Buying a SF: Cupertino, Evergreen, Almaden

Asked by L, 94555 Fri Sep 26, 2008

We are looking to upgrade our present home and cannot decide to choose between the above areas.
Ideally we would like a 4 bedroom SF, with excellent schools, possibly newer home. Any suggestions as to the PROS/CONS?

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Sam Shueh, , San Jose, CA
Mon Jun 23, 2014
Evergreen is slightly easier to find semi-custom homes the competition is not as firerce for new or newer homes on >6000 sf lot.

Alamaden is not easy to access 87 is problematic commuting. Newer homes are several miles south of I-85.

Cupertino is merely for the overcrowded school who prefer to send kids to cram schools to gettest score higher. $1,000 per sf for very modest home. Want newer home in Cu skip this place.

Sam Shueh
Keller Wms Cupertino Realty
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Sam, the question was posted in 2008 :-)
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Julie Wyss, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Mon Jun 23, 2014
The cities you've chosen are all very different. You will be able to get more home for your buck in Evergreen, but much better schools in Cupertino. I'd recommend making a list of the things that are must haves for your family (i.e. are great schools a higher priority than a newer home?) to help guide you. Of course, the amount you can afford plays a big role. One key thing to remember in real estate is that LOCATION plays an enormous role in resale value.

Best of luck in your search!
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Norman Aless…, Agent, San Jose, CA
Tue Sep 30, 2008
Hi L,
My name is Allyson, let me say that Evergreen has some nice newer homes with some good schools( you need to make sure of your schools before you buy), There are some good buying opportunities right now ( REO'S/ Short Sales),but you have to travel through some not so nice areas to get to Hwy 101 and its a long commute, Almaden also has newer homes that are bit more expensive and has the good school area ( again check the schools before you buy ), but again it is a long commute to get to hwy 85 from Almaden expressway. Finally there is Cupertino, almost all the home buyers I have want to buy in Cupertino,( again make sure of the schools before you write your offer) they have some great schools and it is more centrally located to the High Tech areas, but there are fewer newer homes and they are sometimes mixed in with older homes in an older neighborhood. Also they are priced a bit higher then the other areas.
I hope this helps, if you have any other questions please feel free to email or call me.
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Andrea Wince…, Agent, Milpitas, CA
Mon Sep 29, 2008
Those are all nice areas. I'd look at how far your commute is to your job(s) and then decide. Personally, I'd choose Almaden if commuting is not an issue for you. Good for you if you can afford to live there :-)
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Ali Moein, Agent, Saratoga, CA
Fri Sep 26, 2008
Hello L,
To provide an answer to your question, I'd have to know more about your life style, needs and budget. Having said that here is some information, hope you find helpful:

You can find excellent elementary schools in all three areas you've mentioned above, But if you consider high school, then everygreen is out of the picture. Alamaden valley does have Leland which is a good school and you'll have to make sure you will limit your search in specific neighborhoods that feed in to leland high. Cupertino, for most parts, you'll get great schools at all levels.

Age of homes: Evergreen has the new homes (average age), then Almaden and last is Cupertino. this is not say you cannot find newer homes in Almaden and in Cupertino, but the cost will be higher

Pros and cons: For this I really need to know what price range you're talking about. But here is a quick note on each area:
Alamden is beautiful, quiet but its a bit further from "silicon valley".
Evergreen is also nice, but its not at green and it gets hotter in the summer and commute is somewhat heavier.
Cupetino is centrally located but a bit more crowded.

I'd be happy to discuss this in more details with you over a cup of coffee :)
Ali Moein
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Roland Barcos, Agent, San Jose, CA
Fri Sep 26, 2008
Hi L - For the best value in terms of quality of life, excellent schools, and the type of home you can get for your money, you will find that Almaden Valley is hard to beat.
I have two listings in Almaden and there are over 100 homes available in all price ranges. Give me a call and we can focus on your specific requirements and take a look at what's available that might appeal to you.

Take care,
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Bill Mccord, Agent, San Jose, CA
Fri Sep 26, 2008
In order to give you useful advice you really need to give us more information about your plans. Dealing just with the information so far it would be simple. Overall Evergreen is cheaper than Almaden which is cheaper than Cupertino. The same goes for schools. Overall evergreen is not as good as Almaden which is not as good as Cupertino.
What about the other 20 or so Cities and districts of the Valley?
Give us more to work with and we'll give you more useful feedback.
Alternatively choose a good Realtor who will be able to help you with all the multitude of different factors involved in you move.
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