Is There More Value in a Corner Lot, Flag Lot, or Normal Lot?

Lot Shapes: Standard, Corner, Cul-de-Sac, and Flag (or Key)What kind of residential lots and land will hold value the best in Silicon Valley?  Your choices may include a corner lot, flag lot, cul-de-sac lot, a zero lot line parcel, oddly shaped land boundaries, and standard lots.  If you are concerned about resale value and appreciation, it’s helpful to know what most buyers ordinarily prefer.

Corner and Standard Lots

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. An issue that home buyers often raise with corner lots involves headlights hitting bedroom or other windows as cars turn. There is some concern about drivers missing the turn and hitting the house, too. (This is also a worry for buyers looking to purchase a home on a busy road.)

The most-desired lot for home buyers, generally, is a normal, interior, standard (rectangularly shaped) lot.

Cul-de-sac Lots

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. A while back 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.

I’d like to add that pie shaped lots, or those with many angles, often seem to have the lot size misrepresented on county records.  Many times I’ve found that a large parcel on a cul-de-sac will be ascribed the same size as nearby plots even if clearly it’s far bigger. The geometry is a headache, but you can use Google Earth to do an approximation of the actual square footage and then check the perimeter against the perimeter found in the Preliminary Title Report. The odds are good that if you get the correct size of the boundary (perimeter measurements added together) on Google Earth, you’ve got the correct lot size. Own a house with such a situation? Bring it to the county tax assessor’s office and get your property’s record updated. (more…)

Stunning, scenic, riverfront land, close to town, for Sale in Morgan Hill

My Sereno Group real estate colleague and friend Lorraine Combs has some extremely gorgeous land listed for sale in Morgan Hill.  Many of us have the dream about building a home somewhere in Silicon Valley and getting more space – and this south county acreage is so scenic that I really wanted to showcase it here.  It’s a nice piece of the California heritage with views of the hills, trees and water all in one place. What a great place to enjoy horses or a vineyard!

So, take a few minutes, enjoy the photos and details, and see if these riverside lots might be just the thing for you or someone you know!

Two Riverfront Morgan Hill Lots For Sale: Some General Information

Morgan Hill land for sale along the Uvas RiverThese two properties were recently subdivided, so share the same address, which is 12575 Watsonville Road, Morgan Hill.  The area is close to town and also near to the wine growing region.

One of these parcels is just shy of 3 acres and the other is 3.45 acres.  They are contiguous so two lots can be purchased together if you are looking for an even larger piece of land to call your own.

Both properties front the beautiful Uvas River, which runs year round.  And both are equestrian properties, zoned for horses.

Seller financing is possible for your real estate purchase – this is an enormous plus, especially given the current lending climate!

A well is shared between the two addresses. One lot has a P, G & E pole and the other has an electric easement.

Morgan Hill land for sale, close to town, zoned for horses and situated along the Uvas RiverOne of the parcels has an existing structure and a new house can be built on that site, which includes views of the Uvas River.  The other does not currently have a building on it but does enjoy frontage on the river (and plenty of level land upon which to build).

Please note: do not go to these listings without an appointment!  It is imperative to call and make an appointment first to view this prime land (contact info will be listed at the end of this article).

Now let’s go over each parcel individually. (more…)