I came across many first time home buyers who consider North San Jose only after they realize that they cannot afford the more “desirable” neighborhoods such as Cupertino or Sunnyvale. While I have nothing against the other cities, North San Jose has so much to offer and it should not be a compromise.
We all know real estate is about “location, location, location”. A lot of first time homebuyers and realtors alike make the mistake of over-simplifying that into “grade school, middle school, high school”. While school is one of the factors, location has to do with everything that is outside of the four walls, from access to major freeways , nearby shops and restaurants, attractiveness of the neighborhood, low crime rate, etc. Let’s break it down one by one.
Physical location – North San Jose is at the junction of 101 and 880 and close to 237 and 680. That provides easy access whether you are heading north to San Francisco, east to Stockton or south to Gilroy. Also the San Jose International Airport is just a
stone throw’s away. That works well into professionals who need to be always on the road. With major corporations like Cisco, Ebay, Intel just around, there is always demand for homes and rental housing.
Shops and restaurants – You don’t have to travel far to get everything you need. Costco and Lowes’ are right in the neighborhood. If you want to indulge in major shopping spree, Great Mall is a 5 minutes drive. And there are restaurants of all kinds – american (Wing Stop, Panera Bread), chinese, japanese, indian, mexican, thai, vietnames, etc.
Recreational and cultural facilities – For the golf fanatics, North San Jose is a golf bonanza. Not only North San Jose has its own municipal golf course, it is close to two other golf courses in Milpitas, Summit Pointe and Spring Valley. Next to San Jose golf course, there is Townsend Park for jogging and tennis. Penitencia Creek is a good trail for long runs. If you are into performing arts, you can always head to downtown San Jose for live music and theaters.
Neighborhood appeal – Most of North San Jose was built in 1970 or later. Many communities were built in 1990’s and 2000’s and some are still building. Most of North San Jose has newer homes and look well kept. That attracts a lot of first time homebuyers who want hassle free living.
Many people may ask, what about the schools in the area? The Berryessa school district in 95132 is decent while the Orchard school district in 95131 is underperforming. What happens is that for the parents that really care about their children’s education, they would send their children to the private schools nearby such as Challenger. Hence the local public schools are not getting good students or parental involvement.