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Mon Aug 15, 2016
Dgrantart asked:
Tue Aug 18, 2015
Cindy Davis answered:
You are asking a question that cannot be answered online. Bring in a local Realtor or home appraiser to look at the house and lot.
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Sun Mar 8, 2015
Lah Developer answered:
It's a reflection of the sales mix. Average listings are higher because they a number of expensive homes have been sitting on the market, whereas the lower end of the market sells faster so makes up a larger percentage of the sales and weights the average selling price lower.

That may start to change given that there aren't any lower priced homes left in LAH!
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Fri Jan 30, 2015
Youk answered:
It's a reasonable question, I'm not sure why some of the responses were so obnoxious. The answer is "no", most towns in California have no school bus service. That probably seems incredible if you're coming from anywhere else. You would think that California - which is the home of millions of rich, liberal tree-huggers and eco Nazis - would have buses, but they're content to let each kid take a separate car. The result is a huge traffic jam in front of every school, twice a day. And Imagine the carbon (shudder!). ... more
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Sat Sep 13, 2014
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi Rk,

Well there are a few items on there I would look into for starters. One example is Per listing "Williamson Act Contract".

Please feel free to call me for my 2 cents worth.

Kind regards,

Arpad
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Thu May 22, 2014
Rider30116 answered:
It is at 105 Meadowcliff Trail Carrollton, Ga. 30116 the house is totally not livable it is being auctioned off for taxes owed for 2012 and 2013. I was told we could not step foot on it for a year which is no problem I only want the land it self because it joins my property. If the local fire department I would donate the house for fire drills ... more
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Sat Apr 26, 2014
Sam Shueh answered:
First of all you are not even looking at the right thing:
Los Altos High 895 889


Sam Shueh
Keller Williams Realty
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Fri Apr 11, 2014
Robert Lei answered:
Having larger usable lot makes a big difference these days. Nowadays most buyers would rather have an older house on a large lot than a newer house on a tiny lot.
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Sat Oct 5, 2013
Bob Pennypacker answered:
My company builds luxury modular homes that come in between $175 to $250 per square foot complete. Much depends on the site itself- hillside or more level, city services or no ( a biggee) . If you are on a hillside I have a very unique solution that is very cost efficient, as well as beautiful and green. Let me know if I can get you more information. Best, Dianne ... more
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Mon Jun 24, 2013
John Souerbry answered:
Four concerns in seller's disclosures - freeway noise, cracks in several areas of concrete, some floors not level, on septic system (no sewer). Not a bad area, but too many concerns with structure. ... more
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Thu May 16, 2013
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Hi Chi-hua:

Interesting that you should cite the plane noise. Most of my clients are more concerned about the noise from the freeway (280) rather than that of noise from planes, and--believe it or not--there is a lot less noise from planes with the reduced activity from Moffett Field. I hardly hear planes or jets, as much as I did in the past.

As for quieter sections of Los Altos, I've noticed that the further I get toward Palo Alto (in the hills), the more the noise from other sources (freeway or planes) seem to be noticeable. I believe this is due to the topography of the area (more rolling foothills and less densely wooded areas) allowing for less difussion of sound. I don't seem to hear as much noise from planes or freeway along, say, Magdalena or the areas behind Foothill College, but there are many other areas that are equally as quiet in Los Altos and Palo Alto.

If noise is a factor in your buying decision, it's best to take the time to visit the home as many times as possible to hear noise in the morning, during the day, afternoon and in the evening. This will also help you understand traffic patterns in the area as well as parking and commute issues that may impact your decision to buy a home.

And, most importantly, work with a great agent to help you find a home and to ferret out any peculiarities of the property that might cause you concern after purchase.

Good luck!
Grace Morioka
Allison James Estates & Homes
Tel (408) 426-1616
Buyer Rebates to 1.5% of the Purchase Price of the Home and Low Cost Listings to Sellers
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Fri Jan 4, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
Several cliche' are called to mind:

A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.
So is Hubris.

Why would you do this when a Buyer's Agent is FREE?
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Thu Jan 3, 2013
The Medford Team answered:
Here is a post with many links that may be helpful:

Earthquakes And Your Home: 5 Critical Things You Need To Understand
http://www.trulia.com/blog/carl_medford/2011/08/earthquakes_increasing_5_critical_things_you_need_to_know

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Wed Jan 2, 2013
Steven Ornellas answered:
Hi Vincent,

"1. Will there be a reassessment as soon as the buyer gets the keys ? "
Not really. The sale/sales price will be recorded, and then it may be up to around 6 months before you are sent a one-time Supplemental tax bill covering the increased value established by the sales price.

"2. What will be the new property taxes ? "
1.25% is a common "quesstimate"; however, your effective property tax bill actually consists of three separate levy categories: General Tax Levy, Voter Approved Indebtedness and Direct/Special Assessments.

"3. Is there any way to reduce property taxes in this scenario ?"
Not initially and not until you can prove the market value of the home has dropped via a Prop 8 appeal.

Please review additional information covering your questions at:

"Estimating Property Taxes in CA"
http://www.trulia.com/blog/steve_ornellas_mba_re_mastersgri/2010/05/estimating_property_taxes

-Steve
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Tue Jul 31, 2012
Anne Arjani answered:
Do you mean by "normal" in terms of yearly income?
I live in Los Altos Hills, and folks seem kind, interesting, community minded, and ecologically sensitive to me. I think the best way to meet the "normal" folks is to walk a dog in a neighborhood. Works for me! ... more
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Tue Jul 31, 2012
Anne Arjani answered:
It depends.......Los Altos Hills is a more complex community due to some homes having freeway noise and others none at all. Sometimes this is not completely logical in terms of looking at the home in relation to the freeway, as geographic land marks such as a mountain can completely shield the noise.

Really the best way to figure this out is to perhaps get out from behind your computer screen, get a great agent and commit to exploring property in person. This really is the only way to truly evaluate property.
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Tue Jul 31, 2012
Anne Arjani answered:
ATT is working on Magdalena and Olive Tree Lane. I have a booster station in my home.
Verizon seems to have excellent coverage in LAH.
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Sun Oct 2, 2011
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Crusoe:

You can get the floor plan information from the Town of Los Altos Hills Planning Department. They will have microfiche of all of the homes built in the community. Because the Town is comprised of mostly custom homes, your chances are far greater that a lengthy and detailed file exists in the Town's records of the home's plan.

As for interior remodeling, some of the homeowners get permits and some do not. If the exterior is being modified, most assuredly, there will be some permits. However, if the remodeling was limited to interior amenities without changing the footprint of the home, there may not be any permits on the interior changes. A good contractor, however, should be able to help you assess the changes in the home and if these changes will require modifications to meet current building codes.

Please keep in mind that while you'll be able to view the plans on microfiche at the Town Hall, you will NOT be able to get copies of any home plans without the express written consent of the architect. All plans are the work product of an architect, and the architect must release the plans to you if you want a set.

Good luck! And work with a great Realtor to help you purchase your new home!!

Sincerely,
Grace Morioka
Area Pro Realty-People's Choice
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