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.

This week, we’re moving from the sandy shores of Laguna Beach to the high tech mecca of San Jose for our house hunt. Let’s take a look at how far $1.9 million (plus or minus) will take you in this Silicon Valley center.


1460 Davis St | San Jose, CA 95126 | $1,918,000

If you’re looking for a “wow”moment in your next home, this stunningly restored Craftsman in the city’s desirable Rose Garden district may provide it. Originally constructed in 1910, the three-bedroom, two-bath home was rebuilt in 2013 with an addition. Immaculate details are peppered throughout the home: solid black walnut floors, 1930’s period trimming with 10-inch baseboards, 4-inch crown molding, solid interior doors, fully insulated underfloor, 18-foot ceiling  and black/white marble flooring. The chef’s kitchen features high end appliances, soap stone countertops, custom cabinet and french doors off of dining room. Other highlights include an upstairs loft, spacious master suite and space for up to 15 cars on site, plus a tandem garage, solar venting, full solar system on house, aqua sauna whole house water filtration system, 320 amp service and more.



7170 Wooded Lake Dr | San Jose, CA 95120 | $1,975,000

This gorgeous four-bedroom was tailor-made for a Silicon Valley exec: there’s four bedrooms, three baths, an office, two master suites, a formal dining room and a gourmet kitchen with high end appliances. There’s also a spacious two-car garage with workshop/artist studio. Perfect for a growing family, the park-like rear yard has amazing views of Quicksilver Park. A sought-after location within San Jose’s Almaden Valley neighborhood means you’ll have easy access to major commute routes, recreation, shopping, and top Almaden Valley schools Simonds, Castillero and Leland.



1063 Woodview Pl | San Jose, CA 95120 | $1,999,888

Another Almaden Valley winner, this exquisite tri-level home impresses with a desirable floor plan and unobstructed views of the Valley.  Five bedrooms and three baths make it comfortable, while a fabulous gourmet kitchen, family room and sun room each offer their own view-oriented pleasures. The master suite boasts a super-size walking closet and more amazing views. Other perks include double paned windows, high ceilings, recessed lighting, marble and hardwood floors, crown and base molding, built-in high-end appliances, plus a large deck for entertaining friends and family. Once again, this location is all about the schools: Grayston Elementary, Bret Harte Middle School and Leland High School.

Which one gives you house envy?