Welcome to Santa Clara
One of the most populous cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Clara has plenty to offer—Silicon Valley businesses, shopping opportunities, and lots of things to see and do. This bustling city at the heart of Silicon Valley is an amazing place to call home!
In 1777, the area known today as Santa Clara was colonized by the Spanish with the founding of the Mission Santa Clara de Asis. Santa Clara was incorporated as a town in 1852 and quickly became an agricultural hub known for its orchards and vegetable growing. The town continued to expand into the thriving city we know today as a high tech company epicenter.
The cost of living in Santa Clara tends to be high, as is typical for Silicon Valley. There is plenty of luxurious condo and apartment buildings in the area, with some stellar single-family homes available for purchase as well. Sprawling ranch homes are popular in Santa Clara, many with top-notch amenities.
What to Love
Convenient, desirable Silicon Valley location
Plentiful museums, shops, and restaurants
Fascinating historic sites
People and Lifestyle
Santa Clara is a diverse urban area that’s characteristic of the San Francisco Bay area, featuring plentiful events, farmers markets, shopping, and dining. Even though it’s a city, those looking for a community feel will love Santa Clara—there are tons of opportunities to get out and meet your neighbors.
Due to its tranquility and excellent school system, families love raising their children in Santa Clara. The local events also bring communities together, allowing residents to form lifelong friendships! Santa Clara is also home to business headquarters like Intel, Silicon Valley Bank, and McAfee, making it a popular place for working professionals who want to live near the office.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Santa Clara has plenty of amazing opportunities to offer its residents. From sporting events to stellar restaurants, you’ll never be bored in such a fun city!
Stop by Santa Clara’s premier shopping destination, Santana Row, for a fun day of retail therapy and delicious dining. Visitors can enjoy spas, salons, and retail favorites like Brandy Melville, Free People, Kate Spade, and Madewell.
Santana Row also offers lots of great restaurants, including casually elegant steakhouse LB Steak, Japanese hotspot Momosan Ramen & Sake, and delightful Italian pizzeria Pizza Antica. The shopping center is also home to your favorite places to grab a quick bite or cup of coffee, ranging from Starbucks to Peet’s Coffee.
Things to Do
As a Silicon Valley tech hub, Santa Clara is the perfect place for both work and play! From amusement parks to museums to annual festivals, there’s always something exciting to do.
Enjoy delicious food and lively entertainment at the San Jose Greek Festival, the Bay Area’s largest Greek festival that happens every June. The delectable treats are cooked and served up by local Greeks, and visitors can also enjoy live music and award-winning dance groups!
Catch a game or concert at Levi’s Stadium, an incredible football stadium that’s home to the San Francisco 49ers. The same stadium has hosted a Super Bowl, WrestleMania, various ice hockey games, and concerts for major recording artists. You’ll also love California’s Great America, an exciting theme and water park filled with rides and shows.
Santa Clara is zoned to the Santa Clara Unified School District, which boasts nineteen well-known and well-regarded schools. Local private schools include:
Stratford School, PK-8, private independent School
Saint Clare School, K-8, Catholic School
Live Oak Academy, K-8, Christian School