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2011 

A guide to the Los Altos neighborhood - Old Los Altos The Old Los Altos neighborhood is so named because it sat right across the street from where the old train station used to be.  Before Foothill Expressway was even a dream, a train line running up and down the San Francisco Peninsula used to ...
07/29/2011
Los Altos has many parks where residents can enjoy a peaceful, tree sheltered picnic area, a round of tennis, or playground for the kids.  There are 11 parks in Los Altos and the Redwood Grove Nature Preserve.  In addition, may residents use the local schools as destinations for exercise and recr...
07/28/2011
Los Altos Hills is typically the #4 most expensive ZIP code in the United States with a median home selling price of well over $2 million.  As a high-end destination town, it's home to many of the best and brightest stars in Silicon Valley from a wide range of industries.  As with many luxury mar...
07/28/2011
The economic downturn hurt Los Altos just as it did every other town in the country.  We were hit in two areas; loss of businesses in downtown and a decline in home values.   Our downtown saw a rise in vacancies as consumer traffic dropped.  The value of homes dropped because the lack of Silicon ...
07/28/2011
This sunday I'll be holding open a spectacular home that features fine craftsmanship and high-grade extras not found in ordinary homes.  This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home has 1810 square feet of living space that is both efficient and inviting.  The spacious entry leads directly to the expansive fa...
07/27/2011
I just read an interesting article on PC World.com that tells about a company called SEO Shop, among others, who now sell "+1" clicks on Google.  The article points out that may SEO companies are now selling packages of clicks to site owners who want to increase their ranking.  Of course, these c...
07/27/2011
Are buyers seeking bargains driving home prices in Los Altos?  The San Jose Mercury News reported that buyers seeking bargains in Silicon Valley were driving prices up in the county overall.  However, is that same buyer behavior driving buyers in Los Altos?  That question can only be answered by ...
07/26/2011
A Guide to the Los Altos Neighborhood - Rancho The Rancho neighborhood in Los Altos is a prime example of the rural-style that this town is known for.  With Hale Creek winding behind the homes on Parma to set the standard, the streets have a gentle, flowing curve that add character to the mix of ...
07/25/2011
I just fired a client today and before the end of the call, I got a little feedback on what I seemed to be missing about all the houses I sent them.  I was accused of not disclosing several issues including sounds and views.  The final straw was not telling them that a home had a fire station a q...
07/25/2011
As anyone who follows my blog or visits downtown Los Altos will tell you, the amount of construction going on is amazing.  The most distruptive project was the remodeling of the four intersections on Main Street and State Streets at 2nd and 3rd Streets.  However, there is ongoing construction on ...
07/23/2011
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