Condemned San Jose home sells after multiple offers
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by Brandon Pho
5d ago
Land is California’s new gold, and the rush for a piece of it online might raise eyebrows when browsing the real estate listings. This month, a seven-bed, two-bathroom home on a 4,000 square-foot lot is on the market for nearly $700,000 in San Jose’s Burbank Neighborhood. It may sound like a bargain, but that’s because the home has been condemned by Santa Clara County — unsafe to live in by government standards. And while its multiple kitchens, exterior staircase and neon teal paint job bemused locals online, realtors say it’s not nearly the most expensive condemned home one can find in Silico ..read more
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Santa Clara County proposes faster approval for backyard homes
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by Brandon Pho
5d ago
“Backyard homes” are about to get easier and faster to build for residents living in unincorporated Santa Clara County. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously signed off on providing residents within its jurisdiction two sets of pre-approved plans for building accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as granny flats or in-law units, on their residential property by the end of the year. One model is 800 square feet and another is 1,200 square feet. Officials said the streamlined process could make major inroads toward opening up more affordable housing supply in the highly expensive ..read more
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San Jose neighborhood fights to preserve its identity
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by Lorraine Gabbert
1M ago
After decades of residents requesting historic status, San Jose is starting the process to create a new city landmark district — the first since 2007. The San Jose City Council earlier this month voted unanimously to nominate Alameda Park/Schiele Avenue as a historic district, with Councilmember Omar Torres absent. The designation would protect homes in the tree-lined neighborhood west of downtown along Schiele, Harding and Pershing avenues between Stockton and Hoover avenues. The area includes Queen Anne, Tudor and Spanish Revival style houses built in the 1800s and bungalows built in the 192 ..read more
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Here’s what’s replacing San Jose’s beloved Flames Eatery
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by Annalise Freimarck
1M ago
A new restaurant is opening in downtown San Jose at the site of a former meeting hotspot for local politicos. Home Eat, a Chinese restaurant chain with locations in Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Fremont, is slated to open sometime next week under a five-year lease with the city. The restaurant will fill the vacant site on Fourth Street where Flames Eatery & Bar used to be, giving politicians and students another option for a quick bite. Home Eat owner Marcus Yang said the San Jose location will help expand the restaurant’s footprint throughout the Bay Area. He aims to bring authentic ..read more
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Downtown San Jose property owner neglects blighted building
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by Jana Kadah
1M ago
It’s been three years since a fire raged through the Lawrence Hotel building in downtown San Jose, but it looks like the fire happened just a couple of days ago. Since the four-alarm fire on Jan. 7, 2021, the historic building on San Fernando and Third streets has been in disrepair with burn marks on the exterior brick wall, debris and a chained fence between the boarded up building and sidewalk. San Jose officials have tried to work with the property owner to get started on demolition and repairs, but their efforts have fallen flat — and owner Eagles Hills Property LLC is at risk of incurring ..read more
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Silicon Valley realtors brace for commission revamp
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by B. Sakura Cannestra
2M ago
Nationwide changes in the way real estate agents are compensated might not make a difference in Silicon Valley. A pending settlement from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) could be an industry game changer that upends the commissions homebuyers pay real estate agents. The key changes could come as soon as July. This includes real estate agents no longer seeing commissions on the multiple listing service, and having a written agreement with the buyer showing form of payment. Michelle Perry, president of the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, said these changes are unlikel ..read more
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Deal falls through at former San Jose Safeway
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by Joseph Geha
4M ago
An empty commercial space in downtown San Jose where a Safeway was previously located is still vacant nearly five years later, after an oral wellness company backed out of a deal to move there last summer. Downtown advocates and residents remain hopeful another grocery store can fill the space, but officials say that could still be months or even years away. “Having conversations with our small business community and residents, they want more options for grocery stores downtown, as we haven’t had an official grocery store downtown since Safeway left,” District 3 Councilmember Omar Torres, who ..read more
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Formerly homeless veterans in San Jose live in squalor
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by Brandon Pho
4M ago
For years, homeless veterans housed at an emergency facility in San Jose have lived with bed bugs, black mildew, fire hazards and a lack of warm water — and they’re relying on outdated evacuation plans, disconnected fire sprinklers and unsafe electrical systems. These are the conditions described in a Santa Clara County inspection report for the property at 10 Kirk Ave. in San Jose. This comes less than two months after the county acquired the eight, single-story buildings on 4.26 acres for $14.5 million last November from one of San Jose’s largest developers, Swenson Builders. It’s uncle ..read more
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Angelou’s in downtown San Jose reopening on First Street
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by Joseph Geha
5M ago
Fans of hearty burritos and saucy enchiladas may have felt a pang of absence when Angelou’s Mexican Grill closed its doors at 21 N. Second St. in downtown San Jose at the end of 2023. But devotees of the San Jose institution can take comfort knowing Angelou’s is set to resume slinging Cali burritos, carne asada fries, chile relleno and orange sauce as soon as early February from a new downtown location at 78 S. First St. After being in business in the Realty Building on Second Street for 17 years, the restaurant is in the final stages of relocating due to a developer’s plan to convert the ..read more
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What’s next for blighted former church in San Jose?
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by Joseph Geha
5M ago
Months after work crews removed tattered tarps and worn wraps from a languishing, historic former church in downtown San Jose, preservationists are worried city officials have lost urgency around protecting the building for the long term. The former First Church of Christ Scientist near St. James Park has been exposed to public view since late August, but multiple proposals from city officials last year to stem concerns over the fate of the building have since been ditched or are stalled. “We haven’t seen follow-through by the city or the owner, so it’s sort of back to square one,” Ben Leech ..read more
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