Silicon Valley & Santa Clara County Real Estate News

May 8, 2017

Read our 5 Tips to Improve Your Silicon Valley Property’s Backyard

Improve the back yard at your Silicon Valley property.If you’re thinking of doing improvement to your Silicon Valley property, don’t forget the backyard. A well-kept and beautifully designed backyard can significantly increase your living space, as well as the value of your property. Here are 5 ideas to get you started!

1. Plant a garden. According to a recent survey, a vegetable garden is one of the most popular elements for backyard design. Locally-sourced, ethically-grown food is becoming a big deal. There’s nothing more local than your own yard. Start small with some herbs, tomatoes, and green beans. Be sure to plant organic seeds or seedlings. You can often find both at your local farmer’s market. Gardeners love to chat, so ask lots of questions, too.

Silicon Valley Real Estate Is Great for Entertaining

2. Get a grill. From a simple charcoal grill to something built-in, there’s nothing like a grill for outdoor entertaining on Silicon Valley real estate. And there’s nothing that says summer like barbecued hotdogs, burgers, or veggie skewers.

3. Improve the patio. Go for snazzy pavers or built-in seating. Build a pergola for shade, and plant a climbing plant like wisteria to boost the cool feeling, as well as adding a delightful scent to the patio. String some Christmas lights or find solar-powered lanterns.

4. Add art. Opt for a vintage look with old license plates or metal signs. Check out local vintage shops for more ideas. Local art shows are another place to look for affordable sculptures for outdoors.

5. Give the kids their own area. If you have kids, or lots of little visitors, a designated area for them is a great idea. A sand box is a classic. Wading pools or a water table will also keep kids occupied for a long time. Get inexpensive water guns for everyone to cool off and get silly all together on Silicon Valley property.


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May 3, 2017

Kids Explore Saratoga Real Estate and Learn Nature Skills

Kids explore Saratoga real estate this summer.Get the kids out of indoor Saratoga real estate and into nature. Wilder Skills offers after-school, school day programs, and summer programs that speak to children on a whole other level. Watch children gain confidence and a greater understanding of the world around them as they learn primitive living skills and experience ecology and science firsthand instead of in a text book. Find a program that meshes with your child’s age and interests. Teachers are also invited to consider taking their students on a field trip or inviting the Wilder Skills staff in for classroom presentations. The afterschool programs last for about 2-3 hours and students can learn wilderness survival skills, primitive skills, and to be aware of their surroundings.

Get the Kids in Your Saratoga Home Signed up for Wilder Skills

Help your kids unplug from the video games and television at your Saratoga real estate this summer by participating in summer adventures with Wilder Skills. Programs are available for children ages 7-13 in June, July, and August. General Summer Camp Session Adventures teach basic survival techniques including knife safety, shelter building, information on fire, water, food, and storytelling, ancient culture, philosophy, and even games. Advanced sessions are also available to those who have completed at least one basic session. The location for the camps are a short distance from any Saratoga home at Savannah Chanelle Vineyards. Read more about Wilder Skills and find links to sign up. 


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May 1, 2017

May 1st Market Conditions for Silicon Valley Homes

Read our latest market report on Silicon Valley homes.It’s time for our monthly look at the market for Silicon Valley homes. The median list price for the area is $2,099,000. This is holding steady from the last week. The average price per square foot is down significantly, at $757. Silicon Valley real estate is also selling faster, with the average at 94 days on the market. The median house size is 2871 square feet, while the median lot size is 1 to 2.5 acres. Overall, inventory is up, though housing supply still is much less than demand. The market continues to favor sellers.

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Looking at the quartiles is where we see the most difference in how Silicon Valley homes are selling. The lowest priced quartile has a median price of $1,074,000, with a square footage of 1798. These houses spend an average of 23 days on the market. The next quartile has a median price of $1,898,000. Homes in this quartile are an average of 2448 square feet, and spend 92 days on the market. Houses in the third quartile sell for a median price of $2,678,888 and are 3589 square feet. They are spending an average of 89 days on the market. Finally, the most expensive 25% of homes sell for a median price of $4,500,000 and are 6181 square feet. They sell in an average of 176 days.

Whether you’re interested in buying or selling, please give our office a call to discuss relevant market conditions.


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April 26, 2017

Santa Clara Home Owners Watch Real Madrid vs. Man United at Levi’s Stadium

See the big soccer game near your Santa Clara home.Watch an International Champions Cup soccer match right near your Santa Clara home. No need to fly overseas to catch this match, just get yourself over to Levi’s® Stadium. Come cheer on Real Madrid C.F. and Manchester United F.C. on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Tickets are on sale now for this match that will kickoff at 2 p.m. PST. Santa Clara real estate owners are encouraged to purchase tickets soon for the best seats and best prices. Those in attendance may even get a chance to be on TV, as the match will be aired on ESPN.

Buy Tickets Early to See This Amazing Soccer Match Near Santa Clara Real Estate

The 2017 International Champions Cup is presented by Heineken and this will be the third year that Levi’s® Stadium will host a part of this event. Eleven other cities throughout the United States are hosting contests as well. Eight teams from around the world have traveled here to battle on the field. Each team will play three times and every time a team wins, they will be awarded three points. Any ties will immediately be decided by a shootout with the winning team receiving 2 points and the losing team one point. The team with the most points at the end of the tournament will be the champion. What a great way for those who call Santa Clara home to experience the action and atmosphere of international competition. Read more and find ticket information at Levi’s® Stadium


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April 24, 2017

Top 5 Staging Tips for Silicon Valley Real Estate

Read our best staging tips for Silicon Valley real estate.Everyone knows that houses on the Silicon Valley real estate market sell quickly. However, making sure your Silicon Valley home looks its best before putting it on the market can help it to fetch top dollar and give you your pick of buyers. Here are some of our best tips for staging your home.

1. The outside matters. Your front yard, porch, and door are the first things potential buyers see. First impressions are made fast and hard to change, so be sure the front is in great condition. Tidy the lawn, plant fresh flowers, or buy potted or hanging plants. Make sure it’s easy to see the house number from the street and that the porch light illuminates them in the evening.

2. Clean and declutter. Every article on staging says this, and every agent you speak to will say it, too. That’s because a bright, comfortable space is much easier to sell than the opposite. Hire a professional cleaning service that specializes in prepping houses for the market. If you’re not hiring a staging company, take some time to check out interior decorating sites or just study furniture catalogs. Each room should have a clear purpose. They should be easy to move around in, and furniture should be arranged in ways that encourage conversation.

Work on Making Your Silicon Valley Home Seem More Spacious

3. Maximize storage space. This means clearing it out. Closets and cabinets should look spacious. Consider renting a space temporarily to get seasonal decorations, rarely used recreational gear, or other items out. Storage is one of those things you can’t ever have too much of, so make sure yours looks capacious.

4. Keep people exploring the whole house. An interesting piece of art at the top of the stairs or in a hallway will invite people to come look at it. Then they’ll naturally want to check out the rooms around them.

5. Make sure the backyard looks great, too. While you’re sprucing up the plants in the front yard, so the same for the back. Clean off patio furniture or get something fresh. Put on a table cloth and set out some nice picnic dishes to show how pleasant eating outside would be.

If you need help getting Silicon Valley real estate ready to sell, call our office. We have been working in the area for many years, and we’d be happy to advise you on the best changes and updates to make for this market.


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April 19, 2017

Visit Historic Saratoga Real Estate at Big Basin Vineyards

Try wine grown on Saratoga real estate.Spend some time at an amazing piece of Saratoga real estate at Big Basin Vineyards. Founded in 1998 and built on a historic site, it has been the mission of this establishment to restore the vineyard site that was in use from the late 1800’s to 1965. By the time Bradley Brown got his hands on this site, the remnants of the old vineyard were hidden by brush and poison oak bushes. The time this land spent in the hands of a timber company were not kind to the vineyard site or the surrounding forest, but great strides are being taken to return the land to its former glory. Now, the vineyard and olive tree orchards are Certified Organic by CCOF. The rest of the property is being preserved and the hope is that it will someday return to being a primeval old growth forest.

Enjoy Wine Made Near Your Saratoga Home

Enjoy some time away from your Saratoga home visiting Big Basin. The staff are all very knowledgeable and friendly and will take the time to tell you more about the wine and vineyard. Try a tasting flight of five wines for $18. Spend some extra time at this Saratoga real estate enjoying a picnic or a glass of wine on the outdoor patio. Also consider visiting one of the fine restaurants close to the vineyard or checking out more of the vineyards on the Saratoga Wine Trail. Read more about Big Basin Vineyards, their story, and check out the selection of wines. 


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April 17, 2017

Neighborhood Assets that Add Value to Silicon Valley Homes

Find out what adds value to Silicon Valley homes.It’s fascinating the think about the small things that add value to Silicon Valley homes. In California, researchers have found that having solar systems can boost home value by around $17,000. Being close to parks can add around $10,000 to the price of Silicon Valley real estate, while proximity to a golf course will add about $8,000. Despite the American love affair with cars, being able to walk to everyday amenities can add a lot to home values. When schools, grocery stores, parks and restaurants are within walking distance, homes can add anywhere from $3,000 to $34,000.

Trees and Gardens Are Great for Silicon Valley Real Estate Prices

Experts have found a few other surprises that add value to homes. Being within 1,000 feet of a community garden can add 9 percent to the value of houses over five years. Having trees in the yard of Silicon Valley homes or on the same street also adds value. Having mature trees anywhere on the property adds around 2 percent, while having even one in the front yard can add 3 to 5 percent. Having mature trees on the street will add about 3 percent to home values, and up to 15 percent in higher income areas. If you’re thinking of selling soon, think about adding trees to your property.

Whatever your plans for buying or selling, get in touch with our office. We have many years of experience in the competitive Silicon Valley market.


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April 12, 2017

Santa Clara Property Owners Enjoy California’s Great America

Santa Clara property owners enjoy California's Great America.Fun times are the norm on Santa Clara property at California’s Great America theme park. Memory making opportunities await within the grounds. Thrill seekers will be over the moon--literally--as big coasters take them high in the sky. Speed enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the Spring 2017 opening of the floorless high speed coaster, Patriot. Other favorite roller coasters include Demon and Gold Striker. The Drop Tower is not for the weak of heart and the Tiki Twirl takes riders round and round.

Youngsters not quite tall enough for the big kid rides have plenty to keep them happy on this Santa Clara property. Planet Snoopy welcomes all with open arms. Little ones stay in the driver’s seat in Snoopy’s Space Buggies and Lucy’s Crabbie Cabbie. Meet and greets with the Peanut characters make great photo opportunities.

A Season Pass is Perfect for Anyone Living in Santa Clara and Looking for Fun

Live entertainment and select shows bring lots of laughs and smiles. Special events occur throughout the year highlighting the seasons. Nearby Boomerang Bay keeps it cool during the summer months.

Families living in Santa Clara should consider purchasing a season pass. A variety of passes are available. Easy payment plans are great for budgets. Unlike many parks, the regular pass at Great America includes unlimited regular admission. For just a few dollars more a month, the Gold Pass includes access to Boomerang Bay as well as Haunt and Winterfest. Perfect for amusement park enthusiasts, the Platinum Pass includes admission to additional properties around the country. Parking benefits are included in both the Gold and Platinum passes. All Season Dining privileges can be added onto all three season passes and includes lunch and dinner for all visits. Plan a day of play soon and visit California’s Great America!


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April 10, 2017

Easy Improvement Projects for Silicon Valley Real Estate

Read quick home improvement projects for Silicon Valley real estate.Spring is in the air, and for many people, that means it’s time to think about home selling. Even if you are not planning to enter the Silicon Valley real estate market, now is a great time to do a few improvements to your Silicon Valley property. We’ve rounded up a few of the easiest projects that have the most impact.

1. Paint. New paint is probably the cheapest way to quickly change the feel of a room or exterior of the house. Don’t forget the ceilings! Get rid of outdated popcorn and bring a peaceful feel to a room with soft, creamy colors. Exterior paint will make your house feel new again. Crisp colors and a nice contrast on the trims make a huge difference to the curb appeal.

The other place paint is great is cabinets. In both the kitchen and bathrooms, painting boring pressboard cupboards can really jazz up the feel of the room.

Small Changes Make a Big Difference to Silicon Valley Property

2. New fixtures. An updated faucet in the kitchen will bring the room into the 21st century in a snap. The same thing goes in the bathrooms. Add new drawer pulls and cabinet handles, and in a few hours, you’ll feel like you have a whole new room. For the exterior, try getting new decorative house numbers, an updated door handle, and even a new mailbox.

3. Landscaping. Get outside in the fresh air and plant some perennial flowers or bushes. Go for local species that are drought tolerant. Try to get plants that flower at different times of the year so something is always blooming. Talk to your local plant nursery for advice.

We hope you feel inspired to start updating your Silicon Valley real estate. A few quick fixes can really make you feel more positive about your house and happier to be home.


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April 5, 2017

Kids from San Jose Homes Hunt for Easter Eggs

Go Easter egg hunting near San Jose homes.Spring fever is in full swing near San Jose homes. Youngsters have their baskets in hand and are more than ready for the 4th annual Almaden Lake Regional Park Spring Egg Hunt. Taking place on Saturday, April 8th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the day promises to be loads of fun.

Egg hunts are separated by age making it just as easy for little ones to collect eggs as their older siblings and friends. Keep those eyes peeled for golden eggs hidden on this San Jose real estate location. Hunters lucky enough to find one receive an extra special prize. Creativity surrounds one and all with seasonal arts and crafts projects. Face painters work their magic as well, transforming children from San Jose homes into princesses and super heroes.

Find Candy, Prizes, and Art Project to Bring Back to Residential San Jose Real Estate

Parents can reserve a spot for their children to collect eggs several ways. Online pre-registration is quick and easy. Reservations are also accepted at any City of San Jose Recreation Center. Space is limited so don’t delay. Pre-registration is $7 per child. Day of event registration will be accepted space permitting for $10 per child.

Make some wonderful memories at the Almaden Lake Regional Park Spring Egg Hunt. Let the kids run freely. Have those cameras at the ready to capture them springing into action. 


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