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The 4 Best Places to Live in Sunnyvale, California

May 27 2015
May 27 2015

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Sunnyvale, better known as the home to many high-tech companies such as Yahoo!, is located in Santa Clara County in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a population of 147,559 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Sunnyvale is the 39th largest community in California. Now whether you're reading this because you're planning on moving into Sunnyvale in the near future or you're just itching to learn more about this vivacious city, our goal is to make you more knowledgeable about the area by the end of this article. Keep in mind that Sunnyvale in itself is a great city that has a lot to offer, despite the neighborhood that you live in. Therefore we chose the "best" neighborhoods purely based on research and years of experience working as real estate agents in the Sunnyvale area. It's also important to note that although everyone has different preferences in terms of amenities, cost of living and education, we've tried to narrow it down to the top 4 neighborhoods that ranked high across the board in all categories. So get ready to become some new found Sunnyvale experts because here are the 4 best places to live in Sunnyvale, California.

The 4 Best Places to Live in Sunnyvale, California

SUNNYVALE QUICK FACTS:

1. Employment: Sunnyvale is a white-collar city, which means that majority of the people who live here are professionals, managers and sales/office workers. About 89.44% of the workforce have white-collar jobs, which is well above the national average. To break it down for you a little more, 19.94% of people living in Sunnyvale work in computer science and math, 12.38% have management occupations and 8.99% hold office/administrative positions. What's even more profound is that Sunnyvale has more people working in computer and math occupations than 95% of the places in the United States. As stated before, Sunnyvale is home to many high-tech companies such as Juniper Networks, Fortinet, AMD, NetApp, Sansion, Yahoo! and AppliedMicro. They don't call this city the hub of innovation and technology for no reason.

2. Social: There is a relatively high proportion of people living in Sunnyvale who are young, single and upwardly-mobile professionals. It's a great place for young, single professionals to find others like themselves who are looking for friendship and romance opportunities. Sunnyvale ranks in the top 1% statewide for the most well-paid single men and the top 3% for well-paid single women.

3. Education: If you have a 4-year degree, you'll feel right at home in Sunnyvale. Around 59% of adults in this city have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, compared to the national average of 22%. The best 4-year colleges nearest to Sunnyvale are Santa Clara University and San Jose State University.

4. Cost of Living: Compared to the rest of the country, Sunnyvale's cost of living is 153% higher than the U.S. average. This isn't surprising considering that the unemployment rate is at 4.5% (U.S. average is 6.3%). The per capita income in Sunnyvale in 2010 was $45,977, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $183,908 for a family of four.

5. Transportation: Although majority of the community travels by personal automobiles, a substantial number of people use public transportation. This benefits everyone in the area by reducing both traffic and air pollution. People seem to either catch the bus or carpool to work every morning. The average commute time is 23 minutes, while the national average is 25 minutes.

6. Demographics: Sunnyvale is a very ethnically diverse city, with the majority being either white (32%) or Asian (39%). The city also has a sizable Hispanic population, which accounts for 18% of the residents. Another interesting fact is that 44.2% of the city's population was born in another country. Although English is the dominant language, some other helpful languages to know if you're planning on moving into the area are Spanish, Chinese and Hindi.

7. Real Estate: The median sales price for homes in Sunnyvale from Feb 2015 to May 2015 was $1,121,500. This represents an increase of 22.6%, or $206,500, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 24.6% compared to the prior year. The overall median home cost is $944,300, with home prices appreciating by 15.6% in the last year. This basically means that the real estate market is on fire and that it's a great time to sell your home. If you are interested in selling your Sunnyvale home, contact us today!

Most expensive Sunnyvale neighborhoods

1. S Mary Ave/W Evelyn Ave (Sunnyvale West)

S Mary Ave:W Evelyn Ave

Neighbors and demographics

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Best Fit For: College Students/Young Professionals

If you're on a tight real estate budget, this may not be the area for you considering that it's one of the most expensive Sunnyvale neighborhoods to live in. S Mary Ave / W Evelyn Ave median real estate price is $1,107,287, which is more expensive than 93.1% of the neighborhoods in California. The average rental cost is currently $1,875, which is higher than 73.4% of the neighborhoods in California. The real estate is primarily made up of small (studio to two bedroom) to medium sized (three or four bedroom) apartment complexes/high-rise apartments as well as single-family homes, and most of the residential real estate is renter occupied.

An interesting fact to point out is that Sunnyvale West has more Asian residents than nearly any neighborhood in America. In fact, 39.9% of this neighborhood's residents have Asian ancestry. About 12.2% of the residents five years and above primarily speak Chinese at home, which is higher than 98.7% of the neighborhoods in America! What's even more interesting is that 2.1% of residents are living with a same sex partner. This makes Sunnyvale West an area that truly stands out from the rest due to the fact that it has a greater concentration of same sex couples than 95.1% of U.S. neighborhoods. Talk about an area that's ethnically, culturally and sexually diverse! Now the only potential downfall to some people is that it's a college student friendly environment, which means the area is going to be noisier than most. While it's not an environment for everyone, it's a great place for college students considering the easy commute, the diverse group of ambitious scholars and the above average safety rating.

2. Town Center Ln/Town and Country (Heritage District)

Town Center Ln:Town and Country

Town Center Ln:Town and Country domographics

Town Center Ln:Town and Country housing details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Fit For: Light Commuters/Young Couples

Town Center Ln / Town And Country is really the heart of Sunnyvale considering the fact that it's home to the famous S Murphy Ave and Sunnyvale's Cal-Train station. The median real estate price is $863,043, which is still more expensive than 86.9% of the neighborhoods in California but a little more affordable than S Mary Ave/W Evelyn Ave area. The average rental price is currently $1,827, so not much of a break if you're looking to rent. Statistics show that this neighborhood has a higher income than 84.6% of the neighborhoods in America.  If your dream is to be able to ride your bike to work each day, look no further than this unique neighborhood. With 3.9% of residents in the Town Center Ln / Town And Country neighborhood commuting on a bicycle to and from work daily, this neighborhood has more bicycle commuters than 96.2% of all neighborhoods in the U.S.

An interesting fact about this area is that 0% of the children seventeen and under are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate than 99.9% of America's neighborhoods. Another unique aspect to point out is that 4.9% of the residents five years old and above primarily speak Hindi (the official language of India) at home. While this may seem like a small statistic, it's higher than 99.4% of the neighborhoods in America. The only downfall to living in this area is that it might get a bit noisy at night depending on how far you living from the Cal-Train station.

3. E El Camino Real/Poplar Ave (Ponderosa Park)

E El Camino Real:Poplar Ave

E El Camino Real:Poplar Ave neighbors and demographics

E El Camino Real:Poplar Ave housing details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Fit For: Retirees/Urban Sophisticates

E El Camino Real/Poplar Ave is more of an urban neighborhood rather than a hip/trendy one. The median real estate price is $870,639, which is more expensive than 87.1% of the neighborhoods in California. The average rental price is currently $2,134, which is higher than 84.3% of the neighborhoods in California. In our opinion, this isn't the area for young adults looking for a short-term place to live. It's more so for those nearing their retirement age who are looking for a quiet, peaceful neighborhood with low crime rates.

E El Camino Real/Poplar Ave is among the top 6.4% of retiree-friendly neighborhoods in California. Most of the residential real estate is occupied by a mixture of owners and renters.

An interesting fact about this neighborhood is that 68.5% of the residents have earned a bachelor's degree. This is a higher rate than 96.1% of U.S. neighborhoods, which makes it truly unique. In addition to being an excellent choice for active retirees, this neighborhood is also a very good choice for urban sophisticates and highly educated executives. Another interesting fact is that 42.3% of this neighborhood's residents have Asian ancestry and 1.2% have Armenian ancestry.

4. Lakehaven Dr/Lakewood Dr (Lakewood)

Lakehaven Dr:Lakewood Dr

Lakehaven Dr:Lakewood Dr neighbors and demographics

Lakehaven Dr:Lakewood Dr housing details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Fit For: Baby Boomers

Lakehaven Dr / Lakewood Dr median real estate price is $635,324, which is more expensive than 72.5% of the neighborhoods in California. The average rental price is currently $2,266, which is higher than 88.1% of the neighborhoods in California. Although it may not be smart to rent in this area, it sure is an affordable place to buy real estate. We recommend this neighborhood for those who grew up in the Baby Boomer generation (1945-1964) because an incredible 88.6% of the homes were built during this era. So when you walk its streets or drive through, this neighborhood has a look and feel that harkens to that era in American life.

An important thing to note is that although this neighborhood is among the 15% highest income neighborhoods in America, there's a good mixture of residents suffering from extremely low incomes. Statistics show that 11.1% of the children seventeen and under are living below the federal poverty line. Another interesting fact is that 27.4% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Tagalog, which is the first language of the Philippine region, at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 99.9% of the neighborhoods in America. Residents of this neighborhood must also really love automobiles because statistics show that 52.2% of the households here have four, five, or more cars. That is more cars per household than in 99.3% of the neighborhoods in the nation.

For more information about the best places to live in Sunnyvale, contact your Eichler Real Estate & Sunnyvale Real Estate Experts today.

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