In terms of purchase price, it will be close to impossible to find a decent SFH in Palo Alto area for 800K. Even in Sunnyvale's best school districts, I think the prices are in 1M range. Hope this helps.
Downtown Palo Alto is very vibrant, congested, with parking very limited. It might not be your first choice with a young family. California Ave many years ago was the center of the town of Mayfield which became part of Palo Alto. It is a little quieter and less congested. There are also several neighborhood shopping centers such as the Charleston Center near Middlefield Rd and Charleston Rd.
There have been 11 condos and 1 single family home sold in Palo Alto in 2012 for less than $900K, with 3 bedrooms. None of them were near downtown. Several were near the California Ave business district and several were near the Charleston Center. You might actually prefer either of these areas to downtown.
You can visit: http://julianalee.com/homes/2012/middlefield_rd_3510/home-fo to see one of the lower priced single family homes near Charleston Center and also find a map of nearby points of interest such as shopping and parks.
I also sold several condos near there this year but the 3 bedroom condos were sold for over $900k.
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I understand the part of your question where you state â€œSchools are a priorityâ€ â€“ here in the Bay Area, home prices are a direct reflection of local school scores â€“ the better the school API rating, the higher the surrounding home prices.
Although I think I know what you mean when you state, â€œwalking distance to town a big plusâ€ â€¦ if you are thinking you want to be within walking distance to a downtown area such as University Avenue in Palo Alto â€¦ then your numbers simply wonâ€™t work. Do you mean â€œwalk to shopping, theaters, etc.â€? Here in the Bay Area, weâ€™ve pretty much consigned ourselves to driving to get anywhere â€“ itâ€™s not like the East Coast at all.
If you are in the area I offer a free consultation in my office to give you an over view our the buying process in California and the climate of our market.
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Sure, $800,000 is possible. Especially in Sunnyvale. Mountain View could also work...Cupertino could be another possibility...
I can email you listings if you'd like. When are you looking to purchase?
I am from New York originally and my sister went to school in Northeastern; I love Bean Town!
Coming out for work I presume?
Depending on where you work and what you would accept for a commute, Los Gatos could be an option too...you have a lot of options in this area all with great schools!
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