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Featured Home: 20252 Hill Avenue in Saratoga

January 9, 2015

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Where: 20252 Hill Avenue in Saratoga (listing | virtual tour)
This full-service gated estate, known as “La Mirada” is situated in the highly sought after Montalvo neighborhood of Saratoga. This timeless Mediterranean villa in the heart of Silicon Valley features resort-like grounds on over 2.5 acres – including the adjacent parcel of 22,000+/- sf. In addition to the magnificent main home, the estate features a full service guest house, an enclosed pool and pavilion, large terraces, a lovely stone-framed secret garden and huge lawn areas for perfect indoor/outdoor entertaining. An expansive 4-car garage houses the chauffer’s quarters and a bay tall enough to accommodate a recreational vehicle or boat. This estate truly has the full collection of luxurious lifestyle amenities.
This home is listed by Karen McDermott of Alain Pinel Realtors Saratoga.
Offered at: $11,750,000
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APR in the News

Alain Pinel Realtors Partners with Year Up; Hires Two Graduates to Work at Saratoga Headquarters

August 26, 2014

APR offers real-life work experience to urban young adults; Year Up helps fill strong hiring demand

APR Year Up

Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), the fifth largest residential real estate firm in the United States, partnered with Year Up, who provides young adults with skills and experience, and connects them with employers, by offering two young San Jose graduates the opportunity to fulfill their dream of starting a professional career. Chelsea Wester and Greg Kinnicutt will be based in APR’s offices in Saratoga, working as Computer Support Technicians.
“Year Up’s a remarkable organization helping young adults enter the competitive marketplace and secure meaningful employment,” said Tom Flanagan, Vice President of Technology for APR. “With Chelsea Wester and Greg Kinnicut, APR benefits from their technical knowledge and talents, and in turn, they have the opportunity to work in Silicon Valley with the 5th largest residential real estate firm in the country. APR’s collaboration with Year Up is a true win-win.”
APR is one of the first major real estate companies that have hired Year Up alumni for technical roles in the Bay Area.
“It is through partnership with innovative industry leading companies like Alain Pinel Realtors that we are able to make a difference. The staff has been a pleasure to work with and we know that our alumni will thrive here,” said Autumn Andrews, Year Up Corporate Engagement and Alumni Success Specialist. “This opportunity is a huge first step on their path to success. We appreciate the support of Alain Pinel Realtors in helping us close the Opportunity Divide.”
Wester and Kinnicutt will be responsible for APR’s computer and mobile technical support, assisting agents and managers in person, online, and by phone. Support includes installing new applications/software, deploying computers and solving technical difficulties.
Wester recently finished her technical internship at eBay and Kinnicutt at Cisco. Both new hires live in San Jose.
Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 2,100 students a year at sites in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, San Francisco Bay Area, the National Capital Region, and Puget Sound (Seattle). To learn more, visit http://www.YEARUP.ORG or http://www.YOUTUBE.COM/YEARUPINC.

Notable Listings / Sales

Featured Home: 14599 Deer Spring Court in Saratoga

March 28, 2014

Where: 14599 Deer Spring Court in Saratoga (listing | virtual tour)
Called the Temple of Mount Eden Valley by those who have been inside! This is where harmony meets tranquility. The home has an Incredible floor plan with beautiful formal Italian tile entry equipped with radiant heat. Soothing sweeping architectural lines lead you to the oversized dining room and chef’s kitchen. The beautiful 6,200+/- sf. five bedroom and six bathroom home also includes a formal living room, family room, library, wine cellar, and downstairs great room. Outside you’ll find professionally landscaped gardens, an outdoor pool, and a detached 3-car garage. With greenbelt and mountain views from many of the rooms, the spacious and light home is sure to impress even the pickiest of buyers.
The home is listed by Tiger Teerlink and Cindy Teerlink of Alain Pinel Realtors Saratoga.
Offered at: $4,500,000

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Notable Listings / Sales

Featured Home: 421 Los Gatos Boulevard in Los Gatos

February 7, 2014

Where: 421 Los Gatos Boulevard in Los Gatos (listing | virtual tour)
The estate at 421 Los Gatos Boulevard combines historic grandeur and modern luxury. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of Los Gatos history. This estate has been meticulously restored by a team of renowned architects, designers and craftsmen. This is a one-of-a-kind residence with timeless charm while showcasing the best of today’s premium home design. A culinary kitchen. Minutes to exciting downtown Los Gatos and all Los Gatos Schools!
The home is listed by Don Knight and Tom Yore of the Alain Pinel Realtors Saratoga office.
Offered at: $4,498,000

View more incredible properties in Exquisite Living Winter 2014 – Alain Pinel Realtors exclusive luxury magazine.

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Notable Listings / Sales

Featured Home: 15668 Bohlman Road in Saratoga

November 15, 2013

Where: 15668 Bohlman Road in Saratoga (listing | virtual tour)
Sitting on a picturesque 5 +/- acres in the Saratoga Hills, 15668 Bohlman Road boasts spellbinding Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay views. The recently remodeled home is a masterpiece, featuring a grand foyer and living room, a gourmet kitchen fit for a chef, an exquisite master suite (with a gas log fireplace, spa inspired bath, exercise room and walk-in closets), a private home office with walnut built-in bookshelves, and beautiful flagstone terraces to soak in the views. As if these details weren’t luxurious enough – the home also features a media room with theater seating, a massive wine cellar, a private sports court – and even your own putting green surrounded by your own Cabernet vineyards.
The home is listed by Michael Nevis of the Alain Pinel Realtors Los Gatos office.
Offered at: $5,650,000
View more incredible properties in Exquisite Living Autumn 2013 – Alain Pinel Realtors exclusive luxury magazine.
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Buyer / Seller Information Market Updates

Market Update: The Scoop in Saratoga

June 7, 2013

Author: Carol BurnettVice President and Manager of Alain Pinel Realtors Saratoga office.
Check it out:  The most expensive home to hit the residential market is a 50-acre waterfront estate in Greenwich, Connecticut at a list price of $190 million. If you are looking for something to top that, take a look at the Monaco penthouse that is being completed (with a rooftop infinity pool!).  It is anticipated to come on the market next year for £256 million (or around $390 million) – taking the title of “World’s Most Expensive.”
The good news – a lovely property in Saratoga, consistently named one of the premier luxury communities in Silicon Valley, can be purchased for much less! The bad news – I recently read a report that claimed San Jose and the Silicon Valley was the fastest moving market in the United States in April, where nearly two-thirds of new listings were under contract within two weeks.
Currently, the list price of single-family properties in Saratoga ranges from a low $1.1 million to a high of $14.8 million. Inventory, measured by “months of inventory” (the amount of time it will take to eliminate all current inventory in the market based on current sales), remains low. For the past 15 months, the “months of inventory” has ranged from a low of 1.1 months to a high of 3.9 months – and currently sits at 1.8 months.
There continues to be steady appreciation in Saratoga – a testament to how “sought-after” this area is. The median price has gone from $1.448 million in February 2012 to the current median price of $1.830 million.
As is common in a lot of Bay Area marketplaces right now, we continue to see multiple offers on most properties, with the exception of those at the highest price points (about $3 million and above here in Saratoga). Recently a property set against the Saratoga foothills and listed at just under $1.8 million – which received 7 offers – and sold nearly 30% over the list price to an all cash offer with a 3 day close of escrow!
Silicon Valley continues to be a place of distinction for both work and lifestyle. Take a look …
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About Author:
Carol Burnett serves as Vice President and Manager of Alain Pinel Realtors Saratoga. Bringing more than 30 years of real estate experience to APR, Carol is widely recognized as one of the top 50 women in Silicon Valley business circles.  She not only leads the day-to-day operations and marketing of one of APR’s largest and most profitable offices, she also orchestrates the Estates Tour of Saratoga, Los Gatos and Monte Sereno every spring that launches the primary home buying and selling season for luxury-class properties.



Featured Open Homes Notable Listings / Sales

Open House: 367 Los Gatos Boulevard in Los Gatos

March 1, 2013

Where: 367 Los Gatos Boulevard in Los Gatos (listing | virtual tour)
When: Saturday, March 2nd, from 1:30-4:30 pm & Sunday, March 3rd, from 1:30-4:30pm.
Los Gatos is known for it’s charm – but this home takes it to a new level. Built in 1902, this neoclassical house, has a romantic and historic feel that is apparent in all it’s little details. However; historic doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice any of the modern luxuries. This estate was meticulously restored by a team of renown architects, designers and craftsmen.
The home immediately impresses onlookers with a 932+/- square foot wrap around porch with historical detailing. Upon entering you’ll find an impressive two-story foyer to welcome you to the home. With an inviting dinning room (with wainscoting and boxed beam ceilings), a professional culinary kitchen (finished with marble tops and top-of-the-line appliances), a butler’s pantry, wine bar, and many more features,  this home truly impresses.
The master bedroom features a cozy fireplace, pecan parquet floors, and built in cabinetry  while the master bathroom boasts a freestanding bathtub and separate walk-in shower finished with marble. Other features include a private patio and stairs to the back garden, beautifully landscaped, with flagstone walks and patios.
The home is listed by Don Knight and Sally Anderson of Alain Pinel Realtors Saratoga office. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see own this timeless and charming home featuring the best of today’s home design. Come see 367 Los Gatos Boulevard yourself this weekend!

APR in the News

Alain Pinel Realtors Agents Rank Among Best in the Nation

June 28, 2012

18 Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) sales professionals, from all over the Bay Area, were recognized by The 2012 Wall Street Journal / REAL Trends “Top Thousand” which ranks the top real estate professionals in the United States based on 2011 sales data. With 10 individuals and 3 sales teams being honored on the prestigious by-volume lists, APR has the strongest presence of any privately-owned, independent real estate brokerage in the nation.
Topping the Top Individual Agents by Sales Volume is APR’s Mary Gullixson from the APR Menlo Park office, ranked at #4 with a sales volume of $253,485,527. This sales volume represents almost a 12% increase over Gullixson’s volume in 2010. Gullixson has placed in the top five real estate professionals in the nation for the past three consecutive years, and the top 15 each year since the list was created in 2006. This is Gullixson’s fifth time placing in the top five agents in the nation, more than any other REALTOR® since the list was created.
Also on the Top Agent list were Sherry Bucolo, of APR Palo Alto, at #59; Kathy Bridgman, of APR Los Altos, at #65; Judy Bogard-Tanigami, of APR Los Altos, at #93; Debbie Sharp, of APR Burlingame, at #108; Judie Profeta, of APR Carmel, at #178; George Montanari, of APR Los Gatos, at #188; Julie Tsai Law, of APR Palo Alto, at #229; Carol Mauldin, of APR Saratoga, at #244; and Therese Swan, of APR San Jose – Almaden Valley, at #248.
Carol Carnevale and Nicole Aron, of APR Menlo Park, were APR’s highest ranked on the Top Teams by Sales Volume list at #53 with $95,064,500 in sales. Also on the Top Team list were: David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf, of APR Montclair, at #215; and Jan Majeski and Cynthia Anne Smith, of APR San Mateo, at #216.
“These are truly remarkable agents – and their achievements reflect this,” said Paul Hulme, CEO & President of APR. “With almost a million REALTORS® in the nation, it is an honor for any agent to be among this list. To have so many agents from Alain Pinel Realtors recognized is a testament to their hard work and dedication in providing top quality service to our clients.”
“The Thousand” is based on 2011 data and is divided into four separate lists of 250: top individuals by sales volume, top teams by sales volume, top individuals by transaction sides, and top teams by transaction side. The lists are compiled by REAL Trends, Inc. and published in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal.  To see the full lists, visit:

Memo From Paul

Featured Open Homes

15449 Banyan Lane In Monte Sereno

March 31, 2012

This weekend’s featured open house is 15449 Banyan Lane in Monte Sereno. Hosted by Don Knight & Sally Anderson of Alain Pinel Realtors Saratoga office, this is your chance to see a one of a kind elegant, gated estate. Built by Paul Mehus, the property sits high on a hill allowing for gorgeous views of the Silicon Valley. The grounds are wonderful, featuring a pool, spa, water falls, and a meditation area. The inside too reflects the high quality materials and exceptional detail, with a gourmet kitchen, formal dining room (sits 12!), and two family rooms. The estate also features garage space for 5 cars and a separate guest house. Open Sunday April 1, 2012 from 1:00-4:00 PM.
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APR in the News

Newly Remodeled & Expanded Saratoga Office

October 1, 2010

We’re proud to announce the opening of our newly remodeled, expanded, state-of-the-art Saratoga office. Located at 12772 Saratoga/Sunnyvale Road, Saratoga, the office has been expanded and now occupies the entire building on the corner of Cox Avenue and Saratoga/Sunnyvale Road.
The APR Saratoga office was the first APR office, opening its doors in 1990, making it the longest standing real estate office in Saratoga for any one real estate firm. Home to the corporate headquarters, the office is an integral part of the local community. In fact, CEO and President, Paul L. Hulme, is a long time resident of Saratoga and an active member of the community.
Keeping with our tradition of staying on the cutting edge of technology, the renovated office is equipped with a new network utilizing cloud computing, new high-speed cabling, and innovative technology platforms. The newly expanded office is also outfitted with new computers on every desk, a feature not provided by any other local brokerage. We lead the way in providing the best hardware and technology services to all of our sales professionals, putting a vast wealth of resources at every agent’s fingertips.
Our agents bring exceptional technical expertise and an uncommon level of education and creativity to each and every transaction, and in turn, we provide them with the very best. As a result, APR sales professionals average more transactions per agent and higher dollar values per sale than agents from any other firm – and the newly remodeled Saratoga office will contribute to our agent’s continued success.
Servicing the residential communities of Silicon Valley, APR Saratoga’s top-ranked team of more than 100 real estate professionals sets the standard for excellence. The office not only is ranked in the top 1% of real estate offices locally, but also is ranked in the top 1% of real estate offices nationally.
For more information about the APR Saratoga office call 408.741.1111 or drop by for a tour.