If you’ve ever wondered where “The Center of What’s Possible” is located, take a trip to the City of Santa Clara, in Silicon Valley.
We’re sure you’ll agree with the more than 116,000 residents that quality schools, an excellent transportation system and an economy and jobs market fueled by some of the giants in the tech industry make this an excellent city in which to settle into Santa Clara real estate.
Schools in Santa Clara
The more than 15,000 public school students who live here are served by Santa Clara Unified School District. The district administers 17 elementary schools, one K through 8 school, three middle schools, two conventional high schools and four alternative.
The students of Santa Clara Unified School District have seen their performance increase steadily every year since 2013. The District currently ranks 239 of 853 public school districts in the state.
Millikin Basics + Elementary School (“an alternative education program,” according to the District) is the highest-ranked school in the district — 28th of 5,650 elementary schools in California. The students here outperform 99.5 percent of the state’s other elementary schools.
If you prefer private school for your children, you’ll find many in Santa Clara from which to choose:
- Santa Clara Christian
- Stratford School
- Granada Islamic
- St. Lawrence Elementary and Middle School
- Live Oak Academy
- St. Justin
- Monticello Academy
- St. Clare School
- North Valley Baptist School
- Sierra School
- Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE School)
Many local students remain close to home for their secondary education and attend Mission College, Santa Clara University or Golden State Baptist College.
Things to do in Santa Clara
Buy a home in Santa Clara and you’re in a prime position to take advantage of all the amenities the city offers, from two performing arts venues, a number of museums, convention center and the professional Levi’s sports stadium to the 100-acre California’s Great America amusement park.
Like Silicon Valley’s other cities, Santa Clara hosts a number of annual events. Some of the most popular include:
- Concerts in the Park
- Tree Lighting Ceremony
- Annual Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebration
- Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival
- Concerts in the Park
- July 4th All-City Picnic & fireworks spectacular
Santa Clara dining and shopping
The most popular eateries in Santa Clara serve vegan, barbeque, Korean, Japanese, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. You’ll find restaurants in just about every neighborhood in the city.
When locals need to shop, they typically head to Westfield Valley Fair Mall or Santana Row to visit the more than 150 retailers, service providers, the cinema or the restaurants. While not actually located within city limits, it sits just over its southeast border.
Outdoor recreational opportunities in Santa Clara
The City of Santa Clara takes their outdoor amenities seriously, offering 247 acres of parkland in 33 parks.
The most popular park among locals is the fabulous Central Park. It includes 52 acres with plenty to keep you busy, including:
- Picnic facilities
- Children’s play area
- Lighted tennis courts
- Basketball courts
- A huge recreation Center
Nearby is the George F. Haines International Swim Center, the Fatjo Sports Center, Santa Clara Tennis Center, a lake, bowling green and more.
“Parents” of the four-legged spend time at the city’s only off-leash dog park, the 1.5-acre Raymond G. Gamma Dog Park.
Santa Clara homes for sale
Starter homes in Santa Clara include condos and townhomes. Prices fluctuate, but you can sometimes find very small units (about 650 square feet) priced in the mid-$400.000s. As a rule of thumb, however, budget for at least $600,000 for a Santa Clara townhouse or condo for sale.
The detached, single-family home inventory in Santa Clara includes a variety of architectural styles. Starter homes are typically priced at around $800,000, topping out at around $4 million.
Real estate markets are fluid and prices change, so feel free to contact us if you’re interested in current prices of homes for sale in Santa Clara.
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