Nestled in the picturesque county of Santa Clara, Sunnyvale has a rich history. Vast open space and fertile soil set the stage for fruit orchards that once supported its first settlers. With the arrival of rail in 1864, fruit canneries were able to transport the canneries, and the city’s economic base expanded. During the war era, the area capitalized with the Moffett Naval Air Station. The 1950s and 1960s were the periods of largest growth, and the population grew to about 96,000 by 1970. The defense era emerged into the high-tech era beginning in the 1970s. Today, the city has 10 ethnically diverse neighborhoods and is the nexus of high tech. It’s one of the major cities that makes up Silicon Valley and home to top tech companies like Yahoo, Juniper Networks and NetApp. This vivacious city has more people working in math and computer occupations than 95 percent of the places in the United States. It comes as no surprise that Sunnyvale is known as the hub of innovation and technology.
The city serves up a mixed bag of middle-class aesthetics comprised of one-and-two story homes with attractive fronts lawns along with condos and townhomes. Prices range from $400,000 to $2 million+. And according to the FBI crime reports, its neighborhoods consistently rank among the top 10 safest to live in. Sunnyvale is just several hours from California’s famed redwood forests and beautiful Lake Tahoe for winter skiing and summer fun. The Sunnyvale Art Gallery, Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, and Sunnyvale Theatre are close.
When it comes to education, Sunnyvale is ahead of the curve. It has a high quality public school system and is close to top notch higher educational schools like Stanford University, Santa Clara University and San Jose State University. Add the warm Mediterranean climate and coastal winds from the nearby Pacific Ocean, and Sunnyvale is an idyllic suburban haven.
The park system in Sunnyvale was designed so that every neighborhood would be within walking distance of a park. Many of the neighborhood parks have a theme which makes each one unique. The Orchard Gardens Park features cobblestone walkways, a visually appealing landscape design, picnic and bench seating and a fitness area. The Seven Seas Park showcases a spray pool, fenced dog park, tennis court, picnic tables, barbecues and two playgrounds. Residents can also stroll the San Francisco Bay Trail for great vistas of the San Mateo Bridge and the historic Alviso Marina.
The City of Sunnyvale offers 27 challenging holes to the golfing public on two courses. Sunnyvale Golf Course is a well-manicured 18-hole course with water holes, bunkers and dog legs. The Sunken Gardens Golf Course is ideal for the novice with practice facilities, a driving range and shorter length holes.
In addition to attractive neighborhoods, high quality schools, great dining venues and scenic parks, residents of Sunnyvale enjoy the closeness of a tightly-knit community.
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