What's the best area in North San Jose?

Asked by Joon, 95132 Sat Aug 25, 2007

I'm looking to buy a townhouse in North San Jose in around the 600k ballpark. I've been mostly looking into communities at Oakland/Brokaw and Berryessa. I find that Oakland/Brokaw has a more modern and well manicured feel to it while Berryessa feels a bit old and gray. On the otherhand, Berryessa has better schools than Oakland/Brokaw. Any thoughts on which area is better or if I should perhaps expand my search area all together?

Help the community by answering this question:

+ web reference
Web reference:


Joon, Home Buyer, 95132
Tue Nov 20, 2007
Thanks for everyone's responses!

I've found a place in North San Jose in the Berryessa area. It's north of Berryessa and south of Hostetter. I found it to be a good blend for me personally in terms of school districts (high 700 to low 800 APIs for elementary and middle schools) and convenience (close to 680, markets, and new Costco).

I found that in the end it was mostly about personal preference and life plans. I decided to invest for the long term (for 10 years or so), so schools came into the picture. If I had been going for a short term approach, I would have gone with the Oakland/Brokaw area which is a newer development and located to some nicer stores and restaurants. It's also pretty close to all the major freeways (880, 101, 680). Schools there aren't so great though, so I would have wanted to have moved out before the kids hit school (within 5 years or so).

If money hadn't been an issue, I would have gone Rivermark in Santa Clara with its nice new school and great convenience, but it's pretty pricey there. It would have been quite a squeeze to get in there though.

So that's basically my journey. Thanks for everyone that contributed!
0 votes
Ted Stephanos, , San Jose, CA
Sat Nov 17, 2007
you may also want to consider developments along The Alameda west of downtown and the arena. These redevelopment areas have drastically improved over he past 15 years. Good restauarants in the area, close to downtown, freeway access. A new Whole Foods is going in soon at The Alameda and Stockton St...
Another area of North San Jose to consider for townhomes is off Montague Expwy at Rivermark Plaza north of 101.
Web Reference:  http://www.bluenhd.com/
0 votes
Denise Stuart, Agent, San Jose, CA
Sat Nov 17, 2007
Have you found what you are looking for?
There are a couple of new properties that have come up.
Denise Stuart
Coldwell Banker
0 votes
Cindy, , Milpitas, CA
Fri Nov 9, 2007
hi Joon,
Try Hostetter area near 99 ranch market, pacific rims, lundy plaza, new costco, post office and new homes. This area is hot...
0 votes
Michael Robe…, Agent, San Ramon, CA
Fri Oct 26, 2007
Hi Joon, Have you considered the Coyote Valley area? I think you prefer new to older and that is where you can take advantage of the abundant REO market. Remember prices of homes are most certainly going to continue to dip some. Build a projected depreciation into your purchase offer. You can expect to be more than satisfied with your purchase when implementing that strategy! You are going to experience the BEST buying opportunity in almost a decade. Sounds like you get it.
I wiish you tremendous good fortune in your hunt and subsequent purchase!

0 votes
Denise Stuart, Agent, San Jose, CA
Wed Oct 24, 2007
This is my area, I work from the Coldwell Banker on Berryessa Road.
I have a great property for you,
Are you looking just for townhomes or would you want a house (fixer upper)
These properties are in the best school area too, these properties won't last.
I have time tomorrow if you;d like to take a look.
Denise Stuart
Coldwell Banker
0 votes
Search Advice
Ask our community a question

Email me when…

Learn more