Beckwith Building in downtown Los Gatos, California

The beautiful Beckwith Building in downtown Los Gatos, California

I have been fortunate to have made 5 trips to Europe, one of them lasting 9 months, and will be returning again before the end of 2013 (this time to Belgium).  It is so diverse, beautiful and compelling! Having experienced a little culture shock myself (when living in Florence, Italy, for one year of university), I’m very sympathetic about how hard an international move can be, and I understand that for Europeans moving to Silicon Valley, there can be an acute culture shock, particularly for those coming from more rural areas.

The bulk of Silicon Valley is located in Santa Clara County, which is at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay.  In this county, there are approximately 1.8 million people, almost a million of them in the city of San Jose.  Some areas, or districts, of San Jose have a distinctive character and are almost like towns or small cities themselves.  So in this article I’ll mention both cities and towns, but also areas or districts of San Jose, which might appeal to our European transplants.   Most of my comments will reference Santa Clara County or “south bay” locations, but I will also mention others on the San Francisco Peninsula and SF Bay Area too.

Architecture, Urban Centers and Charm

It is an unfortunate negative in Silicon Valley that much of our housing consists of ranch style tract homes, and truthfully, they are not exactly a work of art.  New or newer homes tend to be on very tiny parcels of land (or “lots”) and for many people may simply feel too congested or crowded. But there are beautiful residential neighborhoods – you just need to know where to look!  In many ways, the areas with higher charm can make our global home buyers feel more comfortable than if they were faced with only track, ranch neighborhoods.

Do you value unique, older architecture with Victorian, Craftsman, Tudor or other home styles? Then check out these areas:

  • Within San Jose: the Japantown, Vendome, and Naglee Park areas of downtown San Jose. Also in central San Jose are the Rosegarden, Shasta Hanchett and Burbank neighborhoods which all boast some lovely older homes.  Or, if you love classic Spanish Revival style homes with views, consider the old Alum Rock area of San Jose near the country club (golf course).  The Willow Glen area of SJ (zip code 95120) is full of lovely old established neighborhoods with historic homes and tree lined streets.  If your job takes you to downtown San Jose, all of these areas will be fairly close.

Please read the rest of this article on the Move2SiliconValley.com website:

http://www.move2siliconvalley.com/which-silicon-valley-areas-are-the-most-european-feeling/

  1. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,622 sq ft
    Lot size: 566 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,178 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,619 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,100 sq ft
    Lot size: 740 sqft
  4. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,020 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,749 sqft
  5. 0 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 1,592 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,577 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,201 sq ft
    Lot size: 435 sqft
  7. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,421 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,524 sqft
  8. 0 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,574 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,359 sqft
  9. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,400 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,357 sqft
  10. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,288 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,524 sqft

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Mary Pope-Handy
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