Downtown San Jose living. The 88 got it right!

After living in San Francisco for a few years, moving back to San Jose and its suburban nature took some getting used to.   I missed the ability to walk to a variety of restaurants at any time of the day or night.  I missed the ability to stop in at a library without getting in the car.  I missed the urban architecture offered by the many new developments along the Embarcadero and Potrero Hill.    However, lately, I am taking notice of San Jose’s new downtown developments, and in particular have created a warm and fuzzy feeling for The 88 high rise homes.

There are several new high rise developments around downtown San Jose but few can tout a Walk-able score of 100 like The 88.  With the new Safeway Market in the same building, and within a block or two, multiple restaurants, movie theaters, and the Martin Luther King Library there is really no reason you would have to leave your neighborhood.  Not to mention San Jose State University two blocks away, the San Jose Opera house another three blocks away, and the North First light rail station across the street, which also connects to the Diridon Cal Train Station.  This is what is meant by urban living.  Proximity, convenience, and culture.

The 88 is everything an urban dweller could want.  Designed by the SB Architects and developed by  Wilson, Meany, Sullivan ,who also developed the  San Francisco Ferry Building and The Beacon residential development across from the San Francisco Giant’s ballpark.  This team knows what they are doing.  Elegance, functionality, wrapped into workable floor plans, make The 88 come together as homes any home buyer would enjoy.

But living at The 88 is not contained to your individual condominium.  Living at The 88 expands to many other areas.  The Media Lounge allows owners a big screen TV and complete kitchen to entertain a group of friends for movie night or sporting events.  The lounge area around the heated lap pool offers comfy couches, lounges, complete with pillows and an incredible view of the mountains.  This area also offers an outdoor grill and tables for your next get together with friends.  To make sure you are able to work off all the food, a complete work out facility with the latest exercise equipment is available on site, complete with views.

Amazingly, it doesn’t stop there.  With a complete concierge service included in the home owners’ association dues, the busiest home owner can make sure time off from work is fun instead of filled with running errands.  Here’s a partial list: event planning, dog walking, errand running, personal shopping, shoe polishing, key holding, package services, plant care, private yoga, drop off postal items, and fresh flower delivery.  This is easy living!

If you are interested in buying a home in downtown San Jose, The 88 wants to make sure you get the best deal for the best home.  In August they are offering 2.875% Mortgage*, Plus Treats!   What does that mean in terms of monthly payments?  Under this program, buyers could purchase a 2-bedroom home at The 88 for a monthly mortgage payment of just $1500!

What is the treat? The 88 is playing host to the latest food-phenomenon to sweep the nation, and is bringing a series of food carts to the corner of 3rd and E. San Fernando Streets every Thursday from noon-2pm.  The Carts of August showcase local food innovators who’ve taken their gustatory skills on the road, in pop-up carts such as Mogo Barbecue and Treatbot Karaoke Ice Cream, both of San Jose and Southern Sandwich Co. of Redwood City. For a few dollars, lunch-goers can try something new before these café-carts roll back to their usual Silicon Valley locations.  The pulled pork sandwich from Mogo was incredible.  Good size, fresh, lean, and potato salad that rivaled my Mom’s.  All good.

San Francisco isn’t the only urban option for the Bay Area.  San Jose downtown is newer, cleaner, safer urban option for the Bay Area.  Take a walk, take a tour and let me know what you think of the changes.  Stop in at The 88 and see all this high rise has to offer.  Make it a Thursday event, ask for Joyce, and enjoy some good BBQ after your home tour!

*Conventional conforming 5/1 ARM @ 2.875% note rate. APR 3.22%. Fico score of 740. 25% down payment required. Loan amounts not to exceed $417,000. Programs, pricing, details and specifications are subject to change without prior notice. Certain restrictions and guidelines apply. Taxes and HOA are not included in the payment as shown above. Valid on qualified homes put into contract between 8/1/10 through 8/30/10.

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