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: 1.08 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: 14,315 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,104 sqft
    Year built: 1969
  4. 6 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 6,685 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,859 sqft
    Year built: 2016
  5. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 11,243 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,300 sqft
    Year built: 1966
  6. 6 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,088 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,598 sqft
    Year built: 2013
  7. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,725 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,329 sqft
    Year built: 1948
  8. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,301 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,329 sqft
    Year built: 1948
  9. 7 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 8,314 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.40 ac
    Year built: 1989
  10. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,107 sq ft
    Lot size: 13.68 ac
    Year built: 1991
  11. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,107 sq ft
    Lot size: 13.70 ac
    Year built: 2001
  12. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,029 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,998 sqft
    Year built: 1951
  13. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,139 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,068 sqft
    Year built: 1998
  14. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 4,662 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,543 sqft
    Year built: 1888
  15. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,527 sq ft
    Lot size: 31,877 sqft
    Year built: 2017
  16. 6 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,700 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.34 ac
    Year built: 1964
  17. 6 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 5,749 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.54 ac
    Year built: 1977
  18. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 6,260 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,249 sqft
    Year built: 1960
  19. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,002 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.31 ac
    Year built: 1979
  20. 4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,432 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,424 sqft
    Year built: 1994
  21. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 4,527 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,300 sqft
    Year built: 1992
  22. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,594 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,398 sqft
    Year built: 2017
  23. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,750 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,298 sqft
    Year built: 1961
  24. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,965 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,651 sqft
    Year built: 1999
  25. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,094 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,461 sqft
    Year built: 1993

See all San Jose, California Real Estate.
(all data current as of 8/22/2017)

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

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