Which county for your primary residence? I’m 35, married and we have a newborn. My office is in Mountain View and I’ll commute 2-3 times a week. COVID has changed things because I feel like commuting 2 or 3 times a week wouldn’t be that bad whereas I wouldn’t do a an hour commute every day.
In Santa Cruz county, specifically Scotts Valley, there are nice houses with a half an acre lot, listed between $1.2M-$1.8M. It seems like nothing in the other 2 counties can come close, when you factor lot size, views, and house quality.
I rent in Sunnyvale and am most familiar with Santa Clara County. I like Los Altos, Los Gatos, and Saratoga. But anything in those 3 cities that I would want to buy, is like $3M+. There are listings in Los Gatos and Saratoga around $2M, but much smaller, not as nice and smaller lot than Santa Cruz county. Anything that I like in Los Altos or San Mateo county seems to be $3M+.
What are the pros and cons of living in Santa Cruz county? Any reasons why I shouldn’t move there and go for the starter home in Santa Clara or San Mateo?