One, is to look at all the schools with a score of 900+ and then see if any minimum 3/2 homes in the $600K range are for sale in the area of the school. The problem with the school first, house second method is that sometimes you have to wait forever for a house in your price range to come up for sale in the area of the good school.
The other way to go is to search for a minimum 3/2 homes in the $600K range and see what schools are within the area of the homes that you like. You might not get a 900+ school but at least you will be given the choices of what is available at that moment.
In either case, I would contact a Realtor to help you expedite the search. If you don't already have one I can certainly help. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently live in Santa Clara with my wife and kids.
You received a lot of good information. Currently in Milpitas there are only 2 homes on the market between $599,000 and $701,000, and both of these are below 30 years of age.
The API of school makes for even greater demand when searching in Santa Clara County.
I have a PDF which shows the API scores broken down by district and schools. If you would like a copy simply drop me a private email and I'll send it on to you.
As the others have already mentioned, your best bet is to find and hire a great agent to help you. You have plenty of great people listed here who are willing to help. Also, there are discount agents to help as well if you want a rebate at the close of escrow--a nice bit of money to help you move, pay for furniture and repairs. Look here at Trulia for help and you can find a great agent to work with.
Second, if you're not ready to work with an agent, but just want to look around, here's what to do:
1. Check out realtor.com. This is a great listing of all of the homes available for sale on different multiple listing services in Northern California. So, for example, a home in San Mateo County may not be listed on the same MLS as the one here in Santa Clara. So if you look at Realtor.com, it will give you all of the homes available in California, parts of California and even other states.
2. Check out the local multiple listing service (MLS) here in Santa Clara County. There is a "public portal" that you can use that is not affiliated with any real estate firm or agent. You can look at all of the homes for sale in Santa Clara by checking out http://www.mlslistings.com.
Once you've honed in on an area that you like, check the API scores on the State of California's website to determine performance for the children in the school. Again, an agent will help you so that you don't have to look for yourself, but I understand that many buyers today prefer looking for themselves and bringing in an agent when they find something that they like. If that is the case, then seriously consider a discount agent to help you negotiate your deal.
Finally, if you're looking only for new homes, then check out http://www.newhomesmag.com for all of the home builders and new homes in the Bay Area.
Allison James Estates & Homes
Thanks for your question.
I trust you are looking for homes then around Laurelwood, Sutter and Milikin since
your requirements are an API of 900.
Check API schools scores at: http://ruthandperry.com/APISCC
We just sold a few around there but getting a SFH for $600K is unlikely.
Check : http://www.trulia.com/blog/perry_mistry/2013/02/santa_clara_
Do get in touch.
If you look at older homes the number of sales increases to 2,060.
Changing the number of bedrooms or bathrooms won't change the number of homes very much if you only look at homes built after 1985.
I would recommend that you also look at older homes. It will be very difficult for you to find a home in the age and price range you specified.
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