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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Two Rare Investment Opportunities!

Here at the Boyenga team, we are happy to present TWO incredible investment opportunities!

965 Katherine Court in San Jose’s Rose Garden and 204 Alice Avenue in Campbell are both single family homes on spacious lots, and both of them have secondary units that can easily become a revenue stream for owners through rent. Katherine is an elegant turnkey new-construction while Alice is a unique historical home ready for your finishing touches.

965 Katherine Court, San Jose 95126

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The builder is highly motivated and would like to get it sold quickly! To speed up the sale he is increasing the buyers agents’ commission to 3%, so act quickly before their home is gone. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a property with a second stream of income, so cash flow ultimately reduces mortgage expenses.

204 Alice Avenue, Campbell 95008

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Invest now as an income opportunity and use the Mills Act to lessen your property tax and receive local and state grants to subsidize your renovations. Plans are fully approved for an update/remodel of the front home.

Q2 Market Report: Santa Cruz County

Standing just a little ways apart from the furious bubble of fast-paced Silicon Valley and home to UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County’s housing market is quite different from those of typical lazy beach towns. In line with overall Bay Area trends, housing markets in Santa Cruz County continue to grow ever more pricy and competitive each year. This county in particular stands out for its sharp seasonal fluctuations, with spring performing significantly better than other seasons.

Santa Cruz County has seen a steady rise in median home prices since the late 90s and experienced a slow but steady rebound after 2008. It’s a pretty predictable trend, and we can safely expect that home values will continue to rise — perhaps at even faster rates — in the coming years. Currently, Santa Cruz County’s median house price sits at a record-high $935 million as of the end of spring.

Broken down by city, it seems every city in Santa Cruz continues to follow this upwards trend of home value. Prices in Santa Cruz show a sharper rise compared to neighboring cities.

Housing in Santa Cruz is highly seasonal. Buyers and sellers both are most active in spring, while midwinter markets are extremely slow. This trend is relatively predictable year-after-year. In spring (Q2), Santa Cruz County sees 3x-4x more new listings than in midwinter.

Seasonal fluctuations are just as evident when it comes to how quickly homes sell. The fewer number of days a listing spends on the market, the stronger the demand. Again, Q2 performs best, while in Q1 homes tend to stay on the market for almost 2 months on average.

In Santa Cruz County, homes tend to sell for less than their first listing prices. Home sellers, naturally, tend to choose higher listing prices, especially because property value appraisals are never objective. However, when buyers come to expect that property prices will drop with more time spent on the market, it can instill risky buyer expectations that result in lower final sale prices. The last few quarters have seen especially low sale price to original price ratios.

Interested in learning more about the Santa Cruz County housing market or looking to buy/sell a home there? Get in touch with us at homes@boyenga.com — we’re here to help, regardless of the season.

Q2 Market Report: Santa Clara County

With stock markets surging and federal interest rates at a steady low, the housing market has bounced back! Though this quarter’s surge in home prices and sale volumes isn’t as hot as peak housing demand a couple years ago, Santa Clara’s housing market is looking up for sellers.

Q2 performed significantly better than Q1 in terms of median home sale prices, coming in this spring at $1,335,000 from last quarter’s $1,215,000. Since 2016, the market has seen a major uptick in home price trends, with seasonal fluctuations as usual (spring tends to perform best).

Luxury home sales followed a similar, though more stable, trend. Again, spring (Q2) routinely performs best. At Boyenga Team, luxury homes priced over $3,000,000 make up roughly a fifth of our sales, though we’re expecting listings to shift heavily into the luxury market in the coming year.

Here’s a bigger-scale breakdown showing home price trends in Santa Clara County over the last two decades. The market rebounded slowly after the 2008 crash, but has seen a sharp incline since 2012 with predictable seasonal fluctuations and especially sharp changes in the last couple of years. Average home prices now are nearly 7 times more than they were just twenty years ago.

Most properties sold were single-family homes with 3-5 bedrooms, making up more than 2/3 of all home sales in the last 12 months. Over half of these sales were in San Jose alone, indicating fast turnover and a strong market on both sides in the city.

Average Days on Market is a tough trend to figure out, but seasonal fluctuations once again play a role — spring tends to be a hot seller’s market, when listings stay up for significantly fewer days than other seasons. Longer periods spent on the market might be indicative of a longer-term consumer behavior trend, but can also be attributed to rising property prices in general.

To learn more about your neighborhood data or if you need help with any of your real estate needs, contact the #PropertyNerds today!

www.BoyengaTeam.com | homes@boyenga.com | 408.373.1660

 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Leland Manor – Palo Alto, CA

1955 Newell Rd, Palo Alto 94303
Leland Manor – Palo Alto, CA

Just two miles from the hustle and bustle of Palo Alto’s University Ave is a quiet neighborhood of oak-shaded, traditional ranchers. Leland Manor is a rectangular segment tucked between Louis Road, California Avenue, Middlefield Road, and Seale Avenue. It’s a friendly and highly affluent neighborhood —  most of the residents are Baby Boomers and retirees. Recently, however, the neighborhood’s proximity to schools and vibrant community centers has attracted an influx of younger families. 

Homes in Leland Manor were all built post-war, largely in 1946 – 1951. Though they vary in style, with homes featuring Mediterranean influences to English-styled manors, most are single-storied. The homes in Leland Manor pioneered the familiar rancher style now iconic to Palo Alto. Within the neighborhood, cul-de-sacs provide pockets of privacy and safety for homes. A unique feature of the neighborhood is its lack of telephone poles and wires — its utilities are all underground. 

Leland Manor’s peaceful ambiance but close proximity to community hubs makes it an attractive option for every demographic. It’s across the street from Greene Middle School and right next to Walter Hays Elementary, as well as Rinconada Library, Rinconada Pool, the Palo Alto Art Center, and the Children’s Library. It’s also minutes away from Stanford University and Palo Alto Square, offering working professionals a short commute. For longer distances, US Route 101 is just down the road. The neighborhood’s suburban nature means it’s not quite within walking distance to restaurants and bars, but well-contained traffic controlled by well-placed stop signs and bike-friendly paths is a more-than-fair tradeoff. 

Check out our listing at 1955 Newell Rd in the Leland Manor neighborhood!

If you’re interested in living in Leland Manor, check out our latest listing in the neighborhood at 1955 Newell Rd. Flooded with Californian natural light and sprawling over a quarter-acre lot, this beautiful Mission-style home at the heart of Leland Manor is accented with elegantly charming details — open-beamed high ceilings, a brick fireplace, quartz countertops. With both a newly updated kitchen and a freshly landscaped backyard, this property is a sunny, delightful home. It includes a smaller detached ADU in the back accessible through an outdoor entrance and connected via breezeway, offering either a private living unit for parents or kids or a personal office/studio. For more information, a virtual tour, or to schedule a personal tour, check out the home’s website!

Have more questions about living in Leland Manor or our listing at 1955 Newell Rd? Let our local experts help you! Get in touch with our team at homes@boyenga.com.

Boyenga Team #PropertyNerds has ranked among the top 100 real estate teams in the country!

In collaboration with Wall Street Journal, Real Trends ranks the top thousand real estate groups in the country (“The Thousand”) each year. In 2019, Boyenga Team came in at #91 in its round-up of the best performances by transaction volume for the year. 

With a transaction volume of over $207 million in 2018, Boyenga Team’s exemplary performance comes from its forward-looking vision, its mission to always puts clients first, and its ambitious flair for style. Since our founding in 1996, Boyenga Team has hit $1.4 billion in total sales volume. 

Through stellar use of technology and social media tactics to push next-generation marketing, the Property Nerds have established themselves as a trusted source of real estate expertise in the Bay Area. Check out the rest of The Thousand rankings here!

 

All About ADUs

ADUs are the next big thing in housing — because they’re small. With extreme housing demands in California, sky-high costs, and shrinking household sizes, ADUs offer a solution that provides wins for homeowners, tenants, and city municipalities alike.

What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)?

An ADU is a secondary, distinct housing unit on a single-family residential lot. In other words, it has the potential to serve as an independent house. They’re commonly referred to by other names — backyard cottages, granny flats, garage apartments. ADUs might be completely separate from the main house or attached in some way, such as in the basement or connected on the side.

Don’t let the idea of “secondary” mislead you — ADUs are often spacious units with living space comparable to an apartment or condominium. Whether they stand alone on the property or are attached to the house, ADUs provide rooming and income opportunities. They’re unique in their smaller size and informality in structure. In metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and Seattle, ADUs can be found in anywhere from 10% to 20% to homes! ADUs have taken the idea of living in a parent’s garage or basement and innovated it into a smart, profitable use of space and resources.

In California, ADUs are increasingly being recognized as a solution to housing crises in high-demand areas, and the state is making an ongoing effort to encourage the construction of ADUs. As of January 2019, a new state law allows homeowners who previously built ADUs without permits to bring their ADUs into compliance under the supervision of a local building inspector.

Why is it an investment opportunity?

American family demographics are shifting from larger households to just one- or two-person households. These smaller households now represent two thirds of households in the U.S. In fact, the average household size has shrunk from 3.3 in 1960 to 2.5 in 2018. As the traditional model of three- to four-people homes drops in demand, the market potential for smaller, more affordable housing rises.

ADUs bridge the gap between modern small-household needs and the traditional structure of larger-household homes. For homeowners, they’re an excellent low-effort opportunity for an extra stream of income. The potential demographics for an ADU tenant are broadly varied — from young working professionals to new couples to aging retirees. These populations provide demand for long-term leasing, but short-term leasing might provide an even more profitable use for ADUs. They’re the ideal property asset to use as an Airbnb, for example.

Economic benefits

ADUs are constructed with wood frames, which are significantly less costly than multi-household buildings. On top of that, building an ADU does not require paying for additional land, major new infrastructures, or parking. Residents of ADUs benefit from the same city infrastructures, eliminating the need for the city to pave new ones. That means they’re highly affordable to construct with massive potential to generate income. As their functionality comes more and more into demand, ADUs increases the value of homes.

Environmental benefits

Size matters. Evidence shows that a building’s size is the most important determinant in how much environmental impact it has, and is now accounted for by environmental building certifications such as LEED for Homes. By nature, the smaller size and efficiency of ADUs is a clean, green solution to housing needs. It takes less electricity and gas to power a smaller area. What’s more, ADUs take advantage of existing infrastructure, negating the need to construct more utility and transportation means. In addition, ADUs contribute to a city’s environmentally impact by building on density instead of sprawl. Studies show that residential energy uses increase with sprawl, which ADUs prevent, and vehicle and fuel use per household decreases with higher density.

Social benefits

For extended families or families with unique needs, ADUs offer a housing setup that can provide both independence and connection. They’re a multi-generational asset. Consider a typical family with children — as the children graduate from college and enter the workforce, the ADU provides affordable living space in their own childhood homes that still offers independence and privacy. As the parents age, they can choose to simplify their lifestyles by moving into the ADU while generating income by leasing the main house. Another option could be offering the ADU as housing for a caretaker or extended family. And when ADUs aren’t being lived in, they can serve as distraction-free home offices or studios.

To learn more about ADUs, the #PropertyNerds will be hosting an informational workshop at our listing on 965 Katherine Ct, San Jose 95126 this Sunday June 23, from 1:30-4:30 PM! Be sure to visit us and learn the ABCs of ADUs!

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