My husband and I want to buy a house in a good school distric and neighboorhood. We like Sunnyvale 94087 and

Asked by Moonsky, Synnyvale Wed May 7, 2008

some areas in San Jose with good school district such as Union, and even Almaden or Los Gatos. We are not so much into Cupertino school district, but I heard that there are good school districts in San Jose and Santa Clara bordering Cupertino (Morland?). Would 650K buy us anything? We want a SFH, but because of our budget we consider TH.

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Moonsky, Home Buyer, Synnyvale
Fri May 9, 2008

Thank you for your information. Especially, the insightful information about the neighborhood . It really helps!

The reason we would like to stay in Sunnyvale besides the good school district is because of our commute time and the cost of commute. Both my husband and I commute to the area between Santa Clara and SJC (reverse commute - no traffic), near 101.

Do you have any idea what is the commute like from 95124 area? Travel time, etc... Last weekend, we went to an open house in 95124, just to see the overall area. Then, a lady who lives across the house for sale told us that the ower decided to sell the house because they are tired of commuting to Sunnyvale!!

Because of the gas price $4/gallon, the monthly gas cost and the commute time is something to consider.
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David Blockh…, Agent, Los Altos, CA
Thu May 29, 2008

There are a few good homes in the west san jose/campbell area with moreland schools. One is located on Elmhurst in the Strawberry Park subdivision of west san jsoe. Commute to Sunnyvale is 15 minutes because you're near the saratoga/280 interchange so you don't have alot of surface streets to contend with. There are also some good condos/townhomes in mountain view that have either los altos schools (49 showers drive or mv/whisman schools (Ada/sierra vista etc). You have options, you just need to determine what is the most important thing in a property for you.
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Grace Keng, Agent, Santa Clara, CA
Tue May 20, 2008

Yes! For years I found when buyers do like Cupertino area or don't want to pay the high price for it.
There are many options:
1). Moreland schools will be the best bet. If you like SFH but don't to pay for it. A duplex at ZARICK DR
San Jose (San Jose) 95129 will be great choice.
2). Sunnyvale townhouse for $625K at ALBATROSS DR, Sunnyvale 94087 with Cupertino schools.
3). Another duplex at UNION St both side are 2 bedrooms and 1 bath for 705K. You may lived in one and rent another unit or buy it with a realtive or a friends so you almost pay half the price.

If you have more duplex and schools question, you may contact me.

2). Santa Clara some areas in San Jose with good school district such as Union, and even Almaden or Los Gatos. We are not so much into Cupertino school district, but I heard that there are good school districts in San Jose and Santa Clara bordering Cupertino (Morland?). Would 650K buy us anything? We want a SFH, but because of our budget we consider TH.
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Lea Ann Hern…, Agent, Saratoga, CA
Sun May 18, 2008
Moonsky: The Cambrian School district in 95124 has student testing scores that rival Cuperitno's at about 1/2 the price! When buyers get priced out of the overpriced areas, they move to more affordable areas. This migration to affordability pushes up values in the lower priced areas....thereby increasing your equity. The result is a greater percentage return on investment. Sometimes the surface roads offer a more direct route to work than the freeways...and the ride is more pleasant.
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YC Cheung (W…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Fri May 9, 2008
I have 22 town homes in Sunnyvale 94087 zip code. Cupertino School District-Louis E. Stocklmeir Elementary, Cupertino Middle School. Town homes offers private fenced patio/storage closet, easy access to two swimming pools, a community clubhouse and a fitness center

Located in a residential neighborhood near Sunken Garden Golf Course, Panama Park, Vallco Mall, Cupertino Village Shopping.

Upgrades/Features Included:
New Copper plumbing
New electrical
New roof
New GE appliances
New Washer/Dryer/Refrigerator
New Cat 5 wiring
New Upgraded flooring
New central heating and air conditioner
New Hunter Douglas 2’ wood blinds
Full kitchen backsplash
Full tile tub-shower surrounds with granite slab counter
Kitchen includes full tile back splash and floor, gas range and granite slab counter with barstool seating.

Address: 857 Carlisle Way Sunnyvale, CA 94087. 408 446-0179 Office. Open 11 AM-5 PM/Closed Tues & Wed.
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Thibaud, , Cambrian area of South San Jose 95124
Fri May 9, 2008
Hi Moon - we too looked at Sunnyvale 1 1/2 years ago, decided to buy in Union school district (ZIP 95124) and are overall happy with our choice. Noddin Elementary is a decent school with high API scores, and the houses are generally of a higher quality and a much better value than those we saw in 94087. Los Gatos downtown is a short (and beautiful) drive, and the are and views are _much_ nicer than anything you'll find in Sunnyvale.

As to micro-neighborhoods, you're best advised to stay away from Camden (keep west), preferably west of Harwood, and stay south of highway 85. For value, views and good neighbors, it's hard to beat the blocks bordered by Harwood on the east, Los Gatos Almaden, Chevalier and Leigh H.S. Socially the neighborhood is a mix-- more young families working in tech companies moving in, but still many older folks and some blue-collar; all ethnic varieties, none really predominant. Our block includes people from Taiwan, Russia, Iran, and (I think) Italy.

We can recommend an outstanding realtor if you need one-- super sharp, works extremely hard, and refunds 1% to you the buyer. Email us at t_thibaud at yahoo -- we're looking for more nice folks with school-age kids to come into the neighborhood. Best of luck in your search, t
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Tom Schieber, Agent, Brentwood, CA
Wed May 7, 2008
If the schools are important and you're trying to get a little more house for your money consider commuting from Pleasanton - first rate schools, great neighborhoods and a wonderful sense of community.
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CJ Brasiel, Agent, San Jose, CA
Wed May 7, 2008
Moonsky -

There are homes available. Depending on what exactly you want 650K may make it. Have you looked at Cambrian Park? Search for 95124 and look at
5568 MARY JO WY,

For Moreland - 95117 - Check out 632 BOYNTON AV
For Moreland - 95130 - Check out 3977 YELLOWSTONE DR

Hope that helps!

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Linda Baker, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Wed May 7, 2008
Hi Moonsky,
Good news! There are 147 SFR's in the school districts you mentioned!
That is a lot to choose from.
This doesn't even count townhouses, but I would probably start with SFR's first to see what you like.
I didn't search Almaden, as it falls under the San Jose Unified School District banner, but since I do a lot of business in this area, I can tell you that there is almost nothing in that price point unless it is a townhouse.
At this juncture, I would suggest you sit down with your Realtor and discuss your overall goals for buying a home. Size, amenties, schools, neighborhood, all of these factor into the pricing of a home. From there, you can discuss the various home options that exist, and start to put your plan together.
You will also need to make sure you have been pre-approved by a great lender, so you have no surprises once you go into escrow.
Feel free to ping me if you have any questions, or need help in getting started. I would be happy to help out!

Happy house hunting,
Linda Baker
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