Under normal conditions, the Almaden Valley is out of reach for people looking for an affordable home. It’s an exclusive neighborhood with top schools, great parks and a stunning view of majestic Mount Umunhum from just about anywhere. That’s why it’s so popular with executives, engineers and even athletes (several Sharks are reported to make their homes here). But today’s market has made the Almaden Valley more accessible.

In the Copperwood townhouse complex, at 6669 Copperwood Circle, is a two-bedroom, two-bath home, occupying 1,124 square feet, arranged in a light and spacious floor plan. There’s lush carpeting throughout and a beautiful living room area with an exquisitely tiled fireplace for chilly evenings.

The spacious kitchen has wood cabinets and granite countertops and leads out into a shaded private patio. The bathrooms were recently updated, and all the windows are dual-paned. What makes this property exciting, though, is the price: it was recently reduced by $36,000, so this home can now be had for $449,888.


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Home-buyers with a slightly larger family may want to look at 781 Coffewood Court. The price has been reduced by $45,000 and is now being offered for $799,988 (as is). That buys a three-bedroom, two-bath home on a smallish lot. The total floor space is 1,780 square feet, but with the finished attic, you get 500 additional square feet of storage space.

The kitchen has been redone with corian counters, and all of the appliances are new. A bright and sunny master bedroom opens directly into the yard, as does the spacious living room. The house is located on a quiet cul-de-sac, which means the kids can play in the street, as in the old days.

Families who love living outdoors will want to check out 1403 Torrington Court. It’s a four-bedroom, three-bathroom home of 2,008 square feet, located on a 7,150-square-foot lot. That’s not all grass and weeds though. There’s a beautiful kidney-shaped pool out back with a child-proof fence, making it the perfect home for families with young children. The house is light and airy, with tiled floors and high ceilings. At $710,000, it’s a bargain for people looking for a home where they can watch their family grow.

Over on Alston Court, a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is scheduled for a public foreclosure auction. This is a great chance to get a home at below its market value, and at an estimated value of $384,873, it’s may represent a good chance to get into one of Silicon Valley’s most desirable neighborhoods.