Do you want to learn more about Sunnyvale or are you thinking about moving there? Here are the top 7 things you need to know about this beautiful Silicon Valley city!
1. It’s a populous city that retains a small town charm.
Despite having a population of 153,185 according to the 2018 U.S. Census, Sunnyvale doesn’t feel as crowded as it is. With 772 acres of parks and open space located in neighborhoods throughout the city, there is ample space for walking, running, playing sports, having a picnic, or just enjoying nature.
Downtown Murphy Street has a vintage feel of lined-up storefronts and restaurants, and a train station across the street for ease of transportation. Every Saturday morning, the downtown streets are closed for the Sunnyvale Farmers Market that boasts local produce and products.
2. There’s actually PARKING.
Unless you’re supremely lazy and insist on being 15ft away from your destination, you will never have to worry about parking in Sunnyvale. There are four huge parking structures within two blocks of downtown, and yet another structure currently being built to accommodate customers of the new AMC Theater and Whole Foods. Additionally, there are several surface parking lots even closer to downtown. I’ve never seen another downtown area in Silicon Valley with so much free parking.
3. It’s always sunny in Sunnyvale.
You knew it was coming because I’m sure every Californian from anywhere brags about their weather, but there’s no way I can’t talk about it. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Sunnyvale has an average of 37 rainy days per year, and 260 sunny days per year. The national average is 73 rainy days and 205 sunny days. The average temperature in December, our coldest month, is 58 degrees; and in July, our hottest month, is 79 degrees. If that’s not pleasantly perfect, I don’t know what is!
4. You can have any type of food you want.
If you have trouble deciding what to eat, Sunnyvale doesn’t make it easy on you because there’s SO MUCH to choose from. We’ve got Afghan, American, Anatolian, Chinese, German, Hawaiian, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican, Microbreweries, Middle Eastern, Persian, Thai, and Vietnamese. Drool over the full list of restaurants or just walk around downtown until you find something you like.
5. Home prices are reasonable…CONSIDERING…
According to Redfin, the average price for a home in Sunnyvale is $1.7 million. But hear me out! Compared to the average price of a home in the small towns surrounding Sunnyvale, $1.7 million is reasonable. The average home price in Palo Alto is $2.6 million, Menlo Park $2.4 million, Cupertino $2 million, and Los Altos $3.1 million.
I bet $1.7 million looks pretty good right about now, and with salaries adjusted for the cost of living in the area, it’s completely doable.
6. Your commute will also be reasonable.
Sunnyvale is arguably at the center of the tech giants in Silicon Valley. Apple is in Cupertino and Netflix in Los Gatos, just to the south. Google is in Mountain View and Facebook in Menlo Park, to the west. Cisco, Adobe, Intel, and eBay are in San Jose, to the east. Yahoo! and Linkedin are actually IN Sunnyvale so if you work at either of those, your commute will be amazing!
7. We like to have fun!
Every Wednesday night in the summer, Sunnyvale features a new artist who performs on Murphy Street for the Sunnyvale Summer Series Music & Market. You can dine outside at a restaurant and listen to the music, or bring your own lawn chair and park yourself in the street next to the stage.
If you’re less into dancing to music in the streets and more into the finer things in life, the Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival is held every year in June and features, well, exactly what it says. Art and wine. Who doesn’t love wine?
There you have the top 7 reasons why Sunnyvale is a fantastic place to live! If you want to learn more or are interesting in buying a house in the area, I am happy to help! We can get you set up on tours of available Sunnyvale homes in no time at all.