I noticed your back east in NY, I am from NJ and have been here for 11 years and there is no turning back.
The quality of life is wonderful, we have great weather all year long, our winters are nothing compared to the east coast, i still hardly wear a coat...unlike native californians. : )
There are so many areas even right outside of san jose that are just quaint and yet close to your workplace.
Areas like Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Cupertino to name just a few.
Where is your job going to be located? What timeline are you working within?
Shoot me an email if you need any questions answered. Lots of luck to you.
There is nothing like the quality of life here for children, families, and generally a safe and wonderful environment.
San Jose, much like New York, is broken up into dozens of neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has its own qualities. San Jose is also bordered by some great cities like Los Gatos, Cupertino, Saratoga, Mountain View and is only about a half hour from Stanford and Palo Alto -- where I grew up.
The quality of life comparison against cost per home lands well, as does the lot size. I'm not sure if you're from NY NY or upstate -- but in the general areas outlying San Jose, you experience bigger lots and more comfortable side areas between homes than in some nearby cities where homes are built tightly against each other.
I'd take San Jose over San Francisco any day!
Erica M Nelson
San Jose has excellent schools in Berryessa which is my area of expertise, but also there is Almaden, Willow Glen and some other pockets that have great schools, you can check on
Also remember gret schools don't just happen, they have alot to do with great parents!
If you have someone there making a move this way, I would love to help.