Labor Day Festivities

 

Happy Labor Day from everyone here at the Boyenga Team!

Here are a few fun activities we’ve found for those looking to celebrate this Labor Day Weekend.

 

#1. Labor Day Boat Party 

Where: Jack London Square, 2 Broadway Oakland, CA 94607

When: Sunday, September 1, 2019. 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/labor-day-boat-party-tickets-67139322521

Head on over to Jack London Square this upcoming Sunday for this awesome sailing event. What’s included you ask? Well, for $35 you are purchasing 3 hours of sailing in the Bay, 2 fully stocked bars, full panoramic views of the aesthetic Bay, best Views of SF City Skyline, Bay Bridge, 2 LIVE DJs spinning best of HipHop, Reggae, Top40 & Dance, 2 Levels of Entertainment and Fun, and 12000Watts of roaring Music. Buy your tickets before they sell out!

#2. Free Movies @ the Drive-In

Where: West Wind Capitol Drive-In, 3630 Hillcap Ave, San Jose, CA 95136

When: Sunday, September 1, 2019. 6:00 PM – 11:59 PM

Details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-movie-night-tickets-69508893973

If you are in the San Jose area this Labor Day Weekend, make sure to check out the West Wind Capitol Drive-In! To celebrate, West Wind they will be showing Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Men In Black, Secret Life of Pets 2, plus two more summer hits FOR FREE. Gates open at 6:00pm and movies will start at sunset. Head over and enjoy some music, games and movies for the whole family!

#3. Kings Mountain Art Fair 

Where: 13899 Skyline Blvd, Woodside CA 94062

When: August 31st – September 2nd, 10 am – 5 pm, Breakfast 8 am – 10:30 am

Details: http://kingsmountainartfair.org/

Started in 1963, the Kings Mountain Art Fair is an annual event, held every Labor Day weekend. Known for its stunning location among the redwoods and for its unique and varied artists, the Kings Mountain Art Fair celebrates over 50 years of art and ambiance.  All proceeds from the Fair are used to support the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade, the Community Center building, special programs for area youngsters and students at our public school, the publication of the community’s newsletter, and to cover the Fair’s expenses. Admission and parking are free!

#4. Begonia Festival 

Where: Downtown Capitola

When: Friday, August 30th – Monday, September 2nd

Details: http://www.begoniafestival.com/

For those looking to enjoy the beautiful coast this Labor Day Weekend, make sure you stop by the Begonia Festival in Capitola! This historical event is a great little festival that started out in the early 1950’s. The Festival is packed full of fun events. It kicks off with a dance party produced by local dance groups, and continues through the weekend with concerts, a movie, sand sculpture contests, children’s art – all great family fun. The signature event is Sunday’s Nautical Parade, which includes begonia-laden barges floating down Soquel Creek in a whimsical water fantasy. Bring your sunscreen!

#5. Los Gatos Park Dance 

Where: Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos CA

When: Saturday, August 31st. 7 – 9:30 PM

Details: https://www.facebook.com/LGParkDance/

Come celebrate this weekend  with a fantastic night of community, friends and live music dancing on a 3000 sq. ft. dance floor featuring Los Gatos’ own The Houserockers! The Houserockers are one of the hottest, in demand and hardest working bands in Northern California. The Houserockers are a 10 piece Rock & Soul group from Los Gatos, CA that plays the greatest songs ever recorded. The band is known for their high energy, fun performances that gets everyone up dancing and singing to the music of The Rolling Stones, Earth Wind and Fire, Bruno Mars, Tower of Power, Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and much more.  Get ready for the best Rock & Soul show in town – and rock the night away with The Houserockers.

 

 

Beautifully Remodeled Rose Garden, San Jose Home w/ Permitted ADU

965 Katherine Ct, San Jose 95126 

Stunning & Beautifully Remodeled Home (2624 Sq Ft). You’ll enjoy the Main House (2048sf 4bdrm 3bath) and a New Construction Permitted built In-Law (ADU) Unit (576sf 2/1)! From the sweeping front porch to inviting entry, this home has been meticulously remodeled (Built 2001). Nice open floor plan featuring luxurious living rm with beautiful stone fireplace, Spacious gourmet kitchen w/ pendant lighting, and top of the line appliances. Elegant formal dining rm, Stunning Master suite w/ slider to rear yard. Large bedrooms and tastefully remodeled bathrooms. Basement designed to be used as wine cellar or private mini-bar! Amenities include fresh interior/exterior paint, Ash floors throughout, Energy-efficient LED lighting, AC, Top of the line LG/Samsung appliance, Nest, Inside laundry area, Large private backyard, and parking for 7 cars! In-Law Unit w/fire sprinklers & inside laundry area. Close to The Alameda, walk to restaurants, exercise studios, the historic Rose Garden and shops.

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To get a private showing, contact the Boyenga Team at 408.373.1660 or send an e-mail at homes@boyenga.com

The History of Eichler Homes

Learn about the history of Eichler homes!

Eichler homes are from a branch of Modernist architecture that has come to be known as “California Modern”, and typically feature glass walls, post-and-beam construction and open floorplans in a style indebted to Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright. Eichler exteriors featured flat and/or low-sloping A-Framed roofs, vertical 2″ pattern wood siding, and spartan facades with clean geometric lines. One of Eichler’s signature concepts was to “Bring the Outside In”, achieved via skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass windows with glass transoms looking out on protected gardens, patios, and pools. The homes had numerous unorthodox and innovative features, including post-and-beam construction, tongue and groove decking for the roof, concrete slab floors with integral radiant heating, sliding doors and cabinets with sliding doors, and a standard second bathroom located in the master bedroom. Later models introduced the famous Eichler atriums, an entrance foyer designed to further advance the Eichler concept of integrating outdoor and indoor spaces.  

Eichler had a socially progressive vision for his developments that matched the progressive design of his houses. In line with this vision, Eichler Homes did not discriminate against any buyer based on their race or religion. Eichler Homes folded in 1966, but Eichler’s developments were nonetheless influential in the larger national suburban and modern movement and served as models for the rapidly changing architectural and societal norms of the postwar era. Thousands of Eichler’s homes still stand today, solidifying his legacy in modern American architecture.

The Boyenga Team are your Silicon Valley Eichler Specialists. As a top-producing husband and wife real estate team at Compass, Eric and Janelle of the Boyenga Team offer persistent and aggressive Eichler marketing and the best Mid-Century Modern web exposure in Silicon Valley. With over 30 years of combined real estate experience and backgrounds in design, communication, marketing, staging, spec-housing, construction and sales, our team can give you the representation you deserve.

For more information visit our website at www.BoyengaTeam.com or contact us at 408.373.1660 | homes@boyenga.com

We just recently sold an Eichler  home in the Fairglen neighborhood of San Jose. Read about it here.

Compass Cares Food Truck Fundraiser Raises $1,500 for My Digital TAT2!

A BIG thank you to everyone who was able to make it out to our first successful Compass Cares Food Truck fundraiser this past week!

In conjunction with Compass Cares, our team pulled together our first annual fundraiser featuring food trucks and festivities. With 4 trucks and hundreds of people, we raised a donation sum of $1,500 altogether.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards My Digital TAT2, a nonprofit based in Silicon Valley working to provide hands-on education with schools across the Bay Area on topics related to technology. My Digital TAT2 bridges the knowledge gap between kids and their parents about what goes on in their phones, laptops, and social media through building healthy, positive relationships with technology.

Boyenga Team worked together with Compass Cares, a philanthropic outreach project of Compass, on this fundraiser. Each year, Compass Cares aims to generate $10 million in donation funds and skills-based volunteering for nonprofit organizations that serve local communities.

Fairglen: An Eichler Haven

Nowhere do residents love their neighborhood — and Eichlers — as much as Fairglen in San Jose. Located adjacent to the larger Willow Glen neighborhood, this tract of homes built by Joseph Eichler in the 1950s and 60s retains its original constructions as an emblem of history. Each year, Fairglen residents host an Eichler Home Tour celebrating the tract’s unique collection of California Modern homes. They sport “I Love Eichlers” apparel and pore over the architectural details — the color palette of the exterior, the George Nelson clocks, the stone of the countertops. Local craftsmen set up booths selling original Eichler accents, like authentic Eichler house numbers to replace original ones from decades ago. Here, mid-mod aesthetics reign.

Much of what residents love about the Fairglen neighborhood is its 50s aesthetics and architecture, but what makes them lifelong residents is the 50s friendliness of the neighbors. Residents in Fairglen love their community with a unique unity rarely found in other residential communities. Even with over 300 homes in the neighborhood and no community center or association, Fairglen residents make it a point to reach out and get to know one another, whether its over dinner or with a move-in gift. 

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Much of that friendliness is rooted in the annual Home Tour, a tradition as long-standing as the original Eichlers themselves. Boyenga Team is proud to be celebrating the Eichler heritage with Fairglen on Saturday, August 17 as a sponsor of the Home Tour. Read more about the event here.

COMING SOON: Have you caught Eichler fever? Inspired to look into owning an Eichler in one of the most iconic original tracts in the Bay?  You’re in luck — keep your eyes peeled for our freshly updated mid-mod listing along Fairwood Ave right at the heart of Fairglen. Get in touch with us at homes@boyenga.com for more information!

Santa Clara Mid-Summer Market Report

Late summer often represents a slowdown for the market — it’s when buyers begin to come off their spring frenzy (when sales peak) and approach the winter plunge. This time of year is a narrow window that represents the last opportunity for homeowners to sell quickly — after early November, the market enters a holidays slowdown that won’t pick up again until January or February. In the luxury home market, this seasonality is even more apparent.

With so many economic swings in both directions in the past few months, housing markets across the country have fluctuated along with the sharp twists in the stock market. Home prices peaked last quarter — a combination of national interest rates, seasonality, and many other factors contributed to especially high prices. Now, though, the market is seeing a bit of a slowdown that some experts think could signal a larger downturn in the Silicon Valley housing market.

However, as always, looking at average home prices alone is not enough to determine the status of a market.

Homes are especially hot right now in the Cambrian, Blossom Valley, and Willow Glen neighborhoods within San Jose.  These neighborhoods are all undergoing rapid turnover, with plenty of newly renovated homes on the market and young families settling in.

Dollar per square foot is a quick way of evaluating home prices by city. Unsurprisingly, homes in Palo Alto remain by far the most expensive for the least amount of space. Neighbors Los Altos and Los Altos Hills trail behind — homes in these cities tend to come with more square footage given their relatively rural environments, but are rarely any less expensive at face value than homes in Palo Alto.

When it comes to luxury homes (priced at or above 3 mil), Los Altos and Palo Alto again lead the pack given their historically high and ever-climbing property values. A second market for luxury home dealers to keep an eye on is the Saratoga – Los Gatos area, where luxury home sales are significantly picking up.

In Santa Clara County (and across the Bay Area), international homebuyers are an important market — especially when it comes to the luxury sector. March 2019 concluded with a steep decline in international homebuyers compared to past years. One of the biggest and most important foreign buyer groups, Chinese buyers, saw a 58% decline in purchases from last year.

Boyenga Team Food Truck Fundraiser Supports My Digital TAT2

Through fundraising for local nonprofits and volunteering in-person time, Compass Cares inspires its teams to give back to the communities they serve. At Boyenga Team, we’re all about forward vision. That’s why we chose to fundraise this year for My Digital TAT2, a nonprofit organization based in Silicon Valley. MDT2 focuses on the two things that matter most when it comes to looking to the future: the kids in our community, and technology. 

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How do we facilitate healthy behavior in children and their tech? It’s not always an easy question to answer. My Digital TAT2 works to provide hands-on education and outreach about topics such as social media identities, internet privacy, and cyberbullying. Through workshops, the organization sparks conversations in both classrooms and communities about using technology in healthy, positive ways. Their name, Digital “Tattoo,” reflects the permanence of everyone’s online profiles and the importance of avoiding “mistakes” that can stick around forever. Their mission, however, isn’t to deter students from using technology and social media. Instead, it encourages a positive, constructive attitude towards being a smart and kind digital citizen. 

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MDT2 achieves its mission through workshop-based programming and outreach projects. Focusing on early impact and prevention, these programs work with students as young as third grade. Part of the organization’s mission is to educate all stakeholders involved — it offers educational programs not just to local schools, but also to parents and even corporate teams on how to team children digitally awareness. Through its Teen Advisory Board and from its close relationship with schools and other communities all over the region, MDT2 ensures that its work effectively promotes healthy and safe online decisions. 

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To support MDT2’s work, Boyenga Team is hosting a food truck festival to fundraise! Come out to Artisan Wine Depot in Los Gatos on Tuesday, Aug 13 from 11am to 2pm for a summertime lunch you’ll feel good about. We’ll have all kinds of iconic Bay Area food trucks: burgers from Grillzillas, gyros from Falafel Fresh, and waffles from Waffle Roost.

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Proceeds from the fundraiser will support My Digital TAT2. Mark your calendars — you won’t want to miss this event!

The Eichler Celebration

SAVE THE DATE: The Boyenga Team is sponsoring a celebration of Eichler homes hosted by the Preservation Act Council of San Jose on Saturday, August 17. In a rare public tour of San Jose’s collection of Eichlers along the tree-shaded Fairwood Ave, the event will offer a walking tour of the 218 Eichlers making up the neighborhood.

Before 1947, Joseph Eichler had never picked up a hammer or saw. He had barely any knowledge on what it took to build a house, had no experience with construction. What he did have was a vision considered unorthodox in post-war America. Taking influence from the bold sunlight of the west coast, the rolling hills of open space, and the practical-yet-dynamic culture of the Bay Area, Eichler envisioned the future of Californian architecture. Decades later, the thousands of Eichler homes around the Bay remain architectural icons. 

A go-getter at heart, Joseph Eichler turned his pursuit of a particular aesthetic into a career pioneering mid-century Californian homebuilding. He drew inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs, with their soaring windows and sweeping slanted roofs. Eichler homes are single-story structures marked by their atrium-like design, with walls of glass and topped with characteristically angled gabled ceilings. Well-placed accents of stone, wood, and skylights turn the homes into structural art pieces intended to “bring the outside in”.Huge windows flood the open floor plan homes with natural light. By mixing industrial and organic styles, Eichler homes evoke both a sense of futuristic pragmatism and an intimate connection with the natural landscape.

A keystone in Eichler’s mission was to never compromise building quality. He refused to settle for low-quality materials in order to turn a higher profit. That’s why, decades later, the homes he built stand in perfect condition, retaining their structural and architectural integrity. Today, thousands of Eichler homes sprawl across the Bay Area and Los Angeles in nine communities, the biggest of which is the San Mateo Highlands. Eichler was at the forefront of contemporary design — his iconic style is now commonly known as “California Modern”.

The tour will feature three open homes and a special garage as well as a mid-century pop-up boutique shop, which will feature several different vendors from 10am – 2pm. This tour of the neighborhood, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will showcase the region’s — and Joseph Eichler’s — history. 

Tickets for the tour are limited and expected to sell out, so snag yours soon! Tickets are priced at $20 for the general public and can be purchased at www.preservation.org. All proceeds will benefit PAC*SJ preservation education programs.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell your Eichler home, the Boyenga Team shares in this architectural appreciation and would love to help.

Contact us at (408) 373-1660  —  homes@boyenga.com

Welcome to Sunnyvale!

 

Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale has always enjoyed a prime spot at the center of the Bay Area’s transition from farming, to aerospace, and now technology. Its location creates the perfect balance – a mild, sunny climate with easy access to metropolitan amenities and stunning natural beauty. With a population of 155,567, Sunnyvale is the 7th largest city in the Bay Area. It is a center of technology and innovation, but also a city of quiet family neighborhoods, top-ranked schools and a diverse community.

Here are a few of our favorite things to do or see in Sunnyvale. Enjoy! 

The Sunnyvale Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. Set on the historic Murphy Avenue in downtown, this charming weekend event is a resident favorite. The market brings the spoils of Californian agriculture to the city with fresh fruits and vegetables along with fresh seafood and assorted meats. Other booths host beautiful flowers and orchids, handmade jewelry, and live music. Come enjoy your Saturday morning in this awesome atmosphere.

For more information please visit: https://uvfm.org/sunnyvale-saturday

If you are looking for some fun in the sun, Las Palmas Park is your spot. This park if perfect for everyone in your family, kids and dogs included! With a dog park, jungle gym, basketball court, and baseball field, the fun never stops! Bring your picnic basket and a cooler and enjoy a peaceful lunch at the parks barbecue pits and picnic tables.  

For more information please visit: https://sunnyvale.ca.gov/community/reservations/park.htm

Whether you have lived your whole life in the San Francisco Bay Area, or are visiting for the first time, you should come out to Sunnyvale Golf Course and play a round. This gem of an 18-hole golf course was built in 1968. Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley where highways 101 and 237 intersect, and next to the famous Moffett Field. At the end of your round, relax and unwind at the courses full service bar and restaurant. 

For more information please visit: http://www.sunnyvalegolfcourses.com/sunnyvale_course/ 

Situated on the eastern edge of Sunnyvale is the one of the Bay Areas most enjoyable attractions. California’s Great America was opened in 1976 and offers some 40 different rides and attractions across its 100-acre wonderland. From rollercoasters to waterslides Great America is fun for all ages. We recommend buying your tickets online. Have fun!  For more information please visit: 

https://www.cagreatamerica.com/ 

If you are interested in Sunnyvale homes or other Bay Area listings, please give us a call here at the Boyenga Team. We would love to hear from you!

408-373-1660 – homes@boyenga.com

A Day in the South Bay

 A Day in the South Bay

When you hear “The Bay Area,” most people think of San Francisco and its iconic landmarks and rich history. The Bay Area, however, is an expansive region with tons of vibrant cities and unique towns many of which are worth checking out. Here is a list of a few of our favorite things to do in the South Bay. Enjoy

Who’s Hungry?

Whether you’re just visiting, passing through, or a current resident of the South Bay, you need to know about the culinary wonders we have to offer here. You’ll find another world of inventive cooking, bold flavors, fresh ingredients, and surprised that will dazzle your tastebuds.

From fine dining to french fries, the South bay has got you covered. If you are looking for a Michelin level dining experience, 3-star Manresa in Los Gatos has been ranked among the top 100 restaurants world wide.

Downtown Redwood City is a fun a vibrant spot with a plethora of delicious dining options. Any craving can be cured with top-rated restaurants offering Japanese, Latin, Caribbean, Italian, Mediterranean, and American cuisines.

For more information about homes in your neighborhood, please, give us a call here at the Boyenga Team. We would be more than happy to help.

408-373-1660

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