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Buy the perfect home for you with help from Francine Terrell. 

We work with home buyers in San Jose, California and nearby areas to find beautiful properties that suit their needs.

San Jose - Evergreen, CA

Evergreen Valley Community

Zip Codes include 95148, 95121, 95138, 95135

City of San Jose, Council District 8

Evergreen branch of the San Jose Public Library system

Evergreen Valley is located within the City of San Jose. A Silicon Valley neighborhood located just below the beautiful Mt. Hamilton Foothills. The Evergreen branch of the San José Public Library. Lake Cunningham, close by is newly renovated State-of-art shopping and entertainment, private airport, Evergreen Village with shops and restaurants. Summer concerts in the Evergreen Valley Village, Wednesdays, and Sundays farmers market. Restaurants, Great schools. 

A pristine community with long-term occupancy and home to local politicians.

Evergreen was the site of gliding experiments in 1911 by John J. Montgomery, an important figure in pioneering aeronautics. In his honor, the local community has established John J. Montgomery Elementary School, Montgomery Park (City of San Jose

Montgomery's last glider, named "The Evergreen", after the San Jose district, was restored by the Smithsonian Institution and is currently on display at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in San Diego, California.

Evergreen is located on the far eastern edge of Santa Clara Valley with the Diablo Range bordering the area to the east.

School features Evergreen Valley High,

Carolyn Clark Elementary

Tom Matsumoto Elementary School

San Jose - Other, CA

Berryessa Home of Former NBA Player and Head Coach


In the late 19th century, Berryessa was a small farming community well-known across California for its high-quality fruit. Hostetter Road, Capitol Avenue, Piedmont Road, and Lundy Avenue were formerly surrounded by apricot and prune orchards, whereas today this area is distinguished as a fast-growing bedroom community of San Jose, served by VTA light rail and (in 2017), an extension of the Bay Area's BART system.

The J. F. Flickinger Fruit Packing Company, one of the largest fruit packing companies in the Santa Clara Valley, was located around present-day Hostetter Road. In the 1960s and 1970s, however, the orchards were developed into suburban residential neighborhoods and businesses. Tiny remnants of these lands remain today, including the Orlando Farm till 2013 when it too was developed into housing on Capitol Avenue and the Mattos' apricot orchard off Piedmont Road.


Berryessa Union School District operates public schools. Schools in Berryessa include Piedmont Hills High School, Independence High School, Piedmont Middle School, Sierramont Middle School, Morrill Middle School, Vinci Park Elementary School, Laneview Elementary School, Ruskin Elementary School, Cherrywood Elementary School, Noble Elementary School, Summerdale Elementary School, Majestic Way Elementary School, Brooktree Elementary School, Northwood Elementary School and Toyon Elementary School. St. Victors Catholic School and Milpitas Christian School (founded in Milpitas but now located in Berryessa) are the only private schools in the area.

San José Public Library operates the Berryessa Branch Library and the Educational Park Branch Library.

Art & Wine Festival

The annual Berryessa Art & Wine festival is one of the most well known local events in the area and has been a yearly tradition for over 30 years. The current festival, typically held in May, includes 120-150 artist booths, 14 food booths (all run by non-profit groups from the Berryessa area), a Community Row area with booths from a variety of service groups and non-profits offering information to the festival goers, a Business Row with representatives from the Berryessa community and other local San Jose Businesses, a stage area with entertainment by local amateur entertainers as well as professional entertainment and booths from several local radio stations. The festival is held on the grounds of Penitencia Creek Park.

Notable Residents

The following list of people either grew up in Berryessa or are current residents of the area:

Rex Walters - former NBA player and Head basketball coach at USF

Chris Manak, aka Peanut Butter Wolf - DJ and Music producer

Chuck Reed - former Mayor of San Jose


Old Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA

Charm and Character

“Ventura's affordable variety of homes, its high walkability and access to top-ranked schools make it one of the most affordable and sought-after boroughs by entry level homeowners.”

Though slight in size, Ventura (MLS #235) affords many the promise of gaining a foothold in the desirable city of Palo Alto. Ventura serves up a fantastic trifecta: architectural diversity, accessibility and affordability. And, the icing on the cake for those with children is entrance to the award-winning Palo Alto school district.

Within its borders are a variety of residential and commercial buildings. Ventura is comprised of four, primarily post-war sub-districts; Bartley, Sunnyside, Ventura and Walnut Gardens. Once block after block of pre-war cottages and bungalows is now an amalgamation of post-war ranch homes, early 20th century cottages, low-rise 1960s apartment buildings, the occasional 2-story Mediterranean or renovated modern manor along with commercial buildings. This effective, mixed-use borough harkens to what buyers will find in Mountain View, but with the added bonus of admittance to Palo Alto's exceptional public schools.

Most attractive to prospective homeowners is the quiet Bartley development. With its post-war California ranch homes and 1920s bungalows combined with its central location, it is farthest removed from the commercial properties to the north and the southern multi-family apartment complexes.

Real estate activity is brisk in Ventura, allowing many to set down roots in one of Palo Alto's most affordable and diverse boroughs.


Downtown San Jose, San Jose, CA

Downtown San Jose Today

Downtown San Jose buildings are not allowed to exceed 27 stories in height (The 88 Tower is the tallest at 286 feet, one foot taller than City Hall),[1] due to their close proximity to the Mineta San Jose International Airport flight path. Despite the height restrictions, the area is home to many of the city's landmarks, including the headquarters of Adobe Systems, BEA Systems, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, the Tech Museum of Innovation, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, the San Jose Stage Company, the historic De Anza Hotel, the Fairmont Hotel, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, the campus of San Jose State University and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library. The SAP Center, just west of Guadalupe Parkway, is also normally considered to be part of the downtown community.

Downtown also is home to several important network service providers and Internet service providers, many of them located in Market Post Tower. Although the cost of office and technical space is relatively high downtown, this is offset by the low cost of peering and internetworking, an effect of proximity to other networking companies.

Many of the public areas of downtown San Jose are covered by a public, free, Wi-Fi network, including the areas surrounding Plaza de César Chávez and San Pedro Square. Downtown is also the hub of the VTA's light rail system, and the home of the main campus of San Jose State University. Many of the 19th century buildings in central downtown appear on the National Register of Historic Places, in particular the area surrounding St. James Park, such as Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.





A smart design is paramount. Zero net energy homes begin with a smart design. Designers, Architects, as well as builders worked together to implement energy efficiency in building this product.


The use of energy modeling software is used to ensure that the net. Zero energy goal is achieved. According to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), the market value of a home increases by $20 for every $1 decrease in annual energy cost. Energy Modeling can help you optimize the insulation levels for the ceiling, walls and floors. Framing strategies are used to make it easier to insulate the building in its entirely and minimize thermal bridging.


Super-sealing the buildings entire structure is the single most important measure builders can take to improve the energy efficiency of a zero-energy home. Air-sealing and steel framing being a proven factor. After making the house airtight, super insulating the house may be the second most cost-effective strategy for creating a zero-energy home. Energy modeling,


Water heating is one of the largest energy expenses in a zero-energy home after heating and cooling. Designer and builders work together to select and locate efficient hot water heating technology, along with other measures, to minimize hot water use.


Windows and doors are like big energy holes in a well-insulated, Airtight home and are the third most cost-effective strategy for making a home energy efficient. Control window and door heat loss and gain by selecting the appropriate window and door products, carefully locating them and optimizing their size and orientation.


The use of sun for heating during the winter lovers heating cost. Shading windows in summer lowers cooling cost. Solar tempering aims to optimize this passive use of the sun’s heat, without incurring the added cost of thermal mass needed to achieve maximum passive solar heating.


Zero energy homes are so airtight, a continuous source of fresh filtered air and moisture control are critical to it success. Zero energy homes are healthier and more comfortable than standard homes. Highly energy efficient ventilation systems, known as heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system, or energy recovery ventilation (ERV) system expel stale air while recovering its heat and returning the same heat to the home with the fresh air.


Highly efficient, cost effective, heating and cooling system are essential to meeting the net-zero energy goal. One good choice is an air source ductless heat pump, also called a mini-split heat pump. These systems are highly energy efficient and don’t have the shortcomings of central, forced-air systems or the high costs of thermal hear pumps.


Minimizing energy use for lighting while optimizing light for residents, is an important feature of zero-energy homes. LED lights are the perfect match for the task. They are more energy efficient than CFLs. Lasting many years longer, and contain no mercury. In addition, they can meet a variety of lighting needs from very bright white light to soft warm light. Selecting the right LED lights for the task locating lights strategically, and utilizing natural light can drastically reduce home’s energy use.


In a typical zero energy home just over 40% of the home’s energy use is accounted for by heating, cooling and hot water, while appliances and plug loads may account for up to 60% of the load. Thus, selecting energy efficient appliances and managing plug loads for electronics is essential. Phantom loads are hard to find and continue to draw energy unseen, day and night whether or not the devices are being used. Several homes that were modeled and built to zero energy standards have ended up not meeting zero energy requirements in practice because of the unanticipated energy waste caused by “Phantom” plug loads on electronics.


Grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PC) panels currently provide the most cost-effective form of renewable energy for a zero-energy home. They can power all the energy of a home including lighting. Heating and cooling system.