Relocation Resource for 

Silicon Valley, "The Valley of Heart's Delight"

What does it cost to buy a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home in the West Valley areas of Silicon Valley?

It can be really challenging for people moving to Silicon Valley to get a sense of pricing for home buying.  So to compare “apples to apples”, let’s take a hypothetical case of a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home of approximately 2,000 SF house (appx 185 square meters) and see how the cost looks in one are versus another.

Yesterday I compared several areas and cities using the same formula: homes of 1800 – 2200 SF, 3-5 bedrooms, 2-3 bathrooms, on lot sizes of 6000 SF to 10,000 SF.  Here’s how it shakes out in the “west valley areas” along the Highway 85 corridor. What areas are most affordable?  One way of analysing this is the “price per square foot” figure.   How competitive is it? Have a look at the DOM or “Days on Market” figure.  All of these days on market are short, but they range from low to heart-skippingly fast.

Homes sold 60Day 3-5Bed 2-3Bath 4-20-2015


How much have prices changed?  That really depends on where you live, or where you want to live.  Here’s a flashback to fall 2013.  Do you notice the difference in ordering?  Campbell has moved up a notch or two, which is reflective of what we are seeing: Campbell is HOT!

This next chart was from November 3, 2013.  No, it was never cheap in Palo Alto…

West Valley 4 bedroom home comparison November 2013

In most cases, the most expensive and desirable places have either the best schools or shortest commute location. Had I ranked these for school scores, you’d find that Cambrian is fairly high up and a good “bang for the buck” location – though not a super short commute for folks who work in Mountain View (though not so bad for people working in Cupertino).  None of these is especially close to North San Jose (Cisco).

Palo Alto is a gorgeous, exciting area with all kinds of wonderful features – beautiful neighborhoods, lower crime, great schools, short commute.  But if you didn’t found a successful startup company or inherit a couple of million bucks, it can be hard to buy a single family home there.  Many people would like to live in the shadow of Stanford University, but the budget just won’t allow it.  What, then?

Please use the list above as a way to get your bearings on nearby areas in the South Bay (southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area).  This is not an exhaustive list – it’s just most of the areas closest to Highway 85 or the West Valley Freeway.

Finally, it should be noted that one of the main drivers of home values is school districts. In the San Jose / Silicon Valley area, the school district boundaries do NOT follow the city or town boundaries.  Los Gatos, for example, has 3 different elementary school districts, with varying scores which impact home values.  So too with Saratoga and many other areas, San Jose especially!  All this to say that the figures above are only ROUGH GUIDES.  When you break it down to micro-markets, the picture changes more.  But as a starter guide, I think you’ll find the above info helpful to give you a general idea of how far your money can go in home buying for areas in Santa Clara County from Palo Alto to Blossom Valley.

Please contact me if you’d like to discuss working together in home buying or selling anywhere in the “west valley” areas.

Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd.
Los Gatos CA 95030
[Silicon Valley, California, USA]
mary (at)
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
Connect with Mary
Follow Mary on FacebookFollow Mary on TwitterFollow Mary on TwitterFollow Mary on YouTube

Please find many more icons for connecting socially at the very bottom of this page.
Silicon Valley Real Estate: San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz Counties, and nearby

Santa Clara County Real Estate

Real estate in Santa Clara County, focused on west side communities of San Jose, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell & nearby

Live in Los Gatos blogLos Gatos neighborhoods, real estate, events, history, parks, businesses & more

Trends & Statistics

Click the link below to get real estate data for Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Santa Cruz County (together making up about 98% of "Silicon Valley").

Real Estate Market Statistics and Trends for Santa Clara County
Comps near any address in Santa Clara County
Listings and Sales Near Any Address in Santa Clara County