Does anyone have an opinion on the NEW KB Home Monte Vista townhomes / condos in the Downtown area? (Auzerais

Asked by Jonathan, San Jose, CA Wed May 28, 2008

The new development seems attractive, however, the neighborhood is full of wharehouses and I question what will come about. The zoning looks good (mixed residential / commercial) but who knows when this will change. The prices range from $479k - $$600k. My research shows that 3% towards closing costs or $20,000 towards future phases is what is being offered as incentives. Any thoughts on pricing or future equity growth?

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CJ Brasiel, Agent, San Jose, CA
Sun Jun 1, 2008

If you want to get a feel for KB as well as the area and the quality, visit and talk with home owners at Midtown Plaza at Auzerais and Race/Meridian/Saddle Rack. Midtown has some of the same exact floor plans as Monte Vista. Talk with the neighbors about their experience with repairs, home owners association (Helsing Group), and noise. This complex is 4 years old and should a good indicator of how Monte Vista wil be managed.

That specific area is in a transition phase for the better. It is true that it is near the train and planes but for some that is convenient.

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Ddw4u, Home Buyer, San Jose, CA
Fri Jun 9, 2017
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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Ruth and Per…, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Tue Nov 24, 2015
Hi Jonathan:

It comes down to if you want a new home at a reasonable price in the down town area.

While the location may not be perfect, there are a lot of other attributes, such as close to
a strip mall, whole foods, down town San Jose etc.

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Bill Jones, Home Buyer, San Francisco, CA
Fri Nov 20, 2015
this guy jonathan sounds like a pretty basic buyer without any homeowner experience
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L. Ron Waddle, Home Buyer, Santa Clara, CA
Fri May 30, 2008
Two things: Choo choo! It's right by the tracks, = *noisy*. Second, ROOOOOAR. It's right under the airport flyway, = *noisy*. Finally, regarding KB Homes' quality, KB Homes doesn't own a hammer or saw. They subcontract everything. So the quality of any particular KB Homes development depends on the quality of their subs and the quality of their job foremen. On this particular development the subs I saw seemed to be pretty good for the piece I saw going up (the main condo building, which is typical commercial construction), I have no idea how the townhouses are built.
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Karen Negrete…, , The Santa Clara Valley
Wed May 28, 2008

I used to work for a subcontractor that works a lot with KB Home. They have a high level of customer satisfaction and I believe they were rated #1 through JD Powers and Assoc.

Having said that, it'll be really hard to know when things will happen with the area nearby. If it were me, I'd be concerned that there'd be more high density housing built effectively turning that area in a condo village. Resale could be impacted as there would be a lot more competition. Plus the traffic in that confined area would be a concern.

KB Home has a completed complex up the street on Race and Auzerais called Saddle Rack. Most of the area has been already developed and it sits on a main street so traffic flows much better. I staged a condo there recently and the sellers there are motivated. It might be something to consider.

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Jeffrey Schn…, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed May 28, 2008

I think the foundational question is "Do you have reliable information on the builder?" Can't say too much myself due to liability issues, but you might check out the following links:…

Note, a somewhat common practice this industry is for some of the more serious complaints about quality and reliability to be paid off in trade for signing a non-disclosure agreement. Basically, paying for silence. This is one way you can achieve high customer satisfaction ratings while still having a questionable product, since those that would complain and be vocal, have been silenced.

Research, research, research...

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