Ludovic, Just Looking in San Francisco, CA

Will move to the Sillicon Valley soon with my familly, where should I live?

Asked by Ludovic, San Francisco, CA Mon Oct 1, 2007

am in the internet industry, coming from China and Europe . Plan to have a kid soon

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Hi Ludovic,

You mentioned that you're coming from China and starting a family soon, so you may be interested in the Mandarin immersion program located in the Cupertino school district. My niece attends and it's been a great experience for her even though her parents only speak English at home. There is also a private school in Palo Alto, The International School of the Peninsula. This offers a Mandarin and French immersion and many of its students are not originally from the U.S.

Schools aside, you may want to rent for a year first and get to know the area and see which community you like the best.

Good Luck!
Mary
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Almaden Valley has horse property, golf course developments as well as reasonably priced homes very near shopping. Good Martial arts school, very multicultural including a Chinese school next to the award winning elementary and high school, Grocery shopping and medical 5 minutes from anywhere in Almaden valley with large mall (Oakridge Mall with theaters, restaurants etc) 7-10 minutes drive. Many employeed by local IBM reseach center and other Silicon valley tech companies. Many churches of all denominations. Wildlife so abundant that there are occasional complaints.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 8, 2007
Almaden Valley has horse property, golf course developments as well as reasonably priced homes very near shopping. Good Martial arts school, very multicultural including a Chinese school next to the award winning elementary and high school, Grocery shopping and medical 5 minutes from anywhere in Almaden valley with large mall (Oakridge Mall with theaters, restaurants etc) 7-10 minutes drive. Many employeed by local IBM reseach center and other Silicon valley tech companies. Many churches of all denominations. Wildlife so abundant that there are occasional complaints.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 7, 2007
That is a hard question to answer without more information. The "Silicon Valley" is large and quite diverse in terms of price range per community. Also, the schools differ quite a bit throughout the "Valley". You might want to think about renting for a year so that you can get your bearing then decide on the community that best suits your family's needs re schools and will fit your price range. also, traffic can be difficult depending where your job is located, so you need to decide what distance you are willing to commute. Since you don't have children yet in schools, the renting option seems best suited to you. But if you need a referral for a Silicon Valley agent, let me know and I can provide one.
Good luck in your move! California is a great place to live!
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There are lots of fabulous choices in the Valley; sharing your price ranges & priorities will help people to advise you. Many homes here sell for hundreds of thousands more when they're in the best, and better, school districts.
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Our Bay Area is very diverse, people and areas. There are many who work in the valley that live in San Francisco because they want the urban life and there are people that live in Santa Cruz or Half Moon Bay because they want the Ocean.
Tell us more about you, where do you live now, what do you want your living environment to be, does the company you're going to work with have transportation - Google for instance has shuttles that run from areas of San Francisco to thier campus.
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Jed Lane; Fog…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
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Ludovic:

Great Question:

The Silicon Valley has begun a re-birth and we are seeing more jobs thereby increased activity for homes.

One can’t answer you question, for it is too unclear. For example, what is your price range? Where in this big valley is your job located? How much of a loan will you need? How big of a house do you need to fit your needs? How long will you be living in the Valley?

I can suggest several great Realtors to work with from San Jose to Milpitas to Oakland. For you see, finding the best local Realtor will be the way to answer all of your questions…correctly!
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Hello Ludovic and thanks for your post.

Given your budget of $2000 per month in rent, you can consider the following areas for residence in the South San Francisco Bay area--all of which have great schools. For favorable commutes to the Silicon Valley, consider West San Jose (Zip 95129), Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Cupertino and parts of Santa Clara. The Mandarin Immersion program at Meyerholz Elementary in Cupertino is excessively difficult to enter as it is one of the district's most impacted programs, and the waiting list is long since there are many individuals of Chinese descent living within the School District's boundaries. The less favorable commute (going south to north) also have some great schools including Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell, Evergreen in San Jose, and parts of Milpitas.

You may find, however, that a monthly rent of $2000 is not quite high enough to find suitable housing in Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino or Sunnyvale and Mountain View. In these areas, rents tend to be slightly higher in the better school districts for homes suitable to a family of four.

For more information about rentals in the area, you can try http://www.craigslist.com, apartments.com and rentsinsiliconvalley.com for a list of available rental properties.

Good luck!

Sincerely,
Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 18, 2009
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 18, 2009
Thanks all to your great advices. It s a great service for us in China to have people on the ground able to know the market and help us. About the price range, I am not that sure what s the market. I would say that under 2000 US$ should be reasonable? Franckly I don t have a clue if it s or not. We are pretty open on that. About the seize of the house / apartment, 3 bedrooms sounds like a minmum . And the location, that would be great to be in a place where we can feel the fresh air (mountain or ocean). Saying that, we don t want to be too isolated neither and want to enjoy the cultural and nightlife there.

To be very precised (sounds like a dream description), we both with my wife practice yoga and are pretty into martial art. A friendly community that are both multi-cultural and into lifestyle and culture would be great.

We are not into transportation. So ideally, I would say 20 minutes of transportation to go to the office should be the maximum.

Am I totally out of the loop? Is that a fantasy or is there a place like this in the Valley?

Thanks again to all of you !
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