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About the City of Saratoga

It should come as no surprise to residents that in 2016, six of the 10 most expensive housing markets in the U.S. are located in the Bay Area.

As well, it won’t shock anyone looking at houses for sale in Saratoga that the city topped that list – the most expensive U.S. city in which to buy a home. That fact hasn’t stopped buyers from pursuing their dreams of living in a city with the number one public school district in the country. A city that offers its residents plenty of cultures, shopping, dining, and recreation.

Read on to learn more about Saratoga, California.

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David Sawyer, own work, via flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Schools in Saratoga

It’s a well-known fact that homes near quality schools hold their values better than homes near poor-performing schools. Saratoga’s excellent schools, therefore, get at least partial credit for the area’s high home values.

If you choose to send your child to public school, he or she will attend schools administered by several school districts:

West Valley Community College is conveniently located in the Saratoga community for students who want to stay local during their post-secondary education.

If you prefer a private school for your child, you’ll be happy to know that Saratoga offers several choices.

Things to do in Saratoga

Fans of the arts will love living in Saratoga. The Montalvo Arts Center is located here and provides residents permanent installations, a visual arts gallery and even concerts.

Folks from across the Bay Area can visit an old Japanese estate, retreat and gardens. Hakone Estate & Gardens is one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s premier sites and 100 years old.

The Saratoga Civic Theater is the scene for performances offered by South Bay Musical Theatre, and symphony fans have their very own Saratoga Symphony to enjoy.

Lastly, the famous Mountain Winery, formerly the Paul Masson Mountain Winery, where you can enjoy concerts, weddings, events, and corporate meetings in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Saratoga’s Outdoor Amenities

When it comes to your leisure time, you won’t need to leave the city to get outdoors. You’ll find about a dozen city parks and the fabulous Sanborn County Park in which to hike, picnic, camp and more.

Golfers tee it up at the Saratoga Country Club. This is a private club and members enjoy the course, the tennis courts, pool, fitness center, dining facilities and the very active social calendar.

Homes in Saratoga

One of the first things you may notice when looking at homes for sale in Saratoga is the lack of street lights in the neighborhoods. Then, you may wonder why so many of the neighborhoods don’t have sidewalks.

There’s a well-planned reason behind this and it lies in the city’s zoning codes. They’re meant to maintain a more rural vibe in the area.

Eighty-six percent of Saratoga’s more than 11,000 housing units are owner-occupied. These homes range in ages, with about one-third of them built in the 1960s. The homes built prior to the 1940s and in the 2000s, however, are typically among Saratoga’s priciest.

Look to spend between $1.1 million and more than $10 million for a single-family home for sale in Saratoga.

Keep in mind that housing markets change frequently and so do home prices. Feel free to contact us for current home prices in Saratoga.

Looking to Buy or Sell a Home in Saratoga?

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, working with an experienced, knowledgeable, and qualified real estate agent or broker will make the home buying or selling process easier.  Make sure your agent or broker understands your needs, the market, and has local expertise.

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