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How’s the Cupertino real estate market?

Cupertino - view from Ridge Vineyards

Cupertino – view from Ridge Vineyards

The real estate market in Silicon Valley can sometimes be a little quirky, so I like to approach this question from a few angles. In this article I’ll make use of  my charts from Altos Research, which uses listing data (not solds) and is automatically updated every week and also monthly reports from my RE Report subscription. Also I’ll periodically update it with info from the MLS that I have crunched myself or anecdotal stories from those of us “in the trenches.” The article is a bit long but I think much more comprehensive giving the multiple methods of answering the question of how the Cupertino real estate market is faring.

Cupertino median list price of houses by price quartile

Often the real estate market in any given city is very different between the most expensive homes and the most affordable ones. While many Cupertino home buyers are looking for a short commute, great public schools or strong resale value, some seek a luxury property with a view in the Cupertino hills (either off of Montevina Road by Ridge Vineyards or in other lower foothills).
Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

The last few months have had some ups and downs in pricing, but most segments of the Cupertino real estate market have seen an overall uptick since last year. The luxury market in Cupertino had some calming over summer, but is back on the rise again. Going strong, though, are the median pricing tiers. What if we look back more than a year? Combining the quartiles, it seems that there’s been more up than down.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

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Sketch of houseIt can be really challenging for people moving to Silicon Valley to get a sense of real estate prices, and perhaps more, to compare housing costs from one town or district to another.

One question I get a lot is this: what does it cost to buy a 4 bedroom, 2 bath house of about 2000 square feet?

So to answer this question, let’s see what houses like this are selling for (4 bed, 2 bath, appx 2000 SF or 185 square meters) and see how the cost looks in one Santa Clara Count y / Silicon Valley area versus another.

Today I compared several areas and cities using this criteria: single family homes of 1800 – 2200 SF, 3-5 bedrooms, 2-3 bathrooms, on lot sizes of 6000 SF to 10,000 SF. Normally I would chart this over the last 2 months, or 60 days, but because of the low inventory causing the sellers market I have expanded the search to the last 4 months, or 120 days, for a better range. As of this writing, Los Altos only had one sale over the last 120 days, so data for that segment spans from 0 to 180 days back, or 6 months, and in that half a year we have merely 3 sold.

Here’s how it shakes out in the “west valley areas” along the Highway 85 corridor, most of which are known to have good to great public schools. What areas are most affordable? One way of analyzing this is the “price per square foot” figure. Whenever I update the chart, I re-arrange the order of the cities from high to low based on the price per square foot, although there’s usually minimal movement.

Below are my results from the same search back in September 18, 2015. By comparisson, you can tell that Santa Clara’s average Price has increased, pushing it above Almaden and Campbell.

How competitive is the market? 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.

In most cases, the priciest and most desirable places have either the best schools or shortest commute location or both (Palo Alto and Cupertino have both). 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).  Almaden, too, offers a good value for the quality of the schools, homes, and neighborhoods, though the commute is longer. None of these is especially close to North San Jose (where a major employer is Cisco).

It should also be noted that in some of the smaller communities with less on the market these numbers may not be as stable as others with more data – for instance, Saratoga only had four homes sold matching this criteria within the 120 days of collected data, and therefore may not be as accurate as others, such as the Blossom Valley area of San Jose with the most data at 35 homes sold. For these smaller communities with less data, it is beneficial to look at them more closely – Saratoga, for instance, has 3 different high school districts which have an impact the real estate prices.  This chart is really just a snapshot to give a general sense of the relative affordability of these markets to one another. Continue reading

Often I have clients who are interested in purchasing a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home in a good school district in Silicon Valley, particularly in the South Bay and West Valley areas.    Tonight I did a study on the MLS of homes that have sold and closed escrow in the last 4 months with these characteristics:

  • single family home (house)
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 1800 to 2200 square feet of living space
  • 6000 to 10,000 sf lot

Disclaimers aside, here are the numbers for select West Valley Communities in the West/South Bay area with good schools. The first number is the average sales price per square foot, the second number is the average sales price:

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And a look at the chart from all the way back in 2011. What’s changed? A lot! The order has shifted some, showing where demand has increased or decreased. Most noticeably, the prices are significantly lower in 2011 than they are now.

The home prices tend to run with the school district API scores.  You can check the 2013, three year average, API scores in Santa Clara County for both the districts and the individual schools online here.         Continue reading

For Father’s Day, my husband thought it would be nice to take a leisurely back-roads drive to Ridge Vineyards in Cupertino via Pierce Road in Saratoga and then do a little wine tasting.  It was nice to get away from major roads and freeways, and we very much enjoyed the drive – but much more so the destination!

Every time we visit Ridge, it seems to be just a little bit nicer than when we’d last seen it.  The grounds have gone from rustic to sophisticated and there are many more places to enjoy a little wine and picnic now as compared to ten or twenty years ago. (I think I first joined Jim there more than 30 years ago.)  Here are a few photos of our trek there today.    It’s always a pleasant place to visit, and often the views are spectacular.

1 Ridge 3 Ridge walking in (2) 2 landscaping 5 outside patio 6 Ridge sign 7 Beware of Rattlesnakes 8 Panorama 9 Looking north 10 Looking east 10 Vineyard 11 Young grapes 12 Vineyard and view toward Los Gatos 13 Looking southeast 14 Cupertino hillside home 15 For the birds

For more info about Ridge, tasting, or joining any of their member programs, please visit them online at http://www.ridgewine.com/ or stop by the lovely Montebello Road campus when they’re open.

17100 Monte Bello Road Cupertino, CA 95014

Phone 408.867.3233

Love Cupertino? Check out housing market info here:

Cupertino Real Estate Market Trends and Statistics

  1. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,849 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,278 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,679 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,488 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,710 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,873 sqft
  4. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 743 sq ft
    Lot size: 435 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,272 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,490 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,127 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,850 sqft
  7. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,156 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,681 sqft
  8. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,553 sq ft
    Lot size: 38,419 sqft
  9. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,632 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,011 sqft
  10. 0 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,520 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,452 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Cupertino.
(all data current as of 2/24/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Today I’m sharing with you Silicon Valley real estate statistics which were presented to me by my company, Sereno Group. These are “by school district” and I think you will find them immensely insightful! First, though, a brief commentary on the overall findings, then statistics for single family homes (mostly houses but a few “duet homes”) in Santa Clara County, and lastly, the same info but for condominiums and townhouses.

Sereno Market Report Intro May 10 2014

 

Please find the real estate market statistics by school district in the Santa Clara County area next.  Please note that the San Jose Unified School District is extremely large and varied, and the numbers would be very different if you were narrowing it to Almaden Valley with Leland High School as opposed to some areas which are not performing nearly as well.

 

Market Report By School District Quarter 1 2004 Single Family Homes

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What does it cost to buy a home with really good schools in Silicon Valley? Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino and Palo Alto are all areas with highly regarding public schools.  These aren’t the only areas with good schools but they are popular “west valley” areas that people may consider if working for Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook or any number of high tech employers.

Los Gatos and Saratoga both have multiple school districts, running from good to very good or excellent.  The cost of housing tends to follow the popularity of the district, so for those areas I’m showing the breakdown not just for the whole town of Los Gatos but also by the high school district (Los Gatos-Saratoga or Campbell Union High School District).  Same with Saratoga.  (The Monte Sereno real estate market is very similar to Los Gatos, but slightly more expensive. Most of Monte Sereno has Los Gatos schools, but a small number of homes are in the Campbell area.)

Here are the average numbers for single family homes sold in the last 60 days ranging from 1500 – 2500 square feet, on a lot between 5000 and 10,000 SF, with 3-5 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms to give a sense of what it would cost to purchase a typical house in these areas.  Please note that right now it’s a strong seller’s market, so many (if not most or all) homes are selling for more than the list price.  DOM stands for days on the market.

Market info April 19 2014

If you are new to Santa Clara County, you may be wondering if this is correct.  The cost to buy a home in these areas is what?

  • Los Gatos: approximately $1,200,000 to $1,675,000 depending on the school district
  • Saratoga: approximately$1,500,000 to about $2,000,000 depending on the schools
  • Cupertino: approx $1,700,000 (some high schools will bring in higher prices and others lower)
  • Palo Alto: approx $2,700,000

Remember, these prices do not mean that the houses being sold are perfect.  Because it is a strong seller’s market, many properties are being sold which need new roofing, extensive pest work, remodeling, perhaps updating of electrical or plumbing systems or more.  Many home buyers will need to spend 1-2% on things like termite fumigation, dry rot or roof repairs, carpets, paint, windows and more, and usually this will be done before they move in.  So whatever the budget is, buffer it a little bit for both money and time to make it turnkey.

For people relocating to Silicon Valley from out of the San Jose or Peninsula area, this real estate market can be daunting.   There are other areas with good schools which are a bit further from most employment areas which can be an alternative, too.  They include the Cambrian 95124 and Almaden 95120 (especially the southern area with Bret Harte Middle School and Leland High School) areas within San Jose.

Finally, in some cases, it may be more affordable to make use of private schools, which are plentiful in the San Francisco Bay area.  In some situations it can be financially more affordable to buy outside of the highly competitive areas with the best schools and utilize the private school system.  Some of the private schools are religious, some secular, and some with a language focus (bilingual in French, German, Chinese, etc.).

Interested in purchasing a home in one of these fantastic communities?  Please call or email me!  408 204-7673  or mary (at) popehandy.com

  1. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,849 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,278 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,679 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,488 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,710 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,873 sqft
  4. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 743 sq ft
    Lot size: 435 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,272 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,490 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,127 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,850 sqft
  7. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,156 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,681 sqft
  8. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,553 sq ft
    Lot size: 38,419 sqft
  9. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,632 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,011 sqft
  10. 0 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,520 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,452 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Cupertino.
(all data current as of 2/24/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Offer DeadlinesIt’s a seller’s market in Silicon Valley right now.  Many sellers are getting multiple offers and overbids, especially in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Menlo Park.  For home owners trying to maximize their sales price, does it make sense to have an “offer deadline”?

Maybe.

If you are pretty confident that you can get multiple offers, the deadline helps in a few ways.

  • it prevents the offer situation from being a mere “foot race” (fastest one wins)
  • it allows everyone enough time to see the house, read the inspections, disclosures etc.
  • it provides enough time for the sellers and agents to plan

As with all strategic plans, this one can backfire too.  If you or your agent publishes an offer deadline and then no bids are forthcoming, it’s more than just a let down.  It’s a market signal that this home is overvalued by its owner and agent.  Then, suddenly, it can appear to be an old listing, even if it’s just been on the market 7 to 10 days.

Many real estate agents take a middle path, saying nothing about offers until agents ask. If they are asked, they will give a date in the future – usually a couple of days after the open house.  But the MLS won’t say it for these agents unless they hear many buyers’ agents asking about offer presentation.  They don’t want to look bad, they don’t want your house to look bad.

We never know until a property goes on the market how it will fare.  It is wise to be cautious about advertising an offer date unless you are very certain that you will be seeing multiples!

  1. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 886 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,132 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,555 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,901 sqft
  3. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,515 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,060 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,314 sqft
  5. 5 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,950 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,011 sqft
  6. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,404 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,838 sqft
  7. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,275 sq ft
  8. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,231 sq ft
    Lot size: 696 sqft
  9. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,952 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,094 sqft
  10. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,679 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,804 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of San Jose.
(all data current as of 2/24/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Scenic Silicon ValleyIf you arrived into Silicon Valley via Highway 101, driving south from San Francisco, you might believe that the Santa Clara Valley, the San Jose area and Silicon Valley as a whole has got to seem to be the ugliest place on earth. Although heavily traveled, that is not the “scenic route”.

So, too, if you are looking for a place to live and are groping to find a place that is reasonably priced, fairly safe and not a terrible commute distance. You might not even have “is nice looking” on your wish list. You might not think it’s possible if all you ever see are the ugly concrete tilt-up buildings in north San Jose, Santa Clara, Alviso, or anywhere along the 237 corridor.  That area is an architectural wasteland.

Let me assure you: there are a lot of beautiful places in Silicon Valley where you can rent or buy a home. But how do you find them? It helps a lot to have a local give you a few pointers.  I’ll give you some tips today on finding a scenic place to live.

Hills – An easy way to find a scenic location to make your home is to settle near the hills, especially those in the west valley (the Santa Cruz Mountains or the Coastal Range) as they are green year-round. Communities at the base of the west valley foothills include, in Santa Clara County, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, and the Almaden Valley area of San Jose. All of these areas are adjacent to the hills or mountains and offer far better than average schools (many of them qualify as great – compare costs between these areas). Continue reading

The 95129 area of San Jose, which is sometimes referred to as the “Cupertino Border” area and is generally part of “West San  Jose”, is highly desirable due to the excellent school scores in the Cupertino School District (which much of this zip code enjoys – but not all), well maintained homes and great commute location to companies such as Apple (headquartered in Cupertino). Today we’ll consider the real estate market activity for houses in this area today and in relation to recent history.
This data  will be automatically updated by Altos Research (to which I have a subscription) weekly. Altos uses list prices, not sales or sold prices, FYI.

Median List price for San Jose 95129

Median list price, all quartiles combined, going back about 7 years. Peak for pricing was in very late 2007.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

Median list price for just the last 12 months:

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com
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