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Buying a New Home in San Jose, CASan Jose, California New Homes
Located in Santa Clara County and recognized as the Capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose is the third largest city in California and the tenth largest city in the United States. San Jose's thriving economy is sustained in part by an impressive roster of high-tech and manufacturing companies. San Jose boasts the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world and highest median household income of any large city in California. San Jose is also the number one recycler among the nation's largest cities.
Proud of the cultural and ethnic diversity of its population and the rich cultural identity of it neighborhoods, San Jose offers its residents a variety of exciting entertainment, educational, and recreational opportunities-as well as a world renown quality of life. Among San Jose's blessings is its Mediterranean climate, which averages more than 300 days of sunshine per year. The city's over 945,000 residents enjoy proximity to the California coast and glittering lights of San Francisco, and future plans call for an extension of BART from Fremont to San Jose, which will make San Jose even more accessible.
San Jose's downtown boasts its own award-winning hotels and restaurants. Popular downtown attractions include the hands-on Children's Discovery Museum, the San Jose Museum of Modern Art, and the state-of-the-art Tech Museum of Innovation. The world's largest permanent Monopoly board is also located in downtown San Jose. Hockey enthusiasts enjoy cheering for the San Jose Sharks professional hockey team at the H.P. Pavilion, AKA "The Tank." The city recently completed construction on a new city hall and state-of-the art library in downtown San Jose.
When it comes to shops and services, very few cities compare to San Jose. San Jose offers world class shopping at Santana Row and Valley Fair Mall, where designer stores and fine dining opportunities await. Oakridge and East Ridge malls are also located in San Jose, along with a variety of neighborhood shops and services.
Information on cities in Santa Clara County:Campbell, CA New Homes
Bordered on the east, west, and north by San Jose and on the south by Los Gatos, Campbell is a well-rounded community that blends the charm of small town living with the convenience of city life. Campbell offers quick access to San Jose and Silicon Valley employment centers via nearby Highways 15, 85, and 280. San Jose's world class shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment facilities are also just minutes away.
The city is known for its historic downtown, where over 100 quaint shops, coffee houses, and restaurants await. For recreation, Los Gatos Creek Park and other neighborhood parks provide opportunities for outdoor fun. The city sponsors a variety of community events, including Oktoberfest, Boogie on the Bayou, Summer Concert Series, and First Fridays. Students in Campbell are attend quality schools including the award-winning Westmont High School.
Cupertino, CA New Homes
Famous for its quality schools, this Santa Clara County town is located in heart of Silicon Valley. Cupertino's ideal location near Highways 280 and 85 allows for easy access to neighboring cities including San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and Palo Alto.
Cupertino students are served by the Cupertino Elementary School District and the Fremont High School District, which operate some of the state's top schools. In fact, many of the area schools have earned state and national recognition for academic excellence. For higher learning, De Anza Community College offers outstanding programs. The lovely campus features a planetarium and the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, which presents entertainment events including concerts, plays, lectures, and dance presentations.
The city of Cupertino operates 16 parks and residents enjoy a wide range of classes and activities sponsored by the department of parks and recreation. Community facilities include a sports center, community center, senior center, and golf course. Shops and services are plentiful in Cupertino. The city is home to a major mall, Vallco Fashion Park, and a variety of neighborhood shopping centers and local restaurants with everything from fast food to upscale cuisine.
Gilroy, CA New Homes
The "Garlic Capital of the World" and home of the annual Garlic Festival, Gilroy is located at the southern border of Santa Clara County, at the crossing of Highways 101 and 52. Gilroy is a short drive to San Jose and it's cultural, entertainment, and educational opportunities.
Historically, Gilroy's economy was based in agriculture. The city retains its rural feel, but has grown to include a variety of businesses, shops, and services. Downtown Gilroy, with its charming brick sidewalks and trees, boasts antique stores and many restaurants.
Amenities include the Gilroy's historical museum, youth center, and community pool. Residents enjoy over a dozen parks, sports leagues for all ages, community theater, dancing, bingo, and two golf courses.
Los Altos, CA New Homes
Los Altos Hills is located in the northern portion of Santa Clara County, in the hills overlooking Silicon Valley. Situated between San Francisco and San Jose, just southwest of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills is distinctive because of its rolling hills, picturesque valleys, numerous creeks, and densely wooded areas.
One of the most unique attributes of Los Altos Hills is the Pathway System. Seventy-five miles of roadside and off-road paths meander through the town's hills and valleys, connecting all areas of the community. The system provides access to all areas of town to walkers, runners, bicyclists, and equestrians.
Students in Los Altos Hills are served by schools in the Los Altos Elementary District and the Palo Alto Unified School District. Both districts boast some of the highest scoring schools in the state.
Los Gatos, CA New Homes
Nestled at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Los Gatos is one of the San Jose region's most prestigious addresses. The town is known for it's historic neighborhoods and charming downtown, which features a selection of unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants.
Despite a feeling of being away from it all, Los Gatos is conveniently located off Highway 17, just minutes from Silicon Valley employment centers.
For recreation, residents enjoy picnicking at Oak Meadow Park and Vasona Lake County Park, hiking along the Los Gatos Creek, riding the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, or boating and fishing at Lexington Reservoir.
Milpitas, CA New Homes
Known as the Crossroads of Silicon Valley, Milpitas offers a family-oriented lifestyle with proximity to San Jose employment centers, commute routes, shopping, and services. The city offers quick access to Highways 880, 680, and 237 and light rail service to downtown San Jose. An extension of BART into Milpitas is planned.
Milpitas is home to 24 parks, a dog park, community center, library, aquatics center, teen center, sports center, and senior center. Residents enjoy sports leagues, two golf courses, a waterslide park, movies, bowling, and roller skating. The Great Mall, Northern California's largest enclosed mall, is also located in Milpitas.
Morgan Hill, CA New Homes
Approximately 12 miles south of San Jose, Morgan Hill has retained its rural flavor despite tremendous growth. The city boasts a friendly, recreation-oriented lifestyle with over 18 nieghborhood parks and several regional and county parks including Anderson Lake County Park, the County's largest reservoir. The Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center offers activities and classes for all ages.
Residents enjoy downtown Morgan Hill's charming coffee shops, brew pubs, and restaurants. A variety of annual events like the Friday Night Summer Music Series, Mushroom Festival, holiday crafts fair, and Christmas tree lighting encourage a strong sense of community.
Mountain View, CA New Homes
A key player in Silicon Valley, Mountain View is located 10 miles north of San Jose and 34 miles south of San Francisco. The city has a solid small-business base and is home to many of the world's leading high-tech, biotech, and telecommunications firms.
Because of its proximity to employment centers, Mountain View residents enjoy a quick connection to commute routes. Mountain View's transportation network includes highways, CalTrain rail services, County Transit buses, and light rail.
Mountain View offers strong educational programs, plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities, and a charming downtown where residents and visitors stroll along brick sidewalks exploring an array of unique shops and restaurants. The area is also known for its lively night life.
Palo Alto, CA New Homes
One of the Bay Area's most prestigious addresses, Palo Alto is the cultural center of Silicon Valley. Home of Stanford University, the city is known for its outstanding educational programs and exceptional quality of life.
Palo Alto boasts tree-lined streets, over 30 parks, and an array of recreational programs for all ages. Stanford Shopping Center is among the Bay Area's finest, and downtown Palo Alto offers an eclectic selection of shops, restaurants, and coffee houses.
Residents are within commuting distance to San Jose and San Francisco employments centers via Highways 280 and 101 or Caltrain, although many residents work locally as several of Silicon Valley's major employers are located in Palo Alto.
Santa Clara, CA New Homes
Located adjacent to San Jose at the center of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara offers a strategic location convenient to freeways, airports, railroads, light rail, and other public transportation, making the city ideal for professionals who desire quick access to South Bay employment centers. In fact, Santa Clara is headquarters to many of the nation's leading electronics, telecommunications, semiconductor, and computer firms.
When it comes to lifestyle, Santa Clara offers a variety of options. The city is home to an award-winning Convention Center, Community Recreation Center, International Swim Center, Youth Activity Center, Senior Citizens Center, and the Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Clubs. For outdoor recreation, the city boasts dozens of parks and playgrounds, as well as a network of walking/biking paths.
The city is home to Santa Clara University, Paramount's Great America theme park, where thrill-seekers can ride state-of-the-art rollercoasters, the Triton Museum of Art, and Valley Fair Mall.
Sunnyvale, CA New Homes
Bordered by Mountain View, Cupertino and Santa Clara, Sunnyvale is home to hundreds of high tech firms as well as attractive neighborhoods. Residents enjoy one of the best commutes in the San Jose region, along with quality schools, over 20 parks and an array of community facilities, including gyms, swimming pools, golf courses, a skate park and gymnastics center. Baylands Park, which is located adjacent to a 100-acre wildlife preserve offers trails to the Bay, picnic grounds, and a playground.
Sunnyvale is a short drive from the San Jose airport and the light rail line allows quick access to anywhere in the south bay, from Mountain View to San Jose. Residents also enjoy a variety of local shops and services.
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