Welcome to Cupertino/Sunnyvale
Thriving Silicon Valley communities with large tech companies and beautiful nature preserves
Cupertino and Sunnyvale, Calif., are communities in Silicon Valley. The communities are located in Santa Clara County, about 20 minutes west of San Jose and bordering Los Altos, Mountain View, Santa Clara, and Saratoga. They are part of the San Francisco Bay Area South Bay region, mainly known for their high-tech companies, including Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard, and Google.
Cupertino is a thriving community, put on the map when Apple made the city its headquarters in 1978. Cupertino has continued to grow over the last 40-odd years. Before the early 1980s, Cupertino and its surrounding communities were speckled with orchards and canneries. However, with the genesis of Silicon Valley came technological changes that have influenced the world, beginning with Cupertino.
Sunnyvale is adjacent to Cupertino and offers excellent commute access to all Bay Area tech companies. Its downtown Murphy Street is vibrant and off the beaten path, not easily stumbled upon unless you know it’s there. The community offers residents excellent access to the area's many activities and cultural offerings, including arts and music scenes, restaurants, and various cultural venues.
What to Love
- Booming economy
- Central location in Silicon Valley (Apple headquarters)
- Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
- Shopping and dining of all cultures
Cupertino and Sunnyvale are booming communities perfect for families, businesses, professionals, startups, and outdoor enthusiasts. Sunnyvale/Cupertino is part of the San Francisco Bay Area and provides opportunities for swimming, golfing, hiking, wine tasting, horseback riding, mountain biking, and other activities. Cupertino has access to mountains and nature preserves, including Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, which is excellent for day trips and camping. These communities are a blend of Silicon Valley and natural landscapes for a balanced and adventurous lifestyle.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Located in the buzzing newer district of Cupertino called Main Street, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar has a relaxed, lodge vibe and serves a mix of American cuisine like pot roast, pasta, stir fry, and burgers.
Also on Main Street is Oren’s Hummus, a Mediterranean restaurant with attentive staff and a nice ambiance. Up in Sunnyvale, Dishdash Middle Eastern Cuisine is a vibrant and colorful restaurant that serves hearty meals. Garlic Mediterranean Grill and Catering, a counter-service eatery, serves simple dishes like falafel, kebabs, and sandwiches. Rounding out the area’s many Eastern restaurants, Kabul Afghan Cuisine is an upscale dining spot that serves delicious meats, vegetarian dishes, and traditional Afghan meals.
One of the best steak houses in the area is Alexander’s Steakhouse, located in Cupertino. Cupertino and Sunnyvale are filled with walkable shopping centers where locals can find dining, entertainment, and stores.
Things to Do
McClellan Ranch Preserve is a protected area and environmental education center where locals learn about local nature and wildlife. The ranch offers excellent hiking on its 18 acres and features a working farm, great for family outings. You and the kids can interact with small farm animals and tour the ranch house, milk barn, blacksmith shop, and water tower.
Cupertino Union School District serves more than 14,000 students in the Cupertino community and parts of Sunnyvale and Saratoga. It is a kindergarten through eighth-grade system with 19 elementary schools, five middle schools, and one K-8 school. Sunnyvale School District serves more than 5,500 students in the Sunnyvale community and parts of surrounding areas. Along with traditional schools, the district has a comprehensive preschool program. Students may attend:
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