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 with a series called “Cali Comparables.” We’re crisscrossing the Golden State to give you an idea of how far your dollar goes in certain areas.

San Jose is one of the hottest, most expensive housing markets in the country; the median home price hit a whopping $1,405,000 in the second quarter of 2018, according to the National Association of REALTORS. Competition is so fierce. Prices are at record highs. And listings are still few and far between. You may be tempted to take your nest egg up to Oregon, but we’re going to stop you right there. We found three listings, each priced at or around the $1.3 million mark, to prove to you that there are still deals to be made at the median price level in San Jose. With a little savvy and a little persistence, maybe you really can find your dream home in Silicon Valley!

1715 Lincoln Ave | San Jose, CA 95125 | $1,298,000

Featuring a bucolic setting in downtown Willow Glen, this storybook home affords an easy stroll to shops, restaurants, cafes and much more. Entertain family and friends in the serene private rear yard, touched with a variety of landscaping, hot tub and patio. Inside, there are three spacious bedrooms, a bright and remodeled kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and two upgraded bathrooms. The rare combination of location and old world charm is what truly defines this spectacular 1,492 square-foot property, setting it apart from all the rest.

286 Long Valley Ct | San Jose, CA 95138 | $1,349,000

This stunning executive home rests on a quiet, private and peaceful family-friendly court with amazing views of the rolling hills, and is situated on one of the largest lots in this outstanding community. The selling point here is privacy; you’ll have no backyard neighbors! The five-bedroom, 2,626 square-foot house offers plenty of room to grow, too.  The original owners tastefully updated the residence with 3/4 inch Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring, upgraded tiles, Maple spice cabinets, granite countertops and new stainless steel KitchenAid appliances with Baffle Hood. A wall of windows lets you enjoy the amazing views and brings in plenty of natural light. And, there’s a built-in Klipsch 5.1 speaker surround system and wiring in the living, dining and master bedroom. And the well-manicured back yard touched with Flagstone rock walkway and patio flooring with decorative arbor is a major plus.

1199 Morrill Ave | San Jose, CA 95132 | $1,275,000

If you have visions of contemporary living, look no further than this Shapell house in San Jose’s Berryessa neighborhood. Set on a corner lot, this 1,994 square-foot single story residence has hardwood floors, a bright and open living room, vaulted ceilings and offers lots of natural light. An open-concept gourmet kitchen showcases granite countertops, wood cabinetry, hanging pot rack and professionally inspired stainless-steel appliances. Four bedrooms and two baths offer growing families plenty of space; while the generously-sized master bedroom serves as a private haven with double glass doors overlooking the beautiful backyard, two closets with sliding doors, and a vanity area. You can easily envision evenings spent enjoying the backyard, which creates a lush outdoor ambiance with a fruit tree, flowers, and pergola. An ideal commuting location near Highway 680, parks, shops, grocery stores, entertainment, restaurants, VTA light rail, and a future BART station means only one thing: this house is going to go fast.