Key Communities of Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley is the well-know nickname for Santa Clara Valley. The nickname started in the early 1970's due to the number of silicon chip manufacturers. Today it is the headquarters for nearly 40 of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of start-up companies. Below are links to the communities that make-up the core of Silicon Valley.
Menlo Park is the best kept secret in the Bay Area. Tucked midst its more well known neighbor Palo Alto and affluent Atherton, it sits right between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of the Peninsula. It holds fast to its small town character, having almost the same population for decades, while it offers a sophisticated and contemporary lifestyle.
With its international reputation as a leader in technological development, educational prowess, California heritage tradition and outstanding climate, Palo Alto is quite an extraordinary place. Home to Stanford University, the town has been greatly influenced by the academic community and many Palo Alto residents first came to attend Stanford, and ended up staying, contributing to the city's diversity.
Located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Los Altos is one of the Bay Area's premier communities, due in large part to the city's natural beauty and convenient location between San Francisco and the Silicon Valley.
Named for its sweeping views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Mountain View is located in beautiful Santa Clara County. The town's forward thinking urban landscape boasts some of the top Fortune 1000 companies including Google, Symantec and Intuit.
Sunnyvale lies along the historic El Camino Real in Santa Clara County and is home to many high-tech and aerospace/defense companies including Yahoo! and Lockheed Martin. Part of the famous Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale's real estate has something for everyone.
Headquarters to Apple Inc. in Santa Clara County, Cupertino was primarily fruit orchards until after World War II when the area slowly transformed itself into present day Silicon Valley. Hosting over 60 high-tech companies, Cupertino considers itself the hub of Silicon Valley.
Home to Santa Clara University, California's oldest higher learning institution, and a number of computer, semiconductor and technology innovations, Santa Clara is the center of Silicon Valley. Santa Clara is a multi-cultural self-declared "All American City," which strives to hold onto the human touch by encouraging its residents to have a voice in all areas of development.
Campbell is a suburb of San Jose in Santa Clara County. Part of the major metropolitan area of Silicon Valley, it is known for its small town feel. "The Orchard City" was originally developed as an important rail center for area canneries and the downtown district has kept its historic turn of the century feel.
The Cambrian neighborhood of San Jose lies between Willow Glen and Los Gatos, and is bound by highways 17 and 85. Once its own town, Cambrian is home to many large shopping centers and a variety of local markets, making shopping here a breeze. Known for its easy, comfortable atmosphere, it is adorned with large, gorgeous homes on spacious lots.
A uniquely charming neighborhood of San Jose, Willow Glen was annexed in 1936, and today is an area steeped in history and tradition. Its lush tree-lined streets are accentuated with distinctive Victorian and Spanish-style single-family homes built in the early 20th Century. A pedestrian-friendly downtown with sidewalk cafes, coffee shops and vintage stores, is a dog friendly environment.
Not only does the prestigious city of Saratoga boast one of the highest median household incomes in all of the United States, it also ranks high on lists of best places to live in the country year after year. Saratoga's charming downtown offers a variety of restaurants, European-style bakeries and antique shops.
Los Gatos is one of the Santa Clara Valley's most desirable residential communities. It boasts great weather, breathtaking mountain views and a quiet village atmosphere. Just a short drive from the Santa Cruz beaches, Silicon Valley workplaces, and cultural attractions of San Francisco, Los Gatos offers the best of all worlds.