My personal opinion is that there are better options out there. The inside of these homes are amazing and TB has a good reputation, especially when compared to the big boys like KB, etc. But for the price, you can probably find something in a better, more desirable location.
I live and work in the Willow Glen area and know that neighborhood very well. I just think it's too packed in there -- between Meridian & Foxworthy Ave, the 2 shopping centers, and the Willow Glen/Cambrian neighborhoods. My wife always says that you can tell a lot about a neighborhood based on the nearby grocery store and she's right. The PW is old and run down and there used to be Luckys across the street, but they closed up shop a couple years ago.
Willow Glen Place would be great if it was either in a more serene location or closer to a Santana Row or newer mall. It's current location will be a hard sell for years to come.
I'm going to have to side with Brad Le on this one. For the price of the typical townhome at Willow Glen Courtyard, there are other options you might explore, including older homes that are NOT subject to CC&Rs, restrictions or monthly homeowners assessments. While I do agree that this is a lovely home,and Toll Brothers (which is, by the way, one of the larger builders in the US with assets diversified into areas such as publishing, advertising and media) is a consistent builder with good product, like you, I would wish for a slightly better neighborhood around this complex with newer malls and stores. Although the listing says "Willow Glen", it is on the very border of the Willow Glen in the Cambrian section of San Jose.
If you are planning to live in the home for a longer time--between 10-15 years, it is likely that the neighborhood will undergo improvements and renovationsat around the time you might choose to resell your home. Until the area catches up around the complex, however, the gas station and older stores (as you have already noted) may be negatively considered by other potential buyers, which can adversely affect appreciation on your home.
I understand the allure of a new home--I consult with developers and help plan new home complexes, but since housing prices in better areas have become as affordable as new homes, it's worth looking around at available homes in other areas to see if there are options worth exploring in slightly better neighborhoods. If you choose to purchase a home at Willow Glen Courtyard, then, as another Realtor suggested, by all means, please take a qualified knowledgeable agent or, if you're looking to save some money, a real estate facilitator with you to help you navigate through the documents, the association information, and your home purchase--when it comes time to close, you won't be sorry that you engaged a professional! Finally, take a few minutes to read my three part blog at the web address below with the "basics" of understanding homeowners associations, so that you'll know what to expect when dealing with a homeowners association.
Good luck and happy house hunting!!
Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
CID Specialist, Agent/Facilitator
Area Pro Realty
Tel (408) 426-1616
This is a great area, but I ask this question to all of my buyers.
I also suggest that they talk a walk around the neighborhood.. not just once, but several times. Talk with the neighbors! You are going to live with them and see them regularly.. make sure you LIKE them.
Lastly, you can check police records for anything that the neighbors may have forgotten.
Good luck in your search!
Joanna Bateman, Realtor (DRE 01792532)
Location is always a key in the final decisions of buyers and value.
Joanna makes great points. To support those I would add the links below for a simple way to gain information at your whim. I am adding another link to help describe one of the pitfalls regarding "new build buyers".
You are doing exactly what you should be, gathering information, that is going to make your new home purchase a pleasant endeavor.