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Saratoga Real Estate
Set at the western border of Silicon Valley, Saratoga is located to the west of San Jose in Santa Clara County. This San Jose suburb in the Santa Clara Valley has a population of 29,926, as of the 2010 United States Census, and has been named as one of the most prestigious zip codes in the country. Saratoga real estate found within the city’s 12.38 square miles is primarily owner-occupied single-family homes and, while recently named the most expensive suburb in the state, deals on Saratoga homes for sale can be found by including foreclosures, short sales and bank owned homes when shopping for Saratoga real estate.
Some people who choose Saratoga real estate are drawn to this San Jose suburb by its reputation for having the charm of a small town with a high quality of life. High-end boutiques dot quaint streets, students enjoy excellent public and private schools, and Saratoga real estate owners enjoy an array of attractions and amenities, such as wineries and the numerous city-maintained hiking trails in the Blue Hills neighborhood.
Saratoga began as a European settlement in 1848 with the construction of a sawmill near what is now the downtown core. Once known as Campbell’s Gap – after the sawmill’s founder, William Campbell – the name was changed to McCarthysville in 1851 when the town that is now Saratoga was founded by Martin McCarthy, who constructed a toll road to the Santa Clara Valley after leasing Campbell’s mill. Although officially named McCarthysville and having a post office established under that name in 1867, locals referred to the town as Toll Gate – referencing the toll gate located on the Saratoga real estate that is now home to the intersection of 3rd Street and Big Basin Way. The town was also known as Bank Mills for a short time after an industrial boom that resulted in a number of factories and other companies being established on Saratoga real estate. Finally, the city was named Saratoga, in reference to Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1865. This came after springs were discovered that were similar in mineral content to the Congress Springs in Saratoga Springs.
In the early 1900s, agriculture took over much of Saratoga real estate, and orchards and vineyards become commonplace. Some of these can still be seen today and act as a living reminder of Saratoga’s agricultural history. The city was officially incorporated in 1956, and now Saratoga real estate is highly sought after for its more rural, small-town appeal as a bedroom community largely serving workers in the high-tech industry. Other attractions that increase the demand for Saratoga real estate include Hakone Gardens, the Villa Montalvo Arboretum and Motalvo Center for the Arts, numerous parks and easy access to outdoor activities in the Santa Cruz Mountains.