Silicon Valley & Santa Clara County Real Estate News

Feb. 28, 2018

Go to Charles Usher Wines and Taste Wine Grown on Saratoga Real Estate

Go wine tasting on Saratoga real estateLocated just three and a half miles from downtown Saratoga real estate, Charles Usher Wines is well worth a visit. Their focus is on hand-crafted small lots of wine, which results in an unparalleled depth of flavors and undertones. The wines are made with grapes grown right in Saratoga, using Santa Cruz grapes and other from wine-growing regions of California. The wines are then aged in oak barrels from the US and France.

The best way to get to know these special wines is to schedule a wine tasting, at least two days in advance. Gather up your friends so you meet the group minimum of six. The whole experience lasts two hours and includes a tour with the winemaker. Visitors will taste five premium wines, as well as two barrel tastings. To bring out all the flavors, a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, crackers, and bread are served with the wines. Plan a trip on a sunny day so you can tour the vineyards and learn about vineyard management. At the end of the tour, take advantage of discounted prices and bring your favorite wines back to your Saratoga home.

Bring a Your Favorites Back to Your Saratoga Home

Whether you can tour this beautiful Saratoga real estate location or not, you can always shop at the online store. Discounts are offered for larger purchases. Get 10% off a purchase of six bottles; 15% off when you purchase a case; and 20% when buying two cases. You can pick different varieties to make up your purchase. Join the wine club to receive 20% off all purchases.

Charles Usher Wines make great gifts, and custom labels are available to commemorate special occasions. This is a great idea for weddings, baby announcements, and birthdays. Corporate custom labels are also available for events, customer appreciation, and gifts.

Visit Charles Usher Wines to get more details and shop for wine.


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Feb. 26, 2018

Go to Armadillo Willy’s to find Texas BBQ on Santa Clara Property

Get Texas BBQ on Santa Clara property.Santa Clara property owners have the chance to get amazing Texas barbecue close to home at Armadillo Willy’s. Located at 2624 Homestead Road, it’s convenient to most Santa Clara homes. Armadillo Willy’s is serving up its wood-fired barbecue Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Be sure to arrive hungry when you go to Armadillo Willy’s. Start off with a bowl of chicken tortilla soup or a Carolina chopped BBQ pork salad. All the meat is barbecued on the Santa Clara property, taking anywhere from four to 18 hours, depending on the cut. Zagat has rated their “succulent ribs”. These come in small plates or in a full rack of ribs, so everyone can choose as much as they want. The Angus beef premium brisket is also well worth trying. Order it as a sandwich or a plate. The Angus burgers are grilled to perfection and served with hand-cut fries or another side of your choice.

Check out the Take-out and Catering Options for Santa Clara Homes

If you come to Armadillo Willy’s with a group, you can try the Belly Buster. This includes Texas BBQ ribs, baby back ribs, Lone Star BBQ chicken, 18-hour Texas brisket, East Texas pulled pork, and Texas jalapeno-cheese sausage. Choose a couple of sides, and fill in the corner with a cornbread muffin.

If you’re craving barbecue but want to stay in, Armadillo Willy’s has a take-out option. The family platters are great for take-out and include enough food for four people. Choose between the Texas BBQ, Lone Star chicken, combo, or belly buster platters. Killer food is a necessary ingredient for any awesome party, and Armadillo Willy’s is happy to cater your next event. Just check out the take-out menu to see your options.

Visit Armadillo Willy’s to see the full menu and get information about catering.


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Feb. 21, 2018

Enjoy Living in San Jose and Go Golfing at Rancho Del Pueblo

Golfers living in San Jose play at Rancho del Pueblo.Golfers living in San Jose can find a great round of golf at Rancho Del Pueblo. This course has emerged at the location of the old Thunderbird Golf Course and is a part of the revival of East San Jose. Play 9 holes that cater to both new and seasoned players. Enjoy the landscaping as well as three lakes and plenty of bunkers to try to avoid. There are eight par 3’s and one par 4. Pay for just one round or consider joining a golf club for added value and the ability to make connections with other golfers living in San Jose and the surrounding area. There are clubs and leagues available for men, women, and children. Lessons are available as well for adults and youth. Also consider a summer camp to keep the kids busy, active, and in the company of new friends when school is out.

San Jose Real Estate Owners Find Everything They Need at the Pro Shop

In addition to the course, Rancho Del Pueblo offers a Pro Shop, Practice Facilities, and a cafe’. Shop for clubs, apparel, and other golf equipment anytime at the Pro Shop. Take advantage of the 25 hitting stations and extensive putting green at the practice facility to hone in your game. Stop by during the day or make use of the lights and practice your swing on your way back to your San Jose real estate after work. When hunger strikes, grab a bite to eat at the cafe or from the snack bar in the Pro Shop. Spend time with friends before or after a round of golf or stop in special just for lunch.

Work with the experienced staff to plan a golf tournament or outing. Groups of all sizes can be accommodated and this could be a great way to raise money, get the extended family together, or raise company morale. Everyone at Rancho Del Pueblo will do everything they can to make your event a success. Visit the club to learn more about the course, find more information about lessons and hosting an event, and even book a tee time.


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Feb. 19, 2018

Silicon Valley Home Owners Enjoy Many of the Best Schools in California

Silicon Valley home owners send their kids to the best schools in California.Families searching for a Silicon Valley home often have good schools as a search criteria. This is important for their own children and also for resale value. Every year, ranks the best public school districts in California, and three districts in Silicon Valley made the top of the list in 2017. uses 10 criteria areas to meter the quality of schools. Academics weigh most heavily in the ranking, with quality of teachers, parent and student reviews, sports and other extracurricular activities also factoring into the ranking. Many Silicon Valley area schools did very well in these rankings.

Many Silicon Valley Real Estate Locations are in Top School Districts

Palo Alto Unified School District ranked at the top of the list by scoring an A or A+ on eight of 10 criteria areas. Palo Alto’s Henry M. Gunn High School enjoys the ranking of California’s Top Public High School of 2018. Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High school came in at the number two district, and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School ranked as the number three district on the list. Nine other Bay Area school districts made the top 20. Ranking number seven is Acalanes Union High School District in Lafayette. Number nine is Pleasanton Unified School District. Number 16 is Albany City Unified School District. Number 17 is Tamalpais Union High School District. Number 19 is Fremont Union High School District, and number 20 is San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

While each of the schools in these top-ranking districts offer an excellent and well-rounded education to their students, there are several individual schools that shine even more brightly. The Bay Area is in fact home to half of the state’s top 20 high schools. That is a pretty amazing perk to those calling Silicon Valley home. Here are the area’s top high schools in addition to Henry M. Gunn High School, which was ranked number one. Ranking number four is Saratoga High School, number five is Palo Alto High School, number 6 is Orinda’s Miramonte High School, number nine is Los Altos High School, number 11 is Mountain View High School, number 13 is Larkspur’s Redwood High School, number 14 is Pleasanton’s Amador Valley High School, number 18 is San Francisco’s Lowell High School, and number 19 is Los Gatos High School.

This list is quite impressive, but it gets even more amazing for Silicon Valley real estate owners as has ranked Stanford University as the Number One College in America for 2018. It is an amazing opportunity for students to stay close to home to attend college and walk in the footsteps of such successful people as Steve Jobs, Sally Ride, and John Elway. It is a huge plus for a community to have such an esteemed school in their backyard. Berkeley, the top University of California school, is another top option close by. The rigorous and groundbreaking work being done at these universities contributes to the forward-thinking tech industry, making Silicon Valley a truly exciting place to live.


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Feb. 14, 2018

Join Keller Williams Bay Area Estates to Work for a Company that Cares

Keller Williams Bay Area Estates cares about community.In honor of Valentine’s Day, Keller Williams Bay Area Estates wants to highlight the ways that Keller Williams works to create a positive impact in communities and in the lives of agents. Of course, the company provides many tools and lots of training for agents to jumpstart a great real estate career. But Keller Williams also knows that agents and offices are part of communities. Over the years, the company has started initiatives and organizations that support both.

In 2009, RED Day was established. RED stands for Renew, Energize, and Donate. Each year, the whole company participates in community service. The idea is that agents can be a force for good in their communities and work for positive change and renewal.

KW Cares was founded in 2003. The charity supports Keller Williams agents throughout the world in times of crisis, both personal as well as regional or national. Associates are encouraged to give to the charity so that we can be of help to our own agents during hard times. This is one of the ways we manifest the reality of our slogan “We are family”.

At Keller Williams, Your Real Estate Career Is Supported Every Step of the Way

While we aim to support our current agents and offices, the company also knows that the key to success is investing in the future. To that end, Gary Keller came up with the vision for KW Kids Can. The nonprofit organization uses the Keller Williams strong training and education systems to inspire young people. The KWKC works with the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders to encourage them in creative thinking and to take calculated risks to generate wealth. Most of all, KWKC hopes to give the next generation a passion and sense of responsibility to find ways of living generously while also fulfilling their business goals.

Because of the demands of a real estate career, agent health and wellbeing is very important to Keller Williams. The KW Wellness Program was established to help agents find ways to incorporate fitness and wellness practices into their routines. Wellness Day is an annual event of activity to promote healthy living.

We’re looking for a new agent for Keller Williams Bay Area Estates. Read some more about the corporate culture at Keller Williams. Be sure to read our earlier blog posts and check out our site. Contact the office to discuss joining our team!


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Feb. 12, 2018

Don’t Miss the Bacon and Beer Classic Near Your Santa Clara Home

Santa Clara home owners go to Bacon and Beer Classic.A celebration of two of life’s most tasty things, bacon and beer, is coming to the area near any Santa Clara home. The Bacon and Beer Classic will take place at Levi's® Stadium on February 24th, 2018. This fun event is in its third year and those in attendance will be able to go right on the field to sample their fill of over 100 beers and more than 30 dishes with bacon brought to you from local chefs. Also take part in the blind beer taste test, enter or watch the Hormel® bacon eating contest, participate in lawn games, groove to music, take in the experience of being on the field at Levi's® Stadium, and enjoy spending time with friends.

Santa Clara Real Estate Owners Can Purchase Tickets Now

A long list of restaurants will be represented such as The Grilled CheezGuy, 240 Sweets, Tacomania, Fuzion Eatz, The Blue Door, Nom Burger, Kindred Cooks, and Psycho Donuts. Breweries at the event include Six Rivers Brewing, Strike Brewing, Wildcide Hard Cider, Jupiter Beer, Kona Brewing, Speakeasy Ales and Lagers, and Four Peaks Brewing Company. Many more restaurants and breweries will be on the field. Be sure to arrange for a designated driver to get you safely back to your Santa Clara home.

Tickets are on sale now, and there are several packages available. Those who purchase a general admission ticket can choose from a 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. time slot. Ticket holders have access to all food, drink, and activities on the field and get a commemorative glass for sampling and the opportunity to check out the stadium with a mobile app. Those who choose a Power Hour ticket gain access an hour early to be able to get to the bacon and beer even sooner. Choose from a 12 p.m. or 5 p.m. time slot. The best ticket available is a VIP option, which gets all of the benefits of general admission and Power Hour plus the ability to unwind in the BNY Mellon Lounge, sample exclusive craft beers, have access to a pork belly tasting, donut wall, and pulled pork sandwiches. Tickets range in price from $69 to $125 depending on the ticket and the session chosen. Anyone living in Santa Clara real estate who is 21 and over is invited to take a look at all of the details and find a link to purchase tickets to the 2018 Bacon and Beer Classic


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Feb. 6, 2018

Training and Coaching is Offered to Every Agent at Keller Williams Bay Area Estates

Come work at Keller Williams Bay Area Estates for a great career.Here are at Keller Williams Bay Area Estates, we are really proud of our track record of excellent customer service and expertise. We’re looking for a new person for our team, who is excited about starting or expanding a real estate career. We focus on Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, which is some of the hottest real estate in the country. Mario Ramirez, our lead broker, is a Bay Area native and adds two decades of experience to his own personal knowledge of the region. In addition to this, we are a Keller Williams office, which means that all agents have classes, mentors, and online tools at their fingertips. Theses tools are vital to the Keller Williams approach of empowering agents to develop their careers and grow as agents.

Keller Williams Is Dedicated to Helping Its Agents Grow a Terrific Real Estate Career

A few posts back, we discussed the Career Growth Initiative and how this suite of online tools helps agents generate leads, identify and achieve their goals. This time, we’re going to go over some of the signature Keller Williams classes and events that you will be able to take advantage of as an agent at Keller Williams Bay Area Estates.

KW Maps Coaching offers four different courses, depending on your objective. Go with Group to target specific areas in your business that are holding you back. Each module has a specific focus, and there is a leader in the field facilitating the weekly sessions.

Breakthrough Coaching offers intense personal coaching, business planning, tools and scripts to help you generate leads, and a high level of accountability. The semi-monthly sessions will help participants assimilate these tools in ways that make sense for their businesses.

Mastery Coaching consists of weekly, individual sessions for those who are ready to climb to the top of the profession. The course offers elite incentives and a very personalized experience.

BOLD (Business Objective: Life by Design) Coaching promises to teach participants the thinking habits, language, and lead generation tools that will grow their business by leaps and bounds. The course focuses not only on your business objectives but on creating a full life of abundance.

Feel free to check out our website and be sure to look over the Keller Williams site to learn more about why so many agents love working with them. Then give us a call so we can talk! 


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Feb. 5, 2018

Silicon Valley Property Market Report: February 2018

Read the Silicon Valley property report for February.It’s the first Monday of February, so it’s time to check in and see how Silicon Valley property is selling. The median price of a Silicon Valley home is $2,463,000. This is relatively unchanged from last month’s median of $2,350,000. On the other hand, the average price per square foot is $826, up significantly from last month’s $784. The average number of days a house spends on the market is also down, at 126 days from 150 days a month ago. Though the median price is holding fairly steady, demand seems to be increasing, as measured by how long homes remain on the market. The market remains in seller’s territory. This could change, however, if demand slows or prices drop.

A Silicon Valley Home Is Selling Faster in February

We turn from our general overview of the Silicon Valley property market to look more specifically at the quartiles. We’ll start at the fourth quartile. The median price of these homes is $1,162,500, which is up from last month’s $850,000. These houses are 1,548 square feet, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. They spend an average of 62 says on the market. In the next quartile, the median price is $1,877,000, which is roughly the same as January’s $1,848,500. These houses are 2,556 square feet and have four bedrooms and three bathrooms and spend an average of 129 days on the market.

When we come to the quartile that’s second from the top, we find a median price of $2,924,000. This is down from the median price of last month, which was $3,594,000. These houses are 3,011 square feet with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. They sell in an average of 98 days on the market. In the top quartile, the median price is $4,992,500. This is down a bit from the median of January, which was $5,250,000. The average size of these houses is 5,356 square feet and have five bedrooms and five bathrooms. They spend 205 days on the market on average.


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Jan. 30, 2018

Top 7 Reasons to Join Keller Williams Bay Area Estates

Keller Williams Bay Area Estates offers many perks to its agents.Here at Keller Williams Bay Area Estates, we have a lot to offer a real estate agent who wants to start or expand a real estate career in the country’s hottest market. 

1. Experience. Our lead broker, Mario Ramirez, not only has two decades of experience working in the Silicon Valley, he’s also a native of the area. This gives him unique insight into the trends and shifts of the local market. Competition in this market is high, so having an edge like this is vital.

2. Silicon Valley. The Bay Area has an extremely fast-moving market. It’s also expanding quite a bit as people look to the surrounding areas for affordable housing. This means that there is a lot of room for agents to become experts on different areas that interest them.

3. In addition to the above reasons, Keller Williams Bay Area Estates offers all the advantages and tools of Keller Williams. One of the major reasons to join Keller Williams is the culture of the company. The company values its agents as human beings and wants to help them create a life that helps them to thrive, not only in their real estate career but also in their personal life.

Keller Williams Offers Tools and Support to Expand Your Real Estate Career

4. Keller Williams real estate tools. This integrated suite of online tools helps agents with lead generation and follow up. Agents can track their progress, set goals, and see how their daily actions are helping them to meet their goals.

5. Keller Williams mentoring. Agents can choose a real estate mentor who will work with them one on one to help them establish themselves in their market. Mentors offer support and encouragement, as well as lots of experience, to help agents meet and exceed their goals.

6. Training and classes. Keller Williams offers tons of classes and training workshops to their agents. Many are online, so you don’t have to go anywhere to take advantage. However, their multi-day summits provide great opportunities to network, make friends, and be inspired.

7. Profit sharing and a unique commission structure. Keller Williams believes in rewarding its agents, because without them, the business wouldn’t exist at all. So the company gives back to its agents. The commission structure is capped, so once you meet your obligation, you keep 100% of your commissions. No other company in the business works like this.

Learn more about how Keller Williams takes care of its agents. Then get in touch with us to discuss joining our team.


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Jan. 24, 2018

Soccer Players Living in Santa Clara Hone Their Skills at Off the Wall Soccer

Kids and adults living in Santa Clara play at Off the Wall Soccer.Families living in Santa Clara have the unique opportunity to experience the world of soccer where every player, no matter what skill level they are at, can enjoy the game. At Off The Wall Soccer they pride themselves on providing a welcoming environment for players that is safe and professional. The amazing staff has developed a wide variety of programs for every age, whether they are toddlers just beginning to kick a ball or young adults planning on making the game their livelihood in the future. For 22 years OTWS has fed the dreams of soccer players at their Santa Clara property. Aall are welcome to “get inside out of the hot sun or cold rain” and let the amazing coaches instill in them a love for the game, as well as the fundamental skills to play it well.

Santa Clara Property Owners Register for the Soccer Leagues for February Games

This February, Off The Wall Soccer is beginning two new league sessions for members and registration is currently open for both of them. Session 141 of the Men’s/Co-ed League begins on the 5th of February with a different group each day of the week. Monday there will be both a Co-ed group as well as a Men’s Over 40 group. On Tuesday the Men’s/Co-ed session will meet. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday there will also be Men’s groups meeting. Team registration based on availability will begin on the 29th of January, with a February 2nd deadline and a $1195 fee. The price for the regular session registration that ends on January 28th is $1095, and those interested are encouraged to sign up early. Session 130 of the Women’s League begins on the 25th of February and players have to be registered by the 18th with their $950 payment in order to participate. Games are already being planned for Sundays after 5 p.m.

People living in Santa Clara can also rent the organization’s facilities for events of all kinds, from birthday parties to family reunions, with 3 different turf covered fields to choose from and Field #2 being chosen more often than the others. The $370 Basic Party package allows for up to 15 guests for an hour and 45 minute party, with a piece of pizza and a parting gift for everyone. Plates and napkins for the party are provided at no extra cost and outside snacks and/or drinks are allowed. However, OTWS asks that no one brings full banquets. If for some reason the party needs to be cancelled more than a week before it is scheduled, a full refund will be provided, and there is no fee to reschedule one. If a party needs to be cancelled on short notice a $320 refund will be given. Off The Wall Soccer also has Deluxe and Ultimate Party options for those who are interested. To learn more about everything Off the Wall Soccer offers the community visit their website, or call 408-988-6900.


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