Next year will mark Sunnyvale’s hundredth anniversary. Back in 1912, the city was blanketed by fruit orchards and fields of sweet corn—long- since replaced by homes and high-tech campuses. Yahoo, Juniper, Palm, and Nokia call Sunnyvale home, as do Lockheed Martin and Honeywell. If there are jobs to be had in California, they’re to be had right here in Sunnyvale.
There are beautiful homes to be had here too, which reflect the suburban nature of the community.

For example, there’s a townhouse at 331 South Mary Avenue, located in the back of a carefully tended complex, which offers plenty of privacy with all the advantages of townhouse living. There are three bedrooms and 2.5 baths arranged on two floors, connected by an oak staircase. All the bedrooms are generously spaced, and the master suite is large by any standard.

The fireplace is the centerpiece of the living room, while glass doors lead out to a private backyard. The eat-in kitchen opens up to a patio, and there is extra storage space in the attic. This home is going for just $489,000, with a down payment of $97,800.

For larger families who want to stay within a budget, there’s a six-bedroom, three-bath home at 163 West Arques Avenue. At 1,890 square feet, it’s a very spacious, two-storey home set off from the street to offer extra privacy. The kitchen and large living room open up to a lovely deck, surrounded by a big back yard, complete with its own koi pond and fruit trees.

The kitchen is tiled, but the remaining downstairs floors are all carpeted. If, however, you want something more modern, the carpets can be removed to expose the original hardwood floors.

The upstairs consists of a large master bedroom suite and three additional bedrooms. The remaining two bedrooms, along with the living room, are located on the ground floor. When Grandma and Grandpa come to visit, they can have their own ground floor room and bath without having to shuffle the kids around. And the home is a bargain at $679,000.

Another beautiful home can be found in the well-known Cherry Chase neighborhood. Most of the houses in this neighborhood are three-bedroom, two-bath ranch homes, but at 915 Mockingbird Lane there’s a lovely four-bedroom, two-bath home, built in the classic 1950s ranch style.

The home features a large kitchen with hardwood floors and cabinets and modern stainless steel appliances. Though there is no formal dining room, there is a casual, granite-topped breakfast counter, and it opens up to a vast living room, making it perfect for entertaining guests.

The master bedroom, with a sizeable walk-in closet, is also spacious, and the attached bathroom has recently been remodeled. This beautiful home in one of Sunnyvale’s most popular neighborhoods can be yours for $799,000.

Sunnyvale has changed considerably in the past hundred years. High tech may have replaced the farms and orchards, but the town still maintains a relaxed, safe atmosphere in the heart of Silicon Valley.