Marcy Moyer
Keller Williams

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The Many Activities at The Villages Golf and Country Club in San Jose 

July 24, 2014

When my grandparents left their home in Palm Springs they went back to Florida to live out their lives. They had always lived in their own home or condo, but felt maybe it was time to go to a retirement community so they could get more help. They went to Boca Raton where my mother was living, and moved into a retirement home. They lasted less than a week. Instead, they moved into the Boca Raton Beach and Golf Club. They rented a golf villa on a monthly basis and had golf, swimming, social activities, restaurants, and near by shopping. I went to visit them frequently and my husband and I always said when we retired we wanted to live the same way.

Well, 25 years later I am not ready to retire, but it sure would be nice living in a place like the villas at the Boca Raton Beach and Golf Club.

As luck would have it, the Silicon Valley has something very similar, The Villages Golf and Country Club in San Jose.  It has golf, tennis, trails, pools, horse stables, restaurants, and shopping right outside the gate. Not only that, but the list of clubs is in the many dozens. Here is a current list of organizations:

Amateur Astronomy/Radio Astronomy
Amateur Radio Club, The Villages
Amateur Theatre, The Villages
Arts & Crafts Association
Bandini Patrol
Bocce Club
Brandeis National Committee Club
Bridge/Duplicate
Bridge/Ladies Monday Intermediate
Bridge/2nd & 4th Intermediate
Bridge/The Villages Women’s Lunch & Bridge
Camera Club
Catholic Group
Cheers Dance Club
Club Latino
Club Cabaret
Community Chapel
Crimson Charmers Red Hat
Democratic Club
Dippy Dolphins
Dog Club
Episcopal Group
Evergreen Villages Foundation
Ethical Humanist Club
Fairweather Friends
Flower Ladies’ Arranging Guild
Friends of San Jose State
Garden Club
Genealogy Club
German Club
Golf/Men’s 18-Hole Golf Club
Golf/Men’s Nine-Hole Golf Club
Golf/Men’s Ironmen
Golf/Women’s Nine-Hole Golf Club
Golf/Women’s 18-Hole Golf Club
Golf/Women’s Short Nine Golf Club
Hadassah
High Twelve
Hiking Club
Investment Resource Club, The Villages
Italian Club
Jazzercisers
Jewish Club
Korean Club
Library
Macintosh Users Group, The Villages
Medical Auxiliary, The Villages
Mexican Trains Dominoes
Music Society
Opera Lovers’ Club
P.E.O. Club
Quilters’ Club, The Villages
Readers, The Villages
Recreational Vehicle Club
Republican Club
Riding Club
Scarlet Sirens
Search the Scriptures
Senior Academy for Education
Senior Resource Services
SIRs Branch 114
SIRs Branch 38
Table Tennis Club, Villages
Tennis Club
The Villages Ukulele Club

All of this in a gorgeous setting for adults over 55+ and we don't even have to put up with hurricanes.

the villages san jose

Right now there are 11 homes on the market ranging in price from $290,000 to $659,000. If you would like to see the current inventory of condos for sale in The Villages of San Jose click here If you would like to see the current inventory of single family homes for sale in The Villages of San Joseclick here.

If you have any questions about buying or selling a home in The Villages Golf and Country Club San Jose please feel free to contact me.

Marcy Moyer

Keller Williams Realty 

www.marcymoyer.com

marcy@marcymoyer.com

Cal BRE 01191194

650-619-9285



The Real Estate Market At The Villages Golf and Country Club San Jose 

 July 21, 2014

The Villages San Jose

The Villages Gold And Country Club in San Jose offers a beautiful setting for people 55 and over with a plethora of activities including golf, swimming, tennis, horse stables, fitness center, boccie courts, restaurants, lakes, streams, and miles of trails. It is a fabulous life style for independent adults in the Silicon Valley.

Life at The Villages in San Jose is peaceful with the potential of endless activities. It is also a good deal compared to other developments in the area. However, prices are increasing, and homes are selling quickly, especially those with walk in level entrances.

In 2013 there were 102 condo sales in The Villages San Jose listed on MLS. The average days on market was 34, the average square footage was 1,479, the average price per square foot was $270.20, the average list price was $410,642, and the average sale price was $407,835, and the average age was 34.

In 2014 so far there have been 55 sales in condos in The Villages San Jose on MLS. The average days on market is 40, the average square footage is 1,519, the average price per square is $324.71, the average list price is $503,728, the average sale price is $503,163, and the average age 33 years old. These numbers show that the average sales price has increased almost 20% in 2014.

On the last three weeks seven condos at the Villages San Jose have had offers accepted. The market is definitely active. The homes that sell the fastest tend to have no stairs between the front door and parking. the homes that do have someone above or below and stairs to the front entrance do not sell as quickly, but even 2 of these condos at the Villages in San Jose that had been on the market since March sold in the last two weeks.

So if you are interested in purchasing at the Villages Golf and Country Club in San Jose I would suggest you find a Villages San Jose real estate agent to show you around (they don't have open houses) and find the models you like. When one comes on the market, don't hesitate, as the are going quickly.

If you have any questions about buying a home at The Villages Golf and Country Club in San Joseplease feel free to contact me.

Marcy Moyer

Keller Williams Realty

www.marcymoyer.com

marcy@marcymoyer.com

Cal BRE 01191194

650-619-9285



The Villages Golf And Country Club San Jose: 55+ Independent Living 

July 19, 2014

The Villages Golf and Country Club in the Evergreen neighborhood of San Jose is a 1,200 acre gated community of independent living for people fifty five years and older. It is composed of 2,309 condominiums, 227 single family homes, an 18 hole championship golf course, 4 swimming pools, 465 acres of open space with hiking trails and parks, 6 tennis courts, horse stables, 2 restaurants, and many man made lakes and walking/bike paths.

It is a one of a kind community for "retirement living" in the Silicon Valley. While there are other places where you can own your own senior home or condo in the area, no other place has this much land or as many activities on the west side of the bay. There is Rossmoor in Walnut Creek in the East Bay, but the Villages in San Jose is a unique "retirement" living situation for people over 55 in the Silicon Valley. I say "retirement" because there are many people who live in The Villages who are not retired but enjoy living in an adult only community.

The condominiums come in 2 styles. Some are single level attached homes with direct entrance from the street or garage. Others are two story with someone above or below you and a small set of stairs to the front door, either going up or down. If the occupant develops mobility problems while living there they can have an electric chair installed to get them into their home.

All of the homes, whether condos or single family homes have no more than 2 bedrooms, but some do have dens. 

The views can be golf course, lake, hills, open space, or rarely other homes. Even if the view is another home there is always some amount of greenery to be seen, along with deer, wild turkeys, and many other species of birds.

The Villages San Jose

The size of the homes ranges from about 650 square feet to over 2500 square feet.

Right now there are 11 homes on the market ranging in price from $290,000 to $659,000. If you would like to see the current inventory of condos for sale in The Villages of San Jose click here If you would like to see the current inventory of single family homes for sale in The Villages of San Joseclick here.

If you have any questions about buying or selling a home in The Villages Golf and Country Club San Jose please feel free to contact me.

Marcy Moyer

Keller Williams Realty 

www.marcymoyer.com

marcy@marcymoyer.com

Cal BRE 01191194

650-619-9285

 

The Channing House In Palo Alto Continuing Care Retirement Living 

 

 

Channing House

Previously I wrote about The Hamilton in downtown Palo Alto which is a 36 unit condominium for those 55+ that provides independent living situations.  http://actvra.in/49WQ Today I want to discuss a different type of Silicon Valley retirement option, continuing care, which can be found at the Channing House, also in downtown Palo Alto. 

The continuing care option for Palo Alto retirement living allows a person to move into a development while they are still able to live independently, but if in the future they need assisted living or skilled nursing care that is done on site and the resident never needs to move again.

There are age and health requirements to move in. They want you to spend some years there while you are healthy before you need the more expensive services. To move into Channing House you must be between the ages of 65 and 83 and be able to live independently. There is a fee to move in and a monthly fee based on the size of your apartment. The monthly fee includes all your meals and will not go up if you need assisted living or nursing care. However, the monthly fee does go up over time. The entrance fee is refundable on a declining basis over the first 6 years that you live there. You must pass their financial requirements to be admitted as well, but if you run out of money they will not kick you out.

Channing House was founded in 1961 by Dr Lee who was the head of the Palo Alto medical foundation. He wanted a Palo Alto retrement home where seniors could live out their lives in Palo Alto and still be part of the community. It was a continuing care facility long before they were popular starting in the eighties.

Today Channing House houses 250 residents, most of who are still active, healthy and contributing to retirement life in Palo Alto.

If you have any questions about retiring in Palo Alto please feel free to contact me.

If you would like to know the value of your current home click here.

Marcy Moyer

Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto

www.marcymoyer.com

marcy@marcymoyer.com

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The Hamilton In Palo Alto Luxury Adult Living 

 

 

The Hamilton Palo Alto

 

The Hamilton in Palo Alto is a 36 unit condominium at the corner of Hamilton and Byron/Middlefield in Palo Alto that is the epitome of luxury in Palo Alto retirement living. Built in 1997 it was designed to meet the needs of adults over 55 who want to stay in Palo Alto and live in downtown, but want the security and convenience of condo living.

Unlike some other Palo Alto retirement communities The Hamilton does not offer assisted living or skilled nursing care.  What it does offer, beside gorgeous, spacious condos, is 24 hour security 7 days a week. a car service to drive you to appointments within 10 miles of the Hamilton, pool, fitness room, common living room, common library, courtyard, coffee, tea and bisccotti in the morning, and a gourmet restaurant for dinners 5 nights a week. The meals are $10.50 a person to cover the cost of the food, and additional charges if you would like wine. There is maid service and on site handymen, but these are also charged additionally, although at very reasonable rates.

The residence age requirements are one occupant must be at least 55 years old. The second occupant must be at least 45 years old. The only exceptions to this would be if an occupant over 55 has full time help, or a disabled child living with him or her. In these cases the minimum age requirement is waived.

The monthly dues are hefty, ranging from around $4000 a month to $4400 a month for one person, and $5000 a month to $5300 a month for two people.  All utilities except electricity are included in the dues. The reason for the high cost in this Palo Alto retirement residence is that this is a large building with only 36 owners and a huge staff. There are not a lot of owners to split the costs.

The condos are large and beautiful, ranging from about 1400 sq feet to 2000 square feet which is very large for retirement homes in the Silicon Valley.

Prices are going up. Last year the average price per square foot was $635 but my recent listing just sold for $793 a square foot. This is a huge jump, but still not at the level of $1000 a sq foot which is common in downtown Palo Alto.

If you have any questions about what your options are for retirement living in Palo Alto please feel free to contact me.

Marcy Moyer

Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto

www.marcymoyer.com

marcy@marcymoyer.com

Ca BRE 01191194

650-619-9285

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Retirement In The Silicon Valley 

 

 

While the Silicon Valley is known for many things, high tech, great schools, and expensivehousing, it is also actually a wonderful place for retirement. The options available for independent adult living, assisted care, nursing homes, continuing care, as well as home health care are abundant.

This is the first blog in a series about what some of the many options you have for your retirement in the Silicon Valley. Today I will talk about independent living for active senior adults.

Independent living in a retirement community means that you would have your own home, condo, or apartment, but the other people in the community would all be seniors. The age cut off depends on the number of units in the community. The smaller communities may have older age requirements, ie 62 years old vs 55 years old. 

In an independent Silicon Valley active retirement community there are generally some services provided but not true assisted living. Meals may be available or there may be restaurants on the premises. There may be shuttle services to take residents shopping or to doctors appointments. There are frequently recreational activities such as pools, golf, hiking trails, gyms, art classes, excursions to theatres and concerts, and organized card games.

Some of these independent retirement communities offer additional services for their residents, like maid services or in room meals. 

Purchasing a home or condo in an independent Silicon Valley retirement community is generally less expensive than an equivalent home in a non age restricted community. For example Los Gatos Commons has a two bedroom condo listed for $320,000 when no non age restricted condo in Los Gatos sold for less than $500,000 in 2013. There are also options for renting in adult only apartments or buying a mobile hone in an adult only park.

The cost of independent living monthly fees can be steep depending on what is included. It is not unusual to pay $1000 to $5000 a month for dues if meals are included or if there are a lot of recreational facilities offered.

These independent Silicon Valley retirement communities can be found all over the bay area. South San Jose has the Villages, Los Gatos has the commons, Menlo Park has the Commons, Palo Alto has the Hamilton, and San Mateo has The Gramercy just as a few examples. Whether you want a rural, suburban, or urban experience, you can find it in a Silicon Valley retirement community.

If you have any questions about buying a home in a Silicon Valley retirement community please feel free to contact me. 

Marcy Moyer

Keller Williams Realty

www.marcymoyer.com

marcy@marcymoyer.com

Ca BRE 01191194

650-619-9285

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