To say that everyone wants to own a home in Sunnyvale is an understatement. Fondly known as the “the City of Destiny”, Sunnyvale combines the advantages of an attractive suburban residential setting, a diverse population, metropolitan cultural opportunities, and a dynamic economic base that includes technology, biotech, aerospace, communications, and manufacturing.
We have a rare new listing located right in the heart of the city. This sunnyvale home for sale has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and has a whopping 2,032 sqft of living space and a lot size of 6,032sqft. It’s a rare opportunity, because not only is this sunnyvale home for sale a large two-story ranch-style home but it’s also located on a quiet street, ideal for biking and strolling, but only minutes from downtown Sunnyvale and many large Tech companies. It’s an all-in-one for most people looking for a home in Silicon Valley. Some features include a formal double door entry to a tiled entryway, an open concept kitchen/family room combo with sliding glass door access to the backyard; a living room with fireplace and separate dining area with sliding glass door access to the backyard; bonus room on the second floor off the third bedroom and a large backyard.
The Rose Glen tract, located in San Jose, has 75 Eichlers. Built in the early 1950s, most of these modest homes are less than 1300 square feet but can reach up to 1800 square feet with mostly courtyard and carport models.
We currently have a beautiful eichler home for sale on the market: an updated Eichler, 3 bed, 2 bath with 1,123 sqft, this home offers the ideal Eichler living with open beam ceiling, mahogany panels, brick wood-burning fireplace & polished concrete floors, updated double pane windows, and newly painted interior throughout. Both bathrooms were renovated last year, full copper repiping in 2020, and the exterior was also recently painted. This eichler home for sale is also very centrally located, within walking distance to the light rail, Los Gatos Creek Trail, Bascom Library, and San Jose City CollegeCommunity playground less than a half-block away.You also only have a short drive to the medical services, Willow Glen downtown and Shopping malls.
We currently have a beautiful eichler home for sale on the market: a Courtyard Eichler in the popular Fairgrove Neighborhood. The 4-bedroom, 2-bath home eichler home for sale is spacious with 6,257 square feet. Some highlights are the efforts in making this home as eco-friendly as possible: owned solar panels, EV charging capability, new tankless water heater for bathrooms and laundry, upgraded wiring in most of the house, newly landscaped front yard with low maintenance landscaping and side yard with garden sink with instant hot water, raised garden bed with organic soils and compost bin and Koi pond drains with French drain from pond to the front sidewalk. If we had to sum up this eichler home for sale in a few words it would be Eco-friendly, bright, modern, and fun. The previous owners put a lot of attention to detail in making this home as eco-conscious as possible!
The Eichler home on Hyde Avenue has gotten a lot of attention recently, being published in both the New York Times article and the CA Modernist.
Below you can see a video tour of the home, followed by a virtual walk-through, and if you have further questions or would like to inquire about making this gem your new home, contact us below!
Eichler homes have grown in popularity exponentially and have become one of the most sought-after homes in the Bay Area. With a limited amount of eichler home for sale in California and only a handful on the East Coast, competition for these beautiful homes are high. Luckily, we are your local Eichler experts and have a steady stream of eichler home for sale to offer you. In case, you are new to the world of Eichlers, here you can learn all about the history of Eichler homes and also find out more about why we are the Eichler expert, and learn about the different Eichler neighborhoods.
We currently have a beautiful eichler home for sale on the market: a Carport Atrium Eichler with original aesthetic in the popular Fairbrae Neighborhood. The 4-bedroom, 2-bath home eichler home for sale is large with a whopping 7,344 square feet. Some highlights are the professionally landscaped tranquil zen-like backyard, you can look out onto the garden and the open air atrium from the breakfast bar, the second bathroom opens up to a quiet side yard and is right next to a planter garden with strawberries, a beautifully landscaped backyard with Ipe decking, newly planted sod, a Redwood gazebo with seating and wisteria as well a concrete seating area with shade sail covering and lastly an Eichler-style dog house.
If we had to sum up this eichler home for sale in a few words it would be serene, airy, modern, Japanese flair, and bright. The previous owners put a lot of attention to detail and love into this home! Below you can see a video tour of the home, followed by a virtual walk-through, and if you have further questions or would like to inquire about making this gem your new home, contact us below!
Sunnyvale real estate is booming with home buyers trying to secure a little piece of paradise for their families to settle down in. Whether you’re at the start of your moving journey or it’s still an idea bouncing around, we have all the resources for you to make informed decisions about this new chapter in your life. If you’re planning on moving to Sunnyvale but are confused by which of the patchwork of small neighborhoods you should move to, take a look at our blog, Sunnyvale Real Estate: The 4 Most Popular Sunnyvale Neighborhoods, and if you’re planning on moving within or out of Sunnyvale we have you covered with our blog, 7 Secrets to Selling your Home for 15% more in Sunnyvale. If you already settled on the neighborhood, bought your new home and all that’s left is the endeavor of actually moving, it can be quite overwhelming to pack up your little world around you. Below you’ll find an extensive moving guide to ease the stress and hopefully leave some space to enjoy the big move.
Moving is the perfect time to time to declutter because you’re already in the process of going through your stuff. Decluttering when moving has many benefits. First, you’ll save money. The less you have to move, the less it will cost to move it. Second, your home will be easier to stage, if you are selling and planning to live in it while it’s on the market. Third, you’ll have less to unpack and sift through in your new home. And finally, your new home will be easier to organize and get settled in.
If you’re looking for a methodology for the decluttering process (and a wonderful book in general), we highly recommend Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”. You can pick up a copy at the most adorable local bookstores, Bookasaurus (125 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale) or Leigh’s Favorite Books (121 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale).
Sunnyvale Donation Centers
Now that you’ve decluttered, you’re probably wondering what to do with all the stuff you no longer want or need? Donating is an invaluable way to give back to the community. Here are a couple of local donation centers in or near Sunnyvale.
Goodwill of Silicon Valley
151 E Washington Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Goodwill of Silicon Valley Donation Center
3510 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051
Sunnyvale Community Services
725 Kifer Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
American Cancer Society Discovery Shops
1659 Hollenbeck Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Sunnyvale Garbage and Dumping
One of the major perks of living in Sunnyvale is its extensive and amazing recycling and garbage programs. They make it convenient and easy for residents to dispose of anything, literally. And as if we didn’t already love Sunnyvale enough, they even offer special speaker events on sustainability and workshops on composting and landscaping.
Remember that electronic waste, aka e-waste, should be disposed of separately so it doesn’t end up in landfills. The most common e-waste comprises of home appliances such as air conditioners, televisions, fans, DVDs, heaters, electric cookers, radios, microwaves, etc. as well as personal e-waste such as laptops, computers, mobile phones, and batteries.
You will find that many local businesses host e-waste recycling events (we host a couple ourselves annually). However, if you need to get things off your hands quickly, the best bet is to take your electronic waste to the Goodwill of Silicon Valley or the Sunnyvale SMaRT Station Recycling Center (301 Carl Rd. Sunnyvale).
Shredding of Personal Documents
The City of Sunnyvale Recycling Program has periodic document shredding events to assist residents with destroying confidential or personal documents. This is a free service to residents of Sunnyvale and is done at their SMaRT Station Recycling Center (301 Carl Rd. Sunnyvale). Contact the Recycling Program for more information, at (408) 730-7262.
Also, check out their website to see when the Sunnyvale Document Shredding events dates are.
Hazardous waste must also be disposed of properly. These are things like motor oils, paints, batteries, electronics, pesticides, household chemicals, mercury thermometers and smoke detectors – that can contaminate our air, water, and soils. The City of Sunnyvale offers a quarterly Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off event for residents. Appointments are required, visit their website or call (408) 299-7300 for more information.
The City of Sunnyvale offers an on-call curbside collection of extra garbage to residents of single-family homes twice a year at no additional charge! What?! You can dispose of carpets, electronics, and other bulky nonhazardous items that don’t fit in garbage cans. Click here to schedule.
Extra Dumping Weekends
Sunnyvale also offers Extra Dumping weekends, when all Sunnyvale residents may dispose of extra garbage, concrete, demolition and construction materials, tires, and other non-hazardous materials at the SMaRT Station Recycling Center (301 Carl Rd. Sunnyvale). These are held in the spring and fall, check here for dates.
2022 Extra Dumping weekends are scheduled for:
Saturday, Oct. 1 & Sunday, Oct. 2
Saturday, Oct. 8 & Sunday, Oct. 9
And for those things that can’t be donated or disposed of through the City of Sunnyvale, local haulers can dispose of them as needed.
Junk King San Jose
Charles N Charge Hauling & Delivery
Personally, we love this Organized Moving Guide from the Container Store. It’s comprehensive and breaks the moving process broken down into a timeline, which helps those of us who lean towards procrastination!
We’re fans of using clear plastic storage bins for moving instead of cardboard boxes that might be thrown away after only one use, and collecting mold if left in a damp environment. These Jumbo Bins are perfect for towels, blankets, and clothes, and they also come in a variety of sizes. This similar Hefty Bin is available at the Sunnyvale Target. The clear exterior allows you to easily identify the contents in the chaos of moving and they are conveniently stackable. We use them in our own garage to organize kids’ toys, sports equipment, and holiday decor.
The Container Store in Santana Row is our go-to, although the parking can be tricky depending on what time you go. There is another location in Palo Alto, near Stanford Shopping Center that is great as well, with plenty of parking. But if you’re looking for something in Sunnyvale, Target is your best bet.
Our favorite local resource for packing supplies is JDM Packing. The locations are all individually owned and we’ve had great experiences at each. There used to be a location in Sunnyvale on Fremont Avenue, but sadly it recently closed. They have a variety of moving boxes, wraps, tape, and everything you can need to get all packed up and moved.
Tip: Craigslist is also a great resource for gently used moving boxes, as well as Realtors. We frequently have a stockpile of boxes from other clients and colleagues.
The Container Store
3080 Stevens Creek Blvd Suite 1000, San Jose, CA 95128
298 W McKinley Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
JDM Packing: The Camden Store
Camden Ave & Kooser
5415 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95124
JDM Packing: The Bascom Store
Located on: Bascom & Curtner Ave
2756 So. Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95124
There are a lot of moving companies out there, so I’d always recommend checking YELP to confirm continued customer satisfaction, but here are a couple of local moving companies that work in Sunnyvale and surrounding areas that we’ve previously recommended to clients.
Everest Moving & Storage
Lunardi Moving Services
For a more personalized moving experience, we highly recommend Cindy Hofen and her team from Managing Moves & More. They offer a lot of services, like decluttering, downsizing, packing, etc but we’ve most often used them for senior relocations. They are perfect for clients who need someone else to do the heavy lifting, organizing, and sorting.
Moving containers are quickly becoming the most popular, budget-friendly, and time-flexible way to move. There are a variety of companies that now provide this service, however, some only service a local area while others transport nationwide. PODS, 1-800-PACK-RAT, U Haul U Boxes are just a couple of options that provide nationwide service.
We love that moving containers can be dropped off in your driveway, then later picked up when convenient for you, and either stored or transported to your new location. The only catch is you’re responsible for picking up the container yourself or hiring movers to pack it up for safe transport.
Once you’re into your new home, it’s time to get organized. And the methodical, well-planned organization is key to living a decluttered life. Clutter-free living is important for three reasons, it saves us time, money, and stress. People in cluttered homes often waste time looking for mundane items like keys, money, cell phone, and batteries. When a home is cluttered, people waste money buying what they already have or what they can’t find. Or clutter may result in bills being lost and late fees being accrued. Yet, the most insidious toll that clutter takes is that it adds stress to your life.
Hiring a professional home organizer is a great way to ensure your new home is organized effectively and properly for the way you live. Here are a couple of local personal organizers who can help.
Organize to Design, Heather Jackson
Paula Berman Organizing
Let Me Organize It
Tip: You can use an app called TaskRabbit to hire local individuals at an hourly rate to help get you organized, some of them may even have previous experience with home organizers. We recommend reading their bios carefully and selecting the person who would be the best fit. There are a lot of “taskers” (that’s what they call themselves) who also specialize in furniture assembly and TV mounting. It’s a nice way to help individuals in the community with small tasks.
When it comes to selling your home in Sunnyvale, or any home, in fact, it’s really important to tune into the mindset of a buyer who’s looking to move into the area. Keep in mind that your potential buyers could either be the couple from a nearby town or a family coming from halfway across the country. In either case, you’re going to want to highlight the aspects of your home that truly give it that Sunnyvale feel so that it’s a comfortable transition for your potential buyers. With over 20 years of real estate experience in the Sunnyvale/Silicon Valley area and watching it blossom into the city, it is today, we’ve figured out what the key is to sell your home for the most money in today’s market. Note that it’s a combination of these things that’ll allow you to sell your home for above your asking price. So aside from hiring the right real estate agent that knows how to get top dollar for your home, here are some of our secret tips to selling your home for 15% more in Sunnyvale, California.
1. Make your home smart
If you’re planning to sell a home that’s located in the midst of the world’s largest tech companies, you better make sure that it comes with some smart appliances. Chances are that the buyers looking into homes located in the Silicon Valley are either future or former employees of a tech company, so think of how much more value you can add to your home by tuning into your audience’s needs. According to a study done by Coldwell Banker, 64% of agents are noticing that buyers are asking more frequently about connected features than they were two to five years ago. Although the tipping point isn’t quite there yet where smart features will help a home sell more quickly, agents predict that these tech investments will soon pay off. What better place to start that tipping point than the place where technology was pretty much founded?
2. Tune in to the “Prius Effect”
Have you ever noticed how many people own a Prius these days? You’ll probably see a handful each time you hit the road. Although owning a hybrid car has many perks in terms of mileage and carbon footprint, a big reason why people choose to drive a Prius is due to their desire to show off their green bona fides. This ideology of being prideful for making the world more green is known as the “Prius Effect”, and it has made its way into the world of real estate. On top of pragmatic reasons like lower utility bills, green homes are more valuable because it’s a type of status symbol for homeowners. Green certified homes sell for 9% more than regular homes in California and their premium is highest in the hottest and most eco-minded areas. Single-family homes with green certifications sold for an average of $34,800 more than comparable homes from 2007 to 2012 when the average California home was priced at $400,000, according to the University of California research. Anyone who has visited the Bay Area can tell you that we are the leaders when it comes to living a green lifestyle. Heck, we have to bring our own recycled bags every time we go grocery shopping! If there’s any place worth investing in a green home, it’d be the Bay Area.
3. Upgrade your kitchen
If had to make one renovation that’ll appeal to home buyers, we’d recommend upgrading your kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of any home, so it’s worth it to spend some money on upgrades if necessary. About 69% of homeowners said they were willing to spend more money for new kitchen appliances, and this usually amounts to 1.5x more than what your investment will be. Add in some granite countertops and hardwood floors and you’re looking at a significant increase in your home’s value. In Sunnyvale, food really is where the heart is so highlight that in your home. Additionally, during the Covid19 pandemic, there’s been a large influx of people cooking all their meals at home, instead of ordering in or dining out.
4. Price it right the first time
Make sure that your home is priced right to sell from the get-go because your listing will attract the most attention from qualified buyers the first day it goes live on the market. Statistics show that the most favorable time to generate a sale on your Sunnyvale home is between three to seven weeks after the home is listed on the MLS (Multiple Listing System). Time on the market can significantly impact the sale of your home so it’s important that your listing doesn’t become stale or stagnate on the market for months. If this is the case, buyers will assume there’s something wrong with your home and will most likely ask for a discount. Avoid the discounts, price it right, and increase your chances of having multiple interested buyers.
5. Don’t save repairs until the last minute
Repairs left undone will cost you more money than the repair itself, so it’s better to get it done before you sell your home. Once a needed repair becomes evident to a buyer, they’ll start to wonder if the home was really maintained properly and probe around to find hidden repairs that are not visible to the naked eye. This will lead to them asking for reductions in your asking price which will end up costing you more in the end. Buyers love to negotiate the home sales price after the home inspection, so don’t give buyers a reason to want a discount. It’s also important to not try and hide a defect because you think that keeping it to yourself will help you sell your home for more money. Buyers can sue you for not disclosing a home’s structural issue, so be honest and avoid getting slapped with a lawsuit.
6. De-clutter & Depersonalize
In real estate, space is money so the more room you make in the home, the higher it’ll sell for. Make sure to clean out all areas of your home before open house time comes around because buyers will spend that time analyzing how much space they have in the home to fit all their belongings. They’ll look through your closets, cabinets, and even storage spaces (garage, attic, basement, etc.) so double check to make sure everything’s been cleared out. A big chunk of money can be lost for not putting in a little extra leg work. Also, keep in mind that what you love may not be what a prospective buyer loves. For example, you may think that your mounted hunting treasures gives your home more curb appeal when in reality buyers find it to be a distasteful distraction. When it comes to selling your home, it’s better to play it safe by neutralizing it and removing personal belongings so that it’ll appeal to a larger pool of buyers.
7. Bring the outside in
Whether you need to install some well-placed skylights or invest in a renovation that’ll give your home more floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s important to give your home as much natural light as possible. As you may have already guessed, it’s usually sunny here in Sunnyvale and the people have grown accustomed to a certain type of lifestyle. Sun is a necessity and the more it’s accessible at home, the more appealing it is to buyers. We’ve sold hundreds of Eichler homes above the asking price in the Sunnyvale area all because the design concept was based on bringing the outside in. Just remember two key components that’ll allow you to achieve this Eichler philosophy: Natural lighting & Visuals of the outside world. For more information on Eichler homes, click here.
It’s pretty much established that most of us like a beautiful home. It’s our safe space where we let our hair down and recharge from the madness that is Life. Not all of us can rely on the acute eye of an interior designer and while some of us have a knack for colors and sprucing things up, a few of us are simply hopeless in that department. We are here to offer some guidance to help even the most design-impaired. We want to share with you a secret that cheers up any space and that will leave all your friends in awe about your decorating skills. What is this special secret you might ask? Well, it’s all in the details.
These are little things you can add to your home that will make all the difference. We’re talking about accent lighting, rugs, pillows, and a little bit of paint.
A more fleshed out list of things you can add to your home include:
- Types of lighting
- Wall decoration and art
- Pillows and rugs
- Window decoration (blinds, shades, curtains)
- Furniture details, such as nailhead trim, cushion piping, the shape of the feet, etc.
- Switchplates and plug outlet covers
- Architectural trim
- Handles and knobs
How Do I Start?
We recommend focusing on one room at a time. Take the surroundings in, make an intake of what you have in the room, what you like, and where you’d like improvements. Simply hopping online or going to a store and buying what pleases the eye could possibly leave you overwhelmed and you could lose track of the space and measurements.
A design board is very useful. You can use software, Pinterest, or simply draw your space on a piece of paper. Having a visual cue really helps our brains sort and organize and keep track of the project at hand. It will also help not to end up cluttering a room even more.
One of our stagers, Rochelle Dutsako, recommends considering what style complements your lifestyle. If your job is very stressful you may want to create a peaceful space with calming colors and minimal furniture and accessories; If you have a dull job you may want to create more excitement with color and pattern in your home. If you are not a very good housekeeper, adding tchotchkes to every surface in your house may make dusting an overwhelming chore, and perhaps embracing minimalism may work better for you.
It’s also ok to have fun with it. Mixing in some natural materials can really help balance a room that feels cold and uninviting. Even very modern rooms can benefit from a mix of natural elements.
Lights are details that must never be overlooked. Let’s see a few examples:
- Adjust the height of the light to add value to space.
- Play with different styles of lampshades, or wall-mounted lights.
- Play with Ambient lighting to draw eyes to certain spots.
- Consider smart lighting.
People tend to focus too much on the hardware of their lighting. Don’t get caught up in only the light fixture, pay some time on what type of color the lightbulb should be, i.eHalogen, compact fluorescent, and LED come in a range of warm or cool hues. The type of glow you, just like your wall color should be based on your personal preference and personality.
If your walls are painted in cooler tones, you might want to warm the room up with a warmer glow and you may want a cooler glow to brighten up a darker space.
This is the fun part. You can select a theme or even stage all your souvenirs. This can also fuel your new obsession with antique shopping. Some typical accessories include:
- throw pillows
- small artistic objects
- storage boxes
According to Rochelle, a tray can be a game-changer for your coffee table. “It can bring a few smaller items together and ground the table, a large coffee table book can do the same. Liven up your coffee table with a combination of different heights, shapes, sizes, and materials. You can also add succulents or fresh flowers to your coffee table to add an organic element and if you don’t have a green thumb, there are some really great realistic-looking faux succulents available today.”
She also advises practicing restraint. “Less is more. If you have a collection of a lot of little tchotchkes, consider rotating them, keeping some of them away in a cabinet, and bringing out different ones each season, this way your collection is not overwhelming and you’ll feel excited again about each piece as you display them.”
3. Accent Furniture
“It is better to invest in a few nice pieces that you really like than to fill your room with things just to fill spaces. Take your time in selecting things that bring you joy. Your home should be a reflection of you.”
A colorful accent chair can make a world of difference. We don’t need to follow the old norm of matching furniture sets. We can go bold and mix and match. Have fun with color, patterns, and styles. You also don’t need to buy everything new or secondhand, you can also consider reupholstering some existing furniture.
Rochelle suggests adding a statement piece to command attention. It should be the star of the show but also reflect your style. A statement piece should draw the attention first to itself then the eye should look around to secondary things and the rest of the room should flow with the statement piece and the secondary pieces. “Your fireplace, for example, tiled floor to ceiling with dramatic tile could be a statement piece, your sofa might be the secondary piece in the room that draws attention then the eye flows to the rest of the items in your room that play the supporting roles.”
Color affects our mood. A nice shade of blue can send us into a tranquil state of mind on a lazy Sunday afternoon, while yellow cheers us up and energizes us. Use color to create the mood you wish for each room in your home. Accent walls look stylish and cost less. Wallpaper is also coming back into style. Museums don’t need to be the only place with art walls, group all of your art together or make a family wall. But Rochelle warns that you should also resist the temptation to fill up all the wall space with art. “Provide space for the eye to rest, when a space is too full it can feel too busy and claustrophobic.”
A useful tip that Rochelle offers when selecting paint colors is to try samples on the wall and live with them for a couple of days. “The color might look different in the morning than it does in the evening.” Speaking of paint colors, be aware of the undertones in the colors and make sure they all work together. There are many neutral paint colors to choose from but one neutral may have a blue undertone whereas another one may have a pink undertone. If a room feels cold, consider a paint color that has a little warmth to balance it out. “Paint is an easy thing to change and can make a big difference.”