Apartment buildings in Los Gatos are few and far between. Many of the natives were priced out during the economic boom in the Silicon Valley. Homes that were owned by older people (often Prop 13 protected) are handed down to their children and grandchildren, who keep them and live in them, or are sold and snapped up by executive types. These are very exclusive areas. You didn't mention if you already have jobs lined up but realistically, you should probably look in a different area and send your kids to private schools if you aren't happy with the neighborhood schools.
I'm curious, where are you moving from? I'd be happy to meet with you to discuss your goals and these areas to see how we can accomplish your goals.
In the meantime, as you are shopping for rentals, you can go to this website http://www.RentOMeter.com to get an idea of the price range for rentals.
On the lower end, you should be planning to spend about $4500/month for a three bedroom in the communities that you've selected. However, the price climbs from there. Even the areas you mentioned will vary significantly, with the rent generally climbing higher as you move from the southern to northern communities along the San Francisco Peninsula.
Trulia is a great resource for your search, but once you've exhausted your search there, be sure to check with local property managers. Give them the specifics of what you're looking for. Foster good rapport with them and ask them to keep an eye open for you within their own portfolios as well as among their property management colleagues. Often the very best properties don't make it to the market through the conventional listing services.
Please take a look at what we might have available in our own portfolio and send me details if you'd like me to keep an eye out for what you're looking for.
Again...don't despair. Be persistent in your search and get your detail of desirable features to as many property management professionals as possible.
Provident Property Management
That's scary that there are so few rentals in the good school districts. That really concerns me. I've been told that more rentals become available at the end of the school year - when would you advise the best time for me to come out to try to secure one of those rentals (we're coming out for a recon visit and i want to try to time that in with visiting properties and hopefully signing a lease)
Thanks in advance
We are having great success getting our clients with concerns for schools into great homes with excellent schools.
If you are interested in free access to this service regarding schools and homes, please contact me.
If your interested in rentals only, we have found Craig's list to be the most reliable service.
I wish you and your family great success in the bay area.
Real Estate Consultant
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Rentals in those neighborhoods are almost non existent.
Currently there are far more people who want to rent or buy homes in this area than there are homes for sale or rent.
For more information you may reach me at my cell phone: (408)509-6218
Charles Butterfield MBA
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