Los Gatos, San Jose, and Silicon Valley Real Estate
Mary Pope-Handy and Clair Handy, Realtors and real estate bloggers covering Santa Clara County and adjacent areas
Welcome to popehandy.com, with info on Silicon Valley real estate
This site is part of a network of sites and blogs that we run, this one being the oldest and covering the broadest area (multiple counties in Silicon Valley / Bay Area), with a focus on home selling.
Please also visit our other sites:
- The Valley of Heart’s Delight blog – SanJoseRealEstateLosGatosHomes.com (main blog – the Valley of Heart’s Delight blog, focusing on Santa Clara County real estate market reports, neighborhood descriptions, info on trends in buying and selling, and more – over 1,000 articles on this site alone)
- Valley of Heart’s Delight website listings showcased, Santa Clara Valley info, real estate info
- Live in Los Gatos blog – info for people living in or moving to Los Gatos – Los Gatos real estate, neighborhoods, events, history, businesses, restaurant reviews, and loads more
- Move 2 Silicon Valley – relocation resource for the broader Silicon Valley area
- Belwood of Los Gatos and adjacent areas website – specific to one area in east Los Gatos
- popehandy.rereport.com – real estate statistics for 3 counties: Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Santa Cruz County – updated between the 5th and 10th of each month. (Sign up to receive this info by email.)
Silicon Valley encompasses a broad region, including Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and a little of Alameda and Santa Cruz Counties.
Santa Clara County, now sometimes called "lower Silicon Valley", was once known as The Valley of Heart's Delight. This is where I focus my work in helping nice folks to buy and sell homes, but I do have experience throughout these counties and beyond.
Looking for information? I have a number of blogs, and between them there are over 2,000 articles on Silicon Valley real estate, neighborhoods, homes, and related tips for consumers. This one, popehandy.com, will cover Silicon Valley more broadly than my other sites (which seldom go beyond Santa Clara County), but also will include San Jose, Los Gatos, and nearby areas.
Of course, no website (no matter how comprehensive) can take the place of personal guidance and advice. I'd welcome the opportunity to connect with you, discuss your home buying or selling plans, and see if we might be able to work together.
Realtor, ABR, CIPS, CRS, SRES
Sereno (Los Gatos office)
DRE License # 01153805
I'm delighted to announce that my daughter and long-time real estate assistant, Clair Handy, became a real estate licensee and Realtor in 2021 and is working with me and clients directly now.
Clair has been researching and contributing to my blog content for many years, and has a seriously deep knowledge about the real estate market, home styles, red flags (she has a very keen eye), and housing trends. With a special affection for both historic homes and green homes, she is a tremendous asset to me and my / our clients.
With a bachelor's from LMU’s College of Communication and Fine Arts with honors, and a background of working in museums and historic homes, she brings a lot of value to our clients.
Watch for her by line on our many sites!
Sereno (Los Gatos office)
DRE License # 02153633
Recent articles on popehandy.com
Author note: this is a lengthy article which is 99% a reprint from a chapter in the book I co-authored with Ken Deshaies, "Get the Best Deal when Selling Your Home in Silicon Valley". It has been updated as needed. Your pre-sale preparation is key to your success not...
The Los Gatos real estate market trends are red hot across most price points for worry-free properties (in good shape, good location, no major issues). I'm hearing of multiple offers and strong overbids across town, and in some cases the sale price is as much as 30%...
San Jose’s Almaden Valley is a highly sought after area. The main draws include these: high scoring public schools upscale, well maintained neighborhoods easy access to quality shopping natural beauty & views, hiking trails and open spaces Simply defined by San...
Willow Glen is a charming area of San Jose not far from downtown San Jose. There’s a vibrant “downtown Willow Glen” on Lincoln Avenue between Minnesota and Pine with shops, restaurants, cafes, and more. Before it was annexed in the 1920s it had already developed an identity of its own, which residents feel strongly tied to today. Willow Glen has some of the most scenic neighborhoods in Santa Clara County, with older homes boasting a variety of architecture, such as Spanish, Tudor, Craftsman, Mid-Century Modern (Eichlers especially), and more. It’s a uniquely charming area of Silicon Valley.
UPDATE (4/16/2021): This post was originally published way back in June 2015. Santa Clara County was in a seller's market, just finishing it's spring peak, but the market wasn't as hot as it is today. But even in a crazy market like we have today the best strategies...
Many nation-wide websites would have you believe that you can understand the real estate market by simply plotting trends by city, zip code, or by tracking sales activity within 1 mile of any given property. While this qualifies as a popular and an easy answer, it's...
Silicon Valley public schools are managed under the umbrella of the individual counties. In Santa Clara County, that would be the Santa Clara County Office of Education, for example. These Silicon Valley schools cover grades kindergarten through 12th (end of high...
San Mateo County sits between Santa Clara County to the south and San Francisco to the north, with the San Francisco Bay to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The coastal mountain range runs between the bodies of water and further south toward Santa Cruz...
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further...
Both Buyers & Sellers Find A Home By Map Los Gatos & Monte Sereno real estate for sale. Search Homes By Map! Community Silicon Valley Relocation A blog dedicated to relocation to or from Silicon Valley, written by Mary Pope-Handy. Listed Homes for Sale in...