Silicon Valley’s most affordable homes – what do they cost?

What kind of cost is associated with the most affordable homes in Silicon Valley?  In Santa Clara County, the median sale price of houses is about $1.7 – $1.8 million (fall 2023) and the average sale price is just about $2 million.  So you know it can’t be easy – these are for the whole county, not the areas with the best commutes, best schools, most charm, etc.

Quick summary:

  • the least expensive areas are often more remote, or have less well regarded schools, or other undesirable factors (higher crime, too close to a negative location)
  • the most expensive  Silicon Valley areas tend to have shorter commutes, better school scores, less crime, more wealth, generally
  • within Santa Clara County,  lower prices are found in the city of Gilroy, in the Los Gatos Mountains (or other remote areas), and these areas of San Jose: South San Jose, Alum Rock, and Downtown or Central San Jose
  • San Mateo County is generally less affordable than Santa Clara County, but there are some less costly areas, like East Palo Alto
  • Santa Cruz County is often much more affordable than Santa Clara County (the commute may be a bear, though)

 

Santa Clara County’s most affordable homes

Here’s a view of home prices and market conditions by city. Gilroy is usually the least expensive city, as it is in this month’s data set. As a general rule, Silicon Valley’s most affordable homes are often the most remote.

 

Santa Clara County single family home stats by city.

 

San Jose makes up about half of the county in terms of population, and every few months we update a post about San Jose Districts and their Values.

Within the city of San Jose, the 3 districts with the most affordable homes are (in order with links to the RE Report for each section):

  1. South San Jose
  2. Alum Rock
  3. Downtown

The next two areas of San Jose on the “more affordable” end of the spectrum are Santa Teresa and Blossom Valley.

Also not represented in the table above are the areas within the Santa Cruz Mountains, also known as the Los Gatos Mountains. This can be among the most affordable areas (nothing is cheap!), but there are commute and other issues that come with living in the mountains.  Please see this article on that topic: What about living in the Los Gatos Mountains (or Santa Cruz Mountains)?

Rural areas in the east foothills, or in more distant parts of South County will also give more home for the buck, but the tradeoffs will include much longer commutes.

More expensive: San Mateo County

And it’s worse if you go north, and into San Mateo County, where the median sale price is $1.8 – $2 million and the average sale price is $2.6 million  (Please visit my RE REPORT for information on Silicon Valley real estate statistics. It is automatically updated each month.)

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LendingTree Ranks Bay Area Cities as the Top Two Most Competitive Housing Markets!

Top 10 Competitive Markets for Home Buyers by LendingTree

LendingTree, a company which helps match people to loans (think: dating app for mortgages), took the data received from over 1.5 million purchase mortgage loan requests from the 100 largest cities of the United States in 2017 and ranked their real estate markets in a unique way: by competitiveness. Spoiler alert: the top two most competitive cities in this study were San Francisco (#1) and San Jose (#2)!

Three criteria were used to determine the ranking for each city. The first was the number of buyers shopping for loans before finding the property. Next, the average down payment percent. And finally, the percentage of buyers who have prime credit scores (over 680).

Why were these criteria chosen? The more competitive the market, the more competitive buyers offers must be. In a strong seller’s market, having loan contingencies or a lower offer price will hurt your chances at having your offer accepted.

Keep reading below for a snipet of the top 10 most competitive markets from LendingTree’s article, and what it means.

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