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Alameda County
Aromas
Campbell
Cupertino
East Salinas
Hollister
Monterey
Morgan Hill/Gilroy
North Monterey County
Pacific Grove
San Benito Co
San Jose - Blossom Valley
San Jose - Cambrian
San Jose - Almaden Valley
San Jose - Santa Teresa
San Jose - South San Jose
San Jose - Willow Glen
San Juan Bautista
Santa Clara
Watsonville
 
Aromas TOP OF PAGE

Aromas, is in the Watsonville area. It is located in the Monterey Bay area within California's Pajaro Valley, about 95 miles south of San Francisco. Watsonville is a part of Santa Cruz County and a rich agricultural community that is famous for its strawberries, applies and cut flowers. It is also a very ethnically diverse and young community with a population that is over 60% Hispanic and almost 32% under the age of 18. It is the 21st largest Hispanic market in the United States.

Agriculture and food processing are major employers within Watsonville and the surrounding areas. In keeping with recent trends, however, other opportunities have opened up in the area including light industry, manufacturing, tourism and service oriented businesses.

Children in Watsonville are educated within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, which includes 16 elementary schools, three junior high schools, two high schools and one continuation high school. For higher education, residents can attend community college at Cabrillo in Aptos, or its outreach center in Watsonville. They can also take advantage of classes at the nearby University of California in Santa Cruz.

Located right on the Central California coast, Watsonville is near many of the state’s most beautiful beaches. Swimming, surfing and camping are all popular pastimes in Watsonville. Watsonville is also home to the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, which is the host of several major events throughout the year including an annual Burrito Bash and Cinco de Mayo celebration. In addition, the annual West Coast Antique Fly-in and Air show takes place at the Watsonville Airport.

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Campbell TOP OF PAGE

Almost surrounded by San Jose, Campbell is located close to Silicon Valley Industries and is home to many high tech firms. At one time famous for its prunes, Campbell celebrates its heritage with an annual Prune Festival and has named one of its major shopping malls “The Prune Yard.”

One of Santa Clara County’s older suburbs, Campbell has many long-time residents who know each other. A town prides itself on being sophisticated yet retaining a small-town atmosphere.

Schools rank well above the 50th percentile with some in the 90s. Community support is strong with at least two bonds having been passed in recent years for improvements. Crime rates are low to average.

A more or less middle-class town, Campbell’s homes are mostly three bedroom. There are many restaurants and plenty of shopping. The downtown has been nicely upgraded and includes many small shops and coffee houses.

Residents enjoy a 30-acre community center with gyms, auditorium, track and tennis, as well as a year-round pool and fourteen parks. There is a pleasant bike trail along a local creek, which will take you into Los Gatos. Balmy Santa Clara Valley with average temperatures add to the enjoyment with winter lows around 50° and summer averages around 80°.

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Cupertino TOP OF PAGE

Cupertino is world-renowned for the quality of its schools, which score very high. Many schools have won state and national recognition for academic excellence. Computer education is outstanding in this district. Vice President Al Gore once visited the city’s Monta Vista High School and Homestead High was honored at a White House ceremony. Community and business support is very strong for education in Cupertino.

Close to the heart of Silicon Valley, Cupertino offers a short commute to most high tech firms, including the headquarters for both Tandem Computers and Apple Computer.

Cupertino is an attractive city, rising from flatlands to hills. It has a wide variety of housing choices. Homes in the hills are more expensive, ranging as high as $1 million-plus in price. Those on lower ground are more moderately priced.

While schools receive most of the attention in Cupertino, recreational activities are plentiful as well. The city itself offers over 200 activities from painting to karate and the soccer leagues draw over 1,000 children. The after-school music program and Shakespeare for the Kids are popular. Family’s can enjoys 13 parks, a nature preserve, and a racquet club as well as bowling and ice-skating. The local Junior College, De Anza, offers many classes for the community.

Residents enjoy the city events such as the arts and wine festival, Heritage parade and De Anza Days under pleasant skies with winter average temperatures of around 50° and summer averages around 80°.

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East Salinas TOP OF PAGE

In April's 1999, Readers Digest poll ranked Salinas in the top 25 cities for the best place to raise a family. Entrepreneur Magazine, regarded as small business authority, ranked Salinas among the top ten cities for small businesses opportunities.

The City of Salinas anchors the northern part of the Salinas Valley and is the Monterey County seat. The city stands in its historic rural setting, poised to capitalize on the opportunities of the future. With a population exceeding 130,000 there is constant pressure to grow.

Old town Salinas continues is the heart and soul of this thriving community. Splendid examples of Victorian and later era architecture create a pleasurable atmosphere for visitors, professionals, specialty shops, restaurants and community events. The new National Steinbeck Center, a 40,000 square-foot facility in the heart of old town, pays tribute to the Salinas-bred Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck and attracts hundreds of visitors each day.

The Salinas City Hall and the Monterey County Administrative Offices, both within walking distance of old town attract an array of business and support services. The nearby nexus of interstate highways plus the Monterey-Salinas Transit system and the future inter model transit center offer convenient access to and from old town setting the stage for a surge of visitors to old town.

The Greater Salinas Valley is home to a $2 billion agricultural industry. Rich soil and a superb climate provide the foundation for the success of a variety of crops that feed the world. The huge labor force generated by the agricultural industry has brought on a surge of affordable housing, enticing more and more people to the area. Our County also boasts a $1.8 billion tourism industry, as thousands of visitors come to the area each year, exploring the beauty of the valley and nearby Monterey Peninsula.

With tremendous social, economic, and geographic diversity, the region promises a bright future for a variety of business interests.

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Hollister TOP OF PAGE

The City of Hollister is the largest city in San Benito County, with 59% of the population, and is the County Seat. The City was incorporated on March 26, 1872 and was named after Colonel W. W. Hollister, who drove a flock of sheep across the continent to the San Justo Ranch, on which the community was founded. The population as of January 1, 1999 was 28,394. The moderate climate of the City of Hollister is provided by cool ocean air, which enters the County from the west, through the Chittenden Pass. This has the effect of providing warm, but not hot, summer and mild winter temperatures. San Benito County is situated in the Central Coast region of the state, between the Gavilan Range of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range. The City of Hollister lies in the County's northern portion, and is located about 100 miles southeast of San Francisco, 40 miles east of Monterey and 300 miles north of Los Angeles.

Historically, agriculture and associated businesses have been the primary economic activities in the City. The City has become a popular relocation spot for many urban Californians looking for a simpler, more meaningful way of life. The influx of new business and residential development blends with the century-old charm of Hollister's downtown. The Main Street revitalization program has focused efforts to preserve downtown's historically significant architecture and encourage new economic ventures. Hollister is seeking clean, compatible industries to enrich the economic climate, while preserving the high quality of life enjoyed by Hollister residents.

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Monterey TOP OF PAGE

In one sense, like Carmel, there are two Monterey’s. Residents refer to Old Monterey and New Monterey. Old Monterey is the area, which boasts a history dating back to the founding of the city by the Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola in 1770. It is home to all the grand historical buildings, as well as some of the oldest homes on the Central Coast.

It is indeed an historic community with its downtown district, several large hotels, the Monterey Conference Center, and famous Fisherman's Wharf.

New Monterey stretches from the Presidio of Monterey (which houses the Defense Language Institute) to the Pacific Grove City limit, and includes historic Cannery Row. New Monterey grew into being as the home of the many cannery workers that lived and worked here-the Spanish, Portuguese and Italian immigrants who developed the once-prosperous fishing industry.

With its population of about 33,000, Monterey boasts nearly 13,000 households and an average income of over $66,000. The average age of its residents is around 35 years. Nearly 3,000 of the households claim to have lived in their present homes for more than 11 years.

There are no new housing subdivisions in the city of Monterey, so home sales are almost solely previously owned properties. Since more than 8.000 of these homes range from 30 to over 100 years old, they often have a special character and charm. Most of them have been upgraded over the years retaining much of their original style. Newer homes can be found in greater Monterey, located in unincorporated areas adjacent to the city.

One of these areas is spread along the Monterey-Salinas corridor (Highway 68) from Bay Ridge to San Benancio Canyon. Here one can find a mix of country living and hill top views. Sunshine is a regular feature here just about any time of year. It's particularly well suited for Salinas’s commuters who want to live the Monterey Peninsula lifestyle.

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Morgan Hill/Gilroy TOP OF PAGE

Located just south of San Jose, Morgan Hill and Gilroy has plenty of open space and a peaceful, country feel. With a mostly middle class professional population, Morgan Hill and Gilroy are home to many young families and has a variety of recreational opportunities for them to take advantage of. Lake Anderson is close by as are three golf courses, several regional parks, tennis, softball, soccer, and a myriad of other activates. Weather is usually accommodating with winter temperatures averaging about 58° and summertime temperatures averaging about 83°.

One of Santa Clara County’s fastest growing cities, most of Morgan Hill and Gilroy, homes were built within the last 30 years. There are many brand new housing developments

Many residents make a 1/2-hour to 1 hour commute to Silicon Valley regions such as San Jose, Santa Clara or Sunnyvale but several major employers, including Abbott Labs, Media Arts and Anritsu, have recently located to the area offering more job opportunities locally.

Downtown Morgan Hill and Gilroy has been renovated and is the site of a summer music and Garlic Festival, occasional the communities have street dances and holiday parades. Crime in the city is low. Schools rank in the 60th to 80th percentile and they have strong family support.

When the San Francisco Chronicle identified the 16 best family towns in the Bay Region, Morgan Hill and Gilroy, were the only towns in Santa Clara County that made the list. Pay, a visit to theses charming towns and you will quickly see why.

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North Monterey County TOP OF PAGE

Prunedale is an unincorporated community, and is located in the scenic canyons and wooded hills of north Monterey County, California. Recent median income is $56,881. Average 33.7 years. Depending on whom you ask, the community covers from 3 to 38 square miles with a population of 16,432. The newly approved Prunedale Census Designated Place will encompass many more square miles.

It is 8 miles north of Salinas and 55 miles south of San Jose, seven miles east of Moss Landing and the Pacific Ocean. It is nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains to the north, the Diablo Range on the southeast and the Sierra de Salinas, which serves as a backdrop to the rich agricultural Salinas Valley to the south.

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Pacific Grove TOP OF PAGE

Pacific Grove (or "P-G" as the locals call it) likes to refer to itself as America's Last Home Town-a real sleeper as California towns go. It prides itself on the fact that it is a community of families, which retains a small town atmosphere and where housing is largely comprised of older, and often smaller, homes with "character."

P G is a quaint Victorian village located at the northern-most tip of the Monterey Peninsula.

This charming town has an old-fashioned aura, perpetuated by nickname such as "Butterfly Town U.S.A". Because of the huge population of Monarch butterflies, which make its home there during the winter months. The city is bounded on all sides by neighboring Monterey, Pebble Beach and the Pacific Ocean, and as such has no space for its 17,000 population to expand.

Founded in 1875 by California Methodists, Pacific Grove boasts some of the most spectacular shoreline on the peninsula, with walking and riding paths stretching along the shore for miles. Its original Methodist creators as plots for tent cabins divided its smaller lots, as PG was originally a religious campground. It also prides itself on the fact that it has a large number of beautiful Victorian-era homes, some turned into popular bed-and-breakfast establishments. Many of the early homes have small plaques attached, which provide the viewer with the name of the original owner and the date of construction.

The city lists around 7,500 housing units, most of which are single-family dwellings. The average income is around $60,000 and the median age is slightly above 40 years.

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San Benito Co TOP OF PAGE

Enjoy country living with an easy Silicon Valley commute. North County, as locals refer it to, is a peaceful, idyllic region about 15 minutes north of downtown Hollister. Ranchers and farmers still mainly populate the area, and those industries are full productive year-round, which lends to the "getaway" feeling when driving through this area. It's strange to think that the city of Gilroy is only 15 miles away! Between the new ranch homes being built, and the many old farm houses that dot the landscape, North County is an eclectic blend of yesterday's real estate meeting tomorrow's.

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San Jose - Blossom Valley TOP OF PAGE

Offering friendly neighbors, a quiet life style and convenient access to shopping, transportation and recreational areas, Blossom Valley is perfect for those seeking a calm atmosphere in close proximity to everything.

Located in the southern end of San Jose, the Blossom Valley area is made up of mostly family-style homes clustered in neighborhoods where you will find the familiar sights of kids on bikes and parents talking to each other in their yards. This is an area to which families seem to gravitate. The schools are strongly supported by parents and children score well on standardized testing.

The popular Oakridge Mall anchors an area full of quality shopping in the Blossom Valley area. Here you will find major department stores as well as smaller specialty stores. There are many top-rated restaurants in the area, supplying residents with a wide choice of dining possibilities, from casual to elegant. Recreational opportunities also abound and include golfing, swimming, hiking, movie theaters and even a small water park with miniature golf.

Highways 101, 85, 87 and 280 are close by with light rail offering quick and easy access to downtown and nearby businesses.

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San Jose - Cambrian TOP OF PAGE

The Cambrian neighborhood is about four square miles nestled in a quiet West San Jose location. Known for its wonderful family neighborhoods, excellent schools, convenient commute and easy shopping, Cambrian has long been a desirable address.

Located in one of Money Magazine’s top ten most livable US cities, Cambrian has a very low crime rate and many high-ranking schools. Students in the Cambrian area attend the Cambrian School District, which holds very high academic standards. Students average in the top quartile on both the reading and mathematics sections in standardized testing and the school receives grants to support effective, progressive instructional strategies in literacy such as the Noyce Grant Program.

Close to downtown San Jose, yet far enough to escape the “big city” feel, Cambrian can enjoy San Jose’s professional hockey team, a symphony, art, culture, and recreation, whole also taking advantage of its own neighborly atmosphere and convenient shopping.

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San Jose - Almaden Valley TOP OF PAGE

San Jose’s Almaden Valley is an area of lush vegetation, upscale, family oriented homes and easy access to quality shopping. Simply defined by San Jose’s 95120 ZIP code, the Almaden Valley has lots to offer.

For recreation, this area is hard to beat. The New Almaden Mines and the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum is a wonderful spot to explore and learn with many historic houses and buildings. Also popular is the Alamitos Creek and the Alamitos Creek Trail. Almaden Lake is a popular place for swimming in season, boating, picnicking, and fishing. For golfers, there is the Almaden Valley Country Club.

Home too many high-tech employees, the Almaden Valley is home to IBM’s Almaden Research Center. Those who commute to work will find easy access to all freeways, plus the convenient Almaden Light Rail Station and the Almaden Expressway.

Students attend any one of four elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school, all served by the San Jose Unified School District. Schools score well in standardized testing and benefit from the support of a caring community.

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San Jose - Santa Teresa TOP OF PAGE

San Jose’s Santa Teresa neighborhood is tucked into the foothills of south San Jose about ten miles south of downtown San Jose. Picturesque and family-oriented, this neighborhood grew up around Santa Teresa IBM, which is one of the area’s major employers.

Santa Teresa is a relatively new neighborhood, with most homes having been built over the past three decades. Homes in the area are moderately priced, well maintained and there is a strong feeling of community. Parks have sprung up around schools and neighborhoods and you will find many places for recreation and relaxation.

Santa Teresa County Park is one of the County’s biggest parks and is located in the Santa Teresa Hills. This diverse 1,688-acre park, rich in history, offers spectacular views from its trails and secluded upland valleys of the park provide a quiet spot for exploring the natural environment minutes away from the surrounding developed areas. Here you’ll find a variety of recreational opportunities. The Santa Teresa Golf Club, operated by a concessionaire, offers an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole/par three course. The clubhouse includes a restaurant and pro shop. Electric carts are available for a fee. Also located in the golf course is a banquet facility, available by reservation. The park also offers over 14 miles of unpaved trails for equestrian, hiking and bicycle use.

On the flatlands of Santa Teresa is Rancho Santa Teresa Swim and Racquet Club and you will find many small neighborhood parks as well. Shopping is plentiful and convenient with several strip malls and a large regional shopping mall nearby. For those commuting to work, transportation is easily accessible with local light rail stop and many bus stops around the area. Highway 101, 85 and 87 are also convenient.

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San Jose - South San Jose TOP OF PAGE

San Jose has consistently ranked among the top ten of Money Magazine’s most livable cities in the United States...and no wonder! San Jose has the lowest crime rate of any metropolis in the country; it has many high-ranking schools, its own professional hockey team, a symphony, art, culture, recreation and many activities. Zero Population Growth rated it the fourth best city in the state for raising children in 1995.

A mostly middle class, family town, San Jose is the third most populous city in the state. It is viewed by many as the capital of Silicon Valley and has a good employment base with lots of industry plus a major airport. San Jose is home to many major electronic firms including Adobe System headquarters with 2,000 employees and Novell, with 3,000 employees.

San Jose is a very desirable city with homes both on flat land and on hills. Housing variety is plentiful with styles ranging from brand new contemporary to charming old world style bungalows.

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San Jose - Willow Glen TOP OF PAGE

When discovered by pioneers, this area was a forest of impenetrable, giant willows and wild blackberries. Once cleared, it exposed the richest soil in Santa Clara valley, producing the finest fruits, berries and vegetables. Now, it is one of San Jose’s most popular established neighborhoods.

Located south and slightly west of downtown San Jose, historical Willow Glen is bounded by the Guadalupe River, Los Gatos Creek, and Coe and Curtner Avenues. "Downtown Willow Glen" is on Lincoln Avenue where you will find quality shopping and upscale dining.

Quaint and handsome, Willow Glen has many trees and gardens that surround beautifully maintained homes—many of which were custom-built in the 1930s and retain their old world characteristics. It has been said that Willow Glen has some of the finest old homes in San Jose.

Very community oriented, Willow Glen has parks that offer basketball, handball, tennis, soccer, volleyball courts, exercise courses, athletic fields and picnic areas. Los Gatos Creek has recently been renovated by the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and now provides a lovely trail for biking, running or walking. During the summer, residents can take advantage of free basketball, volleyball, table tennis, weigh training and recreational swimming offered through the local gym and pool.

Easily accessible to downtown San Jose by side streets, residents also have access to a Caltrain station and can quickly get to Highways 17 and 280.

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San Juan Bautista TOP OF PAGE

San Juan Bautista is located in the San Benito Valley on Highway 156, 3 miles east of Highway 101 and 7 miles west of Hollister. It is a mission town, which was founded in 1797 and incorporated as a city in 1869. Rich in history, San Juan Bautista is devoted to its mission and makes a point of not doing anything to upstage it. There are very few tourist attractions in the town and development is kept to a minimum. As a result, this beautiful town has a lot of country atmosphere and has as its highlight, the largest mission in California. Mission San Juan Bautista is also one of the few California missions that have been saved almost completely intact.

Many of the homes in San Juan Bautista are beautiful, old residences. Some of the buildings around the mission are more than 100 years old. Many of these have been remodeled into stores with modern wiring, but you will still find some historic residences. People tend to move into this town and stay so it has a definite hometown feel.

If you like shopping for antiques or arts and crafts, San Juan Bautista is your kind of town. There are lots of shops to explore. You’ll also find several good restaurants as well as five parks, including a state historic park that surrounds the mission. In a day trip, you can drive to the world famous Pinnacles National Monument or to Fremont Peak State Park, where an astronomical observatory is open to the public. There is also a new golf course is just a few miles from the heart of the city. San Juan Bautista also offers unique cultural experiences through the "Living History" events held each month and the famous theatrical presentations by El Teatro Campesino.

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Santa Clara TOP OF PAGE

Well-established and nicely maintained, Santa Clara is the third most populace city in Santa Clara County. Home to Santa Clara University, Mission Santa Clara, Mission College and the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara has much to offer in the way of education and arts. The school district in Santa Clara includes many diverse neighborhoods and students generally score well on standardized testing. Some of Santa Clara’s schools are located in the renowned Cupertino School District. Parents are supportive of the arts in schools and work to maintain their programs.

In Santa Clara, you will find many homes built in the Fifties and Sixties, as well as an “old quad” neighborhood near Santa Clara University where there is historic pre-World War II housing. You will notice that residents have lovingly maintained their homes with considerable renovation and remodeling.

With more than 31 parks and playgrounds, residents can enjoy tennis, baseball, basketball and many other recreational activities. Great America is a major amusement park and destination for families both within and outside of the area. In addition, there are many restaurants, youth centers and shopping centers. Known for turning out Olympic swimmers, the Santa Clara International Swim Center is another of Santa Clara’s claims to fame.

Centrally located, freeways and parkways through and around the city making commuting to work a breeze. Cal Train travels to San Francisco and the light rail starts at Great America and goes to South San Jose. Santa Clara is also close to San Jose International Airport.

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Watsonville TOP OF PAGE

Watsonville is located in the Monterey Bay area within California's Pajaro Valley, about 95 miles south of San Francisco. Watsonville is a part of Santa Cruz County and a rich agricultural community that is famous for its strawberries, applies and cut flowers. It is also a very ethnically diverse and young community with a population that is over 60% Hispanic and almost 32% under the age of 18. It is the 21st largest Hispanic market in the United States.

Agriculture and food processing are major employers within Watsonville and the surrounding areas. In keeping with recent trends, however, other opportunities have opened up in the area including light industry, manufacturing, tourism and service oriented businesses.

Children in Watsonville are educated within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, which includes 16 elementary schools, three junior high schools, two high schools and one continuation high school. For higher education, residents can attend community college at Cabrillo in Aptos, or its outreach center in Watsonville. They can also take advantage of classes at the nearby University of California in Santa Cruz.

Located right on the Central California coast, Watsonville is near many of the state’s most beautiful beaches. Swimming, surfing and camping are all popular pastimes in Watsonville. Watsonville is also home to the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, which is the host of several major events throughout the year including an annual Burrito Bash and Cinco de Mayo celebration. In addition, the annual West Coast Antique Fly-in and Air show takes place at the Watsonville Airport.

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