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Home Buying in Central San Jose : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jun 9, 2017
Ddw4u answered:
So, now, 9 years later update - community is suing builder (KB HOMES). No surprise since KB gets sued for defects a LOT. Anyway, just thought you might want to know.

Defects include leaks, cracks, planter bed linings coming out, stability of balconies, roof and stucco construction, etc.

It'll be a year or two before this thing's settled.
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Sun Apr 19, 2015
Rich answered:
No it's necessary to put 20% down..
A good Realtor should be able to inform you of other ways, including Down Payment Assistance..

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Fri Dec 19, 2014
Kris125 answered:
I just came across this thread and though I would share since I live in the community. We live in one of the 3 bedroom homes and love it.The homes are well built and have a solid feeling to them. The location is super convenient and everthing is very close by. The community is small which makes getting to know your neighbors easy. The area around San Carlos ST is getting way better in the 6 years we have lived here. Since the homes where built in 09 only one of the 3 bedrooms have been offered for sale if that say anything. A couple 2 bedrooms homes have sold, but the 2 bedroom are kinda small.

Trust me if I did not like living here I could sell and live somewhere else in the bay area.

Yes the homes are single family attached homes(townhouses) for the person asking.
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Sat Jul 26, 2014
Philhood answered:
Yes, there are three or four places to look. Right downtown you have a variety of condos and apartments to choose from. Just north of downtown you can live in Vendome neighborhood, beginning at Hobson and First Street. Just west of downtown you can live in Delmas Park Neighborhood beginning at Park and Delmas, there are apartments, condos and a small historic district. In any of those places you can walk to downtown and rail transportation (Caltrain, lightrail, etc.)
The San Pedro Square Market area is crowded most nights now and that is becoming a center of downtown activity. As the new buildings under construction are completed it will get even more lively.
Favorite things downtown: dining, tech museum, Camera 12, theaters on South First Street, San Pedro Square Market, Library, lots of places for Boba Tea
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Wed Jun 18, 2014
I offer a foreign national program. This program is available nationwide. It requires confirmation of your VISA and at least 35% down. Let's discuss your loan scenario in more detail. Contact me at 800 315 8803. My name is Bart and I have been offering loans since 1987. I am happy to answer your mortgage questions, 7 days a week and review your loan scenario. Until then, I look forward to hearing from you.

Bart Gabe - Lending Nationwide Since 1987

800 315 8803
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Mon Aug 5, 2013
Alexander Greer answered:
We can certainly help you out. You can check us out at and give us a call. One of our loan officers will look at your situation and present you with some options. ... more
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Fri Jul 26, 2013
Juliana Lee answered:
In general there are two different ways to find a more affordable house: look in areas further from jobs, look at homes which need work or have limitations that you can accept.

If you look at the neighborhood home values you'll see that the south end of San Jose has a few areas with lower average prices.

Juliana Lee
Top 2 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty, the nations largest
Cell 650-857-1000

Over 20 years experience
Over 1,000 homes sold in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County
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Thu Jul 4, 2013
Juliana Lee answered:
Yes it has an inside laundry. Pictures showing the laundry and many other details are at:

San Jose real estate information is at

Juliana Lee
Top 2 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty, the nations largest
Cell 650-857-1000

Over 20 years experience
Over 1,000 homes sold in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County
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Wed May 29, 2013
Emoney811 answered:
Ok thank you very much for all your answers. I looked at a couple of property's and what I found is that most are condo owned. There even is a condo that is listed as a single family townhouse. It's has a back yard that is private. The cc&r's state it is a condo but the listing agents say that the home owners own the land? Anyways the home I'm looking at is legally defined as a single family attached townhouse/home and is in a Planned development. This is according to the cc&r's. So my question is does the fact that I would own the land( and is a SFH) justify paying a higher price than for a townhouse style condo?

This house has a front yard like a single family home with grass and stuff like that just not as big.
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Mon May 20, 2013
Damon and Jenn Holst answered:
Hey Jeanee,
Why arent you asking your Realtor this question? LOL The garage does show on county records as being 480 ft. Trulia isn't perfect but its a good resource for quick and dirty information.

Call us if you have more questions.

Damon and Jenn
Intero - Saratoga
12900 Saratoga Ave
Saratoga Ca 95070
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Sat Apr 20, 2013
Karen McMillan answered:
As a realtor and vintage home owner as well and a Naglee Park resident for 10 years, I can say it is the best place I have ever lived! If you like authentic homes and authentic people and an authentic sense of communitythis is the place!! Having moved from Saratoga and Los Gatos where my children were raised I had some apprehension as it certainly is more urban.

I cant find a place in California including Beverly Hills where each home is perfect, we all know it is not a perfect world. I have not had an issue with any type of vandalism or theft that is a BIG statement for the world we live in.

We walk to the theatre, Original Joes, Gordon Biersch, Camera 1, Pizza My Heart and to the great Farmers Markets at both San Pedro Square and Japan Town. There is a real sense of pride in renovating a home built at the turn of the century and Naglee Park is full of these treasured gems and being part of a history of the home and the community. I recently sold a home to a Canadian fellow and when I asked him why he wanted to specifically live in Naglee Park he told me it was because of our great Fourth of July Parade which is a slice of pride and a Naglee Park classic community event. It ends in a pot luck picnic in the William Street Park. Most recently a Naglee Park Home Tour was added and each year over 700 tickets are sold to this one day event in April sponsored by the San Jose Woman's Club. Before I forget we Naglee Parker's also sponsor the larges Dog festival in Northern California another great community event. You can come even if you dont have a dog!!! I hope you will take a tour of our neighborhood the hidden gem that no one (even most San Jose residents) be authentic be a Naglee Parker!!
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Sat Feb 23, 2013
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hi Raj

Start with and

Also check out:

Silicon Valley Homes :

Santa Clara Real Estate Trends:


Best regards
Perry Mistry

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Wed Sep 12, 2012
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Sun Jul 15, 2012
Stevenl answered:
If you are looking for crime data, check these sites:
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Sat Jun 16, 2012
Lauren answered:
My boyfriend and I have been living here for almost a full year (since July of 2011) and even in that short period of time we have observed a definite shift in the demographics. There has been a massive increase in noise, partying, and just overall disrespect for any other residents and the property itself, and it has really become an issue for us. Aside from the obnoxious noise throughout all hours of the day and night, here are a few other issues we have:

1) Our condo windows face out towards 3rd St. (west facing) which means that it retains any and all heat. I'm also pretty convinced that hot water pipes run under the floors of many of the condos. Even on a freezing cold day, our condo is typically a good 15+ degrees hotter than the temperature outside. Thus, it's a necessity to keep our windows open and prop open our front door regularly (especially since we usually try to conserve energy by not running the AC). On a daily basis, the smell of cigarette smoke and/or marijuana will permeate our condo from other condos near ours or anyone on the sidewalk or walkways. It's pretty disgusting.

2) We ended up in a horrible situation that caused us to have to call the police a total of 3 times in order to stop what were clearly extremely violent, loud, and frightening domestic disputes occurring in the condo above ours. It was horrific to hear. The police were very responsive and came each time, and they also maintained our anonymity. These tenants no longer live there, but I just wanted potential residents to be aware.

3) Back in December 2011, our storage shed (located directly next to our front door) was broken into on a Saturday morning and our electric drill set and my boyfriends road bike were stolen. The shed had been locked, and the thief had been able to easily jimmy the lock. It turned out that several other residents also were burglarized that day. Luckily we were able to convince our landlord to replace the bogus lock with a deadbolt, but most others were not. In addition, I have heard of people having other items stolen from various areas across the complex, including bikes and even cars stolen from the garage itself. They have since added security, but they seem to almost never be on the property.

4) There are constant water leak problems throughout the complex requiring major, complex-wide, water shutdowns for full days at a time. Unfortunately, we were one of the condos that sprung a leak. Luckily we were home and therefore noticed the water raining down from the ceiling all over our closet. We panicked, and were unable to reach anyone to have them fix it for almost 20 minutes during which time the closet flooded and the leak migrated across our ceiling to right above our bed. Once we finally got the people here to work on it, they were unable to get into the condo above ours where the leak was coming from because the residents weren't home. Once they finally accessed their master key and got to the source of the leak upstairs, we had significant damage to our property and condo. We were unable to live here for almost a total of 3 full weeks while the repairs were made and the water restoration work was completed. It was a complete nightmare.

Needless to say, we will not be renewing our lease this year. I definitely agree with Brickyard Resident, unless you are looking for the loud, partying, college dorm feel, I suggest you stay far far away from Brickyard. There are many better places to live.
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Thu Nov 3, 2011
Aaron Lowe answered:

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Please see my blog for more info and please let me know if you have any other questions.

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Tue Aug 16, 2011
Roxanne Sierra answered:

Unfortunately, that listing is pending - non show. However, I live near Naglee Park and know it well. Please call me to preview upcoming listings. I would be happy to assist you. (408)410-7816

Regards, Roxanne
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Mon Jul 12, 2010
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hi Devin:

Great time to buy, get some good home owners insurance and you should be covered.
Let me know if I can help.

Best Regards
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Mon May 3, 2010
Ravi answered:
They are really good. But it soon. prices are going up high.
Easy commute. 2 miles away from San Jose downtown and you can reach around sunnyvale/milpitas/santaclara within 10 min. 101 is nearby for easy commute. Dont delay. ... more
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Thu Apr 29, 2010
asdfadsf answered:
The original two-story house on the site was demolished in 1979. Do you remember that house and want to find a photo of it as an example of a house you would like to buy? The Sanborn maps at the California Room of the Martin Luther King Library show the footprint of the original house. Check the City of San Jose building permits online (see link below) for copies of reports related to the demolition. You are likely to find a photo of the house there. If you are unable to view the scanned documents on your browser, you can go to City Hall on Santa Clara Street and use the terminals there. Hope this helps. ... more
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