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lkailasam, Home Buyer in San Jose, CA

Looking to see if anyone of late has had odour issues in the guadalupe mines/via campagna area. I am looking to buy a home there, 1696 via campagna.

Asked by lkailasam, San Jose, CA Tue Aug 14, 2012

Would also like to know if any of you have bought/sold homes in and around there and how much the landfill has contributed to the final price. Thanks!

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I have bought and sold homes in the Via Campagna area, most recently the one that is actually closest to the landfill (next to the open space). I asked my sellers this same question and they replied that the only impact the landfill had on them was the traffic to and from the entrance on Guadalupe Mines Rd. They never had an odor issue but that's subjective so, as previous posters suggest, you should spend some time in the area.

Also, be aware that the land on the other side of Guadalupe Mines Road is scheduled for housing development. The other "gotcha" to be aware of is that one side of the development has Los Gatos Schools and the other side has Union Schools. Both are great but you need to make sure you understand which school system you're buying into if you have a preference.


Gail Thomson
Cell: (408) 205 3758 | Office: (408) 357 5710
Intero Real Estate Services
518 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 15, 2012
We live on the other side, by the Montivedo clubhouse, and know a lot of Guadalupe School families that live there and love it. The only time the stench is strong ( and even we notice it on our side) is a couple of times in the winter. We were told it was due to all the old Christmas trees piling up in the landfill.

Anyway, the newer homes out that way are just beautiful and we looked at quite a few them before buying our (older) house in the Montivedo tract.

What's nice is although you don't feed into the Montivideo Cabana Club you can still sign your children up for the swim team. It's just an awesome community here!
Good luck to you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 17, 2012
Dear buyers,
Yes, it's somewhat affected by the final price. If you have a specific address, then request a FREE CMA -Comparable Market Analysis through my website.
Best regards,

Lamson Dang
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 15, 2012
L. Kailasam,

We are happy to work with you. In summary, my colleagues are correct, best way to find out about any smell from the landfill would be to visit the area your self over time at various times of day AND talk with neighbors. I'd be happy to talk with neighbors on your behalf.

Regarding the "how much the landfill has contributed to the final price", I would assume you mean, resulted in a lowering? but I wanted to check, perhaps you meant something else?

If you were in fact asking, whether it's resulted in lower prices, the answer is little or none.

Again, my team and I would be happy to work with you, we know the area well. And more importantly our clients will testify to how well we represent them and negotiate on their behalf on price, terms & conditions. Those testimonials are at

Hope to hear from you!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 15, 2012
Thank you Ikalisam:

I have represented clients on purchases in the area. It appears that the landfill is well run and well regulated.

I have not noticed odor problems in the area and none of my clients have mentioned odor problems in the area. However odor problems are a very subjective issue. I recommend that you drive through the area at different times of the day to see if there are odor issues for you.

Also, now while the weather is hot is a good time to drive through the area. With hot weather, if there are odor issues, hot weather is when those will be the worst and most noticeable.

For more information, you may call me on my cell phone: (408)509-6218

Thank you,
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
American Realty
Cell Phone: (408)509-6218
Fax: (408)269-3597
Email Address:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 15, 2012
The Environmental and Geological reports on this property are available in which they could give you a sense of any landfill in close vicinity of this property that could have direct impact on.
The Transfer Disclosure Statement from the owners is also available in which it should disclose if any existing issues are with the odor! If you do not have an agent who can provide you with these reports, you can send me an email and I will forward you the disclosures.
You can also try talking to neighbors about your concern. We have a hot week now and if you try to drive by the property during the hot hours, you could also get a sense of any possible odor!
in 2009 and 2010 these properties were selling on average about 100K below what they would have sold in 2006-2008. This year however there is an appreciation of about 50K. The only sold like property sold, which was a private sale, was sold for 880K. The comps in the area do not suggest any price drop because of landfill! In fact if any price change, the prices have gone up.
Good luck with your home buying.

Rochelle Yousefian
Realtor, e-PRO
Century 21 Hallmark Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 15, 2012
Thank you for your post~

You should ask you realtor for this information. They will be able to provide the disclosures for you. But as posted below it is near the guadalupe landfill facility. The Garbage trucks will be going by early in the morning and evening. You should do a drive by during these hours. It is a beautiful community, these homes were selling in the million dollar price tag before the bust. If you are not working with a realtor you should interview a few. I would not recommend you winging this on your own.

Best Regards~

Denise A. Szyszlo Realtor
DRE 01441160
Office:: (408) 369-2000 x319
Mobile: (408) 768-7097
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 14, 2012
The guadalupe landfill facility is about 2 miles from the proposed property.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 14, 2012
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