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September 10, 2015 by  

If you have kids, or are planning on having kids, living in a good school district can be a major selling point for prospective home buyers. Trulia recently conducted a survey and found that 19% of Americans reported that their dream home was located in a great school district. That percentage jumps to 35% for parents with children under the age of 18 years.

The quality of school districts plays a very crucial role in a home buyer’s decision on where to purchase their new home. But what exactly does ‘good school’ really mean? recently published an article exploring what makes a ‘good school’ and how you can find one.

Determining a ‘good school’ takes more than measuring test scores; according to educational experts it’s also about weighing the ‘less tangible goals such as fostering social and emotional intelligence…executive function skills, the ability to plan, focus, remember instructions, and multitask.’

Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what’s best for your family and their educational needs. Here are some ways you can determine if the schools in a prospective school district are a good fit for your family:

  1. Find out the basics of the area schools. Test scores, class size and student-to-teacher ratios are some of the best predictors of a school (or district’s) academic performance. One educational expert recommends asking about attendance rate; a high attendance rate is a good indicator of a positive school culture.
  2. Determine your child’s learning style and if the school’s teaching philosophy is a good match for your child. Talk to the principal and teachers to understand how they’re able to accommodate different learning styles.
  3. See if schools offer programs that develop students’ emotional intelligence (EQ) in addition to academic intelligence. A high EQ is a better predictor of success, quality of relationship and overall happiness, and many experts believe it may be more important than a person’s IQ.
  4. Review the types of extracurricular activities that are offered. A ‘good’ school doesn’t depend on just rote memorization, but one that develops and encourages modern skills like creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. These skills can be fostered through music programs, team sports and other extracurricular activities.
  5. Determine what ‘good’ means to you. Sit down and pinpoint what important factors do you want from your children’s school: racial and economic diversity? Extracurricular programs? Academic support? Small class sizes? Use these factors to help guide your search for the right school for your children.

Like home shopping, finding a good school requires a lot of homework but once you find the right school, it will be incredibly rewarding. Our new home community in Sunnyvale and new home community in Fremont are in the Sunnyvale Elementary School District and Fremont Unified School District*. We encourage our home buyers to contact the schools in each district to discuss and confirm school assignment.

*SummerHill Homes does not guarantee that residency in the community will ensure a place at any of the above schools. Circumstances and school assignments can change at any time and each Homebuyer should contact the appropriate school to discuss and confirm school assignment issues.

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September 2, 2015 by  

Labor Day weekend is here! Time to kick back and relax and enjoy the final weeks of Summer with friends and family. These days, long weekends mean one thing: BBQs. If you’re hosting your own BBQ this Labor Day, here are five tips for hosting the perfect Labor Day BBQ without all the hard work:

  1. Know who you’re feeding

    When you’re planning your menu, know the people you’re going to be feeding. While most people think burgers and hot dogs when they think of BBQ, diets can vary wildly so always try to have some other options, like chicken or fish, for people who may not want to eat red meat.
  2. Have a menu game plan

    Don’t go into the day without a plan! Figure out what you menu will be – if you will be providing the main dish and have your guests to round out the meal by bringing side dishes (if you go this route, make sure request people bring specific items so you don’t end up with 8 desserts and a bag of chips!) or if you’ll be providing all of the food, whether your making everything or purchasing some of the meal items from a local restaurant.

    If you’re still looking for some ideas of what to serve, try one of these great recipes we found on Pinterest.
  3. Know your timing

    While you can prepare many dishes ahead of time so you can spend more time with your guests instead of in the kitchen, know how long it will take to properly cook your main dishes. There’s nothing worse than having a backyard full of people waiting with nothing ready to be served yet.
  4. Keep guests entertained and mingling

    Have places set up so guests can easily mingle without having to stick to the dining tables. Group a few chairs in different corners of your yard so people can move around. Also plan have some fun backyard games, like a giant Jenga set or cornhole, available for adults and kids to enjoy. Not sure what games to have? Remember this tip: if you can play it while holding a drink in one hand, it’s probably a great game for a BBQ.
  5. Don’t stress

    Sure, it’s Labor Day but that doesn’t mean you have to work your hard prepping for your BBQ. This is where having a game plan comes into play: set up as much as possible the day before the BBQ, including prepping the food that can be made ahead. Also don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. Hosting a party doesn’t have to be a Herculean effort!

Hosting a Labor Day BBQ is a great way to celebrate the holiday with family and friends in your beautiful new home in Sunnyvale or new home in Fremont. We hope you have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!

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August 26, 2015 by  

WalletHub recently published its list of the healthiest housing markets of 2015 so far and it’s pretty encouraging!

The insurance company Nationwide has been tracking the health of the housing industry on a quarterly basis, and at the beginning of the year reported that “the overall housing market is healthier than at any time since 2001” and is optimistic that the chances of a downturn in the future are slim.

Other positive indicators included the drop in unemployment (down to a seven-year low of 5.3%), increasing rent and consumer confidence that “might encourage lenders to open the doors to more first-time home buyers.”

Arques Place exterior at dusk - Townhomes in Sunnyvale

We were excited to see that Sunnyvale (5) and Fremont (19) made the list! We have a beautiful new home community in both cities, Arques Place in Sunnyvale and Mission Place in Fremont. Both communities offer new townhomes near major Silicon Valley employers, top schools and restaurants, shopping and other outdoor amenities. Both communities are now open. Schedule an appointment to tour our decorated models today.

Mission Place - New Townhomes in Fremont

For WalletHub’s complete ranking list, visit their website.

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July 24, 2015 by  

Stunning Arques Place in Sunnyvale, CA is Now Open! Come check out our latest model home located at 617 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale.

This beautiful community features 85 brand new town-homes with a community club house and spacious floor plans with 2 to 4 bedrooms and 2.5 to 3.5 bathrooms. With 7 floorplans to choose from ranging from 1,440 to 1,815 square feet your sure to find the perfect home for your family.

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July 16, 2015 by  

The Grand Opening of Mission Place in Fremont, CA is this Saturday, July 18th, 2015 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

This highly desirable new development is located in the Mission Valley neighborhood in Fremont with close proximity to Top Ranked Schools, Job Centers, BART station and Retail Amenities.

The project features 24 spacious townhomes ranking from 1,800 to 2,108 Sq. Ft. with 3 to 4 Bedrooms and 3.5 Bathrooms. All units have a large private outdoor deck and 2 car side-by-side attached garage. Choose from 7 different floor plan options with pricing anticipated to start at $1,000,000.

Visit the community at 2817 Driscoll Road in Fremont. To book an appointment with one of our sales representatives please call (510) 353-1743 or email us at [email protected] We look forward to seeing you!

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July 13, 2015 by  (Guest Blogger)

With demand at record levels property prices across the Bay Area are continuing to set record highs. The median price for Santa Clara County homes reached another all-time high in April, climbing to $905,000. Alameda County, where the median price tag rose to $690,000 as did San Mateo County, at– $1,194,500.

Overall prices rose in all 9 counties throughout the region, according to CoreLogic, a real-estate data provider located in Irvine, CA. Overall, it was a hot spring selling season for the area.

With home prices and demand continuing to soar, there’s never been a better time to look at a new home from Summerhill Homes. Several new communities are coming online in the next few months. Contact us today for more information.

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July 6, 2015 by  

Las Palmas is a a beautiful new community located in Sunnyvale, CA. The community features a club house with an outdoor kitchen and play area, close proximity to work centers and major employers, and you can walk to highly-ranked schools, restaurants, shopping, outdoor amenities and parks.

There is only one home remaining! The GROVE plan, Residence 1 features 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Approximately 1,611 Sq. Ft with a 2 Car Garage. Come view this property before it’s gone! Call today (408) 733-1667 or visit us at 556 Holthouse Terrance in Sunnyvale, CA.

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June 25, 2015 by  

Stunning Luxury Model Home Now Selling

In most neighborhoods views are a luxury. In Renaissance at Roubion, Views are a Lifestyle.

This model home features approximately 4,029 – 4,045 Sq. Ft, open floor plan, courtyard off the family and dining rooms, views of Mount Diablo and tons of upgrades. The property even features state of the art solar panels and many green benefits. Click here for more info.

For more information or to schedule a tour call today (925) 855-1699.

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June 22, 2015 by  

Sorellas, a single-family home community located in Los Gatos, CA – features 17 luxury homes ranging from 3,400 to 4,300 sq. ft., 3-5 Bedrooms and 3.5 to 5 Bathrooms. Each home features a customized floor plan so no two properties are the same.

Homes will be situated on large lots ranging from approximated 20,000 to 38,400 sq.ft. where future residents will have wonderful spaces to enjoy the natural splendor of their beautiful community.

Sorellas is close to dining, entertainment, schools, shopping, hiking / biking trails and so much more.

Interest List is Now Forming – Click here to sign up

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June 12, 2015 by  

Grand Opening of Arques Place in Sunnyvale is right around the corner! Come visit Summerhill Homes latest master planned town home community on Saturday, June 27th at 10am to view these highly desirable residences. The community features 85 town homes with 7 unique floor plan layouts ranging from 1,440 to 1,815 square feet. These plans feature spacious 2 to 4 bedrooms with 2.5 to 3.5 bathrooms. All residences feature a 2 car side by side attached garage and large private decks.

Arques Place is in close proximity to major work centers and employers. The community is also close to restaurants, shopping centers, outdoor amenities, parks and the Sunnyvale Caltrain station.

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