Altaire vs Sterling Park townhomes

Asked by Buyer09, Santa Clara, CA Mon Jun 29, 2009

I am trying to compare Altaire and Sterling park town homes in Palo alto, CA.
Here is my comparison list

A -- Altaire has an advantage
S -- Sterling park has an advantage
T -- Tie
N -- Not sure

1. Schools -- T

2. Bigger town homes -- A
For Sterling park townhomes max sqft is 1700. Altaire has bigger options

3. HOA -- S
Sterling Park -- $300 Altaire -- $400

4. Parking -- S
Altaire has shared parking while Sterling park has attached garage.

5. Noise level -- A
Sterling park is closer to 101

6. Power lines -- A
Some sterling park homes have power line towers in the backyard

7. Open space and community density -- S

8. Altaire Proximity to JCC -- N

9. Resale value -- N

Seems like a tough choice. Any thoughts on "Not sure" items.
Any other advantages/disadvangaes between the two.

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S132, , Sunnyvale, CA
Wed Jul 22, 2009
Altaire was built on top of contaminated soil - the level of underground VOCs exceeded the safey level by thousands or even tens of thousands of times. Just check the government's public report for it.

Though the builder put in some safety measures during the construction, the underground VOCsis a big factor to consider.
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Christian Ke…, , Palo Alto, CA
Mon Jul 6, 2009
Altaire has larger units but when the JCC is complete, it is going to be a very densely populated and traffic could be a nightmare. Also, keep in mind that when it rains, you'll be making many trips with groceries and/or kids from the garage to your home, where Sterling's garages are all attached. Also, Sterling's townhomes will have 3 story condo building right behind them to block the noise and sight of the freeway. Altaire is on a very busy intersection of San Antonio and Charleston. Sterling will have two on site parks and their townhomes over look these parks. Nicer views at Sterling. My opinion gives the advantage to Sterling.

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Nvujicic, , Redwood City, CA
Mon Oct 19, 2009
I have to agree with the noise and traffic part on Altaire. It was not ideal when the JCC start to host these special events at night. A lot of noise and traffic over weekends for sure. Parking is another big concern since you don't have garage, so you have to walk to your home...raining in the winter, grocery shopping...etc. Plus the high HOA gives no pools or gyms, not even a simple kids play area. Although they emphasize the JCC next to it, but after 1 year free membership, you will have to pay 199 dollars a month, plus 400 HOA, it will be 600 dollars a month. Not sure if it worth though. Also, the entire complex is very crowded and definitely not a kids-friendly place.

Sterling Park does have a garage which is a big plus. However, it is way too close to the Highway 101. Although, they explained that the last block of the condos will block the sound, actually not really. I lived in a TH complex near 101 in San Jose. Our unit was the furthest to the highway, however, people drives crazy at night and around 4-5 a.m. early in the morning. You will hear speeding cars along with big trunks. If you stand near these SFH area at Sterling park, you can clearly hear the noise. In their theory, these TH should be able to block the noise from 101. So you just have to go there and feel.
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Marcy Moyer, Agent, San Ramon, CA
Mon Jun 29, 2009
The sound wall next to Sterling Park seems to be very well constructed and really helps to bate the noise. The Sterling Park neighborhood is also more of a neighborhood. It is a short distance to parks, coffee shops, deli, etc. I believe S will have better resale for those 2 reasons, and also the garages.

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Buyer09, Home Buyer, Santa Clara, CA
Mon Jun 29, 2009
Would appreciate if someone can provide insight at the earliest. I am close to making a decision and looking for an expert advice
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