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Market reports, sales analysis, listings, events, news and more related to real estate and the communities of Silicon Valley including Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, and others.

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2010 

In Los Altos we've had 29 closed sales in the month of December as od December 28th.  That up from 25 in December 2009.  The average selling price was $1,589,705 which is a 4.5% decrease from December 2009.  There are still pending sales so this is an excellent indication of the strength of the L...
Posted over 3 years ago
Rick's Cafe 205 State Street HOURS:  7:30AM - 3:00PM  Mon-Sun PRICES: $Bryan's Opinion:  I can't begin to say enough great things about this place.  It is everything a breakfast place should be and then some.  First, a little history.  Rick's Cafe came to Los Altos in 2008.  It started as a break...
Posted over 3 years ago
The Los Altos 5K Fun Run has been taking place on New Year's Day for many years.  It's the finale in a string of holiday events in downtown Los Altos.  After the carriage rides, Festival of Lights parade, holiday shopping, and more this event is a welcome break.  It's also a great way to kick off...
Posted over 3 years ago
As the district chairman of the Los Altos  / Mountain View area I've had the pleasure of presenting many checks to local charities that support community.  At the final meeting of the year, a special breakfast presentation to the Los Altos Hills Country Club, I made my last check presentation to ...
Posted over 3 years ago
The SJ Mercury News reported this morning that good old Los Altos had a 3.1 earthquake this morning.  While not major, it's very rare that a quake is ever centered in Los Altos or even Los Altos Hills, even with all the fault lines nearby. The quake was 2.1 miles deep and there were no reports of...
Posted over 3 years ago
A home is now listing in Los Altos for $115,000 which is highly irregular.  So, how is it possible that in one of the most expensive markets in the country someone can buy a condo for less than a mobile home?  Here's the story: It's a a banked owned (REO) property on Tyndall which is a street not...
Posted over 3 years ago
A recent article written by local financial advisor Artie Green and published in the Los Altos Town Crier asks the question "Have housing prices hit bottom yet?".  Based on my experience and the current pricing trend in Los Altos, we have indeed hit bottom and are moving back up. The article was ...
Posted over 3 years ago
Just in case you've been tracking inventory in Los Altos Hills, there have been 6 homes taken off the market in the last 2 weeks that will specifically be brought back in 2011.  This is a common practice because the high-end market has been slow for many years now and Los Altos Hills isn't immune...
Posted over 3 years ago
There are a lot of traditions in Los Altos around Christmas time; carriage rides, Breakfast with Santa, and tree lots.  One lot that was around for ages but disappeared a few years ago was the lot at Grant and Covington (technically in Mountain View) but many Los Altos residents went there. The K...
Posted over 3 years ago
DeMartini Orchard of Los Altos RETAIL - GROCERY Prices: $-$$ Hours:  8-7 OPEN DAILY Credit/Debit: Yes BRYAN'S OPINION:  There are two great grocery stores in town offering produce, but neither offers the quality and pricing that De Martini offers.  Having been at their current location for years,...
Posted over 3 years ago
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Read about news, reviews, and commentary about current events and trends in the real estate industry. I also write about local markets including Silicon Valley and my hometowns - Los Altos and Saratoga.