Ok, let’s get this out of the way upfront: Gilroy is the “Garlic Capital of the World.” But it is also so much more than that. Sitting snugly against the slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Gilroy is a jewel just south of Silicon Valley’s crown.
Schools in Gilroy
If you’ll be sending your children to public school when you buy a home in Gilroy, they’ll attend classes in one of the 13 schools operated by the Gilroy Unified School District.
High-ranking schools in the district include Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy, serving students in grades 9 through 12. The school has a small enrollment of only slightly more than 240 students and it ranks in the top 5 of the states more than 2,000 public high schools.
In fact, in 2017, the school’s students outperformed 99.8 percent of all California high school students.
Gilroy is also home to Gavilan College, which offers Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees as well as certificates in nursing, administration of justice, aviation maintenance technology, cosmetology, computer science and others.
If you prefer private school for your student, you won’t have to go far. Gilroy private schools include St. Mary School, Rebekah Services (for special needs children) and Pacific Point Christian Elementary School.
Gilroy arts, entertainment and events
Living in Gilroy means never having to travel far to experience the arts, entertainment and fun events. Residents of Gilroy enjoy the South Valley Civic Theatre, South Valley Symphony, Gilroy Museum, Gilroy Center for the Arts, The District Theatre and more.
Annual events in Gilroy include:
- Day in the Country
- Fifth Street Live Concert Series
- Garlic City Car Show
- Gilroy Art & Wine Stroll
- Gilroy Garlic Festival
- Gilroy Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
- Gilroy Kids Triathlon
- Gilroy Restaurant Week
- Gilroy Tamal Festival
- PorchFest Gilroy
- Tequila Tasting
Dining and shopping in Gilroy
Gilroy offers the variety of dining and shopping amenities typically found in cities twice its size. Shopping enthusiasts flock to the city’s Gilroy Premium Outlets, with more than 145 stores.
The über-walkable Downtown Gilroy is home to many quaint cafes, services, and shops. Then, there are the numerous retail centers, scattered throughout Gilroy.
Dining out brings yet more choices for Gilroy residents. Some of the area’s most popular eateries are those that serve brunch, but residents also enjoy Italian, Mexican, Indian, Vietnamese, barbecue and Thai cuisine.
Gilroy also offers a number of wineries to visitors and residents alike. Fortino, Kirigin Cellars, Hecker Pass Winery, and Solis are just a few from which to choose.
Getting outdoors in Gilroy
Those golf clubs won’t have a chance to gather dust when you buy a home in Gilroy. Residents choose from muni tracks to high-end country club facilities when they need to spend a “good walk spoiled” in Gilroy.
Residents who love to spend a day fishing on a lake head to Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch, east of Gilroy. Other popular parks in the area include Henry W. Coe State Park (with 87,000 acres) and Christmas Hill Park, for those who enjoy taking to the trails.
Most of Gilroy’s 15,000 residential units are single-family homes, with 57 percent occupied by the owners. Most were built within the past 45 years or so, but you can find vintage homes for sale in Gilroy.
Homes for sale in Gilroy are typically priced from the mid-$500,000s to more than $4 million.
Prefer a custom home? Unlike many other Silicon Valley communities, there is lots of vacant land for sale in Gilroy.
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