If 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
Please stop by a Sereno Group office in Los Gatos, Los Altos or Soquel / Santa Cruz to take part in a FREE e-waste, e-recycling
collection event on Sunday April 21, 2013 9:30AM- 1:30- PM.
A FREE e-waste collection event is being held in 3 area Sereno Group offices on Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 9:30am to 1:30pm:
Where to go to drop off the approved items?
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd.
Los Gatos 408-335-1400
Los Altos/Palo Alto
369 S. San Antonio Rd.
Los Altos 650-947-2900
2407 Porter St. #150
What to Bring, what’s accepted:
CDs & DVDs
Please note that in the past, they didn’t want to take small kitchen appliances but seems that this year, they’re ok!
Service provided by Metech Recycling who will securely shred all data containing devices, so no one can access your personal information. Over 95% of all materials will be securely recycled for manufacture.
$5,548,000 : 222 Alvarado AVE, LOS ALTOS6 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
$5,198,000 : 649 Mills AVE, LOS ALTOS5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
$2,999,950 : 991 Saint Joseph CT, LOS ALTOS5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
$1,099,000 : 672 N San Antonio RD, LOS ALTOS2 beds, 2 full baths
$2,895,000 : 333 Jardin DR, LOS ALTOS4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
$3,199,888 : 24 S El Monte AVE, LOS ALTOS3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
$3,395,000 : 492 Deodara DR, LOS ALTOS5 beds, 4 full baths
$3,998,000 : 1187 Portland AVE, LOS ALTOS6 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
$2,200,000 : 2056 El Sereno AVE, LOS ALTOS3 beds, 1 full bath
$4,298,000 : 1424 Grant RD, LOS ALTOS5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
See all Real estate in the city of Los Altos.
(all data current as of 5/29/2017)
Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.
Halloween is almost here and it is time to get creative! Sereno’s in on the spirit too. Each year, Sereno Group Real Estate offices in the San Jose and Silicon Valley area have a Halloween pumpkin decorating contest for kids. Winner’s pumpkins (and names of winners if parental permission is received) will be advertised in our local papers after the contest is finished.
Decorate your own small pumpkin, or pick up a complimentary pumpkin at one of our offices in Los Gatos, Saratoga, Soquel/Santa Cruz, Los Altos, or Palo Alto.
3 age groups: toddler, early elementary, late elementary
All contestants will receive a gift goodie bag
One grand prize per age group, per office, will be awarded
Any carved or punctured pumpkins will be disqualified due to rotting
All entries must be dropped off at your nearest Sereno Group Office by Friday, October 21st at 5pm. Judging will happen the week of October 24th during our regular real estate marketing meeting.
Where and when can you drop off a pumpkin? Please find the office locations and hours below. We are looking forward to seeing some wonderful kids’ creations!
I’ve been selling real estate for 18 years, full time, in Silicon Valley. Until recently I had never seen a dampwood termite in this area but a few months ago I caught sight of a dead one at the Almaden Winery neighborhood (on the Cambrian and Almaden border) when our pest inspector, Miguel Torres from Thrasher Termite, noticed it. Luckily there were no live dampwoods to be found! I thought it was a weird fluke.
Fast forward a few months, and again this week I saw first the much smaller, immature dampwoods (so I didn’t recognize them, but suspected that they were termites of some kind as they were coming out of rotting wood) and a few days later saw the large and now mature dampwood termites swarming in the same location in Belgatos Park, Los Gatos, close to where my family and I live. Initially I thought they were strange moths as there was a lot of flapping motion, but on closer look I could see that they were indeed termites and they were big!!! Continue reading