I love where I live- Santa Clara County, CA

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Sam Shueh

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Silicon Valley, CA


I reside in South part of Santa Clara County, CA... and I love it.  Those wanting to live close to Silicon Valley can settle for a all look-alike tract home on an average lot of 6,000 sf or a 3 story new detached home on a 2500 sf  lot with no room left for a yard for a $990K median price-a lot of money for a cramped small home.   I prefer to live in a rural setting with acreage and no neighbor and had my home custom built on an old orchard. I put a lot engineering talent to make it most efficient home on the block.  To this day, I kept telling solar companies to go elsewhere since my low utility bill does not justify a solar system. 
 

  Mira Mounte               Lake Anderson

          H Morgan Hill estate-now a museum                                           Lake Anderson  

wineries map 

                                                                             local wineries 

I have a farm from highway 1 (aka PCH) to a country road in Santa Cruz County. I have plans to build a retirement home and split the parcel since it is zoned as RA(residential and agriculture).   The architect design has been sitting in planning department getting cold shoulder in an anti-growth county. The want more soil studies, worry about earth quake, and this and that. I envision to lease it as an organic strawberry farm similar to this photo below. It has a well and pump but county will not allow to turn on utility hook up until I build a home. Right now I have horses there roaming to keep the grass low not causing a fire hazard.

 

In a summer day, I can enjoy sea breeze in the 60s F and get over the next mountain experiencing temperature in the 90s in 20 minutes. This is one reason why homes are so desirable along the coast especially those with a view of the ocean.  In the spring, lack of pollen from the Pacific Ocean clears ones sinus.

 

strawberry farm

                                                    Watsonville, CA  -a similar farm 

 

The highlight of the summer season is always the spectacular fireworks display and the best place to enjoy it is near the lake, from a boat. We got Mushroom Mardigras, and Garlic Festival.  Artichoke Festival is another event.


The snow shovels and snow tires have long ago trashed as I have experienced snow flurries only once briefly by the dogs who witnessed for minutes. I see snow on the high mountains like Lick Observatory -Mount Hamilton even this past winter. I can go to Lake Tahoe to enjoy the scenery and go ski if I want to.  
 

All-in-all, I love the areas where I live. I can not depart this area even I can trade our place and a farm elsewhere. Not even an island in the Pacific. I'll share a little secret with you....Santa Clara county and Santa Cruz coast.... This is the best place I have lived.

 

 

Sources:

Shueh, Sam  Silicon Valley (Silicon Valley )

Shueh, Sam    South Santa Clara County (South-Santa-County History

Shueh, Sam  How is my Silicon Valley home worth? (Silicon Valley Home Values)

Silicon Valley Real Estate July 2016 (San Jose area real estate update)

Shueh, Sam    (Real EstateBlogs)

Shueh, Sam    (My Website)  


 Sam Shueh Realtor    

 I've called San Francisco South Bay home for over 30 years. We love this area and all it has to offer, and I enjoy sharing what I know about homes.  I documented in several books about Silicon Valley history. I have much expertise in real estate...please give me a call.    SamshuehRealtor@gmail.com

                                           (Four-O-Eight)  425-1601 

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Sam

Sounds like a beautiful setting for your home - with your description and photos I can understand why you love where you live!

Jeff

Aug 06, 2016 04:19 AM #1
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Brian England
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I like where you live too, looks like an amazing home!  Having a good piece of land is also very nice!

Aug 06, 2016 11:56 AM #2
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You're a man with a vision who makes dreams come true. It sounds like the biggest dream you'll ever make for your grand retirement home is going to be spectacular!!!

Aug 07, 2016 02:03 AM #3
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Mary Yonkers
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Enjoy!! Thank you for sharing your 'piece of the world' with all of us. It is very evident that you LOVE where you live Sam Shueh 

Aug 07, 2016 11:10 AM #4
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So lovely...no congestion at all, and nature at it's best!

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Evelyn Kennedy
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Sam:

Having grown up in San Jose and Campbell, I can appreciate your love of the area.  Beautiful farms and orchards that once populated the Valley have morphed into housing.  It is a vibrant area.

Aug 09, 2016 09:48 AM #6
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Evelyn Kennedy 

Thanks so much for stopping by.....

My office is by Pruneyard. 

Take care,

Sam

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Beautiful pictures and the area sounds awesome! So many areas of California are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

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Cari Patterson 

This is one of the most sought after place to call it home.  Every time I look for some company products they are often developed locally.  Other than housing cost life quality is better. 

Thanks for checking out my blog for a contest.

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Great post Sam, I really enjoyed reading your work, very good.

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Thanks Sam Shueh great entry.

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