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Announcing newly on MLS and at low price for Alta Vista School, quiet street, updated/remodeled condition and oversized lot! 5114 Nerissa Way, a 1,233 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm single story “Room to add on!”. Now

MLS®

$579,000

– Fabulous price!.

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Finding New Homes for Sale in Silicon Valley

Frequently, people new to Silicon Valley and the San Jose area arrive from places where their last home was new construction, and they hope to find a brand new home here, too.

Unless you are looking to purchase a condominium or a townhome, though, it can be really challenging to find truly new homes for sale here.  (There are tons of fabulous new condos in downtown San Jose, which is enjoying a great redevelopment period.)

For the most part, Silicon Valley had a post World War II housing boom that stretched primarily from the 50s into the 70s.  By the 1980s, even, most of the open space was gone.  Today we do have a few new patches of new homes “here and there”, but there aren’t many.  Unfortunately, too, since most of the best land was built up long ago, some of the newest developments are in less desireable areas such as next to freeways.

For the Silicon Valley new home buyer, I want to suggest a couple of strategies: first, in addition to checking out whatever new homes are currently being built, consider homes that are younger than 20 years of age.  Many of them are still in great shape.  Some have already been remodeled!  Another option is to look for the “fully remodeled” home.  With the latter, you must be extra dilligent to make sure that the house has not just been gussied up to be be flipped, but is truly remodeled in areas you cannot see, such as the wiring and the pipes.

Please also read:
Myths and Misconceptions about Buying a New (or Newer) Home

Some younger neighborhoods:
Introducing a Beautiful Willow Glen Neighborhood, “The Willows”
The Almaden Winery Neighborhood of San Jose

Open House in Almaden Winery on Sunday

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Almaden Winery, Cambrian Park  –  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 5641 Le Fevre Dr. on October 17 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Property information no longer available.

Open House in Sunnyvale Meadows on Saturday

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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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Mary Pope-Handy
Realtor,
CIPS, CRS, ABR, SRES
Sereno Group
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd.
Los Gatos CA 95030
[Silicon Valley, California, USA]
1-408-204-7673
mary (at) popehandy.com
CA BRE # 01153805

CIPS - Certified International Property Specialist
CRS - Certified Residential Specialist
ABR - Accredited Buyer Representative
SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist

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Silicon Valley Real Estate: San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz Counties, and especially
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Santa Clara County Real Estate


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Real estate in Santa Clara County, focused on west side communities of San Jose, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell & nearby

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Listings by Price Range
Below please find a list of SOME of the popular Silicon Valley areas with listings offered by price range. This is not a complete list! Please use the "search" app to find ALL properties on the MLS.
Trends & Statistics

Click the link below to get real estate data for Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Santa Cruz County (together making up about 98% of "Silicon Valley").

Real Estate Market Statistics and Trends for Santa Clara County


Comps near any address in Santa Clara County
Listings and Sales Near Any Address in Santa Clara County

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