Where is 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.

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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: 29,716 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.09 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: 18,320 sq ft
    Lot size: 37,126 sqft
    Year built: 1948
  4. $9,800,000 : 0 sierra, SAN JOSE
    1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 664.00 ac
    Year built: 1958
  5. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 45.97 ac
    Year built: 2004
  6. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 11,220 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,735 sqft
    Year built: 1962
  7. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 12,152 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,698 sqft
    Year built: 1925
  8. 4 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 8,451 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.13 ac
    Year built: 2002
  9. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 10,517 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,418 sqft
    Year built: 1960
  10. 4 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,158 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.62 ac
    Year built: 2017
  11. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,737 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,483 sqft
    Year built: 2018
  12. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,737 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,483 sqft
    Year built: 2018
  13. 7 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,394 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.50 ac
    Year built: 1891
  14. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,238 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,728 sqft
    Year built: 1965
  15. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 5,432 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,116 sqft
    Year built: 1994
  16. 6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,623 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,414 sqft
    Year built: 2009
  17. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,602 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,980 sqft
    Year built: 1997
  18. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,028 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,598 sqft
    Year built: 2012
  19. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,197 sqft
    Year built: 1928
  20. 6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,586 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,425 sqft
    Year built: 1963
  21. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,018 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,608 sqft
    Year built: 2002
  22. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,594 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,398 sqft
    Year built: 2017
  23. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,965 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,651 sqft
    Year built: 1999
  24. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,639 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,719 sqft
    Year built: 2005
  25. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,948 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.22 ac
    Year built: 2000

See all San Jose, California Real Estate.
(all data current as of 2/20/2018)

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

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