San Juan Baustista home – soon on the market.

Wow!! This great home will go on the market next week and, you don’t want to miss it!  Calle Cruz frnt

Nestled in the foothills of San Juan Bautista and, within the gated community of Rancho Larios this 3,146 sq. ft., 3 bd., 3 bth., 3 car garage – on a 28,400 sq. ft. lot, is a remarkable home and location!  AND…the sizable bonus room could become a 4th bedroom.

946 Calle Cruz is a single level home and sits on a 28,400 sq. ft. lot – over half an acre.  The views, from every angle, are breath taking.

Calle Cruz bkyd 2Automated sprinklers and accent lighting show off the mature landscaping in the front and back yards.

Calle Cruz bkyd 1From this home you are less than 1 mile from Hwy. 101.  In a short drive you can be at the Gilroy Premium Outlet Center or, CalTrains for an easy commute.  In the other direction you can be on the beaches or Monterey in half an hour.

You don’t want to miss this seeing THIS if you are thinking of buying a home.  It is defiantly a “Turn-Key” show piece.

For your own tour, text, email or call me.



Open House Ridgemark Golf, Country

_59A3420-HDRAfter watching the VIDEO & Aerial Tour come see this ‘turn-key’ house.  It will be just like walking through the home. Then, come to the Open House on Sat., 3/31 from 1 – 4 and see it yourself.  You will be glad you did.

135 Rays Circle, Hollister offers 4 bd., 2.5 home, 2,200 sf. of living space on a single level, has a sizable 3 car garage and it sits on one of the largest lots in Ridgemark Golf & Country – 13,000 sf.!!  Much of that large lot is in the backyard.

This home has been completely refreshed. The kitchen is open and bright.  I love the slab granite counter tops and down-draft stove in the preparation island. There is new carpet and flooring, fresh paint inside and out, new gutters all the way around.  Both raised fireplaces are gas starters and the indoor laundry offers both gas and electric for your dryer.

135 Rays Circle is on an interior lane where there is virtually no traffic.  Rays Circle doesn’t go anywhere except off of, and back onto Donald Dr., so the only cars typically belong to neighbors.  It is quiet & peaceful.

Schools and shopping are nearby.  A 20 min. ‘country drive’ delivers you to the “Gilroy Premium Outlet  Center” and “CalTrains” for a convenient commute.  The beaches and Monterey are 30 min. from here.

I hope to see you on Sat., 3/31.

5 bd. 3 bth Hollister Home

Enjoy this VIDEO/Aerial Tour of a nice home in Hollister. It’s just like walking through the home and neighborhood.

20180215-059A1838This 5 bedroom, 3 full bath home offers 2,500 sq. ft. of living space including a bedroom and bath on the 1st floor. It has been freshly painted inside and out. There are plantation shutters and new carpet. The central A/C will be nice on those hot days of summer.

1 of just 6 homes in the private court this home is insulated from neighborhood traffic and is safe for kids and pets.

Walk to elementary and middle schools, Veteran’s Memorial Park and Hollister’s Premiere Cinemas’ 10 screen theater. Hollister Hills State park is a short drive away where you can enjoy your off road vehicles. Highway 25 is less than a half of a mile away for a quick trip to the Gilroy Premium Outlets and CalTrains for an easy commute.

Watch for Open House notices.

Sizable Executive Home, San Juan Bautista

_O2A3463-HDRAs this VIDEO Tour of 939 Via Rodriguez displays, here you can live close to all of the important venues but feel so far removed from the hustle and bustle.

It is a remarkable home tucked away in the foothills of San Juan Bautista just a mile from Hwy 101 which means “Gilroy Premium Outlet Center” and CalTrains are just 15 min. from here. 30 min. going the other direction takes you to the beaches and Monterey. San Juan Oaks Golf and Country is just down the road and there is a tennis and basketball court within this gated community of “Rancho Larios”.

Imagine breathtaking views in every direction. Then consider these features: 5 bedrooms plus a study/guest quarters; 5 full baths; 4 car garage; 2 fireplace, 4,700+ sq. ft. of living space, and all sitting on 21,700+ sq. ft. – a half of an acre. 10′ ceilings and 18″ diagonal tile with in-laid marble. Then, there is the ‘chef’s kitchen’: built-in frig, double convection ovens and microwave, a 6 burner commercial stove, custom drawers and pullout shelves, granite counter tops and a large preparation island.

The 19 fruit trees and grow boxes are on an automatic watering system and the huge backyard can become any flavor of playground you want.

Watch the VIDEO Tour then contact me for your own, personal tour. You will not be disappointed!


Great Starter/Investment Home, San Jose

Since “location” has a significant influence on the value of a home, consider 1592 Sabina Way in San Jose, CA: 059A9975located just a few blocks from Hwy 85 and centered between Almaden Expressway and Camden you can get anywhere quickly. In 2.5 mi. you can be at the popular Butcher Dog Park, Almaden Fashion Plaza and Costco center.  The famous “Santa Row” is an easy light rail ride away.  Apple Cupertino, San Jose International Airport and Westfield Shopping Complex are 15 minutes away.

This VIDEO Tour shows the 1,100 sq. ft. 3 bth home well and that there has been a lot of custom wood work (base board, door frames, wain coating and chairback railing.  The hardwood floors and be brought back to a beautiful shine.  In the back yard there 9 different fruit trees a 10 x 12 shed with its own A/C unit, TV & stereo (a true ‘man’s cave’).  And all of this on a quiet, inner street.

Text, email or call me for more details.

Nice 4 bd., 2 bth., 16,500+ sq. ft. lot.

1291 Bonnie View Drive, Hollister: A completely remodeled, 4 bed. & 2 bath home on a 16,500 sq. ft. lot!

Watch the VIDEO Tour of this nice home.  You’ll note that nearly everything, even the plumbing, has been redone.  Have you heard the term: “turn key“?  This home is it.  Just put in the key and move right in.  There is virtually nothing left to do.

The wide side yard access to the huge back yard provides endless possibilities: A large garage/workshop, toy barn, pool etc. could easily fit into this back yard.  In the VIDEO you can see what the neighbor did with his same sized lot.

From this home you are less than a quarter mile from Hwy 25’s extension for an easy drive to Gilroy‘s Premium Outlet Center and CalTrain for a convenient commute.  Schools, shopping and medical facilities are within walking distance.  Veteran’s Memorial Park with its 5 baseball diamonds, skate park and picnic area is also just a short walk.

As close as this home is to everything, Bonnie View Rd. is not a through street so there is little traffic.  It is a quiet neighborhood.

This is NOT a short sale or bank owned sale. You will deal with the actual seller and can expect to close in a matter of weeks.

For your own personal tour of 1291 Bonnie View Rd. just call/text or e-mail me and I will arrange it for you.

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Nation’s Happiest Employees: Right Here

Not only is San Jose, CA the highest home-value-appreciation area in the US (see 2/10/11 post below), it is also the city with the happiest employees in the country.  This Forbes article puts San Jose on top and San Francisco right behind it.

And, since the majority of those who live in Hollister, Gilroy, and Morgan Hill drive to the San Jose area for work we can safely assume that we are also the happiest employees in the US.  Right?

After all, we have 2 of our own In-N-Out restaurants, the Gilroy Premium Outlets and 3 lakes.

Now if we could just get Hwy. 101 widened from Hwy. 152 in Gilroy to Hwy. 85 in San Jose we would all be a lot happier.

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Hollister Home’s Prices Moved UP In June

If you have been waiting to buy a home in Hollister review the following sales activity and then go buy your Hollister home.

The Average Sales Price (ASP) increased 15.2% from May to June! Hollister’s ASP in June was $287,900 whereas a month earlier the average was $249,900.  Compared to June 2008 however, Hollister’s ASP was down 14.7% .

A valuable indicator: the “Closed Sales to New Listings ratio” (CS:NL) is actually in conflict with the jump in ASP.   June’s CS:NL ratio dropped to 56.9% from May’s 89.6%.  We saw the same drop in Gilroy for June however, their ASP also dropped.   The harbinger of things to come, may lie in the nice increase of Hollister’s CS:NL over 6/08’s ratio of 40.2%.  Just wait and see.  As our CS:NL ratio increases so will our ASP.

Nearby Morgan Hill’s homes experienced an increase in both the CS:NL ratio and ASP.

My strong advice: if you plan to buy a home this year do it now.  We see nothing that suggest prices will drop or even level off in the foreseeable future.  Likewise I think interest rates for home loans are about as low as they are going to get.

For your own study of the actual Multiple Listing Service figures go onto “Client Portfolio” on the navigation bar.  There you can see a great deal of real-time data.  Enjoy.

Doggie Doors vs. Insurance

In these Dog Days of Summer it seems like every other home I show in Gilroy lately has a pet door in the garage door entry to the home.  There is nothing more exciting than to have “Spike” come blasting through the door to check out who is in his home.

Gilroy, as well as virtually every other city, has a building code requiring that homes be built with a firewall between the attached garage and the home.  Many house fires begin in the garage so the firewall is engineered to impede a fire which starts in the garage from spreading to the home.  Most jurisdictions require the firewall to provide such a delay for up to two hours.

While making “Spike’s” life a little more convenient the homeowner who puts a pet door in the the door leading into the home from the garage may have problems collecting from their homeowners insurance where a fire began in the garage.

I find it interesting that many insurance agents say homeowners with such pet doors will still be covered yet home inspectors seem compelled to address this issue in their written reports.

Occasionally, a homeowner will cut the firewall for attic access or to install a drop down ladder.  They may face the same dilemma with their insurance company.

Building Code also requires that your garage-to-home door have a functioning, self-closing, hinge.  For obvious reasons that door needs to close so that the firewall retards the spread of a garage fire.  For reasons beyond me some homeowners disengage such a hinge.  Again, such a move may prove costly later.

So, why not check with your homeowner insurance agent and see what their position is on the doggie door dilemma.  We can check with the City’s code enforcement folks.  Sorry “Spike”.  Of course the standing rule remains: “caveat emptor”.

Gilroy Home Sales Rise 128%

If you have thought about buying a home in Gilroy, it’s time to act!  May’s Closed Sales were up 75.8% over 5/08!  This is the 5th straight month of increased Closings over the same period last year.  Year-to-date Gilroy Closings are up a whopping 128.9% over the first 5 months in ’08!

The supply of homes listed for sale dropped 75.8% in May and was the 5th consecitive month this year where New Listings dropped.   So far this year our Gilroy New Listings are down 32.7% from last year.

Similarly, Morgan Hill’s Closed Sales are up 59.4% and the number of New Listings is down 23.5% from 2008.

While the price levels and home loan interest rates are still low NOW is the time to come join us in the “Garlic Capital of the World” and buy your own home.