Welcome to Santa Clara
One of Silicon Valley’s most sought-after areas
Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is home to several high-tech companies. Living here allows residents to enjoy proximity to San Jose while offering a more laid-back lifestyle. With a population of just over 130,000, residents enjoy a variety of things to do, including arts and culture, sports, chef-driven restaurants, and shops.
Santa Clara was originally founded in 1777 as Mission Santa Clara de Asis and was officially incorporated as a town in 1852. In 1862, it became a state-chartered city. During this time, the city encompassed an area that was only over two miles long and a half-mile wide. Soon, orchards and family farms began popping up, resulting in a thriving agricultural scene.
The majority of Santa Clara County is filled with ranch-style homes, but that doesn’t mean that’s all there is! A drive through the neighborhood will reveal everything from Tudor-style homes to Victorians.
What to Love
- Close access to nature
- Taking part in the Art & Wine Festival
- Catching a game or show at Levi’s Stadium
People & Lifestyle
Set amidst scenic rolling hills, Santa Clara could hardly be in a more idyllic setting. The city is composed of 23 constituent neighborhoods, each with its own personality and vibe. Santa Clara is known for its bustling and thriving atmosphere, offering residents plenty to enjoy.
Many families and young professionals make up the population here. Residents enjoy an urban-suburban feel with close access to nature. As well, the plethora of parks and green spaces, top-notch schools, and large tech companies are just a few of the qualities that attract people here.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Santa Clara offers plenty when it comes to dining, shopping, and entertainment. Start your morning off with a sweet treat from Stan’s Donuts.
Since first opening in 1959, Stan’s has gained fame for its menu of mouthwatering donuts and sandwiches. The Fish Market
serves high-quality seafood options at affordable prices in a casual setting. If you prefer burgers, then you’re sure to love St. John’s Burgers
. This old-school restaurant is determined to create the best burger in Silicon Valley.
If you’re ready to shop ‘til you drop, head over to Rivermark Village
. This premier shopping destination is filled with retailers, restaurants, and spas. Catch a San Francisco 49ers game or a concert at Levi’s Stadium
—one of the premier sports and entertainment venues in the world.
Things to Do
In Santa Clara, there’s plenty to do and see. The city is known for its exciting, revolving list of social events and festivals that take place year-round. The Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival
has been a celebrated part of the community for the past 40 years. Attracting thousands of visitors, this family-friendly festival has arts and crafts galore, live music, and food and wine.
To soak up the sunshine or get in a round of tennis, head over to Central Park
. This 52-acre park features a children’s play area, an amphitheater, tennis courts, basketball courts, and much more. When it comes to making memories, check out Great America
. This massive amusement park is jam-packed with thrill rides, water attractions, live entertainment, and food.
Santa Clara is home to several excellent schools. Top educational institutions include:
- Millikin Elementary School
- Mission Early College High School
- Santa Clara University