Areas of Expertise

Dublin “This is a pretty standard bedroom community with 43,500 inhabitants. It’s location at the junction of Hwy’s 580 and 680 and it’s end of the tracks BART station http://www.bart.gov/ makes it attractive for many commuters. Locals work predominately in either Silicon Valley to the south, the San Francisco and Oakland conurbations to the west, Or the numerous local employers within a 10 mile radius. For the first two a one to one and a half hour commute is required.” Read more…

Fremont “This is very much a bedroom community for Silicon Vally. Fremont is the incorporated result of 5 separate districts joining together in 1956 to become today a City of 211,000 people covering 77 sq acres (twice the size of San Francisco). In those days the City was a typical General Motors Town and when that closed down the city appeared to be in big trouble. Fortunately the site was taken over a few years later by a joint General Motors and Toyota venture which was until recently the largest local employer with about 5,000 workers.” Read more…

Livermore “Up till 1952 this was just a sleepy little agricultural town with about 7,000 inhabitants. That was till Dr Edward Teller, a leader in the H-Bomb development, team persuaded the U.S. government to build the Lawrence Livermore Lab https://www.llnl.gov/ to do research on nuclear weapons and other defense related projects. This prompted a spurt in home building for the employees at the lab, and school development for the children of very highly educated engineers and scientists.” Read more…

Pleasanton “Up until the 1960’s Pleasanton was just a supply center for local agriculture, and a stop over for travelers. That was until Interstates 580 from the San Francisco Bay cities, and 680 from those of Silicon Valley were built and crossed each other at Pleasanton. In 1960 there was a population of 4,200 souls. Today there are more than 68,000.” Read more…

Santa Clara County “This is the heart of Silicon Valley. With a total population of 1,800,000 it includes 15 Cities ranging in size from tiny (and pricey) Monte Sereno, population 3,560, up to San Jose with 975,000. Located at the Southern end of the San Francisco Bay it enjoys a balmy climate, low crime rates, and a wide range of Real Estate values.” Read more…

Campbell “A well run and popular small City with about 40,000 residents. Centrally located in the Valley with easy access to many Silicon Valley employers, it is notable for a pleasant downtown with a good mix of different level housing, dining, and shops, plus an excellent and well managed Community Center, all within comfortable walking distance.” Read more…

Cupertino “A City of 53,000 people greatly favored because of its highly rated schools, among the best in the nation. This fact goes hand in hand with Real Estate prices which are commensurably higher than those for similar quality housing in other nearby cities with simply good schools.” Read more…

Gilroy/San Martin “Mainly a bedroom community for Silicon Valley Gilroy is the Southernmost City in Santa Clara County, and its outskirts are still heavily dominated by traditional farming. The original town was built around The Union Pacific Railway tracks and Monterey Highway which now serves as the downtown Main St, having been bypassed by Hwy 101 to the East side of town.” Read more…

Los Alto Hills “Highly prestigious, super schools, astronomic house prices, miniscule crime rate. This small City of 8,500 people is sited beautifully among hills and valleys in the North of the County. The only businesses in allowed in the City are private schools.” Read more…

Los Altos “This is the big Sister to Los Altos Hills. With a population of about 27,500 it has many more of the attributes expected of a City. Schools are shared with its Sister City and indeed the 2 share many other activities and several Civic Projects. There is a lovely downtown with a wide range of activities and entertainments plus a number of small shopping centers close to town.” Read more…

Los Gatos “Nestled against the Santa Cruz Mountains this is one of the most attractive and sought after locations in the Bay Area. With a population of about 29,000 and a genuine downtown it has the feeling of a small city in a more rural area.” Read more…

Milpitas “At the North East limit of Santa Clara Valley the City can rightly be considered part of Silicon Valley and a high proportion of its 66,000 residents do indeed work in the Hi Tech Industries. Originally built around a large Ford Factory, there are still many aspects of the typical Auto City to be found. The Ford site has long been razed and was replaced by ‘The Great Mall’.” Read more…

Monte Sereno “This is a miniature City of 3,500 souls, sandwiched between Los Gatos and Saratoga. In the 1950’s development was beginning to encroach on the borders of the Hamlet, so the residents decided to incorporate as a City in order that they could control any future development. Since then there has been virtually no more development.” Read more…

Morgan Hill “As San Jose’s urban sprawl spread south through the latter part of the 20th century it’s people started to look for better home values further out. This meant going about 8 miles through the green belt of Coyote Valley and into the small agricultural City of Morgan Hill.” Read more…

Mountain View “This City’s population of 73,000 includes a disproportionate number of Silicon Valley’s younger residents. This is due chiefly to the high ratio of apartments to private homes, but also to its very convenient commute location, and an excellent downtown with lots of Restaurants, shopping and general entertainment facilities geared toward the population of young professionals with good disposable incomes.” Read more…

Palo Alto “Partly through its close relationship with Stanford University Palo Alto is considered by many Santa Clara County residents to be the  best city in the Bay Area. It has a good share of very high end homes and mansions, but much of the city consists of tract homes designed to serve the middle class, and apartments for students and employees of the University. Stanford University, http://www.stanford.edu is actually outside the city limits and is a major economic force in itself with not only a world class university, but a large business park (150 companies and 23,000 employees), a major medical center, and a giant mall.” Read more…

San Jose “By far the largest City in Northern California, San Jose is home to more of the Silicon Valley hi tech companies than any other City in the County. There are 13 distinct neighborhoods but 2 of them (Alviso & Coyote Valley) are effectively unpopulated for residential Real Estate purposes.” Read more…

Santa Clara City “This is the City which shares the name of the County. The Mission City of Santa Clara with a population of 114,000 is the third largest in the county. When the original mission was founded in 1777 this was just a normal farming village as were most places throughout the County. Public schools are in the top 25% state wide with a few actually in the top 10%. In addition there are about 15 private schools. The highly rated Santa Clara University http://www.scu.edu/. A Jesuit institution is on the site of Mission Santa Clara De Asis.” Read more…