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I'm looking to relocate to San Jose from Denver, need some advice.

I am relocating to a job in San Jose from Denver.  I have no idea what neighborhoods best fit my new income and lifestyle.  Can someone offer some suggestions? 
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There are many things to consider when choosing a neighborhood in San Jose, as there are so many, each with their own contributes. Are you looking for an easy commute, good schools, convenient access to shopping and freeways, a 'lively' borough or a mellow one? What's your monthly budget? It all depends on your unique likes and needs.

Some great San Jose neighborhoods include Willow Glen, Cambrian, and Almaden but there are many others that might appeal to you more.
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June 23
Do research on craigslist to get a feel for rent prices, and on walkscore to learn more on the neighborhoods...$Good Luck$
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June 21
Commuting is an issue. Barely crawl. Suggest you draw a 1 mile, 2 mile, 3 mile etc 5 miles radius.
That 5 miles can take 30 mins sometimes.  Now if you and your husband both have jobs then you need to find a place mutually convenient.  The issues besides location is affordability. This is one of the most expensive cities in the US to live.  Suggest rent first. 
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June 12
Hi Anna,

Bryan provided some useful information.  Best would be for you to drive around "town" to figure out which area you like best.  There are two sides in the bay area with San Jose center, the West (along major freeways 280/880/101/85 covering Santa Clara, Campbell, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View...) and the East (880/680 covering Milpitas, Fremont, Pleasanton, Newark, Union City...).  If you prefer to visit San Francisco, Sausalito, Napa often, being on the West side will save some commute time.  If you prefer to visit Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Walnut Creek more, then being on the East side will be best.  I've lived on both sides of the bay and personally enjoy the West more.  Since it is closer to the Ocean, the air feels fresher.  Temperature wise it will be a few degrees cooler as well.  And of course, house prices on average will be a bit more expensive.

Let me know if you need further information to get started.
 
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June 05
Hi,

I would be happy to help you with a phone discussion about the many factors to consider, such as where the homes appreciate fastest, schools, commute, etc.

You may also benefit from looking at www.crimereports.com

Kind regards,

Arpad

 
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June 05
San Jose is like Denver, large with a diverse set of communities. 

Price range is obviously one of the top criteria, especially given our relatively high prices and very strong real estate market. Townhome vs. single family residence - do you absolutely need to have a yard for kids. Are good public schools an immediate requirement. How far/long are you willing to commute.

A broad initial answer is to draw a north-south line down Hwy 87 in central San Jose and stay to the west of that. Most everything is a good neighborhood with reasonable schools. Palo Alto-Los Altos-Cupertino-Saratoga-Los Gatos will be the most expensive ($1M+), because they have the best schools. Mountain View-Sunnyvale is a great area and close to high tech companies. Santa Clara-Campbell-Campbrian areas have the most reasonably priced homes.

The following website provides an overview of price ranges, prices and market activity for 12 cities/areas in Silicon Valley. A great resource to start:
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Feel free to contact me if you would like to talk it over. My son lived in Boulder and now lives in Fort Collins. I know the Denver-San Jose connection.

Bryan Sweeley
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