Relocating from Manhattan to Silicon Valley

Asked by Needhelpwithmoving!, Palo Alto, CA Tue Jan 5, 2010

I'm relocating to the silicon valley area for work (south san jose area) and am looking for a vibrant place to live. My husband and I are in our early thirties, are foodies and like to walk around town instead of driving everywhere. Ideas on a neighborhood? Is Palo Alto too far for the morning commute? Thanks in advance!

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Brad Gill, Agent, San Jose, CA
Wed Jan 6, 2010
Bay Area freeways are notorious for being congested during commute times, especially between the mid-peninsula (Palo Alto) and South San Jose, BUT since you would be making a reverse commute I can’t imagine the traffic would be too horrific. Most South Bay residents commute form the South Bay to the mid-Peninsula to work, a smaller fraction make the reverse commute – although not to say you will never get caught in heavy traffic.

If you were able to drive from South San Jose to Palo Alto on a day without any traffic then it would take about 20 – 30 minutes depending on what freeways and which surface street you needed to take. Traffic can easily double these travel times but the only way to know for sure is to try it on one of your days off.

Another trick to really determine how bad the traffic can be is to view the current traffic conditions on http://www.sigalert.com at different times of the day when you may be commuting.

Hope this helps!
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Brad Gill, Agent, San Jose, CA
Tue Jan 5, 2010
Good afternoon, I think that you'll find that the South Bay Area has plenty of neighborhoods that would be of interest to you and your husband. Like yourselves, I am also a foodie and have fallen in love with several small communities near South San Jose that may fit your expectations.

Here are several different neighborhoods listed below in order of distance from South San Jose that you should look into:

• Willow Glen - http://www.downtownwillowglen.org/
• Campbell - http://www.ci.campbell.ca.us/index.htm
• Los Gatos - http://www.town.los-gatos.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=3
• Saratoga - http://www.saratoga-ca.com/
• Mountain View - http://www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/
• Palo Alto - http://www.paloaltoonline.com/

You will also find that home prices will vary drastically in each neighborhood surrounding the above cities/towns. For more details on the possible price ranges associated with each of these locations please feel free to contact myself or a local real estate professional.


Brad Gill, Realtor (#01385310)
Cell 408.204.7699
Eagle Properties Group, your family owned San Jose real estate solution
Brad@EagleHomeGroup.com http://www.EagleHomeGroup.com
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Norman Aless…, Agent, San Jose, CA
Wed Jan 6, 2010
You have already recieved some good advice, I would like to add a few neighborhoods for you to consider, Campbell it has a wonderful little down town with good resturants, Willow Glen also has a nice little down town area, also on the higher end there are Los Gatos and Saratoga they both have very fine down town areas, they would generally be a shorter commute for you and they are are all vibrant and each has it's own special style.
I hope this helps, feel free to contact me with any questions.
Regards,
Allyson
408-705-6578
allyson@homesbyallyson.com
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Sam Shueh, , San Jose, CA
Wed Jan 6, 2010
Highway 85, I-101 are your best bet commuting routes. Monday AM and Fri afternoon commuting is horrible.
Why PA? PA has one of the highest housing & rental costs in the country. While price of housing in S SJ has dropped 25-30%, rent also dropped about 10-15%. PA was innume to the recession.

For Silicon Valley geeks(sorry no offence) Google, Yahoo, Sun thirty something enjoy living in Mt View, Rivermark, Campbell. Also Communication Hills(Capitol Expressway) are clustered with high tech workers.
How about Santana Row(Stevens Creek) & I-880? Want to live and shop in style?
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Sam Shueh, , San Jose, CA
Wed Jan 6, 2010
Highway 85, I-101 are your best bet commuting routes. Monday AM and Fri afternoon commuting is horrible.
Why PA? PA has one of the highest housing & rental costs in the country. While price of housing in S SJ has dropped 25-30%, rent also dropped about 10-15%. PA was innume to the recession.
For Silicon Valley geeks(sorry no offence) Google, Yahoo, Sun thirty something enjoy living in Mt View, Rivermark, Campbell. Also Communication Hills(Capitol Express) are clustered with high tech workers.
How about Santa Row(Stevens Creek) & I-880? What to do where to live and shop in style?
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Sam Shueh, , San Jose, CA
Wed Jan 6, 2010
Highway 85, I-101 are your best bet commuting routes. Monday AM and Fri afternoon commuting is horrible.
Why PA? PA has one of the highest housing & rental cost in the country. While price of housing in S SJ has dropped 25-30%, rent also dropped about 10-15%. PA even inched up.

For Silicon Valley geeks(sorry no offence) Google, Yahoo, Sun thirty something enjoy living in Mt View, Rivermark, Campbell. Also Communication Hills(Capitol Express) are clustered with high tech workers.

How about Santa Row(Stevens Creek) I-880 is popular.....
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Needhelpwith…, Home Buyer, Palo Alto, CA
Wed Jan 6, 2010
Brad, thank you! That is really helpful.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Wed Jan 6, 2010
Why not consider a short term rental so you can familiarize yourselves with neighborhoods, get a sense of belonging, see what will fit your lifestyle best, etc--then buy.

Anna
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David Valk, , Palm Desert, CA
Wed Jan 6, 2010
Since your coming from Manhattan I'm going to asume your looking for action. The list given is a good start so I will add a little input on these areas.

Your going to want to look at Los Gatos, Saratoga, and Palo Alto.

Los Gatos is your best bet for action in the south bay but sometimes gets a little much with everyone knowing about and it's location off the freeway heading to the beach.

Saratoga would be my next choice going North, it's a little slower but has a great main street that also leads to the mountains and the back way to the beach.

Palo Alto is your best bet if you want to live in the north end of the south bay. Depending on where your work address is you could be spending a lot of time in your car.

A note...I used to live and work as a agent in the south bay for 15 years. If you want a great agent that knows all of these cities well call Patrick Adair @ 408 206-2472.
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Needhelpwith…, Home Buyer, Palo Alto, CA
Wed Jan 6, 2010
I agree, great answers. I'm wondering how far the commute might be from Palo Alto in the morning with traffic? Are we looking at a nightmare?
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SeattleHome.…, Agent, Seattle, WA
Tue Jan 5, 2010
Considering Brad's answer, I'd give him a call. I lived in the area for a few years, including Willow Glen and Campbell. All of his suggestions are right on. Really nice communities with walking commercial districts, restaurants, entertainment, etc. He sounds like someone who really knows what you're looking for. Good luck.
Web Reference:  http://seattlehome.com
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