Charming, cozy, diverse and, above all else, affordable, houses for sale in Ventura are in high demand. The fact that this quaint community of single family homes, townhomes, apartments, and small independent shops and restaurants is between the CalTrain railroad tracks and El Camino Real means residents accommodate some traffic noise. Over time, the urban sounds simply become part of a fabric of their lives and they and their bank accounts benefit from being open-minded. Palo Alto remains one of the most sought-after cities in the world due to the allure of Stanford University, the high-tech companies that have formed the foundation of Silicon Valley, the cultural diversity, the year-round temperate climate, and the seemingly endless opportunities for individuals, families, and companies to make their way here – and Ventura Palo Alto is right in the middle.
The name Green Gables conjures up images of lush, mature landscaping, towering trees, and pretty pitched rooflines. When you drive into this community, you’ll be pleased to find the name is not misleading. Green Gables is a picturesque, charming, community-oriented neighborhood in the heart of Palo Alto. It was developed in the 1940s and 1950s by renowned architect Birge Clark and modernist Joseph Eichler. During that time Green Gables was named “Subdivision of the Year” by Architectural Forum magazine and celebrated by House Beautiful magazine as a shining example of contemporary, affordable single-family homes. Clearly, outstanding design has staying power.
The Silicon Valley is a hotbed of enterprising tech firms and hungry young professionals anxious to make their mark in this competitive field. It’s a vibrant and high-energy corner of Northern California, but not necessarily the ideal place to live. Those who appreciate escaping the daily grind and reconnecting with nature will love the more laidback lifestyle in Palo Alto Hills.
Updated and modern kitchens are huge in the eyes of prospective tenants. Clean and remodeled kitchens rank higher than newer bathrooms and in-house laundry facilities when it relates to overall tenant satisfaction and desire. Tenants desire the clean kitchen where they hoard their food, cook gourmet meals, entertain guests, and every so often eat.
Today’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, attractive cabinets, new light fixtures, and conveniences like dishwashers and garbage disposals are must-haves for many desirable tenants. A professional property manager can help you decide what is the right path to take when remaking the kitchen.
Palo Alto real estate is highly sought after, but it can also be extremely expensive, making home investment difficult. The good news is, Midtown Palo Alto, bounded by Oregon Expressway, Loma Verde, Alma and Highway 101, is more affordable than many of the other areas in town. When it comes to Palo Alto real estate, it’s the perfect location for a family looking to lease their home or find a home to invest in on a smaller budget with all the benefits of Palo Alto cache, schools, and community.
Hire the Wrong Contractor and You May End up Paying a Different Price for Your Project Because New or Newly Remodeled Construction is Not Always What You Think it is
While I was practicing law we encountered many situations where clients were in disputes with their contractors during construction of new homes or even during a major remodel or major addition. We even had many clients who came to us during construction of their homes and wanted to have assurances or safeguards in place to protect their interests. In each case we accommodated the client and found ways to provide an extra set of eyes on the construction project. This is a great practice which “high-end” clients seemingly always looked for and did. Unfortunately, there were many instances where we were only called in after a disaster or major damage had already occurred. More importantly, the 2nd or 3rd contractor in is going to cost you more because they end up re-constructing the previous contractor’s defective work.
A landlord who wishes to terminate a periodic (month-to-month) tenancy may do so by properly serving advanced written 30-day or 60-day notices on tenants. The operative word is properly. The reality is that most “mom and pop” landlords are on cruise control and don’t know the “ins and outs” of landlord-tenant law, namely California Civil Code section 1946 et. Seq. Over the years I defended many tenants who were improperly served by the landlord – the result of which was a delayed end of the tenancy. By failing to properly serve notice the landlord will be surprised when they find out (usually at the end of the 30 or 60 day period) that they need to re-serve the notice thus resetting the calendar for another 30 or 60 day period.
Have you heard the old legal adage, “[I]gnorance of the law is no excuse”? Many landlords and property owners consistently violate the law without knowing it, but that does not excuse their ignorance or their potential liability. One of the most common violations occurs when a tenant has resided in a property for more than one year – they are granted certain statutory rights which can’t be waived related to tenancy termination. California Civil Code Section 1946.1(b) states in pertinent part that:
A landlord can end a periodic tenancy (for example, a month-to-month tenancy) by giving the tenant proper advance written notice. Your landlord must give you 60 days advance written notice that the tenancy will end if you and every other tenant or resident have lived in the rental unit for a year or more.
Many landlords and property owners have clauses in their rental agreements and leases that state “the landlord and tenant must give each other 30-day notice to terminate the tenancy.” The problem with this language is that it reduces the statutory minimum notice required by California Civil Code 1946.1(b). Even if a tenant unknowingly agreed to such language in a rental agreement or lease they would not be bound by it because it is a statutory violation.
A landlord who violates this law may be subject to several penalties including a significant delay in getting the property back from the tenant. Moreover, landlords who violate the law can be subject to statutory remedies, fines, potential damages, and reasonable attorneys’ fees – if the tenant can prove such.