What kind of residential lots and land will hold value the best in Silicon Valley? There are corner lots, flag lots, cul-de-sac lots, other irregularly shaped lots and standard lots. If you are concerned about resale value and appreciation, it’s helpful to know what most of the buyers will ordinarily prefer.

While some San Jose area home buyers want a corner lot (more light, fewer adjacent neighbors), for most, the extra traffic and noise outweighs the pluses. The most-desired lot for home buyers, generally, is a normal, interior, standard lot.

Cul-de-sac lots are also highly valued among many buyers, though not all. With the court location comes a lack of street parking, especially at the end, and a lack of exit routes. Recently I held a listing open in Los Gatos that was on a cul-de-sac and the idea of only one way in or out spooked one buyer who otherwise really liked the location, which was close to Los Gatos schools. Homes at the end of the court also have irregularly shaped lots, and they tend to be harder to utilize as well but offer large backyards. So there are plusses and minuses, especially at the end of the court.

The key or flag lot is usually considered the least desirable location for the majority of homebuyers in Silicon Valley, because those lots are fairly “hemmed in” by other lots all around them. If you aren’t familiar with a flag lot, you can visualize a lot shaped like a flag on the flagpole – the flag itself is the lot, and the pole is the driveway.

All of these generalizations, of course, are dependent on all other things being equal. A flag lot with a great view will be far more desirable than a standard lot with neighbors who don’t keep up their yards! Keep this tidbit of information as just one of many in your arsenal for determining what adds up to the best investment you can make in today’s Silicon Valley real estate market.

Note: this article originally published in Sept 2008 and recently updated.

  1. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,260 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,001 sqft
  2. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,357 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,805 sqft
  3. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 628 sq ft
    Lot size: 866 sqft
  4. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,861 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,200 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,280 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,031 sqft
  6. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,689 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.38 ac
  7. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,032 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,499 sqft
  8. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,744 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,560 sqft
  9. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,480 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,051 sqft
  10. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,421 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.25 ac

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