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Sun Jul 24, 2016
Joeyosmose2016 answered:
No, they are not safe ! And I'm not talking about the reasons you are talking about power lines, I'm talking about penta and creosote poles that are poisonous lpuse once every ten years osmose goes into your back yard and inspect them . The Dig around the circumference of the poles 20 inches they bore out holes in the pole which produces wood dust also the drill is hot and a foggy smoke comes out is toxic the wood shavings scatter all over the place in tour yard also bas for you . Metam sodium they call wood fume is pours into the tiny holes and that stuff spills all over the ground and in the soil on the surface of the pole ass well. Never let your kids or dogs around the pole never touch it with your bare hands ! Dint burn the poles ever . Look it up . People should be notifed about this.Metam Sodium (Sodium N-Methyldithiocarbamate) ... more
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Thu Jul 17, 2014
Meridith answered:
For me, it's not about size but quality- I think there is huge demand in the area for an upscale shopping and dining area-- everyone who moves into Almaden understands that what they gain in neighborhood and house size, they give up in ammenities like excellent restaurants and shopping.... I love living here- the people are wonderful and we feel very lucky to be a part of the community, but it would be nice to have options that our friends in Campbell and Los Gatos enjoy.... ... more
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Mon Dec 16, 2013
Lisa Wiseman answered:
This is a common question we receive from home buyers. While San Jose used to boast being one of the safest large cities in the nation, that has changed. There are hopes that with the new police chief and new hires being added that this will change. What I tell my clients is to view the sites mentioned below, however take a look at other, more affluent communities as well. I live in Almaden, and even our community has its share of crime. Although violent crime is not to be taken lightly, some of these reports may be taken with a grain of salt. No one wants to live in fear, however as Terri mentioned, one of the best gauges is to ask the neighbors in those neighborhoods you are searching for a new home. Also, is there pride in ownership in the area? Are homes being remodeled or do they look run down, and what percentage are rentals? Good luck. ... more
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Mon Dec 16, 2013
Lisa Wiseman answered:
I have been an Almaden resident for over 25 years. When we were younger and before our family, we really weren't concerned with getting involved with the neighbors. Each pocket of Almaden is different, as is so with any community. More people are able to drive their cars into their garages and may avoid getting to know their neighbors this way, however I do see quite a bit of people going for walks with their families, dogs, etc. Not everyone wants to get to know their neighbors, but there is a private site called that neighborhoods have created where you can get to know your neighbors, set up play dates, exercise groups, etc. It's always a good idea to get to know your neighbors so that you can look out for each other and meet new friends as well. Sometimes you have to put yourself out there. ... more
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Fri May 24, 2013
Matt Tenczar answered:
The question about power lines and how they affect humans is unresolved the biggest problem you will have is the fact that the resale value of the home will be less because of them
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Sat May 5, 2012
charles butterfield answered:
Thank you for your question:

You received excellent answers to your questions from James Mauldwin and Doug Jones.

The communte in and out of Almaden Valley during rush hour is slow, bumper to bumper traffic.

The same is true for Milpitas.

I recommend that you plan on at least 1 hour for that commute during rush hour.

Thank you,
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
American Realty
Cell Phone: (408)509-6218
Fax: (408)269-3597
Email Address:
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Thu Mar 4, 2010
K answered:

Having worked as the in house loan officer at a local real estate office, I can confirm Marc's answer below is accurate and that real estate agents do not usually interact with the utility company.. It seems that you may be concerned that the agent may have been involved in someway with the misuse of your name and information for turning on the utilities. Also, I am wondering if you know who the owner of the property is?

Aside from that, it sounds like you have been the victim of identity theft, and you should take the appropriate steps to protect yourself. I am posting a link to the Federal Trade Commission's website that provides information on the steps to take to protect yourself, and report this illegal activity.

I would actually contact the utility company first (if you have not already done so) and inform them that you are a victim of identity theft, and this is not your account and request information from them on what you need to prove identity theft. Step four of the link that I posted also instructs you to file a police report. Keep a copy of this for the future. I hope this helps.
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Mon Apr 21, 2008
Linda Baker answered:
Redmond is not as busy as Meridian or Coleman, but it is still considered a busy street.
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