February 26, 2011

Gasp! Openings in Prestigious High School District!

Here’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along every day!  Wouldn’t you like to enroll your teen in Lynbrook High School, in the “we’re actively throwing nonresidents out of our schools” Fremont Union HSD?

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Of course, there’s a catch.  To take advantage of this amazing offer, you have to already live in the FUHSD attendance area.  Talk about the rich getting richer!  Here’s the most recent test scores, for those fortunate enough to consider this amazing (and very limited) opportunity.

School City 2010 Growth, 2009 base API
Cupertino HS Cupertino 891 / 879
Fremont HS Sunnyvale 730 / 740
Homestead HS Cupertino* 858 / 852
Lynbrook HS San Jose 939 / 925
Monta Vista HS Cupertino 943 / 935

*Located right at Cupertino/Sunnyvale border and the vast majority of students are from Sunnyvale, with remainder from Cupertino and Los Altos.  Hey Fremont, the “growth” API means it’s supposed to get BIGGER than the “base” score.  That means the growth number is supposed to go UP.  You know.  MORE.

And some other wanna-be high schools are almost as aggressive about removing “illegal students” as FUHSD.  What a sincere form of flattery, hiring a private detective to ferret out people living on the wrong street.

Comments (10) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am






November 19, 2009

Monta Vista Cupertino House with Monta Vista schools

21970 MCCLELLAN Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014 | MLS# 80945603
21970 MCCLELLAN Rd Cupertino, CA 95014
Price: $839,000

21970
Beds: 2
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,055
$/Sq. Ft.: $795
Lot Size: 7,680 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Cottage/Bungalow
Stories: 1
View: Mountains, Neighborhood
Year Built: 1944
Community: Cupertino
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80945603
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 41 days
MONTA VISTA CHARMER NEAR: MONTA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL, KENNEDY MIDDLE SCHOOL, LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & DE ANZA COLLEGE. LARGE LOT WITH POTENTIAL TO EXPAND. SERENE COURTYARD W/ SM KOI POND, PART. COVERED PATIO, HUGE BACKYARD FOR PLAY AREA. BRIGHT LIVING ROOM WITH GLASS FRENCH DOOR, BREAKFAST BAR, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, DOUBLE PANED WINDOWS. METAL ROOF. HARDWOOD FLOORS. MASTER WITH WALK-IN CLOSET.

Wall! A small koi pond! Now that’s pretty unique. But… uh… no 888 in the price? Bummer!

And what’s this about a play area? Why are kids playing? Shouldn’t they be at Sylvan or Kumon? Tsk tsk. Talk about teaching the wrong values.

But personally, the part I find most attractive about this house is this:

21970a

Yeah. Uh. The walled in look. It’s very… uh… walled.

I guess you can feel safer living in this house. Perhaps you could get a stack of tera cotta statues to guard your forbidden city house. That’d be pretty neat!

Personally, I’d put banner ads on that wall. Cha ching!

Comments (1) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:21 am

August 14, 2009

Follow up: Jericho High School versus Monta Vista, Cupertino

Hey, the 2009 US News and World Report High School rankings came out!

I figured I’d use this opportunity to follow up on this older entry:

Jericho High School – Competitor to Monta Vista, Cupertino, and Lynbrook? | SF Bay Area Home Price and Mortgage Insanity Blog – Burbed.com

Please read it first for background information on how this eww York (pinches nose) school is trying to beat Monta Vista.

Ok, let’s look at this year’s rankings:

38      Jericho      Jericho      N.Y.
140      Monta Vista      Cupertino      Calif.

Oh cool. The gap has narrowed. Now they are down to just 102 schools versus 127! Now, let’s look at the most important aspect: House prices.

According to Redfin, the median sales price for houses in Cupertino was a healthy $975,000. So let’s take a look at a house near that price:

21675 OLIVE Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014 | MLS# 80919151
21675 OLIVE Ave Cupertino, CA 95014
Price: $979,999

21675
Beds: 3
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 1,628
$/Sq. Ft.: $602
Lot Size: 5,335 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Colonial
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1944
Community: Cupertino
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80919151
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 106 days
CLOSE TO EXCELLENT SCHOOLS-LINCOLN ELEMENTARY, KENNEDY MIDDLE, MONTE VISTA HIGH. PEACEFUL CU-DE-SAC LOCATION W/ GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD, 2 MASTER SUITES, NICE BATHRMS & COZY DINING OFF KITCHEN, EUROPEAN STYLE KITCHEN W/ GRANITE SLAB COUNTERTOPS, HRDWD FLOORS THROUGHOUT, DUAL PANE WINDOWS, RECESSED LIGHTING, SPACIOUS & PRIVATE BACKYARD SETTING.

Nice nice nice. $602 per square foot is a bit low, but the lack of interior pics really helps make this house more Real Bay Area. I don’t really see how it is in a cul-de-sac, but let’s just go with it anyway.

Now, let’s look at the challenger:

MLSLI.com – Long Island Real Estate – Find A Home in Nassau, Suffolk & Queens
JERICHO, NY 11753

Taxes: $15,195

List Price: $935,000
jericho

SEC/AREA: West Birchwood
Colonial, Detached, # Families: 1
10.0 rooms, 5 Bedrooms , 2 Full Baths , 1 Half Baths

School District: Jericho
Year Built: 1961

Construction: Vinyl/
Lot Size: 82 X 125 (10250)
Appearance: Mint

Mint Condition Center Hall Expanded Colonial In West Birchwood. Updated Kitchen With Beautiful Wood Cabinetry, Granite Counter Tops, Top Quality Appliances (Bosche,Russel). Kitchen Opens To Den With Floor To Ceiling Brick Fireplace Wall.All New Windows,Pella With Interior Shades Or Marvin.Built In Oak Library.Great Home In Interior Location.Jericho School District.

Unfortunately, New York real estate listings don’t show the square footage of the house, but I’m going to guess that with 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, it’s going to be a little larger than the house in Cupertino. The fact that the lot is twice as large is also a hint.

But just look at all those photos – can you smell the desperation? It’s practically begging people to buy it – those poor poor houses.

Let’s face it, the house is shockingly cheap. It’s even got a built in oak library! Everyone in California knows that libraries are unnecessary – I get all my information from the wikipedia. Don’t you?

But most importantly, let’s look at the elephant in the room: the property tax. New Yorkers aren’t smart enough to give themselves Prop 13 – so every year that tax is going to soar. 40 years from now, in 2048, when you pay off your mortgage – you will be paying just $21k a year in property tax if you bought the Cupertino house. If you buy the Jericho house? $70k a year.

Will your children still be going to school? Of course not. Will their children? Who cares! You’ll be able to reap the benefits of other people’s eagerness to get into districts with good schools with your sustained housing price, and they can pay for it. After all, you helped to establish the community.

So once again, Monta Vista wins by a landslide.

Congrats Cupertino!

Comments (23) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:44 am

December 12, 2008

Jericho High School – Competitor to Monta Vista, Cupertino, and Lynbrook?

School District Tries to Lure Asian Parents – NYTimes.com
For school officials here, the numbers did not add up. Even as enrollment swelled to 3,200, from 2,600 a decade ago, attendance at Parent-Teacher Association meetings shriveled by half. Even as more students got accepted to Ivy League schools, turnout for the guidance department’s information nights was so anemic that counselors cajoled students to come — and bring along their parents.

Then teachers and administrators noticed something else: Jericho High School’s 90-member orchestra had become 70 percent Asian-American (the student body over all is about 30 percent Asian-American), but it still played for a mostly white audience at concerts with many empty seats.

The Chinese and Korean families that flocked to Jericho for its stellar schools shared their Jewish and Italian predecessors’ priorities on excellent education. But the new diversity of the district has revealed a cultural chasm over the meaning of parental involvement. Many of the Asian-Americans whose children now make up a third of the district’s enrollment grew up in places where parents showed up on campus only when their children were in trouble.

Holy moley! Is Jericho High School in New York trying to steal the thunder from Monta Vista, Cupertino, and Lynbrook? This calls for a Burbed investigation!

Where is this Jericho?

Got it. It’s 30 miles from Wall St (heh).

Next, let’s look at the rankings:

The complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. high schools

20      Jericho      Jericho      N.Y.      5.477      0.7      77.3
83      Gunn      Palo Alto      Calif.      3.813      6.1      74.7
147      Monta Vista      Cupertino      Calif.      3.166      1.1      72.6
187      Mission San Jose      Fremont      Calif.      2.877      3      75.1
337      Palo Alto      Palo Alto      Calif.      2.356      5      60.4
362     Lynbrook     San Jose     Calif.     2.297     1     61
650      Homestead      Cupertino      Calif.      1.784      8.5      33.1

(Cupertino High did not appear on the page… nor did any Sunnyvale schools strangely…)

Oh… well… I guess they have good schools after all. But let’s look at the weakness – I’ve found the cheapest 4-5 bedroom house in the Jericho school district:

JERICHO, NY 11753
Taxes: $9,551
List Price:  $595,000

SEC/AREA: Old Jericho
Raised Ranch,  Detached, # Families: 1
10.0 rooms,  5 Bedrooms , 2 Full Baths

School District: Jericho
Year Built: 1953
Construction: Brk/Vinyl
Lot Size: 75 X 96
Appearance: Excellent

Located In Jericho Sd#15 This Is The Perfect Home For Large Or Extended Family. Main Lvl-Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Freshly Painted.2nd Fl-2 Sun Filled Brs, Bth, And 2 Additional Rms.Full Bsmt, Gar, Great Yard, Convienent To Rr, Parkways, & Shopping.Taxes Do Not Include $821.68 Star Exemption.

Did you spot it? Did you see the weakness? Did you see the dirty secret that every Bay Area resident knows about the New York area?

Look at the property tax. It is insane! The percentage is double that of the Bay Area! No wonder everyone is flocking here! Think about it! If you bought that $595,000, 5 br/2ba excellent condition house, with a Top 20 high school, if you stayed for 30 years, you would end up paying $454,392in property tax (assumes 3% growth)

On the other hand, if you bought yesterday’s amazingly cheap Monta Vista house

… after 30 years you would only pay $373,226. That’s savings of $81,166. No wonder smart people buy in The Real Bay Area, and not New York.

All you have to do is spend $325,000 extra for a fixer up – and then you’ll save $81,166 after 30 years. If you stay for 50 years, you’ll save $316,300!

If that math doesn’t make sense to, you aren’t smart enough to live in the Real Bay Area. Sorry.

Comments (11) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:00 am

December 11, 2008

Lowest price 4 bedroom house w/Monta Vista high school in Cupertino

20771 Mcclellan Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014 Cupertino MLS# 80845849 – Property Details

$920,000

* Status: Active
* Bedroom: 4
* Bathroom: 2
* Year Built: 1961
* Lot Size: 7446
* Square Footage: 1512
* List Date: 11/18/2008
* Garage Spaces: 2

Centrally located in a great Cupertino neighborhood. Wxcellent Cupertino schools. This home has a ton of potential. Open floor plan, lots of counter space, plentiful storage built in the garage. With the right updates and a little TLC, this home would be worth a lot more. Seller lives out of the area & has not lived in the home for over 40 yrs and has no knowledge of malfunctions.

Recently I discovered that the economy isn’t in such great shape. In times like this, having the right and best education is more important than ever. Monta Vista may be the only keys to success that your children will have. So I thought I’d help all the parents out there by finding the most affordable 4 bedroom house that goes to Monta Vista. And wow… what a find!

With Wxcellent Cupertino schools (that’s code btw), this fixer upper will give your children the right start. Just add some TLC, fix the lines of code that is triggering the malfunctions and BOOM you’ve got a million dollar house. Frankly, this is an amazing deal imho. The ZEstimate is $1,093,000 – hello instant equity!

Great school, great price. What more could you ask for in the paradise of Cupertino?

Comments (190) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:12 am