Sunnyvale is a Silicon Valley tech hub with more affordable housing than many nearby communities. Residents enjoy close commutes to hi-tech businesses. Apple, Google, and LinkedIn have a large presence in Sunnyvale, along with large aerospace and defense firms. El Camino Real and U.S. Highway 101 make it easy to access other Silicon Valley and Bay Area communities. Sunnyvale’s top schools are a major draw for young families.
There is a clear distinction between Sunnyvale’s residential and industrial zones, with most homes located south of U.S. Highway 237 and major local employers located to its north. Homes within Sunnyvale are a mix of mid-century modern and contemporary single-family homes, town houses, and condominiums. There are also new developments, such as the luxury apartments of The Flats at CityLine, built within a recently revamped area of downtown that also houses an AMC Theatre and a Whole Foods Market.
Sunnyvale’s lively historic downtown district is centered on Murphy Avenue. There are a plethora of places to shop, dine, and drink along this street and those adjacent to it. For international cuisine, try the refined Chinese dining at Tao Tao Café and the hearty Middle Eastern dishes at Dishdash. Country Gourmet on the corner of Fremont Avenue and South Mary Avenue is another Sunnyvale standout, serving seasonal dishes using locally sourced ingredients. Murphy Avenue hosts many events, including a weekly Farmers’ Market held each Saturday year-round. The only week the farmers’ market isn’t open is during June’s Art, Wine & Music Festival, which features more than 350 artists and craftspeople. The Summer Series Music + Market brings a varied line-up of live music acts and vendors to Murphy Avenue each Wednesday between mid-June and late-August.
Local public schools include Cherry Chase and Cumberland Elementary Schools, Sunnyvale Middle School, and Homestead High School.
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