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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 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,239 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,316 sqft
  2. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,131 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,878 sqft
  3. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 885 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Palo Alto.
(all data current as of 4/28/2017)

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. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 850 sq ft
    Lot size: 392 sqft
  2. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,212 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,045 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,177 sq ft
    Lot size: 392 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,442 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.57 ac
  5. 1 bed, 1 full 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 4/27/2017)

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

Saratoga

  1. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 914 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,488 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Saratoga.
(all data current as of 4/28/2017)

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

Los Gatos

  1. 1 bed, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 800 sq ft
    Lot size: 12.86 ac
  2. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,418 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,009 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,956 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.10 ac
  4. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,908 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.56 ac
  5. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 841 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,615 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Los Gatos.
(all data current as of 4/27/2017)

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

Milpitas

  1. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,089 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,754 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,488 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,402 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,011 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,198 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,488 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,423 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,659 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Milpitas.
(all data current as of 4/28/2017)

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

Almaden area of San Jose

  1. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,649 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,450 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,451 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,742 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,124 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,265 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,672 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,437 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,754 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,668 sqft

See all Real estate in the Almaden Valley community.
(all data current as of 4/28/2017)

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

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Median apartment rental price by county (in & near Silicon Valley)

$2500 money blockThis week, the San Jose Mercury News ran an article with a starling statistic: the median list price of 2 bedroom apartments in and near Silicon Valley.  Here’s a look at the numbers:

  • San Mateo County $2884
  • Santa Clara County $2552
  • The San Francisco Bay Area as a whole (all 9 counties) $2451
  • Alameda County $2172
  • Contra Costa County $1825

These numbers are the median for the whole county in question – so in Santa Clara County, it will be a lot more if you are in Cupertino or Palo Alto or Los Gatos as opposed to the Alum Rock area of San Jose or Morgan Hill or Gilroy.

Houses are worse still.  Small homes may be found for $2500 to $3000 in many areas.  Places with better schools may run $4000 to $6000 per month for a home with better schools.  Want the best? It’s likely to be $7000 – $8000 for a good sized, comfortable (do not read “elegant”) house with better schools – or more.

Update on August 25: I’m hearing that 1 bedroom apartments in Cupertino are running at around $2300 per month and a 2 bedroom at around $3000 per month.

 

Read the article in the Merc:
Bay Area rental crisis squeezing out middle class

What does it cost to buy a house in Santa Clara County? And San Mateo County? Both are home to “Silicon Valley”!

Silicon Valley is a large area, with much of it in Santa Clara County (where San Jose is the largest city with almost one million residents) and most of the rest is in San Mateo County along the San Francisco Peninsula.   So what does it cost to buy a house in these areas? Today I spent some time on MLSListings.com, our local multiple listing service, and pulled the data, which I hope that newcomers will find very helpful.

Below is a chart of single family homes purchased between October 1 2013 and the end of January 2014 by price point.

Santa Clara County sales of single family homes:

Santa Clara County home prices Jan 2014

As you can see, only a tiny fraction of homes sell for less than $400,000.  Most people pay between quite a lot more, with many sales happening in the $600,000 to $1,000,000 range (and it’s more in the areas with best schools and short commutes, generally, so many are much higher, too).  The average Santa Clara County home sales price was $1,002,119 and the average price per square foot was $526.

How about San Mateo County prices?  As you may know, The Peninsula is pricier than it’s warmer neighbor to the south. But how much more will it cost you?

Santa Clara County sales of single family homes:

San Mateo County home prices Jan 2014

The average sales price was in San Mateo County for the last three months was $1,254,114 and average price per square foot was $625 (all sizes of houses and lots throughout SMC).  This is about 20% than Santa Clara County.

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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