You set a certain budget for your house hunt—and you can’t go a penny over it. But what if you want to expand your search a wee bit beyond a specific neighborhood? We decided to play the comparison game by exploring what you can buy for a certain dollar value in various California neighborhoods in a new series we’re calling “Cali Comparables.” We’re going across the Golden State to give you an idea of how far your dollar goes in certain areas.

Last time we toured the tony desert community of Rancho Mirage. Now we’re trading in Coachella Valley for Silicon Valley and taking a look at the tech center’s hub: San Jose.

San Jose, or the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” is the largest city in Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and Northern California. It is known across the world for its booming tech industry and high cost of living.

The city is home to a multitude of tech companies including: Cisco Systems, eBay, IBM, Adobe Systems and many more. Thanks to the competitive salaries offered in the tech industry, San Jose residents make higher incomes on average, compared to those who live in other major U.S. cities.

And while this metropolitan hub is surrounded by all things tech, this city is also made up of fun activities for locals to partake in, like watching a San Jose Sharks game, finding bargains at the country’s largest flea market, getting a spook at the Winchester Mystery House or sliding down the slides of the Raging Waters water park.

For this edition of Cali Comparables, we decided to take a look at what $1.5 million (or slightly over/under) could buy us in this well-rounded city. Here’s what we found:

Valley Views

3902 Aborn Road | Offered at $1,499,888

Get a clear view of Silicon Valley and the city lights in this four bedroom, three bath spectacular estate. Containing over half an acre of lush greenery, this home will make you feel like you are a world away while still being close enough to the big-city amenities.


Adorable Charmer

961 Nevada Avenue | Offered at $1,429,000

A quaint and picturesque retreat is exactly what this Willow Glen home offers. The updated kitchen and baths add a sleek and modern look to the house’s classic look. A true charmer in every sense of the word.


Room to Grow

15076 Brewster Avenue | Offered at $1,349,000

If you’re on the lookout for the ultimate home for comfortable living, then look no further. This approximately 3,280-square-foot home offers an enormous backyard at almost 9,375 square feet, large bedrooms and a bright family room that’s perfect for entertaining. Its private cul-de-sac location is ideal for those who enjoy a quiet and relaxing setting.

Which San Jose home catches your eye? Let us know in the comments below. 

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