Hello Bay Area and thanks for your post.
Personally, everyone has a different view of "tolerable" with respect to a commute. My husband, for example, does not like ANY stoppage on a road when driving in the morning, and I can--unless in a rush--sit, drink coffee, sing a couple of Fleetwood Mac songs and feel perfectly fine waiting to get to the bottom of the hill, the turnoff or the street light where I need to be. So long as I'm on time, I'm fine--otherwise, a stoppage is stressful.
If you're more like me than my husband, the 2.5 mile commute on Pierce should not be too intolerable. Remember, however, that this is (unless you want to go back into the hills and up along the ridge) the only way out to the main streets in Saratoga, so all of the homes along Pierce and auxillary streets will need access along Pierce Road to get out in the morning. I might also add that the commute into and out of Saratoga is never an easy one whether coming from the hills or from the Platinum or Golden Triange areas--since the main access roadways are all only two lane roads through the town.
My best suggestion to you is that you go to the house that you wish to purchase at about 7 in the morning, and attempt a commute into your office from this location around the time you would normally leave your home. You'll be able to witness and experience, first hand, the commute on Pierce as well as Saratoga Sunnyvale, Cox and other interior streets within Saratoga before agreeing to purchase the home.
Good luck! If you need any other information, feel free to contact us again!
Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
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