Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale have many creeks that meander throughout. The best known are Stevens Creek, Permanente Creek, Adobe Creek, Matadero Creek and San Francisquito Creek. Living next to these creeks can be a blessing and, at times, a nuisance.
If you are thinking of buying a home next to one of our local creeks here are 5 important issues to think about before you sign on the dotted line:
My intent on writing this post is not to scare people away from buying along the creeks, rather its to inform you about some of the issues that may get lost in the euphoria of buying a home. Living near or backing up to a creek can and does have huge benefits such as privacy and space that other locations can’t give. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly at 650 917-4250 and I would be happy to discuss them with you.
Lastly, should you end up buying a home that backs up to a creek, the Santa Clara Water District has a good neighbor fence program that may pay half the cost of a good neighbor fence up to $12.50 per lineal foot. Pretty good deal.