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 in your move! California is a great place to live!
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.
The Silicon Valley has begun a re-birth and we are seeing more jobs thereby increased activity for homes.
One canâ€™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 questionsâ€¦correctly!
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.
Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
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 !