Santa Clara is one of the busiest little cities in the area. Not only are most points in Santa Clara only 10 minutes away from San Jose International Airport (SJC), but it provides quick, easy access to freeways such as the 101, 280, 880, and many more.
Santa Clara was officially founded in 1777, making it one of the oldest communities in the Bay Area. It was given its name from the Mission Santa Clara de Asis, which was one of several Spanish missions that were planted in the area. While California received statehood in 1850, Santa Clara didn’t officially incorporate for another two years, in 1852.
Technology companies and entrepreneurs have helped to make Santa Clara a key part of the famous Silicon Valley. Companies such as Intel and Nvidia call Santa Clara home, while there are several other Fortune 1000 companies with headquarters close by in Silicon Valley. With all of this information in mind, it’s no wonder that many young tech professionals flock to Santa Clara. There is an abundance of jobs available in the ever-expanding technology field.
However, Santa Clara isn’t all about work. There is also plenty of entertainment options. Most notably, Santa Clara is the site of Levi's Stadium, the actual home of the San Francisco 49ers, one of the most successful NFL teams in league history. In addition to being home to the 49ers, Santa Clara residents also enjoy the quick access to the nearby San Jose Sharks of the NHL and the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. However, there are also plenty of options for non-sports fans.
Every year, millions of tourists and residents converge on Santa Clara to check out on of the biggest amusement parks in the state, California’s Great America. The massive amusement park is home to some of the most exciting rides you’ll find anywhere in the world. In addition to rides that cater to thrill seekers, there are also plenty of dining, shopping, and entertainment options right there in the park.
However, many of the attractions that make Santa Clara so desirable revolve around art and culture. There are several museums in the area, including The Triton Museum of Art, The Intel Museum, and The de Saisseet Museum.
Situated only miles from the San Jose International Airport, the Great Mall of the Bay Area is a shopping center that truly lives up to its name, providing some of the best shopping in the world to the residents of Santa Clara. With over 200 stores inside, shoppers can find a wide variety of fashion, food, and other interests. There are world-class boutiques, chain stores, and more inside. You can also check out Santa Clara Town Centre, another massive shopping center here in town. A bit like the Great Mall, the Santa Clara Town Centre is home to a huge variety of stores, coffee shops, restaurants and more.
Santa Clara is also home to some of the best restaurants in the country. Fine dining options, check out Mio Vicino and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar provide some of the best dining experiences you can find anywhere. There are also a host of fast casual dining options, chain restaurants, bars, nightclubs and more. If you’re looking for a place to grab a nice dinner, or you’re planning a night on the town, Santa Clara has plenty of options.
The Santa Clara Convention Center also hosts a multitude of events throughout the year. With everything from technology seminars to concerts, there is never a shortage of activity at the convention center.
Education is one of the most important things in Santa Clara, and if you’re looking for a good education for your children, Santa Clara provides plenty of options. Santa Clara’s public schools are among the best in the state, with standardized test scores indicating that the Santa Clara school system is in the top 5% of public schools in the state of California. A deeper dive into the Santa Clara educational system indicates that the average math proficiency for students in Santa Clara is at 57% (California state average is 40%) and the average reading proficiency is an astounding 64%, while the California state average is 51%.
With so much going for it, it’s certainly no surprise that the Santa Clara real estate market is so competitive. On average, properties in Santa Clara sell for more than $1.4 million, and many of them are on the market for less than two weeks.
With properties moving so quickly, it’s important that you have an agent in your corner who can help ensure that you get the best deal in your transaction. Whether you’re buying or selling a property in a market as competitive as Santa Clara, having an experienced REALTOR who knows the area is crucial.
I would love the chance to earn your business and help guide you through your real estate transaction in Santa Clara. For years, I’ve been helping clients in the Bay Area buy and sell properties, and I know that I can help you. If you’re looking to purchase a new property in the area or you’re ready to sell your home, contact me today!