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Celebratory Gala is Being Held in Downtown Sunnyvale
Posted on February 23, 2013 by Nikki.
On March 1, Homestead High School in Sunnyvale will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a gala at the historic Del Monte Building in downtown Sunnyvale. There will be good food, good wine, and an auction that will help raise money for the school. Auction items will include Sharks and 49er tickets, as well as parties donated by school parents. Auction winners can designate which department, sport, or club they would like their donation to support. The $85 ticket price will also include a delicious dinner buffet offering chicken piccata, tournedos of beef, and penne fresco. Ticket prices a... Read More »
Euphrat’s latest exhibition
Posted on February 21, 2013 by Nikki.
Here's something you might be interested in this weekend! 1. Euphrat Museum of Art deanza.edu/euphrat If you’ve never visited the Euphrat Museum of Art at De Anza College, you owe it to yourself to check it out! It’s much more than just a museum. I creates an experiential environment for visual ideas and communication. They offer programs in arts, education, public art programs and lectures to stimulate creativity and interest in art. The latest exhibition is “War and Healing.” It looks at the healing potential of art and runs through March 21. A reception takes pl... Read More »
Sunnyvale Vets Join Forces to Ensure the Health of Area Pets
Posted on February 20, 2013 by Nikki.
The Humane Society Silicon Valley is combining with Silicon Valley and Sunnyvale veterinarians to offer discounted spaying and neutering in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted cat and dog litters. Through the month of February, cats are only $50, dogs under 50 lbs. are $80, and dogs over 50 lbs. are $100. Your pet need not have been adopted from the Humane Society to qualify for the discount. But your pet will need to be current on vaccines. Vaccinations can be updated the day of surgery. This special discounted rate includes a pre-op exam, anesthetic, a nail trim, hospitalization on th... Read More »
172 Piedra Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Posted on February 19, 2013 by Nikki.
You can own a fantastic single family residential home in Sunnyvale for only $899,000! This beautiful single-story home has 1,720 square feet of living space on its 6,099 square foot lot. It is in a ideal location of Sunnyvale: safe neighborhood, close to Washington Park for exercise and leisure, close to downtown for shopping and dining, and close to freeways for commuting. It features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, and the master suite has been enlarged. The kitchen has a breakfast bar and has been upgraded with granite countertops. There are separate family and dining rooms, and the living ... Read More »
Optimism on the rise as equity is source of money again
Posted on February 18, 2013 by Nikki.
A recent CNBC article written by Diana Olick showed the home owners are tapping into home equity once again. This was a very popular option during the booming market when home prices were skyrocketing upward. This time, however, the movement seems much more careful and prudent. There isn’t a mad dash to just increase cash flow by refinancing, taking out a home equity line of credit, or home equity loan. In the past, people just tapped into their homes to purchase extravagant vacations, buy luxury cars, etc. Near the peak in 2006, there was a total of $28 billion in home equity lines ... Read More »
A great 2 bed/2bath condominium at The Terraces at Sunnyvale
Posted on February 16, 2013 by Nikki.
929 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, 94087 - This wonderfully updated condo has 1,082 square feet in a great open floor plan. The remodeled kitchen has new cabinets and granite counters. It opens to the spacious living/dining room. Doors to the outdoor balcony let in lots of natural sunlight. The master bedroom suite also opens onto the balcony. Both bathrooms have been updated with new granite-topped vanities. The entire condo has new paint, carpet, baseboards, and blinds throughout. Interior laundry is very convenient.The Terraces at Sunnyvale is conveniently located on El Camino Real at S. W... Read More »
Sunnyvale events for the weekend
Posted on February 14, 2013 by Nikki.
1. Tango Trio Concert, Friday, February 15 8:30pm https://www.facebook.com/TangoTrio3?fref=ts Tango Trio is a group that plays new tango compositions. It is composed of master accordionist Gianfranco, pianist Nancy and violinist Griff. On Friday they will perform a concert at the Sunnyvale Art Gallery at 251 El Camino Real. They encourage dancing if you feel the music, and if you don’t know how to tango yet, come early because Joanna Bresee and her friend Alex will teach you tango moves at 7:30pm before the concert. 2. Evening of Cultural Arts, Saturday, February 16, 8pm http://sunnyva... Read More »
Steve Young will be keynote speaker at Awards Breakfast
Posted on February 13, 2013 by Nikki.
What started as a grassroots think tank in response to gang violence is now being nationally recognized for their outstanding efforts. The Sunnyvale Challenge Team is being awarded the Community Values Youth Award for 2013 by the YMCA of Silicon Valley and Project Cornerstone.For the past five years, Sunnyvale Challenge Team, which was spearheaded by the Department of Public Safety’s Captain Doug Moretto, has connected trouble teens with community activities, from sports to cooking classes. By using three key tactics – mentoring, improving parenting skills, and providing connection... Read More »
1049 Jena Terrace, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Posted on February 12, 2013 by Nikki.
A large condo just came to market in Sunnyvale for $795k. It is 1,725 square feet and is only 6 years old. This three level residence features four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, a spacious living room, separate dining area and a cozy family room off the gourmet kitchen. It is located in a quiet neighborhood yet is also just minutes from major freeways, light rail, and parks. It has separate family and dining rooms, a breakfast bar, and an eat-in kitchen for family meals. There is also a fireplace in the living room for those cold winter nights and an attached two-car garage. Ameni... Read More »
Sunnyvale has great credit rating still
Posted on February 11, 2013 by Nikki.
Moody's Investors Services recently granted the city of Sunnyvale a fantastic credit rating of Aaa. Sunnyvale is one of only eight California cities to be granted Moody’s highest credit rating. Other notable cities include Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, and Palo Alto. Moody’s decided to evaluate more than 30 California cities due to the state’s struggling financial crisis. However, the city of Sunnyvale passed with outstanding grades due to “strong fiscal operations featuring healthy reserves” and “sound prospects for continued near-term economic growth,&... Read More »
Save a life!
Posted on February 07, 2013 by Nikki.
Do you want to save lives? You don’t have to become a doctor, police officer, or firefighter to save lives. You can save lives by donating blood! To make it even easier, Red Cross is staging a blood drive right here in Sunnyvale. Next Wednesday, February 13, come to the Moffett Towers Club at 1080 Enterprise Way in Sunnyvale from 10am – 3pm to donate blood. For more information, call 1-800-733-2767 or look at their website at http://www.redcrossblood.org/.... Read More »
142 Connemara Way, Sunnyvale 94087 - $1,238,000
Posted on February 06, 2013 by Nikki.
This beautiful ranch home in the Ortega neighborhood in Sunnyvale has 4 bedrooms, an office, and an artist studio, plus 2 ½ baths in a spacious 2,036 square foot open floor plan. This home has been upgraded with so many wonderful touches – gorgeous hardwood floors, custom doors, imported tile floors, recessed lighting, in-ceiling speakers, the list goes on and on.The huge combination living and dining room has beautiful hardwood floors, a lovely fireplace, and expansive views to the backyard. The eat-in kitchen has a custom tile backsplash, a large skylight that lets in plenty of ... Read More »
The number of foreclosures continues to dip
Posted on February 05, 2013 by Nikki.
Inman news recently reported that the “Number of homes in foreclosure down 19.5 percent from a year ago.” They reported on two categories: the number of homes in the foreclosure process and the number of homes actually lost to foreclosure. The number of completed foreclosures in December was 56,000, 21% lower than this time last year. The number of homes in the process of foreclosure in December was 1.2M, down 19.5% compared to that time last year. In all, the number of foreclosures is about 3% of all homes with an active mortgage. This trend continues to show that the housing m... Read More »
618 East Duane Avenue, Sunnyvale 94085
Posted on February 04, 2013 by Nikki.
If you are looking for an affordable single family residential home in the great city of Sunnyvale, look no further. A 1,449 square foot home with a lot size of 5,200 square feet just came to market for $549,000. It features four bedroom and two baths, and it’s in a perfect location in the safe city of Sunnyvale. It is near 101 for commutes, near Fair Oaks Park for walking, and near plenty of companies for jobs. It has an open floor plan with separate dining and family rooms and an eat-in kitchen to enjoy a peaceful breakfast. It also has a bonus room, a master suite with a large cl... Read More »
Community Events Encourage Families to Read Together
Posted on February 02, 2013 by Nikki.
Now in its 11th year, Silicon Valley Reads is a community event focused on encouraging all family members to read, fostering a life-long love of learning. All of Santa Clara County is encouraged to read the same books at the same time. This year’s Silicon Valley Reads theme is the Invisible Wounds of War. The unique diversity of Santa Clara County can offer differing perspectives and thoughts on the subject of war.The featured adult books for 2013 are The Long Walk and Minefields of the Heart. The Long Walk is soldier Brian Caster’s story of his three tours of duty and his difficul... Read More »
Can the recovering housing market lead to a economic boom?
Posted on January 31, 2013 by Nikki.
Floyd Norris wrote a recent New York Times article entitled “Housing Offers Hope of Strength in the Economy.” When the market was booming several years ago, too many homes were built and/or sold to under-qualified buyers. When the mortgage crisis finally reared its ugly head, it sent the housing market into the doldrums for almost four years. It has taken a long time to rid the market of these excess homes and loan situations. Now, the inventory of homes for sale is as low as it’s been in decades. Naturally, prices have been slowly increasing in most U.S. markets, and it&... Read More »
Silicon Valley and Sunnyvale Price Going Up, Up, Up
Posted on January 30, 2013 by Nikki.
Even with incredibly low inventory, single-family home prices in the Bay Area showed a huge spike in December. Overall, the median sale price in the nine-county Bay Area rose almost 25% year over year in December according to real estate data reporters DataQuick.The median sales price of Bay Area homes was $470,000, up from $380,000 a year ago December. The last time the median sales price rose faster in Silicon Valley was almost three years ago in May 2010. The median sales price of single-family homes in Sunnyvale was just over $1M.What’s even more encouraging is the trend of more high... Read More »
Columbia Middle School is teaming with Stanford on a new program
Posted on January 29, 2013 by Nikki.
If you have children in school, you are probably interested in the quality of local public schools. This is often measured by an API test score. Your local Sunnyvale middle schools usually post impressive API scores. See a previous blog for more details, http://www.sunnyvaleresidential.com/blog/post/Sunnyvale-School-Scores/1771. Basically, Cupertino Middle School often leads the way, recently scoring 935 out of a possible 1000. Marian A. Peterson Middle School and Sunnyvale Middle School aren’t too far behind at 862 and 843. Columbia Middle School struggles in this regard though, r... Read More »
438 Hogarth Terrace, Sunnyvale 94087
Posted on January 28, 2013 by Nikki.
A new Sunnyvale condo just came to market for $699,000. It is 1,419 square feet and features three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. It has been recently updated with granite countertops, copper pipes, new baths, and new carpet in the stairwell and bedrooms. It also has recessed lights, hardwood floors, and vaulted ceilings. There is an eat-in kitchen, a fireplace in the living room, and a two car garage. Amenities include central heating and a laundry area. It is in the excellent school districts of Louis V. Stocklmeir, Cupertino Middle, and Fremont High Schools. If you would like mor... Read More »
822 KINGFISHER TERRACE, Sunnyvale 94087 - $699,950
Posted on January 27, 2013 by Nikki.
This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 1,700 square foot Sunnyvale townhouse is in the highly desirable Cupertino Union School District in Sunnyvale. This end unit features private access to the community pool, soaring ceilings in the living room, new paint, and a newly remodeled kitchen and bath.The living room has large windows that let in tons of natural sunlight, engineered wood floors, and a gas fireplace. The kitchen features beautiful Shaker style cabinets and granite slab counters. There is a family room with wet bar, gas fireplace, and lots of cabinets for storage.The master bedroom suite has a ... Read More »
Here are some things of interest in and around the Sunnyvale area
Posted on January 24, 2013 by Nikki.
1. Friends of the Sunnyvale Library Book Sale, Jan 26-27 Find some good books to cozy up with this cold winter season at the Sunnyvale library book sale. Teachers receive a 20 percent discount with a school-issued ID. On Saturday from 10am-4pm, you can pay with cash, check and credit/debit card. On Sunday from 1-4pm, you must pay with cash or check only. The library is located at 665 W. Olive Ave. Find more information at 408-730-7300, fotsvl.org, or facebook.com/FriendsoftheSunnyvaleLibrary. 2. Kindergarten Readiness, Jan 29 Do you have any children who will be going to school for the firs... Read More »
Voter Approved Bond Measures Finance Projects
Posted on January 23, 2013 by Nikki.
Voters in all three Sunnyvale school districts - Cupertino Union, Sunnyvale and Fremont Union High School districts – approved funds that are resulting in numerous construction, renovation and improvement projects.Cupertino Union School DistrictIn June 2012, district voters passed Measure H, a $220 million school facility and repair bond measure. The money will be used to modernize and build additional classrooms, upgrade safety systems, replace infrastructure, and update science labs and technology systems. Each of the district’s 25 schools will receive a “technology refresh... Read More »
New Rules for Foreclosure to Protect Struggling Homeowners
Posted on January 22, 2013 by Nikki.
A recent Realtor magazine article reported last Friday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released new guidelines for mortgage lenders, http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2013/01/18/federal-agency-releases-new-rules-for-foreclosures. These guidelines are designed to help struggling homeowners who are facing foreclosure. Their new guidelines include the following. * Mortgage servicers are prohibited from foreclosing on a home owner who is seeking loan modifications. Servicers will be unable to file a foreclosure notice until a home owner is at least 120 days behind on a mortga... Read More »
1069 Duane Court, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Posted on January 21, 2013 by Nikki.
If you are looking for an affordable single family residential home in Sunnyvale, look no further than this new listing on Duane Court. It’s listing price is only $490,000! It is 1,425 square feet and sits on a lot size of 5,200 square feet. It is located near Lawrence Expressway and is close to many businesses, stores, and freeways for your commute. It features three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. There is even a tub in the master bathroom, Amenities include central heat and air, a breakfast room, a breakfast bar, an interior laundry area, and a office room. It sits in the sc... Read More »
Catch the Big Game on the Big Screen
Posted on January 19, 2013 by Nikki.
Join fellow sports fans as the San Francisco 49ers invade the Georgia Dome on Sunday at noon on their Quest for Six. Cheer them on at one of these Sunnyvale bars:Fibbar MaGee’s156 S. Murphy Avenue in downtown SunnyvaleEnjoy authentic Irish dishes and beer and plenty of TVs to watch the big gameThe Peacock Lounge102 E. Fremont Avenue at Sunnyvale Saratoga Road2 jumbo screens, 16 HDTVs to catch all the actionSt. John’s Bar & Grill510 Lawrence Expressway Ste. 110 at Arques AvenuePlenty of TVs and great burgers and sandwiches. A Sunnyvale institutionTL Beer Garden 769 N. Mathilda A... Read More »
984 Alpine Terrace #1, Sunnyvale 94086
Posted on January 17, 2013 by Nikki.
A beautiful Sunnyvale condo just came to market at $568,000. It is a 1,553 square foot two bedroom, two-and-a-half bath end unit townhouse. It has a formal entry with tile floors, and it has lots of windows for great natural lighting throughout the house. The kitchen has been remodeled with granite countertops, and the dining area overlooks the living space. Both bedrooms are master suites. Amenities include central air and heat, a fireplace in the living room for those cozy evenings, and a breakfast bar. There is also a two-car garage and an interior laundry area. The list price includ... Read More »
Story Time, Computer Skills, and So Much More
Posted on January 16, 2013 by Nikki.
Did you know that not only is your local Sunnyvale Public Library home to a vast collection of books and periodicals that make research a breeze, but it’s also a great place for children of all ages to learn to read, and for teens and adults to learn new skills or share their love of reading with other like-minded Sunnyvale residents?Babies and toddlers can enjoy storytime at the Sunnyvale library with program designed specifically for them. Baby Lapsit, Terrific 2’s & 3’s, and Fantastic 4’s & 5’s prepare young minds for a life-long love of reading. School... Read More »
1320 Eleanor Way, Sunnyvale 94087
Posted on January 15, 2013 by Nikki.
A new Sunnyvale home just came to market at $750,000. This short-sale is a fantastic deal! It is a 1,711 square foot single family residential home on a 6,000 square foot corner lot. This ranch-style home features four bedrooms and two baths. It is in a great location near El Camino Real and South Wolfe Road, within walking distance of many great stores and restaurants. The kitchen has been fully upgraded with ceramic tile floor, full slab bull-nosed granite countertops, new appliances, and glazed cabinets. The living room has a fireplace for cozy evenings together. The yard is spacious... Read More »
Banks Agree to an $8.5B Mortgage Settlement on Foreclosures
Posted on January 14, 2013 by Nikki.
A recent Realtor magazine article reported that several banks agreed to an $8.5B mortgage settlement due to foreclosure errors, http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2013/01/08/banks-agree-85b-settlement-over-foreclosure-errors. Ten major banks were involved and agreed to terms with federal regulators over prior mistakes in processing foreclosures:Aurora Bank of America Citibank JPMorgan Chase MetLife Bank PNC Sovereign SunTrust U.S. Bank They are going to pay $3.3B to help 3.8M eligible homeowners who were foreclosed on in 2009 and 2010. The other $5.2B will be paid as assistance to curr... Read More »
Here are some things of interest in and around the Sunnyvale area
Posted on January 10, 2013 by Nikki.
Here are some events around Sunnyvale to keep you entertained if you don’t want to watch the NFL playoffs this month.1. Sunnyvale Farmers’ Market http://www.urbanvillageonline.com/markets/sunnyvale/ The Sunnyvale Farmers’ Market is held year ‘round in downtown Sunnyvale at Murphy Avenue and Washington on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. Support your local growers and buy fresh produce! 2. The Silicon Valley Story If you’re interested in networking, don’t miss this event on Wednesday, Jan 16 from 7 to 11pm at the Sunnyvale Art Gallery. Here’s the agenda. 7 ... Read More »