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General Area in 95131 : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Nov 27, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:

It may depend on many factors, such as:

1) what is the norm for that area. If there are 90% 3 bedroom homes, and someone expanded to an atypical 5 bedrooms, then the value offset may be more limited

2) The sq. ft. should be reasonable for the number of bedrooms. For example if there is a 1,400 sq. ft. 3 or even 4 bedroom home, some consumers would not like 1,400 sq. ft. living area for a 5 bedroom home.

3) A local appraiser could let you know the offset more accurately, especially if you are considering adding one.

Please let me know if you would like the contact info of a local appraiser.

Kind regards,

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Tue Jan 20, 2009
Erica Glessing answered:
This is actually considered within the community of Berryessa, it's Berryessa Union School District for elementary and middle school. The nice thing about this area is how close it is to everything. You can pop on 101, 680 or 880 with no fuss at all.

I live in nearby 95132, in a stronger high school neighborhood (near Hostetter/Piedmont) and when you go up into the hills the schools have higher test scores. However, the two elementaries in 95131 have decent test scores (if that is your measurement of choice) with Brooktree Elementary at 806 API and Vinci Park at 815. If you go up Hostetter to Piedmont, Ruskin API score was 903 last year, comparatively.

At you can compare schools by demographics, test scores, parent ratings, and more. Ruskin rates the highest of these (but that is 95132).

In 94086, Braly Elementary scored 828 last year, and Ponderosa 858. Ponderosa Elementary School is very highly regarded for its sense of community. It's in a great location near parks and the parent community is very active. Peterson Middle School is a great middle school! However, Wilcox High School has had some test score drops despite being a campus that feels pretty good from a kids' perspective. It is now not regarded crazy highly even though Santa Clara Unified works hard to have good results.

Sunnyvale property values are stronger than 95131, as far as weathering our current downturn. It is hard to say what will happen in the future. The demographics are also different, and you can find out more about that at

The areas feel pretty different if you look at the community overall.

If you are open to 95132, the Ruskin/Sierramont/Piedmont Hills combo is great for schools and low crime. If you like 95131 for its easier commute and proximity to everything, you do give up some high school and property value quality. Yet my clients who like 95131 really like it for how easy it is to get things done.

Berryessa and Sunnyvale are very different in community climate. I live in Berryessa yet almost all of my listings the last two years have been in Sunnyvale (including a home I am selling now in 94087). So I see the differences almost daily!

I hope this helps!

Erica Nelson
Education specialist/mentor realtor
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Sat Oct 13, 2007
Carole Cohen answered:
Lots of good answers here. I will add by using Cleveland as an example. I suspect it is indicative of other larger cities. Sometimes even the City of Cleveland can't track down a prior owner. I would suggest you contact your city/county housing departments and ask them to intervene for you. Good luck! ... more
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