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San Jose area Relocation Guide :
Most people's first reaction when we start looking at properties is a complete Jaw-Drop at the prices we have here in the greater San Jose-Silicon Valley area. And of course lamenting how much that kind of money would buy in Texas or Florida, i.e. whatever state they are relocating from. This is quite an understandable first reaction. But personally there is no place else I would rather be, and I am not the only one that feels this way. Relocating anywhere is arduous and stressful, and Silicon Valley only raises the level a notch. Some people try to move it themselves, or with the assistance of "movers." Most people already know what they want to do. Many times when I am talking to somebody relocating here, their company is providing them with a relocation package or allowance.
There are a multitude things to do here in the Bay Area without even leaving town. If you like snow you won't get much here, only about every 10-15 years or so..... However skiing/snowboarding areas and snow are only around 4 hours away in Lake Tahoe, which offers first class skiing with both Heavenly Valley and Squaw Valley ski areas. There is much recreation in Lake Tahoe as well as excellent casinos. Beaches are located on the coast, and they stretch from Monterey to Half Moon Bay. The most popular weekend beaches from San Jose are most likely Capitola and Santa Cruz beaches. Santa Cruz is also famous for its Beach/Boardwalk. Capitola is best known for its arts, restaurants, and bars.Monterey is also nearby and offers the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It also is famous for cannery row.
San Jose is considered the main hub for technology in the US and is also the capital of Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley thought to be at the heart of the computer world, and is home for huge tech companies like Intel, Apple, HP, Cisco, Adobe and even more recently Facebook. People are relocating here mainly around the many technical jobs that are in and around San Jose/SIlicon Valley. Recruiters have their hands full with job requsitions. Even though manufacturing has moved offshore to some extent, the design and marketing still is quite active in the Valley. The top recruiting sites are probably, monster.com, sanjosemercury.com, bajobs.com, and siliconvalleycareers.com.
If you are looking for a rental I can advise these sources. Firstly of course the San Jose Mercury Real Estate if you are looking in the South Bay. Another good source is Craigslist rentals, but be advised it is very competitive. A good service to help you find a rental is Bayrentals.com. Another website that can be helpful is actually an ebay rental site, called rent.com. Another good site is www.rentals.com
There are three main airports that service the area, San Francisco International and Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport as well as Oakland Internaional Airport. There are also two bus systems, Samtrans in San Mateo county and VTA is in Santa Clara County. VTA also includes a light rail system, which links with the Caltrain at the Diridon Station. Caltrain actually used to be called Southern Pacific and is the railroad linking SF, San Jose, LA, and the rest of the United States. San Mateo and Oakland also have the Bay Area Rapid Transict or BART system but it does not yet link to San Jose, but plans are out there.There are also a great number of shopping centers in the Silicon Valley/San Jose area.
San Jose actually featueres 11 different school disctricts, where children attend public elementary, middle and high schools, and including: Alum Rock, Berryessa, Cambrian, Campbell, Cupertino Union, East Side, Evergreen, Franklin-McKinley, Fremont Union, Moreland, Oak Grove, San Jose, and Union and also many private schools as well. The area is also home to quite a few colleges and universities. There is some variation among quality in San Jose schools, which star testing and API determines in large part, how they are frequently ranked against eachother.
The city of San Jose provides a relocation packet online. If you are serious about relocating here and looking at properties to purchase, please don't hesitate and contact me right away, and ask for my relocation packet.
Give yourself adequate time to complete all the steps for a successful move. Some people like to use a checklist. You must of course first contact the post office, and in turn, all the utilities, cable, or satellite as well. At the bottom of the San Jose shopping centers page you can also find phone numbers for Utilities listed city-by-city to get your services started. Both DirecTV and the Dishnetwork have services to help you. For most of Santa Clara County, Comcast is the cable provider. Many websites offer various moving tips, but some of the most important things are just common sense. If you have children, you will also need to do some research on the schools, and make the decision, Public vs. Private, etc. The area you move will clearly influence this too. To determine what school disctrict your child would attend please visit my school district guide.
Give yourself time to get comfortable with your new surroundings. For some people this means renting for a few months, and for others it just means renting a hotel room near the desired area, and immersing yourself in it. If you like to shop it may mean finding your favorite stores at our San Jose area shopping centers, for example. Of if you like attending church, as another example, it may mean finding a place of worship you are comfortable with. All in all, leave yourself adequate time to prepare yourself for your new environment, so that you will be comfortable when you get here.
The San Jose-Silicon Valley area is a great place to live. The climate here is certainly one of the nation's best. There is always something to do here. Santa Clara County has some of the best parks in California. I think we have more Professional sports teams here, than any other city, except possibly New York. No matter what your fancy is, you can probably find it here in the Bay Area!
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