Posts by Aubrie Avina

5 places to hear live music (mostly for free). Outdoors. All summer long.

We’re talking all about the Silicon Valley summer music scene — because in case you didn’t know — there are a lot of places to hear fantastic, live (and often FREE) music. Outdoors, all summer long. Listen in for these 5 local recommendations. Links to everything mentioned on today’s show! Los Gatos Jazz on the…

Condo vs. townhouse… what’s the difference?

It’s the last Friday of the month, which means shop talk with Aubrie & Katie. In today’s episode we’re unpacking the age old question – what’s the difference between a townhouse and a condo? If you think it’s style or shared walls, you’re wrong. Links to everything mentioned on today’s show! Chicago Title Follow us…

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60 seconds to home insurance?! An interview w/ local startup Hippo Insurance

Today we interview Assaf Wand, CEO and Co-Founder of Hippo Insurance, a Mountain View startup that’s disrupting the landscape of home insurance. Assaf tells Sweet Home Silicon Valley about the lightning-fast quote process and how Hippo is taking proactive measures to prepare & protect homeowners – through tech and a modern approach. Links to everything…

FREE music & movies on the beach… starting tonight!

You know it’s summer when free or inexpensive outdoor activities start filling up your events feed. What better way to experience (once popular) live bands then on the sand – for FREE! Beat the heat all summer long with movies too. Listen in to learn more! Links to everything mentioned on today’s show! Santa Cruz…

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Urban Art: San Jose’s (free) art tour, accessible day or night

There’s a bit of a buzz surrounding San Jose’s growing urban art scene. Many outlets have covered the mural movement and there’s now an interactive map guiding you to their locations. Links to everything mentioned on today’s show! Exhibition District Empire Seven Studios Heart of the Valley Mural Map Looking for San Jose’s best murals?…

Greater Rose Garden Farmers Market, Maker Faire & Boogie on the Ave

Have plans this weekend? Here are three outdoor events for you to check out! From a brand new Farmers Market in the Rose Garden to San Mateo’s annual Maker Faire and (our hometown hero) Campbell’s very own- Boogie on the Ave Music Fest. Tune in to hear when & where each event takes place! Links…

Hayes Mansion Mystery & Moms?! Learn the backstory of this local landmark

If you grew up in the San Jose Area, you may have attended a conference, dance or special event here, but most people are unfamiliar with the Hayes Mansion history. Spend a few minutes learning about this beautiful, sprawling, historic estate located in the Edenvale neighborhood of San Jose. Links to everything mentioned on today’s…

Understanding “smart cities” – is San Jose prepared to be one?

By 2020 we will be spending $400 billion a year building smart cities. So what is a smart city and do we live in one? Listen in to learn more about San Jose’s vision to provide creative, impactful technologies that transform our urban existence. Links to everything mentioned on today’s show! RealtorMag Where People Put…

Exploring the ‘Green Side’ of Silicon Valley – from 4/20 Friendly to Earth Day

Sweet Home Silicon Valley Earth Day & 4/20

Bringing new meaning to the term “green” — from this weekend’s Earth Day celebrations to San Jose’s popular “4/20” significance. Sweet Home SV looks into the history of legalized Cannabis and why the city of San Jose is a California stand out since Prop 64 was passed. Learn about which activities are taking place in…

We’re scratching the surface on good eats in Campbell

Sweet Home SV at Flights, Campbell

Sweet Home SV covers Campbell! We explore the historic downtown area, rich in local history and filled with delicious cafes and coffee shops. Learn about a few of our recommended restaurants and listen in as we talk about the tasty bites we had at Campbell’s newest eatery ‘Flights’. Links to everything mentioned on today’s show!…

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A Bay Area tech icon’s move to the South Bay + free Easter activities this weekend!

Sweet Home Silicon Valley Episode 13

Learn about a local Silicon Valley company’s move to the South Bay. Plus, if you’ve been following the news lately, you know the Fed just made a big announcement about interest rates earlier this week. I interview O2 Mortgage’s Drew Frampton, an expert in the world of mortgage rates who will help us better understand…

CityLine Sunnyvale: a downtown development that includes new housing & more!

Sweet Home SIilicon Valley & CityLineSunnyvale

Picking up where we left off last week – we’re diving deep into the history of Sunnyvale, how it got its name, all the cool stuff to do, and why one house sold for $2mil in 2 days — a new Sunnyvale record! Did you know about the new development underway? It’s called CityLine Sunnyvale,…

Smart home tech & Sunnyvale bites @Nom Burger

Sweet Home Silicon Valley gives Nom Burger the WhatUp stamp of approval

Half of the WhatUp Silicon Valley crew taste-test Nom Burger in downtown Sunnyvale, giving it the WhatUp stamp of approval. Plus, we dive into the world of smart home technology, listen in to learn about getting started with home automation. Links to everything mentioned on today’s show! NomBurger in Sunnyvale DEFINITION: Smart Home PonderosaAV.com Symphony…

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Sweet Home Silicon Valley #10 | Sonic Runway’s last night + Mt Umunhum, that rectangular cement block explained

Sweet Home Silicon Valley Episode 10

2 great activities to do right away in the South Bay! It’s Sonic Runway’s last night in downtown San Jose, check out the corridor of lights that visualizes the speed of sound for FREE, tonight! Plus, what’s the backstory on that rectangular box atop Mt Umunhum? Did you know it’s now open to the public?

Sweet Home Silicon Valley #9 | South Bay Tacos are the BOMB! Who won the Bay Area taco competition and where to get them

Sweet Home Silicon Valley

Sources Bay Area’s Best Taco Competition San Jose Quakes MLS Soccer Home Opener Tickets | March 3 Silicon Valley Young Professionals March Meetup | March 15 Women in Business Leadership Group | March 21 Wire Fraud is the Fastest Growing Real Estate Cybercrime in the U.S.   If you’re pickin’ up what we’re puttin’ down,…

Sweet Home Silicon Valley #8 | Redfin’s 10 hottest neighborhoods – 9 of them are in San Jose! Also, where to get the Bay Area’s best tacos… according to local voters

Silicon Valley hottest neighborhoods 2018

Sources Bacon & Beer Classic | Feb 24 San Jose Quakes MLS Soccer Home Opener Tickets | March 3 Silicon Valley Young Professionals March Meetup | March 15 San Jose Mercury News Vote now: Best Bay Area Taco? It’s down to these final 4 Redfin’s Ten Hottest Neighborhoods   If you like what you heard…

Sweet Home Silicon Valley #7 | Big house, big maintenance OR downtown dwelling w/ direct access? Which do you prefer?

Sources Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff WhatUp’s Pitch Tank 3.0 & Super Mixer Event | Feb 21 San Jose Winter Jazz Fest | Feb 15 – Feb 28 Future of Diridon Development | Feb 22   If you like what you heard today, be sure to catch all things Sweet Home SV over on…

SweetHomeSV #6: All things SoFA! Downtown San Jose’s art, culture, & food hotspot – if you like San Pedro Market, check out this similar food (+ arts) scene

All things SoFA! Downtown San Jose’s art, culture, and food hotspot – if you like San Pedro Market, check out this similar food (+ arts) scene off 1st St. in San Jose. Also- a new mixed use apartment/business building that’s scheduled to be completed this year — just steps away. And let’s take advantage of…

SweetHomeSV #5: What is the “market”? And did you catch that super moon?

We’re finally introducing the other half of Sweet Home Silicon Valley, meet Katie and learn about this crazy thing we call the “real estate market”. We’ll also explain what was up with all the moon photos you might have seen filling your feed + a new (affordable) beach side foodie spot in Santa Cruz! Show…

SweetHomeSV #4: WhatUp! Willow Glen — check out the new multi-business mercantile!

WhatUp! Willow Glen — check out the new multi-business mercantile sandwiched between Willow Glen and downtown San Jose + learn how the latest government shutdown might… or might not… affect your mortgage. And did you know a Tony Award-winning Broadway show was in town?   Show Notes Sources & Links: Willow Glen History 10 Steps…

SweetHomeSV #3: NASA’s #1 tip for a healthier home plus a new program giving San Jose teachers money for a down payment on a home

Who knew the experts at NASA would an ingeniously simple way to clean the air we breathe at home? We’ll explain how plus, we’re picking up where we left off last week on tax reform. In today’s show, find out how property taxes… and possibly your rent, might be affected. Lastly- did hear about the…

SweetHomeSV #2: Goals for the new year – explore indoor + how the new tax laws affect your home

Brrr, it’s cold outside. We’ve got 3 unique ways to explore… indoors. Also, you’ve heard about the new tax reforms, learn how changes will affect your home, whether you rent or own. Show Notes: On today’s show, we continue the theme of resolutions and “goals”. In this episode, I share with you 3 unique [ and…