Yea, Milpitas has its charm like closer commute to South Bay employers. I don’t think there is smell problem in John Sinnot area, but maybe a bit in Curtner area. I think that’s the reality that <1 M houses with decent schools are disappearing quickly. IMO, both Fremont & Milpitas with decent schools are poised for good appreciation. Fremont is better for commute to Penisula, but Milpitas is better up to Mountain View.
I feel like that’s what Union City & Newark are lacking in terms of catching up with Fremont & Milpitas.