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
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...
Located in the north east end of Santa Clara County, Milpitas offers an excellent commute to locations throughout Silicon Valley. This, coupled with the fact that Milpitas is a great family town with highly regarded schools, makes this city one of the county’s most...
The Blossom Valley area of San Jose borders Cambrian Park on one side, Willow Glen on another, Santa Teresa on the third, and the beautiful Santa Teresa Foothills on the forth. While Blossom Valley is mostly a quiet suburban district in Silicon Valley and it has no...
Alviso, San Jose's community on the water Alviso is a small community on the marshy, southern tip of the San Francisco Bay. Originally it was its own city, incorporated in 1852. Ever since 1968, though, it’s been part of the 10th largest city in the United States, San...
Santa Clara County Neighborhoods The neighborhoods listed below are all within Santa Clara County except for Menlo Park, which is in San Mateo County. Please note that the City of San Jose is quite large, with more than 1 million people, and it includes many...
Looking to buy a Silicon Valley home? There are some important loan do's and don'ts to be aware of. I'll go over them briefly here: Do: Tell the loan officer everything; disclose all potential problems with regard to credit, employment, and source of funds. Disclose...
Interested in selling your Silicon Valley home? The home selling process has changed dramatically in recent months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and Shelter in Place orders (which have been lightened a little, but not fully, and with cases rising may roll back...
As a Silicon Valley home seller, what do you need to know about pricing your property ? At any point in time, there are several other homes for sale competing with yours. The first thing to work toward understand is the market conditions for your home. Pricing and...
What is the difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor? Many people use the words Realtor and real estate agent interchangeably, including some real estate licensees! Have you ever seen the phrase "licensed Realtor" online or on a business card? If so, you...