The Best Roads in Santa Clara County

Posted on January 20, 2010 by  
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One again, Los Altos has received accolades for the condition of its roads. For the third year in a row, the community has received the highest road rating in Santa Clara County. No one likes a pothole, or streets that are not properly maintained. Buying a home is more than just buying into a neighborhood; it is about buying into a community.

There have been many write-ups on the various aspects of a well run City. Included in these criteria are: consistently balance the budget, without raising taxes; and maintain excellent services, while reinvesting in the basic infrastructure. Yep, that’s Los Altos.

Below are highlights from a recent article, which included the official rating of Los Altos roads …

The condition of the region’s roads improved slightly with a recent infusion of federal stimulus dollars, but the streets still suffer from wear and tear and risk sliding into distress, a regional transportation commission reported Tuesday.

In a conclusion all too familiar to many motorists, the annual state of the pavement report tells drivers they are in for a bumpy ride dodging potholes in many areas that put them at risk of having to pay for front-end alignments.

Some cities bucked the trend.

Using a 100-point scale, the MTC concluded the three-year average grade for 42,000 miles of Bay Area city and county roads was 66. That’s a “fair” grade overall, the MTC said, and up a single point from last year’s three-year average grade.

Brentwood’s score of 85 was the best in the Bay Area, earning a “very good” grade, but still short of the 90 score needed to be “excellent.”

In Santa Clara County, Los Altos had the best roads, and also scored the second best rating in the Bay Area, overall, with a score of 83.

The worst roads in Santa Clara County were in San Jose, which received a “fair” score of 63. Participating for the first time this year, Palo Alto earned a “good grade with a score of 72.

Unincorporated roads in Sonoma County ranked worst in the region with a score of 44.


Top 10 Home Sales in Los Altos for 2009

Posted on January 10, 2010 by  
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It is always good to examine where the high-end of our local market has been, to gage the potential price elasticity of market moving forward. Over the past year, the average home in this market sold at a 13% discount off it’s original list price. Here is a summary of the Top 10 Home Sales within Los Altos for 2009 …

#1 … 187 Garland Way

4 Bedrooms in 3,979 sq ft

Listed at $4,150,000

Sold for $3,600,000

When: July 29

Time on Market: 6 months

#2 … 685 Jay Street

4 Bedrooms in 5,441 sq ft

Listed at $3,949,000

Sold for $3,400,000

When: August 28

Time on Market: 3 months

#3 … 1476 Fairway Drive

5 Bedrooms in 4,244 sq ft

Listed at $3,798,000

Sold for $3,300,000

When: December 29

Time on Market: 11 months

#4 … 881 Laverne Way

5 Bedrooms in 4,900 sq ft

Listed at $3,995,000

Sold for $3,250,000

When: May 27

Time on Market: 10 months

#5 … 1520 Montebello Oaks Ct

5 Bedrooms in 5,400 sq ft

Listed at $3,495,000

Sold for $3,195,000

When: July 7

Time on Market: 5 months

#6 … 38 North Avalon Drive

5 Bedrooms in 3,950 sq ft

Listed at $3,498,000

Sold for $3,000,000

When: March 3

Time on Market: 5 months

#7 … 966 Manor Way

6 Bedrooms in 3,770 sq ft

Listed at $3,595,000

Sold for $2,960,000

When: July 29

Time on Market: 2 months

#8 … 316 Sunkist Lane

4 Bedrooms in 3,600 sq ft

Listed at $2,980,000

Sold for $2,895,000

When: January 30

Time on Market: 3 months

#9 … 790 Arroyo Road

5 Bedrooms in 4,000 sq ft

Listed at $3,390,000

Sold for $2,850,000

When: October 2

Time on Market: 4 months

#10 … 710 Loyola Drive

5 Bedrooms in 4,700 sq ft

Listed at $3,250,000

Sold for $2,850,000

When: September 9

Time on Market: 8 months