12 modest but insanely expensive homes for sale in Silicon Valley

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A contemporary three-bedroom home in Cupertino, California, is asking $1.7 million.
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In Silicon Valley, the more suburban area south of San Francisco, house-hunters find a confluence of a mild climate, a strong economy with high-paying jobs, and a tech sector unlike any in the world.

The environment attracts a competitive housing market, where it’s not uncommon for prospective owners to place bids well above listing prices, often for more than $100,000 over asking.

We took to Zillow to find the most modest but expensive houses on the market – under 2,000 square feet selling for over $1.1 million. They could be all yours, if you’ve got the funds to spare.


The listing describes this 1,130-square-foot cottage in Palo Alto as a “darling home tucked away on a quiet street … close to Stanford campus, Google, [and] Facebook.”

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Address: 477 Dymond Court, Palo Alto, California

Price: $1,999,000


It has two bedrooms and one bath, as well as a kitchen that’s begging for a makeover.

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A renovated three-bedroom, two-bath ranch house sits on a corner lot in Mountain View.

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Address: 374 Fay Way, Mountain View, CA

Price: $1,799,000


Its open concept design might stretch the 1,630 square feet further.

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A 1,006-square-foot property in Palo Alto is listed at $3 million, but the current owners expect buyers to tear down the existing home and rebuild. It’s all about that lot.

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Address: 762 Rosewood Drive, Palo Alto, CA

Price: $2,998,000


Built in 1946, the two-bedroom, one-bath house sits at the front of a 9,000-square-foot lot.

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House hunters won’t find front yards like this in San Francisco. The three-bedroom, two-bath ranch house in Sunnyvale features plenty of outdoor space and an in-ground pool.

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Address: 1077 Helena Drive, Sunnyvale, CA

Price: $1,650,000


The home spans 1,508 square feet and has new carpets and recently painted walls.

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A 1,640-square-foot home at the end of a Menlo Park cul-de-sac sits several blocks away from Sand Hill Road, a road known for its concentration of venture capital firms.

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Address: 1017 Louis Street, Menlo Park, CA

Price: $3,298,000


The three-bedroom, two-bath home presents a “fantastic opportunity to build new.”

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This charming, newly remodeled ranch house in Redwood City has three bedrooms and two baths. At 1,270 square feet, it’s one of the smaller houses on this list.

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Address: 1674 Valota Road, Redwood City, CA

Price: $1,370,000


But it sits on a lot that is nearly nine times that size. Plus the interiors are modern.

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Located a seven-minute drive from Tesla’s headquarters, this Los Altos Hills home has been “owned and loved” by the same family since the mid-1950s, according to the listing.

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Address: 12516 Robleda Road, Los Altos Hills, CA

Price: $2,695,000


At 1,386 square feet, it squeezes two bedrooms and one bath inside.

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A 1,640-square-foot cabin in Menlo Park’s North Fair Oaks neighborhood might be beyond repair. “It’s ready for someone to make their own, remodel, or [rebuild],” the listing says.

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Address: 540 San Benito Avenue, Menlo Park, CA

Price: $1,799,000


It has three bedrooms, two baths, and a deep lot that stretches 13,000 square feet.

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A newly remodeled four-bedroom, five-bath home on sale for $2.2 million sounds like a rare deal in Palo Alto, until you realize it stretches only 1,395 square feet — and is a duplex.

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Address: 676-680 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto, CA

Price: $2,209,000


Both units feature new hardwood flooring and double-pane windows.

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This outdated four-bedroom, two-bath home painted in teal sits just two streets over from Apple’s iconic new “spaceship” campus in Sunnyvale.

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Address: 932 Leighton Way, Sunnyvale, CA

Price: $1,599,888


Perhaps an Apple employee will buy the 1,319-square-foot abode and turn it into a place that even Jony Ive would be proud to call home. It’s eight minutes from campus.

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A three-bedroom, two-bath home in San Jose isn’t much to look at.

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Address: 1820 Old Piedmont Road, San Jose, CA

Price: $1,599,000


But it sits on 10-plus acres of green pastures. “You often hear people talk about $1,00,000 views, but few truly capture the majestic opportunity of this property,” the listing says.

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Here’s a home that actually looks like it belongs in Silicon Valley. The three-bedroom, two bath-house was designed by famed mid-century real estate developer Joseph Eichler.

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Address: 918 Ferngrove Drive, Cupertino, CA

Price: $1,748,000


Built in 1960, this remodeled beauty features floor-to-ceiling panels of glass throughout the home, quartz countertops in the kitchen, and additional patio area off the master bedroom.

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