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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.

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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: 35,390 sq ft
    Lot size: 38,088 sqft
    Year built: 1959
  2. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 19,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,196 sqft
    Year built: 1959
  3. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 41.27 ac
    Year built: 2004
  4. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 13,917 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,818 sqft
    Year built: 1958
  5. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 15,306 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,020 sqft
    Year built: 1963
  6. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 10,088 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,697 sqft
    Year built: 1960
  7. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 9,413 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,998 sqft
    Year built: 1970
  8. 5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,004 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.37 ac
    Year built: 2005
  9. 5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 6,811 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,069 sqft
    Year built: 2004
  10. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,959 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,939 sqft
    Year built: 1951
  11. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 6,280 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,367 sqft
    Year built: 1960
  12. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,214 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,176 sqft
    Year built: 1998
  13. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 5,302 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,490 sqft
    Year built: 1957
  14. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,454 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.63 ac
    Year built: 1953
  15. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,159 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,453 sqft
    Year built: 1955
  16. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 5,741 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,467 sqft
    Year built: 1995
  17. 7 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 8,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 9.78 ac
    Year built: 2007
  18. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,215 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,835 sqft
    Year built: 2006
  19. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,663 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,141 sqft
    Year built: 2018
  20. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,807 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,500 sqft
    Year built: 1963
  21. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,711 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,840 sqft
    Year built: 2018
  22. 4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,490 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,854 sqft
    Year built: 2006
  23. 7 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,394 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.50 ac
    Year built: 1891
  24. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,010 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,710 sqft
    Year built: 1996
  25. 6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,680 sqft
    Year built: 2018

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(all data current as of 7/21/2018)

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Realtor,
CIPS, CRS, ABR, SRES
Sereno Group
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd.
Los Gatos CA 95030
[Silicon Valley, California, USA]
1-408-204-7673
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