Silicon Valley & Santa Clara County Real Estate News

Dec. 7, 2015

Help Santa Get Presents to Kids on San Jose Real Estate

Donate toys on San Jose real estate.Santa Claus is coming to town, but sometimes he needs a little help, and when that happens, the United States Marines Corp steps up for the big man in the red suit. On a mission to provide needy children living in the San Jose real estate area with as many Christmas presents as possible, the Marines are asking residents of San Jose homes to help and become a part of Santa’s workshop. The annual “Stuff the Bus” Super Saturday Toys for Tots event will be held at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, as part of the Christmas in the Park celebration. Come out on December 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and help fill an entire Valley Transportation Authority Bus with toys. Simply bring an unwrapped, new teddy bear, football, doll, game or another fun gift to the bus and join in the Christmas spirit of giving.

In 2014, well over three thousand toys were donated, which stuffed two whole buses! The Marines are hopeful that this year will bring as many or more goodies to little ones whose families are struggling. If you can’t make it on Super Saturday, there is a centrally located kiosk in Christmas in the Park so drop offs can be made any time. Be part of the few, the proud, the Marines and donate a toy today. Visit Christmas in the Park to get more details.

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Nov. 23, 2015

Saratoga Real Estate Owners Attend Tree Lighting and Wine Stroll

Saratoga real estate owners go to tree lighting.If you want to shop Black Friday this year skip the noisy restless crowds. Enjoy a peaceful walk instead through downtown Saratoga Village real estate during the Holiday Tree Lighting and Wine Stroll from 5 to 9 p.m. on November 27, 2015. While sipping your wine and leisurely shopping, imagine your friends and neighbors fighting it out in and standing in endless lines with tired feet and shortened tempers. Local shops and businesses will keep their doors open, extending their business hours and encouraging shoppers to find perfect presents to bring back to their Saratoga homes for family and friends.

The twinklings and sparkling of the tree lights as it’s lit upon the Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m. will lighten your heart and enliven your holiday spirit. The kids will want to come along too. Santa Claus and Father Christmas have left the North Pole to visit the little ones living in and nearby to Saratoga real estate. He will be checking his list and keeping track of the children’s wishes for Christmas day. There is also a Kids Zone ready for play. And, take a ride in a horse drawn carriage for free, a unique and charming experience for all. The Holiday Tree Lighting and Wine Stroll will be your new favorite tradition, perfect for for the family and definitely stress free. More information may be found at the event webpage.

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Nov. 2, 2015

Residents of Santa Clara County Homes Honor Veterans at Parade

Residents of Santa Clara County homes honor veterans.Patriotic colors of red, white and blue will surround downtown San Jose real estate as residents of Santa Clara County homes line the streets waving flags and honoring members of the United States Armed Forces at the 2015 Veteran’s Celebration and Parade. This year’s Grand Marshal is the esteemed Rear Admiral Ron J. MacLaren, USN, Director of the Defense Logistics Agency Joint Reserve Force. The annual Veterans Day celebration will follow tradition and begin on Wednesday, November 11 at 11 a.m. at Plaza de Cesar Chavez with a memorial service preceding the parade, allowing those living in Santa Clara County homes to come out and show their support for past and present United States veterans.

The parade route starts off at Delmas through to Santa Clara Street then to Market Street, and concludes at San Carlos Street. The parade is scheduled to begin at 12 noon. This patriotic parade will feature colorful marching bands as well as fun loving equestrian groups and more. Veteran’s day historically originated as Armistice Day, the official ending of World War 1 and then transformed into a celebration and recognition of our troops. Come share your support of America’s heroes, both past and present, and honor those who bravely and faithfully serve our country.

Get more information about the parade at the United Veterans Council website.

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Oct. 19, 2015

Santa Clara Real Estate Owners Love Local Theater with Santa Clara Players

See plays on Santa Clara real estate.The Santa Clara Players provide quality community theater to Santa Clara real estate owners and their neighbors. With a long history in the area and a reputation for fun productions with dramatic flair, the company performs three to four shows a season at the Hall Pavilion. Their current comedic play is Agatha Crusty and the Murder Mystery Dinner running from October 23, 2015 through November 14, 2015. This enchanting tale features a successful couple gathering together in their Victorian home for a friendly dinner party with their special guest of honor Agatha Crusty. Suddenly the evening turns into a who dunnit murder mystery when a stormy evening kills the electricity and the guests one by one. Those in attendance will return to their Santa Clara homes satisfied from a night of laugh out loud comedy after watching the characters try to discover who means them harm.

Past productions by the Players include such comedies as The Importance of Being Earnest and You Can’t Get There From Here. As a non-profit community theater group, The Santa Clara Players pride themselves on offering superb, artistic performances to the Santa Clara real estate area. Find more information at the Santa Clara Players website to reserve tickets and to see the current and upcoming lineup of shows.

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Oct. 5, 2015

Pumpkin Patch Fun Near Your San Jose Home at Spina Farms

Visit a pumpkin patch near you San Jose home.Fall has arrived and the Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch is open and right near your San Jose home. Climb aboard the Spina Express Train and take a tour of the pumpkin patch. What better way to narrow down the field and find the spot your perfect pumpkin is hiding in! Journey on a hay ride to the orange and yellow golden sunflower fields, taking in the beauty of the flowers, and of the autumn day.

The Harvest Tram, new this year, is a pint sized tram pulled by a small John Deere tractor. Designed especially for the littlest pumpkin patch visitors, it is perfectly sized to give tiny tots an exciting ride. Bring lunch from your San Jose home to enjoy in the picnic area or grab snacks from the Snack Shack. Weekends at the patch are extra fun with pony rides down pumpkin trails and a petting zoo filled with friendly animals. This piece of San Jose real estate, first established in 1944, provides the perfect autumn ambiance to establish an annual yearly family tradition. Open the full month of October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, Sunday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday. So forget the store bought pumpkins and head on down to the patch for some autumn fun. More details are available at Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch.

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Sept. 14, 2015

Santa Clara County Real Estate to Host Pac-12 Championship Game at Levi's Stadium

College football comes to Santa Clara County real estate.There is still time for college football fans who live in Santa Clara County to find tickets for the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. The game will be held on Saturday, December 5th at Levi’s Stadium, when the Pac-12 north champions face off with the Pac-12 south champions. Tickets are currently on sale at special discounted prices, which will be good until October 4th, when tickets will be sold at regular prices. Easy access to Levi’s Stadium and the great games and concerts held there is a great reason to own Santa Clara County real estate. Last year was the first time the championship game was held at Levi’s Stadium, and it’s very exciting for Santa Clara County real estate owners who love college football that this will be a regular fixture so close to home.

Both Berkeley and Stanford are part of the Pac-12 north, while our archrivals UCLA and USC are part of Pac-12 south. Last year Oregon and Arizona faced off, but here’s hoping this year’s teams will be some of our own. Visit the 2015 Pac-12 Championship Game webpage to find out more and to buy tickets. For information on group tickets and premium hospitality packages, call 415-GO-49ERS.

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Sept. 7, 2015

Backpackers From Saratoga Homes Love the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail

Backpackers from Saratoga homes love to hike.The Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail is a beautiful three-day Bay Area backpacking trip descending nearly 3,000 feet to Waddell Beach. There are two equally adventurous route options. Most hikers opt to get dropped off at Saratoga Gap and hike 25 miles downhill until they reach the beach. The other journey begins at Castle Rock parking lot and continues 28 miles to the ocean. Whether you opt to get dropped off or drive yourself and park an additional car at the bottom, the journeys are breathtaking and they finish at the same destination less than an hour from your Saratoga home.

Friends and family build strong bonds while hiking through chaparral and relaxing in lush old growth redwood groves. Make memories splashing around in Opal Creek and Berry Creek Falls. The view of San Lorenzo River Valley along the trail is the perfect group photo op.

Hikers carry all the group’s gear on their backs and set up camp at designated camping spots outfitted with running water. If you’ve left something back at your Saratoga home, the Big Basin Park gift shop you come to the second night has you covered.

For more information to help you plan your Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail adventure close to beautiful Saratoga real estate, visit the trail information site.

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Aug. 24, 2015

Live in Saratoga and Relax at Preston Wynne

Live in Saratoga and go to Preston Wynne.Preston Wynne Spa is the beauty destination of choice for women who live in Saratoga – and like to live well. A Mecca for those lucky enough to live in the bustling center of the tech world, Preston Wynne will help you relax and rejuvenate after a grinding week. They go above and beyond the traditional spa menu to offer not only massages, facials, nail care and waxing, but also teeth whitening, cellulite therapy and sauna detoxes.

The spa assists many brides-to-be and birthday girls who live in Saratoga with planning spa retreats and private spa parties. In between treatments, many visitors choose to take advantage of Preston Wynn’s close proximity to the luxurious Saratoga Oak Lodge, glamorous Plumed Horse Restaurant and gorgeous Hakone, the Japanese-style mansion and gardens featured in Memoirs of a Geisha.

The spa store sells many of the soothing, cleansing elixirs Preston Wynne skin therapists use during your individual session, so you’ll easily be able to pick up products by AcquaCures, CosMedix and Supracor to recreate the magic at your Saratoga property.

Preston Wynne is located at 14567 Big Basin Way in Saratoga near the intersection of Saratoga Avenue and Highway 9. For hours and reservation information, visit Preston Wynne online or call (409) 741-5525.

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Aug. 6, 2015

Understanding the Silicon Valley Home Sale Cycle

Understand the Silicon Valley home sale cycle.For too many people, completing a Silicon Valley home sale is an arduous, emotionally-taxing process. This is often because of the false impression created by sites like Zillow and Trulia, because these sites have many listings that are actually off the market. People come to many wrong conclusions:

  • The market is moving too fast
  • We might sell a house, but we’ll never find a new one in time
  • It’s a bad time to buy or sell--we should wait
  • I will never find the right house
  • There are no good houses
  • The only way to get (or sell) a house is to settle, but I don’t want to

While the Internet has democratized information, there’s still no substitute for an agent who understands the Silicon Valley home sale cycle. An agent who is in the field everyday can give a true picture of market conditions that is impossible to get online. When I get a call from a prospective client or go to a meeting, my goal is to clearly communicate what the market is doing. I also work with people to figure out what their housing needs are so they can really work toward fulfilling their dream to live in Silicon Valley.

Once people have better information, it’s time to consider a next step in the cycle. For some people that will be waiting to enter the market. For others, it will mean speaking with a lender. Best of all is when people go on a few home tours. A picture on a website, no matter how professional, simply cannot give the feeling of walking in to the right home.

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Aug. 5, 2015

San Jose Home Owners Celebrate Japantown's 125th Anniversary

San Jose home owners visit JapantownJapantown is a unique area available to San Jose home owners to enjoy and explore. Those who live here are very lucky because this is one of the three authentic Japantowns to remain in the United States. There are many things to enjoy about Japantown, including delicious food, small shops to browse in, beautiful architecture, and the ability to learn about another culture without having to cross an ocean. There are also great events held in this area throughout the year. A local favorite is the Japantown Certified Farmers Market held on every Sunday from 8:30 am until noon.

Those who call San Jose home are also invited to come celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Japantown. Two concerts will be held in honor of this milestone. Come to see Chidori Band, San Jose Taiko, and Shirley Muramoto on August 15th at 7:00 pm at the Buddhist Church Annex Building. Another opportunity comes September 12th to hear Wesley Jazz Band, Wesley Ukelele Band, and halau NaWai Ola. San Jose real estate owners and all guests are invited to Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 7 pm for this show. Tickets are available at the Japantown Farmers Market, Biscuits, Headliners, and Kogura Company. Visit Japantown San Jose for more information on Japantown and the 125th Anniversary celebration.

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