Sunnyvale has several neighborhoods recognized by real estate agents as highly desirable residential areas. The most popular include, Sunnyvale West, Snail, Ponderosa Park, Lakewood Village, and Heritage District.
There are other casual neighborhoods better known in smaller circles for their unique features or historical roots such as:
San Miguel is a residential area in the northern section of the city (including Fair Oaks Park) and is next Lakewood Village to the north and the SNAIL neighborhood to the west.
Birdland, a residential area with streets named after birds, primarily containing single family homes, occupying the south-easternmost section of the city.
Cherry Chase, a residential area with single-family homes. Cherry Chase lands used to be cherry and apricot orchards. Most houses have a heritage fruit tree in their back yards.
Sunny Arts, is a south central area, north of Fremont and west of Wolfe.
With the large number of companies headquartered or located in Sunnyvale, the city has become a magnet for high-tech professionals and employment for the industries supporting the high-tech businesses. Engineers and tech professionals are recruited from around the world as are new graduates to fill the constant need for a skilled technical workforce.
Sunnyvale county schools are highly rated for their academic excellence and extracurricular activities. There are 14 public preschool and elementary schools; four middle schools; and two high schools. There is one public charter high school, Magnolia Science Academy Santa Clara School. School Districts in Sunnyvale are Cupertino Union School District, Fremont Union High School District, Santa Clara Unified School District, and Sunnyvale School District.
There are 41 private schools, including preschool and elementary schools; nine middle schools; and three high schools.
Housing prices in Sunnyvale are generally higher than that in other similar-sized cities in the nation. With the facilities available to residents and the access to recreation in the Bay Area, many people choose to live in the Bay Area, including cities like Sunnyvale. Sunnyvale real estate prices are at par with most of the towns in its vicinity.
The average listing price for a home in Sunnyvale is $507,000. Median sales price is $579,000. Both data was gathered in May 2012.
In mid-2012, the price of homes is as follows: a one bedroom home cost $240,000; a two-bedroom home cost $400,000; a three-bedroom home cost $613,000 and a four-bedroom house was $886,000.
With most of the orchards in the valley already transformed into residences, there is less land available for development. Many people commute to work in Sunnyvale from the East and North Bay or from the areas further south of Sunnyvale.