Welcome to Sunnyvale
Welcome to Sunnyvale, the second largest city in Silicon Valley and home to numerous high tech companies that have helped give the Valley its moniker. But Sunnyvale was not always a tech mecca, as with many of the cities in Santa Clara County, it has agricultural beginnings. It was founded by Martin J. Murphy in 1849, who acquired a 4,800 acre ranch where he cultivated an orchard and established his residence. It is no coincidence that Sunnyvale’s small but charming downtown is centered on Murphy Street, named in his honor. By granting rights to Union Pacific Railroad to build on his ranch, Murphy substantially accelerated settlement, agriculture, and commerce here. As orchards gave way to homes and modern industries, Sunnyvale became the city it is today, rich with character and opportunities.
For over 147,000 residents, Sunnyvale has an array of neighborhoods which offer a spectrum of homes styles and richness of amenities. South of El Camino Real you find these neighborhood:
Cherry Chase “charmers”, referring to the cozy homes in the Cherry Chase Neighborhood, give families an inviting place to call home and take advantage of one of the top performing schools in the state, Cherry Chase Elementary. The West Valley Neighborhood is ideal for those who seek a more suburban feel, with spacious Sunnyvale homes for sale and some of the largest lots in the city. The Central Sunnyvale Neighborhood has an eclectic mix of modern, contemporary, and Eichler homes, tucked away in quiet neighborhood pockets, while affording ease of access to daily life necessities and city services. Birdland Neighborhood offers quaint and old fashion way of life with garden-like traffic circles and walkability to phenomenal parks. Cumberland Neighborhood is filled with tree-lined and gently curving streets and pleasant curb appeal. Parkland Neighborhood homes surrounds two fantastic parks. These homes are practical and spacious, constructed with families in mind.
In the region north of El Camino Real, the neighborhoods are a blend of residences and high tech offices and business. These neighborhoods are more affordable because a greater percentage of the homes are town homes or condominiums. Their detached homes are typically smaller and older. Sunnyvale East’s numerous condominium and town homes are ideal residences for those who work in the dozens of electronics research and development companies nearby. Heritage District Neighborhood appeals to those who enjoy and appreciate historic town character, and strolling to Downtown dining and shopping. Sunnyvale West attracts first time home buyers with ample number of town homes of various size, styles, and price points; all ideally located close to commute routes to nearby high tech offices and beyond. Lastly, Sunnyvale North is a juxtaposition of newer luxury town homes and original, utilitarian single family homes.
A large part of what makes Sunnyvale so desirable is the impressive list of world renowned companies based here. The city’s largest employers include Lockheed Martin, Apple, Network Appliances, Juniper Networks, and Yahoo. And this comes as no surprise that Sunnyvale’s population is well educated, with almost 59% holding bachelor’s degrees. This concentration of high tech jobs brings significant employment opportunities and hence a great deal of employees to Sunnyvale, providing a solid foundation of home value and desirability. This can be seen in Sunnyvale’s increasing desirability as a relatively more affordable option as compared to Palo Alto, Mountain View, and Menlo Park, while still being within a commutable distance to many of the major companies in Silicon Valley if citizens are not fortunate enough to work in town.
And as the population has grown, citizens have supported a redevelopment of the former Sunnyvale Town Center mall, which now is anchored by several big box stores and hosts
Complementing the strong presence of high tech coupled with renewed interest in redevelopment and modernization is the multitude spiritually enriching city gems that create a vibrant, strong community. There are over two dozen neighborhood associations, robust, well-endowed and popular community centers, a plethora of culturally and ethnically diverse local businesses, social and community organizations, and 18 award winning parks!
While the appearance of Sunnyvale has changed dramatically over its over 100 year history, you will see hints of its past as you drive down its major thoroughfares, from the C.J. Olsen Cherry Stand on El Camino Real, to the Corn Palace farm off Lawrence Expressway, citizens are reminded of how their city started and are able to contrast it with how it has kept pace with the development trends of Silicon Valley.
2016 Sunnyvale Sales (YTD)
Median Price: $1,498,000
Average Days on Market: 16
Total Sales: 453
Average Price per Sq. ft.: $908
Highest MLS Sale: $2,650,000
Lowest MLS Sale: $725,000
*Call your DeLeon Area Specialist for neighborhood specific analysis.