East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK), our 1% for Good Beneficiary | Q4 2019

The Sereno Group of Palo Alto is pleased to announce East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) as its recipient of its 1% For Good campaign for Q4 2019. Each quarter of every year, 1% For Good pledges one percent of its gross commissions to help fund the best efforts of our community-minded groups and charities that are dedicated to making positive impacts in the lives of our local residents and families here in Silicon Valley.  

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CANOPY, our 1% for Good Beneficiary | Q1 2019

The Sereno Group of Palo Alto is pleased to announce the CANOPY as its recipient of its 1% For Good campaign for Q1 2019. Each quarter of every year, 1% For Good pledges one percent of its gross commissions to help fund the best efforts of our community-minded groups and charities that are dedicated to making positive impacts in the lives of  our local residents and families here in Silicon Valley.  

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10 Elements of a Great Neighborhood

When you buy a home, you’re not just buying the great kitchen and the yard, you’re also buying the neighborhood.  There are so many great neighborhoods in Silicon Valley, each with its own vibe and personality, you want to find the one that fits with your current lifestyle and values, and gives you easy access to the activities you love.  

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Ravenswood Education Foundation, our 1% for Good Beneficiary | Q1 2018

The Sereno Group of Palo Alto is pleased to announce the Ravenswood Education Foundation as its recipient of its 1% For Good campaign for Q1 2018. Each quarter of every year, 1% For Good pledges one percent of its gross commissions to help fund the best efforts of our community-minded groups and charities that are dedicated to making positive impacts in the lives of  our local residents and families here in Silicon Valley.

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Neighborhood Building

I have found over the years that clients who purchase homes are equally as excited about immersing themselves into their new living space as they are into the community they are purchasing in. Moving into a new neighborhood can be exciting in so many ways! How do you build community in your neighborhood to make it a happier, more safe, more fun place in which to live?

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Sereno Group Champions Abilities United for Our 1% For Good Initiative

Abilities United in Redwood City is a hub of services and activities for children and adults (and their families) with developmental and other disabilities.  For over 50 years, this charitable organization has and continues to provide the highest quality educational, vocational, therapeutic, and recreational services to over 65,000 people of all ages and abilities.

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Think you know Mountain View? Take this trivia test!

It’s funny how you can live in or around an area for years and never really know that much about it. On the other hand, some folks immerse themselves in the region in which they live and can tell you pieces of trivia you never knew existed. Here’s a fun quiz that will reveal how much you really know about Mountain View. (Answers below.)1. Mountain View was named for its view of A. The San Gabriel Mountains B. The Santa Inez Mountains C. The Santa Cruz Mountains

2. The city was originally A. A gold-mining hub B. A stagecoach stop C. A postal annex

3. In 1956, William Shockley established a company in Mountain View that led to the region being called Silicon Valley. What was the name of the company? A. W.S. Enterprises B. Shockley Research Laboratories C. Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory

4. Between 1950 and 1960, Mountain View’s population grew by A. 370% B. 412% C 485%

5. The city is run by what form of government? A. Commission-mayor B. Council-manager C. Council-mayor

6. A unique element of the Mountain View real estate market is A. Homes spend fewer days on the market before being sold than in many other Silicon Valley communities B. Home prices have remained relatively stable for two years, with little fluctuation C. The most expensive homes in Silicon Valley are often found here

7. Which Mountain View restaurant has been rated by the Michelin Guide? A. Shana Thai B. Chez TJ C. Scratch

8. One of the most popular festivals in the city is the annual A. Mountain View Art & Wine Festival B. Mountain View Bluegrass Jamboree C. Mountain View Founder’s Day Parade & Banquet

9. Shoreline, Eagle, Dana and Charleston are all names of A. Streets B. Schools C. Parks

10. Arrow Development of Mountain View (now defunct) was once known for what? A. Building many of Disneyland’s original rides B. Laying down much of the rail system in the Bay Area C. Constructing Candlestick Park

There’s a lot to learn and know about Mountain View – much more than we covered in this short quiz. Two good places to get plenty of useful and trivial facts include the Mountain View Wikipedia page and the City of Mountain View’s official website.

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Thinking of Moving? There's a home for you in Woodside

The housing market in Woodside is unique among markets in many other Silicon Valley cities and towns. With a median household income of $171,126 and a median family income of $196,505, this town of about 5,200 residents is consistently ranked as one of the wealthiest in the United States. Which would make you think that home prices are beyond the range of most home buyers.That’s both true and not true.

Woodside features one of the widest ranges of home prices anywhere in the Bay Area. While there are almost always a few listings for palatial mansions on acres and acres of lush grounds, you’ll also find far more moderately priced homes available – and a fairly good selection of them.

Look at the current price range of properties on the Multiple Listing Service in select communities:

Cupertino: $863,000-$3.8 million Los Altos: $1,698 million-$4,988 million Sunnyvale: $465,000-$1,999,999 San Jose: $704,950-$4.3 million Menlo Park: $928,000-$5,498 million Woodside: $1,198 million-$69.8 million (Note: price ranges may include condos and townhomes)

Clearly, there’s something for everybody in Woodside. Let’s look at the least and most expensive homes.

$1,198 million

This is a three-bedroom, three-bath property configured as two units. Located on a private cul-de-sac, there’s a total of 1,880 square feet inside the main house with a lot size of 27,704 square feet.

The main house features an expansive living room and fireplace with lovely forest views from a panoramic window. Other amenities include a hobby room, partial basement, parking for boats and RVs, two-car garage and fenced grounds. The adjacent cottage is move-in ready.

$69.8 million

This is the famous Flood Estate, built in 1941 by James Flood, and it has never before been on the market. It’s a huge 9,000 square feet with nine bedrooms and eight and a half baths. The grounds are made up of three parcels, all totaling more than 90 acres.

The property is bordered by Huddart Park and features breathtaking land with rolling hills replete with majestic oaks. Amenities include a fabulous master suite, formal dining room, steam/hot water and gas heat, laundry room, cul-de-sac location, traditional and Colonial architecture and much more.

Whether you’re looking to spend in the low seven figures or well up into eight figures, Woodside is a community worth getting to know. With such an eclectic price range, elegant residential living and access to all that Silicon Valley has to offer, the majority of buyers can find the home of their dreams here in Woodside.

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