Selling a home in one of San Jose’s Almaden Valley neighborhoods? Understand home buyer concerns in 95120Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
To maximize the marketing and sale of your property, it is very helpful to understand the motivation of people who are house-hunting in San Jose, 95120, and also to understand their concerns.
The positive aspects of living in Almaden are abundant. Many Silicon Valley home buyers to find the right balance of good schools, scenic neighborhoods, well kept homes, real estate pricing, and open space & trails in this southwestern part of San Jose. Browse listings of San Jose 95120 homes for sale here (link to a page on this blog).
The concerns vary from one buyer to the next, but may include the following (many related to schools):
- commute distance (especially in the southern part of the valley)
- mercury in the soil from the Almaden and Guadalupe quicksilver mines
- proximity of high voltage power lines in the more northern part of the area
- the lower scores at Castillero Middle School (as compared to the elmentary schools which are feeders to it) or Pioneer High School
- school boundaries between the Pioneer and Leland area – will they move as more development takes place in southern Almaden Valley?
- For the part of Almaden with Los Gatos schools, will the drive be too far, and will there be enough kids in the neighborhood in those same schools?
- For the neighborhoods in the Campbell Union High School District, will Leigh High remain an option into the future or will Branham become mandatory at some point?
- Most of Almaden is in the San Jose Unified School District , which had mandatory busing in the past, and not so long ago – will it happen in the future?
- for some, that there could be too much pressure at the highest scoring Almaden public schools
- fire danger near the hills
- wildlife near creeks it may attract (and in other cases, fears around mercury coming to their property in the stream or with the rains)
- near creeks: wildlife attracted by the water as well as mercury coming down from the hills (one buyer worried about eating vegetables or fruits grown on land near creeks)
And we haven’t yet broached the issues around purchasing older homes, which is what most of the listing inventory is! (more…)