Santa Clara Unified also has some excellent schools and one of these happen to be the homes just north of Pruneridge that go to Sutter Elementary.
Another neighborhood in Santa Clara with excellent school is the Laurelwood Elementary neighborhood, which is near where the new Apple campus will be.
You could have gotten a great deal on these neighborhoods back in 2011, but now people have discovered them and they all have jumped in demand and price. I got my buyers in near the time you asked this question and they are now pretty "stoked" about their appreciation.
How important is their education to you?
If you have 2 kids, that favors the condo in Cupertino.
If you have only 1 child and don't anticipate any more ever, then consider private school.
How do you feel about living in a single family home vs. a small condo?
Do you have pets? If so, that favors single family home.
Do you think your kids (or future kids) will like a backyard to play in?
Location, location, location is key.
One can buy in Santa Clara also with Cupertino schools, or areas South of El Camino.
One needs to be weary about homes with older foundations.
R and P Mistry
I offer a free no-obligation consultation designed to help you discover for yourselves what is most important about buying a home to you so you can make the right choice.
Keep in mind that many families buy in the Cupertino schools areas just for the years needed, then sell. So sometimes we have homes with a regular 4 year turnover (high school), while other times the family perseveres with a smaller home to ensure a certain level of education from K-12.
The average home ownership actually only last 5-7 years. The ages of your children. If they are young enough you might lean toward the OK school district and then 5-7 years later move to the better school district when they are in high school, where it matters more what their scores and grades are.
I suggest actively looking at both, as most times that will help make the decision for you.
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