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Los Gatos real estate market trends

How's the Los Gatos real estate market? How are Los Gatos Real Estate Market Trends?The Los Gatos real estate market trends are in the seller’s favor in the more affordable price points, and more balanced, to the benefit of the buyer, in the luxury bracket of the market.

First, some data from Altos Research, with data based on listings (not solds) by zip code.

Los Gatos 95030: schools and downtown proximity

The chart at the right represents 95030 in Los Gatos (not Monte Sereno). If you’d like to see the FULL weekly report, use the following link and save it, as it will be updated automatically every 7 days:

Altos Research Weekly Report for Los Gatos 95030

This part of Los Gatos has the Los Gatos Union School District and features locations closer to downtown Los Gatos than 95032 or 95033 (the Los Gatos Mountains area). For that reason, it’s a little pricier than other parts of town. With the higher prices come a bit slower of a real estate market, so here Altos says that it’s a market only slightly in the seller’s favor.

The hottest segment of this zip code is the 3rd (from the top) pricing tier, homes listing at about 2.8 million or so.

Los Gatos 95032: schools and commute

The 95032 zip code in Los Gatos is more complicated than 95030 for a few reasons. First, part of it is in the Los Gatos Union School District, part is in the Campbell Union School District (west Los Gatos near the Saratoga and Campbell borders), and part is in the Union School District (shared with the Cambrian zip code of 95124 in San Jose). All are good to great schools at the elementary and middle school level. At the high school level, Los Gatos High will have a little more draw than Westmont or Leigh High (in the Campbell Union High School District), so that part of 95032 will sell for a bit more.

Altos Research Weekly Report for Los Gatos 9503032

Additionally, since west Los Gatos is closer to Cupertino and Apple, and other high tech employment centers, that side of 95032 will sell for a little more than east Los Gatos – though that could change with the new Google complex in downtown San Jose.

The 95032 zip code used to sell for a significant amount less than 95030 (especially if there’s a jump from non LG schools to “the schools”). But please notice that the median list price for 95030 and 95032 are not terribly far apart: less than 5% at the moment. Years ago, it was common to see a 10-20% delta between the two.  Read more ›

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Cupertino California Real Estate Market

Cupertino has been a hot ticket item for a long while. With plenty of business, major employers like Apple, great public education and parks, it’s no surprise this is a highly desirable place to call home. Both the single family and condo markets have been hot for years, but with the prolonged seller’s market that’s surrounded the South Bay for the last year or more, things are even crazier than usual.

So how to we understand the market?

Using data from the MLS, below are two different charts for analysis. Firstly, the RE Report takes the data of home sales over the last month and compares it with the month prior and the year before to identify shifts and trends. At the bottom of this page is a graph taken from Altos Research, which used data gathered from the same source but divides the housing market into pricing tiers, showing the market trends and changes within these distinct groups from entry-level to luxury markets.

Cupertino Single Family Housing Market

For an average sized home in Cupertino, expect to pay no less than $2,000,000 – a high price for a popular community. The average and median price has risen by double digits since last year, and with sales selling for higher above list price, the market is definitely hotter than 2016. Sales vs list price percentages are stable since last month, with homes selling well over list price. Homes are selling on average in about one month, a speedy turnover, and many more have sold than are active. There is a strong sellers market that refuses to let up in the single family market in Cupertino. Read the full RE Report with more information through the link.

Trends At a Glance Jan 2019 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $2,300,000 (+2.2%) $2,250,000 $2,485,000 (-7.4%)
Average Price $2,361,680 (+7.1%) $2,204,190 $2,539,920 (-7.0%)
No. of Sales 13 (+44.4%) 9 (+44.4%)
Pending 12 (-20.0%) 15 15 (-20.0%)
Active 10 (+150.0%) 4 12 (-16.7%)
Sale vs. List Price 99.9% (+0.3%) 99.6% 113.1% (-11.6%)
Days on Market 43 (+31.7%) 33 (+541.2%)
Days of Inventory 23 (+73.1%) 13 40 (-42.3%)

 

Cupertino Condo Market

In most markets, condos show very different trends from the housing market, usually being much slower. That being said, a prolonged seller’s market and a huge lingering demand has made many condo markets just as hot as their housing couterparts, and Cupertino is no exception. Sales vs list price shows that properties are selling on average at 110.5% of list price – almost as high as single family homes – and faster at a mere 18 days on market. With that in mind, notice what a small inventory the data is collected from. With low numbers, the percentages can swing wildly and are not as reliable. Looking at trends over many months is more helpful in this case. Condos have been selling quickly and well over list price for as far back as the charts show, meaning the condo market is a firey hot seller’s market. Read more in the full RE Report through the link.

Condo Market Trends at a Glance

Trends At a Glance Jan 2019 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $1,370,000 (-7.4%) $1,480,000 $1,369,000 (+0.1%)
Average Price $1,370,000 (-7.4%) $1,480,000 $1,369,000 (+0.1%)
No. of Sales (0.0%) 1 (-50.0%)
Pending (+100.0%) 2 (-42.9%)
Active (+125.0%) 4 (+80.0%)
Sale vs. List Price 98.6% (-0.8%) 99.4% 119.9% (-17.7%)
Days on Market 54 (+440.0%) 10 (+620.0%)
Days of Inventory 270 (+125.0%) 120 75 (+260.0%)

 

Altos Research Cupertino Market by Pricing Quartiles

The chart below shows market trends for Cupertino divided into four pricing tiers. Looking at it in quartiles shows not only the average cost of properties, but also the differing trends. Here you can see that the luxury sector has harsher high and low points, and that the current luxury market has falling prices for the first time in a while. the lowest price points are the most stable, and show a fair amount of stability through last spring and summer. The high-end (but not luxury) market may have some bumps, but it’s on a steady upward trajectory, meaning this might be where buyers are facing the greatest challenges and fighting to make competitive offers.



Contact Mary Now 408 204-7673If you’ve found this information helpful and you are interested in buying or selling a house in Cupertino or around Silicon Valley, I would love to hear from you! Feel free to check out more of my posts on housing markets and neighborhoods around the South Bay, as well as tips for buyers and sellers on my other blogs as well: Valley of Heart’s Delight and Live in Los Gatos. Let’s arrange a time to chat by phone, and if it seems like we might be a good fit to work together, we can arrange a time to meet. (No obligation, no cost, no pressure.)

 

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Los Altos

Downtown Los AltosLos Altos is one of Santa Clara County’s most prestigious towns (read “among the most expensive Silicon Valley real estate”). Prices for houses currently begin at about $2.5 million for a home that’s livable as is.

Los Altos is located in the northern end of the county, just 10 minutes from Palo Alto and Stanford University. It is close to the San Francisco Bay and catches more of the “bay breeze”, so can be a little cooler in summer than Los Gatos, a town with which it is often compared.

With a quaint and charming downtown, Los Altos features many first-class restaurants, bakeries, art galleries and boutiques. Possessing a country atmosphere, many of the streets in this city are lined with tall trees and are without sidewalks. It is a peaceful, yet upscale feeling. The town slopes gently toward San Francisco Bay and sports many homes on large lots of 1/4 acre or more. School rankings in Los Altos are very high and crime ratings are among the lowest in the state. High school seniors have many higher educational opportunities nearby including Foothill Junior College and Stanford University. Read more ›

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Campbell CA real estate market trends

Campbell water tower and bannerAn active community with a charming downtown, easy access to freeways and VTA lightrail systems, and back dropped by the lovely Santa Cruz mountains, it’s no wonder why Campbell is so popular.

For years I’ve been writing about the Campbell real estate market updates on my Valley of Hearts Delight blog. Please hop over there to get the latest (and a bit more details), or make use of the links and info below to get a pulse on the housing situation there.

Altos Profiles (updated weekly)

Campbell Real Estate Market for Single Family Homes

Campbell Real Estate Market for Condominiums and Townhouses

Campbell CA real estate market for Single Family Homes & Condos

Find the CURRENT and full RE Report for the Campbell single family housing market here.

See more in the full RE Report for Campbell condos through the link.

If you’d like to get the weekly report from Altos Research, please sign up HERE.

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Saratoga, CA

Saratoga California View from West Valley CollegeOnce a logging town known as Bank Mills, the Saratoga, CA, is now considered an upscale suburb of Silicon Valley and San Jose with a very high quality of life.

Where is the city of Saratoga? You’ll find it just north of Los Gatos and Monte Sereno along Highway 9, and like them, it sits at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and provides a path to the coast, also via Highway 9 (Big Basin Way).

Downtown Saratoga, CA, known as “Saratoga Village” or simply “the Village” is an active strip along Big Basin Way with shops, boutiques, restaurants, spas, and wine tasting bars. Just off this main drag you’ll also find the lovely Wildwood Park.   It is less busy at night than Los Gatos, so those who prefer things a little quieter will love it here.

There are plenty of events and entertainment to keep you busy with venues such as Villa Montalvo, the Mountain Winery, the Hakone historic estate and gardens, West Valley College, vineyards and horseback riding all within town limits.

  • Downtown Saratoga Village along Big Basin Way
    Downtown Saratoga Village along Big Basin Way

What are the Saratoga, CA neighborhoods like?

Saratoga, CA, neighborhoods by map

Saratoga, CA neighborhoods by map – please click to see details on Google Maps

Neighborhoods often boast meandering roads, no streetlights, and views of the hills giving Saratoga its signature rustic feel. There are some older, historic areas known as Heritage Lane (Austin Way still has a brick road!) with interesting architecture.  Like the rest of Santa Clara County, most of this lovely city has more contemporary and ranch style houses.

In most cases, the smallest lots are around 10,000 square feet, and the most modest homes as small as 1000 or 1200 square feet, generally, with values beginning at around $1 million for a smaller house that needs a whole lot of work (consider the Paseo and Quito Village areas or nearby for “entry level” houses, or any of the many condominium or townhouse communities for more affordable options). The most expensive homes are truly luxury estates, worth many millions of dollars and usually sitting on multiple acres, frequently with views and in hilly locations west of Highway 9.

Some of the neighborhoods are described on another page on this site:
Saratoga Real Estate And Saratoga Homes For Sale

Some of the neighborhood or area names you’ll want to know include these

  • The Golden Triangle
  • The Platinum Triangle / Montalvo / Glen Una area
  • Prides Crossing
  • Parker Ranch
  • Les Chateaux de Notre Dame
  • Austin Corners
  • Montewood
  • Fruitvale Area
  • Carnelian Glen
  • Toll Gate / Saratoga Heights
  • Pierce Road / Mount Eden
  • Civic Center
  • Shadow Oaks
  • Aspesi / Marshall Lane
  • Canon /West of Highway 9
  • Brookview
  • Blue Hills
  • Shadow Oaks
  • Saratoga Village
  • Portos / Harleigh
  • Paseo / Quito Village
  • Ravenswood
  • Madronia Historic area
  • West of Saratoga-Sunnyvale / Reid

Generally speaking, homes west of Highway 9 or west of Saratoga-Sunnyvale will be more expensive than those in the Golden Triangle – but not always.

Beyond home buying, Saratoga is a good place to retire, too: the Saratoga Retirement Community is a large campus with independent living, assisted living, and nursing care available in an extremely scenic setting.

For some, this pretty city also includes the last real estate they will ever need – the beautiful and historic Madronia Cemetery.

Saratoga is well known for its low crime rate and top notch schools. If this is what interests you, make sure you know where the school district boundaries lie! Read more ›

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Almaden Valley area of San Jose

Almaden Valley view of Mt. UmunhumSan Jose’s Almaden Valley is an area of lush vegetation, upscale, family oriented homes and easy access to quality shopping & schools. Simply defined by San Jose’s 95120 ZIP code, the Almaden Valley has lots to offer.

For recreation, this area is hard to beat. The New Almaden Mines and the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum is a wonderful spot to explore and learn with many historic houses and buildings. Also popular is the Alamitos Creek and the Alamitos Creek Trail. Almaden Lake is a popular place for swimming in season, boating, picnicking, and fishing. For golfers, there is the Almaden Valley Country Club.

Home too many high-tech employees, the Almaden Valley is home to IBM’s Almaden Research Center. Those who commute to work will find easy access to all freeways, plus the convenient Almaden Light Rail Station and the Almaden Expressway.  It is perhaps most ideal for people who are commuting to downtown San Jose.

The public school situation is a little tricky.  Most of Almaden is served by the San Jose Unified School District (with one of four elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools).  Northern Almaden is served by Pioneer High School and Castillero Middle School (and often Los Alamitos Elementary School).  Southern Almaden, which is more remote and more expensive for real estate purchases, is within the attendance area of Leland High School, Bret Harte Middle School and a number of 900+ API scoring elementary schools.

However, not all of Almaden Valley falls into these school areas.  A small portion of homes (Oak Canyon, Montevideo and nearby subdivisions) are in the Campbell Union High School District & Union School District  (Branham or Leigh – an “open area” where residents may choose). Finally, oddly enough, a tiny sliver of Almaden is within the boundaries of the Saratoga-Los Gatos Union High School District and Los Gatos Union Schools.  These students must hopscotch over the nearer Union Elementary School District areas to get to their campuses (this area is off of Guadalupe Mines Road).

I’ve written quite extensively about Almaden and its schools on my SanJoseRealEstateLosGatosHomes blog:
Schools, API Scores & Maps of School Boundaries in San Jose’s Almaden Valley

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South San Jose

California poppies can be found in South San JoseSouth San Jose is one of the more affordable areas in Silicon Valley. It enjoys convenient freeway and transit access, running alongside Highway 101 and Highway 87 at points, and coming quite close to Highway 85, also. The Tamien light rail station is close to South San Jose – nearly in it. Cal Train can be accessed along Highway 101.

Coyote Creek graces the length of this district, offering lots of open space and park land. Downtown is nearby, and so is shopping at Eastridge Mall, or a visit to Raging Waters. South San Jose is close to just about everything!

Where is South San Jose?

As the name suggests, South SJ is a district south of downtown. The eastern side is bounded by Highway 101. On the northern end, it runs along a portion of Williams, near downtown.  The western border follows Highway 87 in part, then cuts east at Hillsdale and south again on Monterey Street.  The southern tip extends to Blossom Hill Road, where Highway 101 and Monterey Street are very close to one another. That area of South San Jose is part of what was once the town of Edenvale.

The zip codes for this area are 95111, and parts of 95112, 95116, 95121, 95136, and part of 95122.

Adjacent parts of San Jose are downtown San Jose (and specifically Naglee Park) to the north, Willow Glen to the west, Santa Teresa and Blossom Valley to the south, and Evergreen to the east.

Which neighborhoods are in South SJ?

Neighborhoods and subdivisions in South San Jose include Great Oaks, Riverview, Havens, Serenede, Melody, Seven Trees, Hellyer, Los Arboles, Sylvandale East, Rancho, Ramblewood, Locke, Stonegate West, Albanese, Cramer-Umbarger, Brenning, Summerside, Meadows, Rockspring, Kennedy, and Santee, among others.

What are the public schools?

For elementary and middle schools, most of this area is served by the Franklin-McKinley School District. The southern end of South SJ is part of the Oak Grove School District. All of this area is within the East Side Union High School District. Check out the map here: https://www.sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1351

South San Jose landmarks and popular places

South San Jose includes the much beloved Happy Hollow Park and Zoo and the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. If you’ve adopted a pet in Silicon Valley, there’s a good chance that you were in South San Jose at the San Jose Animal Care Center. You also know of it for one of the largest, and oldest, cemeteries in the area: Oak Hill. Love to golf? The scenic Los Lagos Golf Course runs alongside Coyote Creek.

Last winter, part of South San Jose flooded during an extraordinarily heavy rainfall over a very short period of time. If you’re local, you heard about the devastating impact of the floods in areas along Coyote Creek. Several areas were hard-hit, including the Rockspring neighborhood.

 

How’s the real estate market in South San Jose? Check out all the current real estate market statistics and trends at the Silicon Valley Real Estate Report: South SJ real estate market info.

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San Jose – East Valley

Often known simply as East San Jose or the Eastside, the East Valley was once a city of its own, annexed by San Jose, its name sake, in 1911. (Today, the East Valley encompasses more than just the former city bearing the same name.)

A celebrated historic East Valley resident was César Chávez, and the East Valley was the first area to begin the grape boycott.

The East Valley terrain includes foothills and flat lands at their base. The eastern foothills are part of the Diablo range, and many neighborhoods have views of the range or the valley. The Diablo Range also provides plenty of natural space, and a blend of parks and private ranch land with residential areas in the foothills. Parks include the Mount Diablo State Park, Alum Rock Park, Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve, Joseph D Grant Ranch Park (the largest park in Santa Clara County), and more.

Entertainment and leisure opportunities for the family include Raging Waters water park, Eastridge Mall the Mexican Heritage Plaza, Lake Cunningham, and Kelley Park, which includes Happy Hollow Zoo, the Japanese Friendship Garden, the History Park, and two museums, the Portuguese Historical Museum and Viet Museum, along with plenty of picnic areas, walking paths, lawns, tree groves, and more.

Access to two major lines of public transit, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) which will be installed in the next couple of years and current VTA (Valley Transit Authority) connection, makes travel simple. This is a more affordable area in the Valley, but as such schools do not rate as highly in this area as in others and the crime rates could be better. CalTrain is accessed along Highway 101, too.

Below please find a live Altos Research chart, showing the median list price of homes for sale – this will give you an idea of what a house might cost there.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

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Menlo Commons

I recently had the pleasure of closing on a listing in Menlo Commons, a senior community, located at 2140 Santa Cruz Ave in the lovely city of Menlo Park!
Menlo Commons is a 55+ community, meaning that at least one resident must be age 55 or older, but other residents can be any age. Residents enjoy plenty of features in the resort-like community space, with common areas including a large kitchen, a large formal dining or meeting room, an exercise room, plenty of lounge areas with large windows, grass fields, and a pool and hot tub, to name a few. Common areas, grounds, and resident parking are gated with ample open parking to residents and visitors. Units come in one to two bedroom floorplans, each with balconies, and Home Owners Association (HOA) Dues are appx $600-$760 per month for one and two bed units respectively.
What makes Menlo Commons really special is it’s fantastic location. This complex is stationed near the boarder of Menlo Park and Stanford with plenty of benefits to it’s location. Menlo Commons has easy access to both 280 and 82 and is tied into a bus route. Shopping and entertainment abound, with Stanford Golf Course about a block away, a Safeway less than half a mile away, Stanford Shopping Center about 1.5 miles down the road with downtown Menlo Park only a little farther. Living so close to the university makes it a snap to enjoy regular outings to enjoy musical, theatrical, and sports events.
Over the last 6 months or so, units have been selling between $690,000 and $910,000. Only one of these five sales was a single bed unit, and it was the only one which sold below list price. With over 120 units and showing 13 sales in the year 2017, most selling in under a month, there appears to be a slow but regular inventory of units available in Menlo Commons and a similar demand. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place with so much to offer!
Interested in the City of Menlo Park? View the market report, updated monthly, here: Menlo Park condo real estate market
Menlo Commons Community

Some of the community spaces in Menlo Commons.

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