Saratoga, California is a city in Santa Clara County. It is located west of San Jose, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The area was settled by Europeans in 1847. As with many other areas in the valley, Saratoga became an agricultural area. There are some orchards and vineyards from that period that still exist today. After the second world war, the town began to grow and became urbanized. It incorporated in 1956 to avoid being annexed to the city of San Jose. Now Saratoga is a residential community that boasts a small-town character. Saratoga is covered by zip code 95070 and has approximately 31,000 people that live there.
Suburban Saratoga is known for its small-town character as well as the many high-end restaurants and wineries. There is also a vibrant art community. The community offers a mix of exciting things to experience. Within the city limits, Saratoga has beautiful redwood forests and the foothills there are great for wine grapes and the valley floor, which once had orchards, are now full of homes, churches, and schools. There are some major attractions, some of which are the Villa Montalvo, the Mountain Winery, and the Hakone Gardens. The Hakone Gardens is on the National Trust for Historic Preservation, one of the oldest Japanese estates in the west. On 18 acres in the hills of Saratoga, you’ll find a koi pond garden, a dry landscape garden and you can enjoy art as you enjoy tea in a quiet place of peace. The Gardens are available for special events like weddings, meetings, and retreats. Those who appreciate art will also enjoy the Montalvo Arts Center located in a Mediterranean-style villa that includes gardens, hiking trails, indoor and outdoor theatres as well as a small gallery and an artists residency.
Saratoga real estate reflects the affluence of the area. The many neighborhoods feature ranch homes that are four bedrooms and Mediterranean custom designed home with four to six bedrooms. Many of the homes sit on a quarter acre to one acre lots. There are also townhomes and condominiums available. Schools in the city are highly rated, and the town has many family-owned businesses, reflecting the small town feel and the resulting friendliness. Besides the local options, you will find additional amenities just a short 10-minute drive away to San Jose. These things combine to make this a must consider destination for homebuyers searching in the San Jose area. If you would like more information regarding homes for sale, please contact us today and allow us to assist you.
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