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Best of luck!
#1 Safety. Can't live in a high crime area or an area with gang activity.
#2 Friendly neighbors..preferably all professionals (doctors, lawyer, engineers)
#3 Proximity to freeways, groceries, parks.
How is the Willow Glen area?
Without knowing what you want from your neighborhood it is very hard to make a recommendation. A good starting point is to look at how much time you would spend commuting from different neighborhoods. If you spend less time commuting you will have more time to spend with your family and on your profession.
Santa Clara home values at http://julianalee.com/santa-clara/santa-clara-statistics.htm
Just sold Santa Clara home information at http://julianalee.com/santa-clara/santa-clara-home-sales.htm
There are many areas in each of those cities my clients are happy with and I would be happy to live in.
Top 2 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty, the nations largest
Over 20 years experience
Over 1,000 homes sold in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County
All of the areas that you mentioned have great neighborhoods within which to purchase a new home. As to whether or not a neighborhood is "good", that decision will rely almost wholly on you and your requirements for a community. We, as Realtors, as barred by law from giving you directions toward any specific areas as this is considered steering. Similarly, we cannot describe neighborhoods nor recommend neighborhoods based on race, family status, age or profession.
What I can tell you is this:
1. Get a Realtor to help you find a home. While I know it seems it may be "too soon" in your search to hire a Realtor, a good one will not "push" you to finding a home now, but will work with you on YOUR time table to find a great home. This can mean working with you for months or, as I've done with one or two of my clients, years to find a great home.
2. Neighborhoods with the highest buyer demand are also those neighborhoods that have some of the best performing schools in the area. While I can appreciate that you don't need a good school district for your family members (since they are attending private school), you will find that highly desired neighborhoods also overlap with great schools.
3. Do a little research. Go to http://www.crimereports.com to view local crimes in an area. All areas--even those with the highest home values--will have some crime, but if there is a proliferation of reported crime in an area, you might need to determine if that is a risk you are able to tolerate.
4. Talk with the neighbors around any home where you want to buy. This is one the best ways to gather information about a neighborhood. Surprisingly, neighbors have no "agenda" to make any home in the area look "better" or "worse" to a buyer who is interested in buying another house. If you spend even a few minute with any neighbor, you'll get the "straight deal" almost every time regarding what happens in the neighborhood.
Most importantly, SK, hire a Realtor. Aside from knowing all of the areas that you've mentioned, a good Realtor will use other information--including your price range, location of your job, and your personal requirements for a home to locate a great home for you. Doing this alone can be pretty frustrating, so get someone to work with you to ease the difficulty in locating a great home.
Allison James Estates & Homes
Tel (408) 426-1616
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Santa Clara has a lot to offer in terms of housing, such as plenty of parks, a newly built library, an Olympic caliber swim center, a world class university, and close proximity to the number one shopping center in the South Bay Santana Row. Its also convenient to most jobs located in the northern part of the valley. The city is currently being revitalized with the new NFL stadium and is attracting a number of national retailers to invest in the city.
Also typical commute time in Santa Clara will be 10 to 15 minutes, where commuters coming from San Jose and Campbell which are located farther south have to deal with more traffic.
For information about what types of homes you could afford in Santa Clara send me an email with your price range and I will send you some listings and neighborhood information.
Vinicius Brasil 408-582-3272
The Santa Clara Real Estate Guy
Please do get in touch with me, this is a full on discussion and so may questions needing clarifications to better help you meet your RE needs.
I serve the Sth Bay area, and can surely help you. Be well and safe, regards,
Let me know if you need a purchase loan for the property or want to get pre-approved (this will increase the chances of your loan being accepted) because I can certainly help you out there. You can call me at 408-352-5147 or email me at AGreer@themortgageoutlet.com. You can check us out at http://www.TheMortgageOutlet.com. I will look at your situation and present you with some options.