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Quality of Life in San Jose : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Oct 29, 2012
Monica Goyal DRE # 01781926 answered:
Hi Nomeolvides,

By law, the realtors are not allowed to steer a buyer towards any particular neighborhood, thus we can not tell you if this is a good neighborhood. There are a few things you can do to check the area,
- one go to to research on the crime rate.
-Two visit the neighborhood, drive around to form your opinion
-talk to the neighbors and get their feedback
-identify your route, not only it will show your travel time/pattern, it will also show the type of neighborhood you will be driving thru.

I have seen that new construction, its new and upcoming. It is true that markets in Sunnyvale, Cupertino etc are extremely competitive. Without knowing your budget its hard to suggest the area. I think Pepper lane starts in 500's, you can do a search limited by price and see what comes up in your desired areas.

Good luck with your purchase
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Mon Oct 22, 2012
Terri Vellios answered:
That depends on the age. If it is for children several communities offer costume walks. Willow Glen for one.

The Winchester Mystery House offers night tours.
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Fri Feb 10, 2012
charles butterfield answered:
Thank you, Mccancan:

Downtown San Jose, near San Pedro Square can get rather noisy. There is a lot of night life in the area. There are a few, bars, and other night clubs in the area.

I would say that any area that is near a commercaial area, near night clubs or bars can be expected to be rather noisy at night.

For more information, call me on my cell Phone: (408)509-6218.

Thank you,
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
American Realty
Cell Phone: (408)509-6218
Fax: (408)269-3597
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Wed Jul 2, 2014
Jim Guido answered:
Congrats on your move to the bay area. I think you will love the area and all that it has to offer. I have lived in the Willow Glen area for a very long time and we really enjoy living here. The Hillcrest area is also very nice. In my opinion you should work closely with the Realtor you decide on to help you and together you will come up with the answers you are looking for. Picking your home is a big decision and their is always lots of factors to look at when making your final choice. It is difficult to answer all your potential questions in this way. A good agent will be able to help you a lot and give you sound advice. Good Luck.


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Thu Jun 28, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you are concerned about crime, your best source of accurate and up to the minute information are the local authorities, consider a call/visit and ask all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand; if unfamiliar with the area, do revisit more than once and at differesnt times of day; possibly chat with neighbors/locals as well; as for the schools, see link as for the commute, consider Google Maps for directions and distance. ... more
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Fri Oct 19, 2012
CJ Brasiel answered:
Ginger -

A couple of helpful web sites....

Hope these help answer your question.
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Mon Nov 29, 2010
James Fucillo answered:
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Thu Jul 26, 2012
Cappy Myers answered:

Your question appears to be a legal one so this is probably not the forum you want. As an attorney, I am not sure that a nuisance exists. However, 7:30am is early and there may be noise ordinances that are being broken that could give you some ability to stop the early morning stuff. Are all the neighbors complaining? How long have you lived in this home? Was the school field there when you purchased the home? How long has the activities been going on? If you strongly feel this is a nuisance and affecting your home prices, you should consult an attorney. You can get a lawyer referral at the Santa Clara County Bar Association website.

Good luck,
Cappy D. Myers
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Thu Mar 4, 2010
Jim Guido answered:
Very good question and I would say that the area from Menlo Park down to San Jose has some wonderful weather. It includes the cities of Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mt. View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos and Milpitas. The closer you get to San Francisco and Oakland the higher chance you may experience more fog and cooler weather. I hope this helps.


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Thu Mar 4, 2010
K answered:

Having worked as the in house loan officer at a local real estate office, I can confirm Marc's answer below is accurate and that real estate agents do not usually interact with the utility company.. It seems that you may be concerned that the agent may have been involved in someway with the misuse of your name and information for turning on the utilities. Also, I am wondering if you know who the owner of the property is?

Aside from that, it sounds like you have been the victim of identity theft, and you should take the appropriate steps to protect yourself. I am posting a link to the Federal Trade Commission's website that provides information on the steps to take to protect yourself, and report this illegal activity.

I would actually contact the utility company first (if you have not already done so) and inform them that you are a victim of identity theft, and this is not your account and request information from them on what you need to prove identity theft. Step four of the link that I posted also instructs you to file a police report. Keep a copy of this for the future. I hope this helps.
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Tue May 19, 2009
Michael Roberts answered:
Hello Ginger, Mountain View may be a suitable place to start your research. It is close to Los Altos and San Jose can be reached in 20 minutes. Another area I would suggest would be Los Gatos. There are so many questions I could ask to better learn what you are in need of though...

Here are a couple of links to get a sense of the areas I am suggesting...This may spur some thoughts to expand your inquiry.

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Fri Jun 13, 2014
Katie Thomas answered:
Downtown campbell is super dog friendly and the LG trail and Campbell dog park is walking distance away.
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Sun Jun 29, 2008
CJ Brasiel answered:
Sam -

Check out Santa Clara County Planning web site. There are areas around Shoreline. (Interesting that this is also a wildlife sanctuary...)

From one doc on the site:

"Initial review of the environmental document technical report on hazardous materials
indicates contamination at an EPA Superfund site north and west of Shoreline Blvd.
Geotechnical borings will be required in the affected area. Permits to perform the drilling
operations may be required from the Santa Clara Valley Water District and Regional Water
Quality Control Board. Meetings with the Water District and Water Quality Control Board
are being scheduled to determine permit requirements. Drilling is expected to begin in
mid-July 2000."

Although I did not find an actual map, you should be able to email/call the planning organization and get one. The other possibility (if this hasn't already been provided) is a hazard report. You can call PROPERTY ID 1800-626-0106 or JCP Reporting, (510) 580-2000. They may be able to help with maps.

Good luck,
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Tue Jan 29, 2008
Michael Moresco answered:
HI Julia,

so I can assume you work in the San Jose area. I think it would be very advantageous to move to San Jose. San Francisco is still a very desirable area so selling you runit should no tbe to difficult, and depending on the area you want to move into, should have no problem finding a place to move into. may I ask have you decided an area or been thru an area that intersts yuo?? ... more
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Thu Jan 10, 2008
Ian A. Wolf answered:
Go with whichever firm offers the best training and guidance. Name doesn't matter. Interview with them all and choose the on you feel offers the best opportunity. Real Esate is about sales. And sales is something you learn. There is a saying, "Good Sales people are born, great ones are trained." There are top producers in every firm got to where you can thrive and be one. Good Luck. ... more
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Thu Dec 13, 2007
Michael Moresco answered:
Hi Andrew,

I noticed you are from New York. I can tell you that are transit system does not compare to NY. However if a senior still drives it is easier to get around here.

The San Jose area also has a lot to offer. Sports, Entertainment, Performing Arts, 5 star restaurants etc.
Our weather is much more moderate than NY's as well. During the winter it does not get much colder then mid 30's with hardly any snow . During the summer usually does not get much hotter than 90's with little humidity.

There are many housing options with several levels of assisted care if needed. Prices for homes range from the mid 500k's on up.

I would recommend you check out this website that addresses some concerns that Seniors may have
and what a SRES designee can help you with:
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Wed Dec 10, 2008
Infinity Realty Network answered:
Great i cant believe some of these questions go unanswered. San Jose has great schools and there are many activities available for your family. The weather is beautiful almost year round. Depending upon your area you plan to visit or move, it would be harder to generalize. As a whole the area is great, if you want some more detail reply with a specific area, or what your kids are interested in and maybe we can help with some more information.

Good Luck
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