Finding a home in San Jose


In 1968 “Do you know the way to San Jose” was the title of a popular song by the great singer Dionne Warwick. Today if you are a buyer in the real estate market, the question is “do you really know San Jose”. If you are looking to purchase a home close to your work, with good schools and a nice community would you know where to look?

That is where finding and working with a knowledgeable Realtor is so important. Yes, the internet is a great tool, but spending your weekends going from one open house to another is hard on a family, especially if you have young children. Working with the right Realtor will eliminate a lot of that legwork and find you moving into your dream home sooner that you thought.

It’s what we do for a living and an experienced, knowledgeable Realtor will be able to quickly determine your wants and needs, directing you to only properties that meet you criteria and budget.

The City of San Jose covers over 160 square miles, has over 60 zip codes and is the tenth-largest city by population in the United States, so that equals a lot of homes and a large area to search. If you are a buyer and want to find the perfect home in the perfect location it would make sense to work with someone who really knows the business. Here we can help you. In this blog and the following ones, we are going to highlight some of the areas of San Jose that to us stand out. That does not mean that the other areas are not great, it just means these are areas that we believe have the most potential and being a sound investment.

Location, location, location, we hear it all the time in real estate, however, location is relative to the buyer. Here in the Bay Area that usually means school districts, but not everyone is tied to needing the best school district. Yes, the best school districts affect your resale value, but as a first time buyer can you afford to purchase a home in those districts. Location might mean the shortest commute time, so you can spend more time at home with your family. Or it might be one that provides the best outdoor lifestyle that we Californians enjoy so much. Whatever, the reason we can help you find the perfect location. Let’s take a look at some of the San Jose areas you might find interesting.

Probable the best way to look at such a large area is to break it down into sections and highlight some of our favorite areas. To make it easy let’s do North, East South, West and downtown:

North San Jose: Is the bubble of the Berryessa area on the borders of Santa Clara and Milpitas.

East San Jose: Is Evergreen, Alum Rock and the East Foothills. Open spaces, golf courses and great vistas

South San Jose: Encompasses Cambrian, Almaden Valley, Blossom Valley, Coyote Valley, Santa Teresa, and Silver Creek. This area includes a lot of new condominiums and more affordable single family homes. Almaden Valley is extremely desirable and has some of the best schools in the city, but not the best commute into Silicon Valley.

West San Jose: Borders on Saratoga & Cupertino and includes West valley, Strawberry Park and Santana Row. Another eclectic area, with a mixture of character properties amongst new developments.

Downtown: Willow Glen, Rose Garden, Naglee Park, Hanchett Park, Japantown, College Park and Midtown include some of our favorite areas due to diversity, character and old world charm.

All of these San Jose areas have their own characteristics and distinctly different property values. Navigating these dynamic variables can be safety done with someone who knows the territory and can provide sound guidance and advice.

This is my first blog, so I think my next will focus on one of our favorite towns Willow Glen. Let me know if you found this helpful, interesting or would simply like more information.

The Los Gatos Realtor


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