Bay One Real Estate
I moved to this area in 1995, and I simply love my neighbors and my neighborhood. I am a few blocks from Ruskin and also close to Noble elementary school. You may want to compare the two schools for character, teaching quality, demographics and such. Both schools offer excellent education for the children who attend! Ruskin runs over 900 API (just barely) so ranks higher than Noble school. Noble has an excellent PTA (parent-teacher association) that raises over $40,000 for enrichment, art, science and extra field trips for the students.
On Saturday mornings, there is an outdoor Farmer's Market held across from Piedmont Hills High School. You may want to come by the area on a Saturday and enjoy the Farmer's Market, this gives you another "sense" or feel of the area.
I like how close we are to all of the shopping in Milpitas, plus Costco down Hostetter makes for convenience too. You can get to 237, 101 and 680 easily.
If you are still seeking a realtor in Berryessa, I would be delighted to help you look at homes. My children are now first, second and third-graders and LOVE it here!
Erica M Nelson
408-258-8662 (home office)
http://www.EricaNelsonEstates.com (DRE 01425475)
Good luck in your decision
I would add to the list of great web sites to look at for schools http://www.schoolperformancemaps.com.
The Ruskin area is sought after for many young families due to affordability and good elementary school.
In my opinion, one of the best ways to get to know a neighborhood is simply walk around on a weekend or evening and talk with neighbors. You would be surprised how much you can find out by simply knocking on a couple of doors. Tell them you are considering the area and would like to know what they think. I offer my clients a list of questions they can use with talking with potential neighbors. Email me if you would like a copy. No obligation.
Some useful websites to get data are on schools and an area:
Santa Clara Country School District
Regarding the area, for some background data try Cita-Data, put in a zip code and it will provide data on that area
That said, you need to visit both the area and the schools to see if it meets your needs. Data only provides one small piece of the puzzle when consider where to buy and what school(s) to attend.
1700 Winchester Avenue, Suite 102
Campbell, CA 95008
to find out more info
Negative: it is very competitive in that area.. A lot of buyers and not many inventories