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Almaden Valley in San Jose is comprised of many neighborhoods and subdivisions. One of them, close to the border with Los Gatos and Cambrian Park, is particularly popular: the Oak Canyon neighborhood.

There are many reasons for its draw among Silicon Valley home buyers: the houses were well built by Shea Homes in about 1980, so they are relatively newer by Silicon Valley standards. They’re larger homes on comfortable lots, often 8000 sf or so but some as small as 6500 sf and others larger than a quarter acre in the Oak Canyon corner of Almaden.

Most of the homes boast a 3 car garage, which is a big help with storage of stuff, if not storage of cars. The roads gently turn, which makes a more pleasing look. It’s a very “conforming” neighborhood where everyone keeps up the homes and yards. Much of Almaden is viewed by consumers as somewhat remote, but this section, near the mouth of Almaden, is not too deep into the valley and is a better commute location for most. One of the largest pulls for the area, though, is the nearby elementary school, Guadalupe School, which has API scores in the 900s.

Oak Canyon Drive, San Jose, CA 95120 - a neighborhood in the Almaden Valley Oak Canyon Dr in San Jose Oak Canyon neighborhood home Oak Canyon street Oak Canyon 2 story house Oak Canyon home with 3 car garage Oak Canyon street along the Guadalupe Creek This floor plan in Oak Canyon boasts a master bedroom suite with balcony.  Many of these properties face the hills. An Oak Canyon house with a welcoming front porch.

Where is the Oak Canyon neighborhood in Almaden Valley, San Jose?

Oak Canyon is found near the intersection of Camden Avenue and Coleman Road in San Jose but is bordered by Coleman on one side and the Guadalue Creek on the other sides. (The far side of the Guadalupe Creek at this point is Cambrian Park.)  Just the other side of Coleman Road is the Montevideo neighborhood, and next to that is the Almaden Meadows neighborhood.

oak-canyon-map

And to provide some bearings, here’s a map of the Almaden Valley district of San Jose generally:

almaden-valley-map
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Sign - Quiet Residential Zone in the University Square neighborhood of Santa ClaraThe University Square neighborhood in Santa Clara is walking distance to Santa Clara University. I grew up there, riding my bike in the forbidden college walkways, and recall my Realtor mother referring to the area as “Little Professorville.” That was a reference to a lovely Palo Alto neighborhood in the shadow of Stanford University. She wasn’t wrong – we knew some professors who walked to SCU each day from that neighborhood, including my grandfather.

Where is the University Square neighborhood?

The neighborhood may not have exact boundaries, but appears to be bordered by Park Avenue on the east, Washington Street on the west, the University to the north, and Newhall Avenue to the south.

The area closest to the campus is fairly congested, both with density of housing and the amount of cars parked everywhere. This is where you’ll see the reminder that it’s a quiet, residential zone.

Alviso Street in University Square close to Santa Clara University

Get past Poplar, though, and suddenly it’s a completely different feel, with almost no cars on the street and homes being spread further apart.

Ranch style house in University Square with large picture window facing front

The homes found between Washington and Park, and along Alviso Street, are mixed architecturally. Some streets, like Circle Drive and College Avenue, are primarily ranch style houses built from 1955 – 1950 (some of the county records say 1900 – that just means they lost the records and don’t know!). Some of these have been expanded tremendously. The house I grew up in as a child was 1400 square feet, but it’s been added onto a couple or more times and is now more than 3000 SF.

Hilmar Street is older, mostly built in 1940 with a mix of styles, including Cape Cod, Tudor, and Bungalow. Most of the homes have detached garages, and on the south side of one block, the garages are accessed by an alley! We do not have many areas like that in Silicon Valley, but it makes the front of the home look almost like a movie set. That street is also lined with Cherry trees which explode with blossoms each spring, making a beautiful sight. Here’s a photo I took on February 14th, 2006 of that street.

Hillmar Street Feb 14 2016 with trees in bloom

And one more view, from the same day.

University Square in Santa Clara - Hilmar Street in mid February with the blossoms

The homes here are mostly on 6000 to 9000 sf lots, and range from 1400 to 2500 SF in the majority of cases. There are 2 car garages. In the older houses, the garages will be detached, but in the ranch style houses, they are attached.

Corner house along Alviso Street in University Square neighborhood in Santa Clara

There are sidewalks throughout the University Square neighborhood. Often there’s a sidewalk strip, meaning a space for trees and other landscaping between the street and the sidewalk. Other times, the sidewalk is directly adjacent to the road.

Spread out ranch style house in the University Square neighborhood of Santa Clara

This is not a pretentious neighborhood. The homes are mostly fairly modest, middle class homes. But they are convenient for both the university and for a trip to downtown San Jose via either The Alameda or Park Avenue. There’s a lot to be said for not needing a freeway with today’s congestion! As it is scenic, well maintained, and convenient, it’s also expensive, with home prices running about 20% more than the county average for a single family house.

Hilmar Street is tree lined includes some Cape Cod styled houses

Here’s another lovely home on Hilmar.
Hilmar Street house in University Square

Want to check out the neighborhood some more? Browse the listings of University Square Santa Clara homes for sale here:

Homes for sale or recently sold in the University Square neighborhood in Santa Clara

To see what’s for sale, pending, or recently sold in the University Square neighborhood of Santa Clara, please visit this link:
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  • Allmaden Valley view from Nightfall Court
    Allmaden Valley view from Nightfall Court

Whether you call it the San Jose area, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, The South Bay, or even the old moniker of “The Valley of Heart’s Delight”, there is a lot to love about living here. I’ve put together a slideshow with a taste of the residential communities in and near San Jose, including Almaden, Willow Glen, Cambrian, Evergreen, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Campbell, Cupertino, Santa Clara and more. Sit back and enjoy the photos!

It’s possible to live in Silicon Valley and have no idea that there are still some original adobe houses to be found right here in the San Jose area. Today, though, I hope to help some of our residents discover the past which is lurking right in front of us!

The historic Adobe Woman’s Club is just a block or two off the campus of Santa Clara University, tucked away on a side street now that The Alameda is re-routed as The El Camino.  Address: 3260 The Alameda, Santa Clara.  According to the state’s historical preservation site, this state landmark # 249 is one of the oldest in the Santa Clara Valley, was built between 1792 and 1800 and was one of many row houses built for the native Americans who worked at Mission Santa Clara.  Please note that this is private property and you may not enter without permission, but the adobe abode is very visible from the sidewalk.

Today the beautifully preserved adobe house functions as a nonprofit group with these objectives: “to promote educational, moral, social welfare, cultural, civic and community service.  Anyone who supports these objectives is welcome.”  This scenic place can also be rented out for private events.  The garden is quite lovely and the interior appears to be very modern.  You can see photos of the inside of the house at the club’s website: The Santa Clara Woman’s Club.

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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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San Francisco and the San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara metro areas were named named as among the most dynamic in the world in a study from Jones Lang  LaSalle, a commercial real estate firm, as reported in MSN real estate news recently.  Silicon Valley is a bit of an amorphous thing, with loose boundaries which seem to be as much a state of mind as a geographical location.  Even so, The Valley has been inching northward through the Peninsula into San Francisco in recent years, so it is no surprise that with our current tech boom, both areas made the list.  I think it would be a mistake to think that the San Francisco Peninsula isn’t included generally since it’s bookended by these areas.

Where else is named?

  1. San Francisco
  2. London
  3. Dubai
  4. Shanghai
  5. Wuhan (China)
  6. New York
  7. Austin
  8. Hong Kong
  9. San Jose (metro area: includes Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, and presumably nearby)
  10. Singapore

Get the whole story here:

http://realestate.msn.com/blogs/post–the-most-dynamic-cities-of-2014

  1. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,152 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,050 sqft
  2. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,612 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,998 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 576 sq ft
  4. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 920 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,197 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,536 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.30 ac
  6. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,087 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,136 sqft
  7. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,396 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,738 sqft
  8. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,206 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,029 sqft
  9. 6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,948 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,537 sqft
  10. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,581 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,181 sqft

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(all data current as of 9/20/2017)

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State of American Well Being - San Jose - Sunnyvale - Santa Clara ranks 5th in U.S.MSN real estate tends to feature real estate news in bite-sized slide shares with images (and links for home buyers to search properties listed for sale on Realtor.com). A new study, more complicated and comprehensive than would normally be published for consumers to digest,was summarized there from Gallup and Healthways Well-Being Index, known as The American State of Well Being study, a poll of 178,000 people in 2013 across the country.  The distilled info is broken down by state, metro area or city and also by congressional district.  San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara (the metro area in Santa Clara County, what we would call Silicon Valley) came in quite strong!   MSN picked it up, condensed the info and provided a list displaying a sample of homes for sale in the  10 happiest cities in the U.S., which you can read online here.

Not surprisingly for residents of The Golden State, California landed three of the ten spots.  Cites or areas named as where people are the happiest ones in the United States are:

  1. Provo, Utah
  2. Boulder, Colorado
  3. Fort Collins, Colorado
  4. Honolulu, Hawaii
  5. San Jose, California
  6. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  7. Naples, Florida
  8. San Luis Obispo, California
  9. San Francisco, California
  10. Lincoln, Nebraska

Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County and the San Jose area still are “The Valley of Heart’s Delight“, at least that’s how it seems when the locals are polled!

Because the San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara area is a “metro” area, it would seem to include these nearby towns and cities:  Los Altos, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, Cupertino, Mountain View, Campbell, Los Altos Hills and other parts of Santa Clara County.  Congrats to the whole South Bay region!

To learn more about this study and its results, please click on the Gallup-Healthways link above.

  1. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,510 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,307 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,977 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,368 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,446 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,978 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,374 sqft
  5. 5 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,767 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,242 sqft
  6. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 968 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,551 sqft
  7. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,794 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,086 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,264 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,975 sqft
  9. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,036 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,563 sqft
  10. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 1,906 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,271 sqft

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(all data current as of 9/20/2017)

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The Silicon Valley real estate market is always good for someone – buyers, sellers, investor, move up or move down home owners.  Right now, it’s good for sellers because there is far more demand than supply in most of the region.

Some properties are usually hard to sell in normal markets unless they are deeply discounted.  These are the homes or lots where there are location problems or issues, such as being on a busy road or adjacent to something less desirable (high voltage power lines, railroad tracks, freeway, etc.).  This current real estate climate provides an easier selling opportunity for those home owners who would like to be home sellers.   The tighter the inventory, the better the odds are of being able to sell real estate with issues (assuming that it’s priced in line with the market).  Today I did a quick study of the months of inventory (MOI) on our multiple listing service, MLSListings.com, for a few places around the county.  The image below is my handiwork, with the areas enjoying the best market for selling (lowest MOI) at the top.

Santa Clara County Months of Inventory Jan 28 2014

It should be noted that this is an overview only, and that each area has lots of micro-markets, which can be investigated themselves (refining the search by school district, price point, age of home, with or without pool, and so on).   The general trend seems to be that it’s very difficult for the more expensive markets such as Monte Sereno, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, and Saratoga.  But if you were to break it down and view many of these in their lowest pricing tier, you’d likely find that in most of these places, the least expensive homes are moving fairly swiftly.  I pointed this out in two examples only above – for Palo Alto and Los Gatos.

How does this information assist a home owner with a location challenge?  If you are thinking of selling and your home is in an area with a very low “months of inventory”, that’s a good indicator that right now may be an ideal time for your home to be on the market.   The real estate market is red hot in Santa Clara, Milpitas, Sunnyvale, the Cambrian area of San Jose, and several other parts of Santa Clara County – particularly in the under $1 million price range.  Interested in investigating this more?  Please call or email me and we’ll set up a confidential, no obligation appointment.

  1. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,206 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,029 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,542 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,599 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,940 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,532 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,318 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,000 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,039 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,489 sqft
  6. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,482 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,772 sqft
  7. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,017 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,998 sqft
  8. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,818 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,562 sqft
  9. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,511 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,205 sqft
  10. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,812 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,560 sqft

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(all data current as of 9/20/2017)

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Mission Santa ClaraThe City of Santa Clara sits in the heart of Silicon Valley and today it is well known for Mission Santa Clara, Santa Clara University, the Great America Theme Park, neighborhood & civic swimming pools and competitive swim teams, and of course high tech companies such as Intel, Applied Materials and Texas Instruments (among others). Within the San Francisco Bay Area, the construction of the new football stadium has been huge in raising the city’s profile in the eyes of sports enthusiasts. For business people, the Santa Clara Convention Center is a big draw too.

For many Silicon Valley workers, one of the biggest draws to Santa Clara is the shorter commute times it tends to afford. For some, it may also be newer construction and a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood at the Rivermark area.  And others may want to live in Santa Clara near Valley Fair and Santana Row.

I have a particular fondness for what used to be referred to as “The Mission City”  due to its history and continuing presence of the Mission Santa Clara today.  Perhaps I am also biased as I spent 10 years of my childhood living near Santa Clara University and another in the San Tomas Woods neighborhood, and to this day am a frequent visitor at the Mission.  There’s a lot to love, and more reasons joining the ranks every day with the new 49ers stadium on the horizon too.

Buying a home in Santa Clara

What does it cost to buy a house, townhouse or condo in the city of Santa Clara?  Have a look – below please find a list of homes for sale, newest listings shown first.

  1. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 955 sq ft
  2. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,004 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,038 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 955 sq ft
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,716 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,197 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,740 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,141 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Santa Clara.
(all data current as of 9/20/2017)

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

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