Thanks for your question. Have you spent much time in Fremont? Do you like the neighborhood? Is the commute ok for you?
In general the areas of Sunnyvale with the higher scoring schools are more expensive than a similar home with a similar school in Fremont. Also, many homes in Fremont are newer than they are in Sunnyvale, but the newer homes have smaller lots.
Is lot size important to you?
It is more expensive in Sunnyvale not only because of the schools but also because of the proximity to employment centers.
I am assuming you mean no good Santa Clara middle schools are not that good, not Sunnyvale.
Parts of Sunnyvale feed into Cupertino schools which makes the homes very expensive.
Sunnyvale is expensive because of the accessibility to great deal of companies in the valley. Sunnyvale schools are recognized as great schools (although I have no experience with schools). At the same time, properties are older than Fremont, lots smaller and typical view is city view.
Conversely, Fremont is considered to be hard to commute (both 880 and 680 are terrible during commute times, as is Dumbarton), during peak hours. Mission San jose School District is considered to be one of the best, and you can get better/bigger house for your money than in Sunnyvale. Demographic is quite family oriented. Best feature of many houses in Mission is the phenomenal bay view or Mission hills view -- a similar location on the peninsula or south bay will cost you much much more.
Overall, if you want a nicer/bigger house with possibility of a view and great schools to fall back on, then choose Fremont. In South Bay, a house in the hills will cost you a lot more.
If it would be my personal choice, I would pick Sunnyvale...
Sunnyvale is quite central to Silicon Valley and commute is great to N Bay and S Bay.
Sunnyvale has a new and dynamic down town that is thriving, along with High tech companies that
have set up shop in the down town area.
The valuation premium for Sunnyvale is that it is a suburb to Santa Clara and is thriving while
associated with Santa Clara County.
Fremont, has great schools, but one has to consider commute on 880 as well as be cognizant of the fact that it is in a different county and sitting close to the Hayward fault line. If schools and costs are important then you should buy in Fremont.
Which city you prefer is a personal decision. It depends on your priorities and preferences. Sunnyvale is more convenient to the majority of South Bay high-tech employment centers due to its central location and organized multiple parallel roads which provide a checkerboard pattern of roads north-south and east-west across it.
Do you think you are your spouse will both stay at your current job for a many years or is there a chance one or both of you might get enticed to a different company? If the latter, then you may want to consider buying in a city that has easy access to the majority of companies in your industry. For example, a software professional may consider convenience of his home's access to Mountain View.
How many kids do you plan to have? If you will stop at 1 child, then you do have the option of buying in a convenient location and sending your child to private school.
Schools? Have you checked out the API scores of Fremontâ€™s schools. The Mission San Jose High School attendance area and the schools that feed into Mission San Jose High are the leaders. They rank with the top California schools. Fremont has other fine schools.
This is a very subjective thing and has many little things that need to be considered....Price, size, Schools, COMMUTE time for one/both parents...etc etc...this is a detailed conversation, along with the process for purchase....I have helped clients in Both Cities find good homes!
If you would like to sit down and talk things through in detail, pls do get in touch with me...
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Sunnyvale and Fremont are two very different cities. Do you work in or close to Sunnyvale? If you move to Fremont would you like the commute? As the economy gets better so increases the traffic on already busy highways. Personally when we made a choice to puchase a home many years back, we had the same dilemma. We chose to stay here because with both me and my husband working around Sunnyvale the commute was too much. Time is precious and we didn't want to waste it in traffic. Another thing to think of is if a child gets sick and has to be picked up from the school, you have to drive a while to get there. These suggestions are from my personal experience, presuming that you work in or around Sunnyvale.
I would love to be able to help you answer any further questions. Look at all the available options and look at long term.
If you can define the number one goal of purchasing a home and then the second reason and focus on that the answer will become very clear to you. Many times buyer's get hung up on resale, and although that can make a difference, it generally makes a difference for like minded people. Those with similar goals.
The final thought is that we can try to look at what the future will hold, the reality is that we can really only know what is happening today and make a decision on known factors.
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