Relocating to San Jose

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. 6 beds, 6 full, 4 half baths
    Home size: 6,685 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,859 sqft
    Year built: 2016
  2. 5 beds, 5 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 8,451 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.09 ac
    Year built: 2002
  3. 5 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 7,004 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.37 ac
    Year built: 2005
  4. 6 beds, 7 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 9,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.28 ac
    Year built: 2017
  5. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,725 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,329 sqft
    Year built: 1948
  6. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,301 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,329 sqft
    Year built: 1948
  7. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,107 sq ft
    Lot size: 13.68 ac
    Year built: 1991
  8. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 6,139 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,068 sqft
    Year built: 1998
  9. 5 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 6,880 sq ft
    Lot size: 34,107 sqft
    Year built: 2003
  10. 5 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 6,548 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,857 sqft
    Year built: 1971
  11. 5 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 3,857 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.36 ac
    Year built: 1992
  12. 4 beds, 4 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 5,432 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,424 sqft
    Year built: 1994
  13. 5 beds, 6 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 5,392 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,048 sqft
    Year built: 1995
  14. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,650 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,452 sqft
    Year built: 2005
  15. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,515 sq ft
    Lot size: 39,988 sqft
    Year built: 1943
  16. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,273 sq ft
    Lot size: 41,817 sqft
    Year built: 1980
  17. 3 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 3,787 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.10 ac
    Year built: 1986
  18. 10 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,721 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,588 sqft
    Year built: 2004
  19. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 7,250 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.09 ac
    Year built: 2008
  20. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,636 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,884 sqft
    Year built: 2006
  21. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,006 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,147 sqft
    Year built: 2016
  22. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,639 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,585 sqft
    Year built: 2003
  23. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,479 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.04 ac
    Year built: 1952
  24. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,937 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,923 sqft
    Year built: 1955
  25. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,651 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,119 sqft
    Year built: 1999

See all San Jose, California Real Estate.
(all data current as of 3/23/2017)

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

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
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SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist

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