Welcome To Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale is a sought-after residential area with many top schools. The seventh most populous city in the Bay Area, the city is a big part of the Silicon Valley tech scene with many locally- headquartered tech firms. The city is within easy reach of other Silicon Valley tech hubs—it’s bordered by Mountain View and Los Altos to the west, Cupertino to the south, Santa Clara to the east, and the SF Bay and portions of San Jose to the north. Sunnyvale has a popular downtown area centered on Murphy Avenue with an inviting selection of restaurants, bars, and specialty shops.
Sunnyvale’s housing options include a mix of mid-century and contemporary single-family homes alongside luxury apartment and condominium complexes.
What to Love
- Sought-after and convenient city
- Live music and outdoor movie nights
- Murphy Avenue historic downtown
- Top local schools
People & Lifestyle
Sunnyvale is home to many tech workers employed in companies located within the city and other areas of Silicon Valley. For commuters, Sunnyvale has two Caltrain train stations as well as access to several major highways, including I-280 in the south, El Camino Real (Route 82) in the center of the city, and the Bayshore Freeway (Route 101) and Route 237 in the north. Most of the city’s tech firms are concentrated in the northernmost portion of the city. The rest of Sunnyvale consists mostly of relaxed residential neighborhoods with parks, playgrounds, and sports facilities.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Murphy Avenue and the streets surrounding it form Sunnyvale’s vibrant historic downtown district. Michelin Guide-featured Middle Eastern restaurant DishDash is one of many premier eateries lining Murphy Avenue. Specialties such as juicy chicken shawarma wraps, crisp falafel, and black olive-topped baba ghanoush are served in a colorful dining space decorated with artwork or on their outdoor patio. Their extensive menu also includes delicious grilled kebabs, mouthwatering lamb slow-cooked over an open hearth, and plentiful vegetarian and vegan options. Tao Tao Cafe serves traditional Chinese and Mongolian fare in a refined setting. Gumba’s Italian Restaurant is a longtime Murphy Avenue favorite for classic pasta dishes with homemade sauces and gourmet pizzas made from scratch. Gumba’s also has a great selection of wine and beer as well as tempting handcrafted desserts. Other Downtown Sunnyvale businesses include hip coffee shops such as Philz Coffee and Coffee & More. Tech workers often head to convivial Irish pubs Murphy’s Law and Fibbar MaGees or craft beer spots River Rock Taproom and Off The Rails Brewing Co. for after-work drinks.
Things to Do
Sunnyvale Art, Wine & Music Festival takes place over the first weekend in June on Murphy Avenue. The festival features more than 350 talented artists from across the nation, as well as live performances from some of the Bay Area’s top local bands. Drinks on sale at the festival include sangria, margaritas, champagne, craft beers, and high-quality wines. Music On Murphy runs on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from July through September with live performances along Murphy Avenue. There are also free family-friendly movie screenings on Murphy Avenue throughout September during Movie Night Under the Stars. There are numerous public parks dotted throughout Sunnyvale. Ortega Park is one of the largest, spanning an entire city block. This 5.5-acre green space features a skatepark, a playground, a community center, basketball courts, multi-purpose sports fields, and a swimming pool with a splash play area.
Sunnyvale is served by the Sunnyvale, Cupertino Union, and Fremont Union High Public School Districts.
- Cherry Chase Elementary, Public, K-5
- West Valley Elementary, Public, K-5
- Homestead High, Public, 9-12