Located in the West Valley of Santa Clara County, Campbell is a delightful community where tradition and progress combine in a successful blend. Named for prominent civic leader and rancher Benjamin Campbell of the 1850’s, this city today is a thriving and growing community of more than 39,000 which is focusing on a revitalization strategy of new development and historic preservation. Campbell has become one of Santa Clara County’s most desirable communities thanks in part to it’s amiable historic downtown, strong sense of community and highly regarded schools. Compared with it’s chic neighbors, Saratoga and Los Gatos, Campbell can boast of relatively modest real estate prices.
Alive with energy and rich in diversity, Cupertino is an amazing mix of imagination and cooperation. Home to such high-tech firms as Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard, Cupertino boasts a vibrant economy, beautiful surroundings and a population full of spirit and optimism. As a city with just over 50,000 residents, the elementary schools ranks as some of the best in the county. Visit historic Blackberry Farm for a day of picnicking or golf, or hike the various outstanding parks. Cupertino has a lot to offer to both residents and visitors.
LOS ALTOS & LOS ALTOS HILLS
With a combined population of 34,000, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are well known for upscale homes, tree-lined streets, an attractive climate and friendly shopping areas. To maintain a semi-rural atmosphere, industry is not allowed within the city limits and new home construction in Los Altos Hills requires a one-acre minimum. As proof of a highly-regarded school system, which is ranked by the State Department of Education as among the finest in the state, students typically score in the top ten percent on state standardized tests. Click here for the Los Altos Hills website.
The town of Los Gatos acts as a natural gateway between the greater Santa Clara basin and the beautiful Pacific Coast of California, while still possessing its small-town feel and charm of its rich history. With a population approaching 30,000, Los Gatos is one of the nicest, most prestigious town in Santa Clara County. Part of it’s attraction as residential choice for many Silicon Valley executives, is it’s central location which allows quick commutes to the Valley and close proximity to nature – be it a quick trip to the beach or the beautiful views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and wooded hillsides. Further, the Los Gatos public school system scores at the top of the state standardized testing. Stroll the friendly streets of downtown, visit the museums, picnic in the park, ride the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, or set off on the trail for a family hike along Los Gatos Creek.
As one of the oldest settlements in Santa Clara Valley, Milpitas, which in Spanish means “little cornfields,” has experienced remarkable growth since the first settlers began living here in 1852. Located at the north eastern border to Alameda County, Milpitas has a population of approximately 62,000. The city enjoys the benefits of the valley’s explosive growth in the computer and electronics industry and has a wide selection of housing, ranging from custom hillside homes to lower-cost housing.
Once covered in orchards and vineyards, Mountain View began as a stagecoach stop and an agricultural center for the lush Santa Clara Valley. Named for it’s views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the city is home to approximately 70,000 residents and to many nationally and internationally known corporations such as Google and Symantec. In recent years, the City of Mountain View has developed some of the finest recreation facilities the Bay Area has to offer including an innovative regional park from reclaimed landfill. It also has a pedestrian-friendly downtown which boasts a number of diverse restaurants, cafes and shops.
The blend of business and residential areas anchored by a vibrant downtown defies Palo Alto’s unique character. At the same time, Palo Alto, known as the “Birthplace of the Silicon Valley,” is recognized worldwide as a leader in cutting-edge technological development. Proximity to Stanford University with its cultural and educational offerings add to the vibrancy, innate charm and beauty of Palo Alto. Distinctive in every way, Palo Alto, with a population of approximately 59,000 residents, offers its business community a diverse and exciting environment in which to work and live.
San Jose is the tenth largest city in the U.S. and the third largest city in California. San Jose was founded in 1777, as El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe, the first town in the Spanish colony of Nueva California, which later became Alta California. The city served as a farming community to support Spanish military installations in San Francisco and Monterey. San Jose served as the first capital of California when it gained statehood in 1850. After more than 150 years as a small farming city, San Jose and the surrounding Santa Clara Valley became the last (and largest) contiguous area of undeveloped land surrounding the San Francisco Bay. San Jose experienced increased demand for housing from soldiers and veterans returning from World War II. It was then that San Jose began aggressive expansion during 1950’s and 60’s. The rapid growth of the high-technology industries further accelerated the transition from an agricultural center, to an urbanized metropolitan area. By the 1990’s, San Jose’s location within the booming local technology industry earned the city it’s nickname, “Capital of Silicon Valley.” San Jose is the largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area in terms of population, land area and industrial development. Some of the key neighborhoods include Almaden Valley, Evergreen, Willow Glen, Cambrian, Downtown San Jose and Rose Garden.
Known as the Mission City, Santa Clara dates back to 1777 when Spanish missionaries built a mission where Santa Clara University is currently located. Almost encircled by the City of San Jose, Santa Clara has a population of 102,000 residents. As well as having it’s own convention center, the city is home to the training grounds of the San Francisco 49ers and Paramount’s Great America.
Named after Saratoga Springs, New York, because of the discovery of mineral springs, Saratoga is known for it’s charming downtown village, beautiful city parks and award winning wineries. Saratoga has a population of 30,000and the city strives to maintain the elements of it’s natural beauty and colorful past through careful zoning policies and historical preservation. The Villa Montalvo, once owned by U.S. Senator James Phelan and The Mountain Winery are venues for world-renowned artists. Saratoga schools continue to rank among the top in the nation and the children continue to meet and exceed expectations.
Advertised as “the City of Destiny” with a population of over 131,000, Sunnyvale combines the advantages of an attractive suburban residential setting, a diverse population, metropolitan cultural opportunities and a dynamic economic base that includes technology, biotech, aerospace, communications and manufacturing. A prototype Pong game set up at Andy Capp’s Bar on El Camino Real started the computer game craze and Sunnyvale native Steve Wozniak’s Apple introduced the first personal computer.