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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: 1,445 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,225 sqft
  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,030 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,145 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Palo Alto.
(all data current as of 10/19/2017)

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

Los Altos

Sorry, but we couldn't find any results in the MLS that match the specified search criteria.

Cupertino

  1. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,060 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,346 sqft
  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,142 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,441 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,060 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,346 sqft
  4. 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 10/19/2017)

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

Saratoga

  1. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,356 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,001 sqft
  2. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 628 sq ft
    Lot size: 866 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Saratoga.
(all data current as of 10/19/2017)

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

Los Gatos

  1. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,243 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,318 sq ft
    Lot size: 527 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,377 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.04 ac
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 36,024 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,039 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.32 ac

See all Real estate in the city of Los Gatos.
(all data current as of 10/19/2017)

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

Milpitas

  1. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,868 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,898 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,502 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,298 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,556 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,998 sqft
  4. 5 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,631 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,440 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,750 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,993 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Milpitas.
(all data current as of 10/19/2017)

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

Almaden area of San Jose

  1. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,960 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,093 sqft
  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,294 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,477 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 833 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.32 ac

See all Real estate in the Almaden Valley community.
(all data current as of 10/19/2017)

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

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Beach Traffic

One of the many lures to the San Jose area and Santa Clara County generally is the fairly close proximity of the beach at Santa Cruz, Capitola, Rio del Mar, and other scenic places that line the Monterey Bay. From most of Santa Clara County, it’s under a one hour drive. If you live in Los Gatos, it could be just half of that.  That said, not all days are created equally when it comes to beach traffic. Go on a regular weekday in summer and it’s pretty much a piece of cake. Go on a weekend or holiday and it’s a whole other matter.

Photo of Capitola Beach as seen from the Capitola Pier on a sunny summer day with colorful beachfront condos lining the shore

Capitola Beach as seen from the Pier – photo by Mary Pope-Handy

Most of the locals know this about holidays or weekends and the shore: go early or don’t go.

How early is early enough?

If you want to get over the hill before it’s stop and go traffic, I suggest 9:30am or earlier.  It can be backed up as early as 9:30 or 10. Coming home from the coast, the line of cars may move sluggishly as early as 3 or 4pm if the fog rolls in early.

If you go early, you can enjoy breakfast with a bay view in Capitola on the esplanade. Or hit wonderful Gayle’s Bakery in that same town with some piping hot coffee before taking in a walk at the coast.  Sometimes there may be a marine layer (fog), but it usually burns off by late morning.  The beach will be fairly quiet if you arrive before the crowds.  Or go a little later and have an early lunch at the Crow’s Nest at the harbor.  Play in the surf  and sand and return around 3:30 or so, and it will be a lot easier than a 5pm trek across the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Related reading on MPH’s other sites:

Spending Summer Days In Santa Cruz? Some Tips & Favorite Places to Share (Valley of Heart’s Delight blog)

Beach towns in Santa Cruz County (from popehandy.com)

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

Helping nice folks to buy and sell homes in Silicon Valley since 1993. Mary Pope-Handy, Realtor, Silicon Valley
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Listings by Price Range
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Trends & Statistics

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