If you are willing to commute to San Jose, look to Morgan Hill, Salinas and Hollister for housing, although the $1600 rent is likely still be a bit under the value for a home with amenities you desire. You can also try parts of the East Bay--Hayward, Union City and San Leandro for possible housing options. You will find that you will need to drastically scale back your housing expectations here in California to stay within the $2000 per month budget.
Check rent.com for some housing choices along with rental here on Trulia.com and Zillow.com. Good luck!!
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Typically lease term is 1 year. I personally prefer month to month so I have the option to find a better place if it does not work out.
I don't know what you are looking for in a neighborhood, so it will be difficult to make a recommendation. Is commute important? Schools? Yard? Public Transit? You have the downtown San Jose with High Rises and older victorian style homes. Willow Glen has a downtown area and lots of trees, many homes are smaller and the prices are higher. Campbell comparable to Willow Glen with a more active downtown area and mix of residential and commercial. Cambrian has good schools and neighborhoods. Almaden has good schools and the lots tend to be a bit larger but it is further out from most commute routes. Blossom Valley, Santa Teresa you will find prices lower. Evergreen is a mix some schools very desirable but it will reflect in the rent prices.
Rentals are hard to find and very competitive. Expect to pay $2600 and up for a 3 bedroom home.
For 3 or 4 bedroom, 2 bath, with a garage and a fenced yard you will need to spend at least $2,800 per month in San Jose.
Also, beware of rental scams on sites like craigslist. There are rental scams that advertise very low rental rates, however many of those sites are scams designed to steal your ID to make charges to your credit cards, or steal your deposit money. If the price seems to good to be true, it probably is. Any site that offers you a property similar to what you describe at $1,600 per month in San Jose is a scam designed to steal something from you.
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Typically term is 1 year. I personally prefer month to month so I have the option to find a better place if it does not work out.