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  • Fun Facts about the Santa Clara Unified School District

    Posted Under: General Area in Santa Clara, Schools in Santa Clara, In My Neighborhood in Santa Clara  |  September 29, 2014 8:57 PM  |  595 views  |  No comments

    Here are some fun facts about the attendance boundaries in the Santa Clara Unified School District.

    As expected, the major street El Camino Real is a hard boundary between the school attendance boundaries.  

    Students on the North side of El Camino Real are assigned to Wilcox High School.  
    Students on the South side of El Camino Real are assigned to Santa Clara High School.  


    Students who start at the northern tip of Santa Clara at Mayne Elementary will have to travel far to Don Callejon School for Middle School.


    Students who start off in Montague Elementary will have to travel far to Buchser Middle School when they reach middle school age.

    Students who go to Cabrillo Middle School will get assigned to either Wilcox High or Santa Clara High depending on which elementary school they went to.

    Briarwood Elementary and Bower Elementary will go to Cabrillo Middle then Wilcox High.
    Pomeroy Elementary will go to Cabrillo Middle then Santa Clara High.
  • Millikin Basics+ Elementary School moved from Central Park Elementary to Mariposa School

    Posted Under: General Area in Santa Clara, Schools in Santa Clara, In My Neighborhood in Santa Clara  |  September 29, 2014 7:37 PM  |  596 views  |  No comments
    The rising number of parents who wished to enroll their children in Santa Clara Unified School District's Millikin Basics+ Elementary School prompted the school’s move away from its former site at Central Park Elementary on Sonoma Place (just north of Central Park) to a bigger campus at the former site of Mariposa School on Hobart Terrace on the West side of Mariposa Gardens in 2013.

    Due to an unexpected population drop and unused capacity in neighboring schools, Central Park Elementary was closed in 2012. 

    After updating the former Mariposa school site, the Millikin Basics + program re-opened at the former Mariposa site in 2012-2013. 

    The new Millikin Basics+ Elementary School was formerly Mariposa School, established in 1956.
    Mariposa School later closed due to declining enrollment, and then was rented out to another educational institution before the school district reclaimed it for the site of the new Millikin campus.
    While the old Millikin campus held 402 students, the new campus holds 432 students.
  • City of Los Altos Single-Family Residential DESIGN GUIDELINES for New Homes & Remodels

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Los Altos, Design & Decor in Los Altos, In My Neighborhood in Los Altos  |  September 12, 2014 10:19 PM  |  627 views  |  No comments

    The City of Los Altos provides a 26 page booklet on Single-Family Residential DESIGN GUIDELINES for New Homes & Remodels on their website.

    Los Altos requires a design review for all residential construction.  Most design reviews are performed by Planning Department staff.  However, applications for 2-story construction or unusual architectural designs are heard by the Architectural and Site Control Committee (A&S), a subcommittee of the Planning Commission.

  • New iPhone App helps attract customers to your Open House

    Posted Under: Home Selling in California, Tech Tips in California, Agent2Agent in California  |  September 12, 2014 9:39 PM  |  661 views  |  1 comment

    New iPhone App helps attract customers to your Open House

    For a full description, read this blog post.  <-- Click here.

  • Boundary of the OLD Latimer Elementary School in Moreland School District

    Posted Under: Schools in Campbell, In My Neighborhood in Campbell, Property Q&A in Campbell  |  September 12, 2014 6:30 PM  |  625 views  |  No comments

    Before Latimer Elementary closed in 2006, the boundaries were roughly defined by the region bounded by West Hamilton Ave and West Campbell Ave to the West of San Tomas Expressway plus the Hathaway Park neighborhood and just North of the San Tomas Aquino neigbhorhood.
  • Moreland School District Reopens Latimer Elementary School

    Posted Under: Schools in Campbell, Home Selling in Campbell, In My Neighborhood in Campbell  |  September 12, 2014 6:13 PM  |  635 views  |  No comments

    After a summer of modernization, Latimer Elementary School opened its doors to 204 students on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. The 10 newly modernized classrooms, attracted families eager to be part of Latimer’s state-of-the-art facilities and exemplary teachers.


    Originally opening as a school for only Transitional Kinder—2nd grade, Latimer quickly drew families with students at all grade levels, anxious to benefit from Latimer's technology-enhanced  classrooms,  and focus on Project Based Learning.  

    Through various “meet and greet” opportunities in the spring and summer, families had the opportunity to meet the Latimer staff and learn about the extraordinary programs for future Latimer students.

    As of the first day of school, Latimer opened up with:

    - One Transitional Kindergarten classroom

                -  Three Kindergarten classrooms

                -  One First Grade

                -  Two Second Grades

                -  One each of Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades

                -  One K/1 Special Day Class

    The Moreland School District’s enrollment has greatly increased since this time last year.  Having to serve 4,778 students,  the Moreland School District had to increase to seven school sites.  This is why on December 10, 2013, the Moreland School District board voted to reopen Latimer Elementary School.

    Located at 4250 Latimer Ave. in San Jose, Latimer Elementary had closed in 2006 due to low enrollment. After overcrowding at most of the district's elementary schools, particularly at Baker and Country Lane, which had been 100-125 students over capacity.

    Some 200 Hathaway residents had signed a petition back on Feb 11 to keep Country Lane as their neighborhood school.  At the board meeting, at least 8 residents spoke in favor of making Latimer anopen enrollment school.  The issue with a purely open enrollment school was that Latimer needs to be at full capacity to relieve the overcrowding at other schools.  Thus, the school district hired Dolinka Group, a facilities planning firm to lay out possible boundary scenarios.

    If your house is situated within the new Latimer boundaries, your child may be grandfathered in to their existing school
    If your child was enrolled in grades Transitional Kindergarten – 4th grade, as of December 10, 2013, your child may be grandfathered in to their existing school when requested by the parents.  Siblings may be grandfathered in if their older sibling are in grades Transitional Kindergarten – 4th grade at the same school. 

  • County of Santa Clara - Planning Office - Development Standards for Residential Uses by Zoning District

    Posted Under: General Area in Santa Clara County, Home Buying in Santa Clara County, Remodel & Renovate in Santa Clara County  |  September 12, 2014 5:13 PM  |  629 views  |  No comments

    To view the County of Santa Clara - Planning Office - Development Standards for Residential Uses by Zoning District, go to www.sccplanning.org.

    For accessory buildings and structures, see Sect. 4.20.020.

    For zoning districts R1, R1E, R2, & A1 (in USA), 

    the setbacks (in feet) are:
    a) Front/Rear = 25 ft
    b) Side = 5 ft

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