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. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 6,169 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.48 ac
  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,121 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,141 sqft
  3. 5 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,519 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,471 sqft
  4. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,185 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,626 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 5,831 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.01 ac
  6. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,596 sq ft
    Lot size: 33,976 sqft
  7. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,154 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,162 sqft
  8. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,554 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,479 sqft
  9. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,645 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,583 sqft
  10. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,320 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,347 sqft

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