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Santa Clara, the technological heart of Silicon Valley, set its reputation as a popular and pricey city years ago. Home to many tech companies, California’s Great America theme park and the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara has become one of the Bay Area’s most desirable cities. Santa Clara’s proximity to major attractions draws in many locals hoping to settle in a safe area. An hour's drive out of San Francisco and 15 minutes away from the heart of San Jose, Santa Clara’s accessibility appeals to many Bay Area residents. Tech workers, families and other professionals make their home in Santa Clara where they can work, eat and play in relative luxury.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Santa Clara, CA is $2,055 for a studio, $2,453 for one bedroom, $3,027 for two bedrooms, and $3,518 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Santa Clara has increased by 5.3% in the past year.

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Avg Sq Ft
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Studio
436
$2,055
1 BR
733
$2,453
2 BR
1,040
$3,027
3 BR
1,222
$3,518
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Ratings

53 Walk Score® Somewhat Walkable
40 Transit Score® Some Transit
55 Bike Score® Bikeable

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Restaurants

Most of Santa Clara's restaurants and bars center around Highway 82 in the middle of town, but several well-rated restaurants lie in Santa Clara's outer northern parts. This multicultural city offers a large array of options so you are sure to find what you are craving, from Korean to Greek to Italian and beyond.

Kenny's Cafe off De La Cruz Boulevard serves everything from bacon cheeseburgers to spicy pork bibimbap. The cafe plasters itself with photos of its regular customers, and the staff demonstrates care for their patrons. Try the teriyaki chicken special on the Korean side of the menu, or settle for a spicy chicken bowl. Either way, most locals find themselves full after a trip to Kenny's.

Residents looking for a real fine-dining experience choose Parcel 104 in Santa Clara's Marriott. Chef Bradley Ogden puts together fine meals, like chuck tail, shrimp salad, and daily grilled fish. Go for the breakfast buffet in the morning for well-cooked quiche and potatoes, as well as crispy bacon.

Santa Clara breaks for lunch at Athena Grill, famous for its gyros and combination plates. Santa Clara residents praise the hummus and pita bread appetizers, and vegetarians like the falafel pita and falafel plate complete with garlic fries and Greek salad. For the most part, locals trust Athena Grill to put together an authentic and filling Greek meal.

Stop by Woodhams Sports Lounge off Stevens Creek Boulevard on weekends to check out some live music or to sing karaoke. Dancing fans in Santa Clara enjoy traveling to Taste Nightclub for a night out, but other locals prefer to go to downtown San Jose once they put their dancing shoes on.

History

The first European to visit Santa Clara, Jose Francisco Ortega, founded Mission Santa Clara and kicked off the settlement of the area by Europeans. Previously, Ohlone people lived in Santa Clara. Gold seekers came to Santa Clara in the mid-19th century, and farmers moved to the city to cultivate agriculture. Several preserving companies popped up in the valley. In recent years, however, Santa Clara transitioned from an agricultural town to a tech city, functioning as the center of Silicon Valley. Nowadays, workers from all around the world come to Santa Clara to work and live.

Santa Clara promotes an art scene, and the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University displays modern art and artifacts from the mission. Cloud Concepts, in the center of Santa Clara, shows off surreal and colorful art. Residents make sure to stay in town for the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival in the fall.

Transportation

Most Santa Clara locals choose to get around town in their cars. Long streets and a large population make Santa Clara fairly crowded on the main streets, though pedestrians like to walk in their neighborhoods and down the street to restaurants if possible. However, walking on the main roads can be dangerous.

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority provides bus lines and a few rail lines through Santa Clara. Because Santa Clara receives many commuters to Silicon Valley every day, commuting into Santa Clara via public transit may be a good option for many workers. Otherwise, drivers can get to San Francisco on Highways 101 and 237 or travel to the East Bay on Interstates 880 and 680.

Locals find it fairly easy to hail a Santa Clara cab or to get a ride from a ridesharing service such as Uber or Lyft. Residents generally find parking on the street, but outer Santa Clara becomes crowded during 49ers games. Take caution driving around Levi’s Stadium during a game due to the large amount of traffic.

Santa Clara began planning bikeways years ago, and now most major roads have wide bike lanes for bicyclists to use. The welcoming Santa Clara weather makes biking a fruitful exercise for those who want to get somewhere without needing to drive their cars.

Cost

Santa Clara residents have a higher cost of living than the national average. The city’s location amid tech companies make it popular for many people, and that continues to maintain the high cost of living. Additionally, the average one-bedroom apartment in outer Santa Clara rents for $2,246.24 a month.

Expect to pay $2 for a one-way ride on Santa Clara VTA buses and light rails throughout the city and valley area. An annual pass subscription costs $770. Santa Clara drivers typically pay 12 percent more for gas than the national average, and getting a beer at a local pub costs about $4.

Shopping

One large shopping center in Santa Clara, Rivermark Village, houses grocery stores like Safeway and businesses like Just Breathe Yoga. Mercado Shopping Center, a larger shopping mall, houses T.J. Maxx for those who want to go clothes shopping and also has a movie theater.

Most Santa Clara residents travel to San Jose for malls with many clothing stores, such as Santana Row and Westfield Valley Fair, where residents can shop at high-end stores like Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, and Balenciaga. A number of hobby shops scatter around the Santa Clara area, including AeroMicro, which specializes in remote control devices. Stop by AeroMicro to pick out an RC car or to buy parts.

Safeway and Walmart provide locals with large-scale grocery shopping in Santa Clara. Small markets such as Euro Market sell goods from Europe and from the former Yugoslavian countries. Make sure to pick up the imported Eastern European chocolates. For fresh produce, locals go to the center of town to the Santa Clara Farmers' Market, and residents like the baked goods and hummus as well.

Parks

Outer Santa Clara locals have a few parks to choose from, and many like Ulistac Natural Area and Lick Mill Park. Ulistac features 40 acres of open space that display seven natural habitats and numerous wildlife species. Check out the vegetation and places like the Bird and Butterfly Garden. Bring a dog along to this free park, but keep him on a 6-foot leash at all times.

Lick Mill Park, located across the street from Ulistac, gives kids a chance to play in its large play area and recreation building. Families can play tennis and basketball on the athletic courts or even have a barbecue in nice weather.

Santa Clara locals don’t go to those parks for festivals, but they do stick around for museum open houses, concerts and performances by local theater groups and the Santa Clara Chorale. Keep an eye on the Levi’s Stadium schedule for fun events, such as monster truck rallies.

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Santa Clara, the technological heart of Silicon Valley, set its reputation as a popular and pricey city years ago. Home to many tech companies, California’s Great America theme park and the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara has become one of the Bay Area’s most desirable cities. Santa Clara’s proximity to major attractions draws in many locals hoping to settle in a safe area. An hour's drive out of San Francisco and 15 minutes away from the heart of San Jose, Santa Clara’s accessibility appeals to many Bay Area residents. Tech workers, families and other professionals make their home in Santa Clara where they can work, eat and play in relative luxury.

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