After having lived in a single family home for so many years, I think a Townhome(TH) would better suit you. In a TH you are sharing side wall/s but do not have someone living above or below you. Yes location is the key, so I have one TH in mind in the price range you have mentioned that is close to shopping, freeways and in the Cupertino neighborhood, it has 3 beds 2.5 bath, 2 car garage and only shares a back patio wall with another unit, almost like a single family home., the HOA is low too..... and then i can think of a real good Condo too, see both.......and you can make a choice of what feels good to start with.......I live and work at Coldwell Banker, Stevens Creek, in Cupertino, am also a Public Safety Commissioner with the City, and know Cupertino and surrounding Cities very well. Please do contact me 408-7773823, lets talk, there are so many factors to consider. If what I say meets your needs we can work together, if not, i will only wish you the Best! For your price range, there is enough choice in good locations.
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