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Adult Village
Alameda County
Alviso
Amesti/Green Val. Rd
Aptos
Aromas
Atherton
Belmont
Ben Lomond
Big Sur Coast
Big Sur Coast
Big Sur Coast
Bonny Doon Central
Boulder Creek
Brisbane
Brookdale
Burlingame
Campbell
Capitola
Carmel
Carmel Highlands
Carmel Highlands
Carmel Highlands
Carmel Highlands
Carmel Highlands
Carmel Valley
College Road
Colma
Contra Costa Co.
Corralitos
Cupertino
Daly City
Davenport
Del Rey Oaks
E. Palo Alto
East of Highway 17
East Salinas
El Granada
Empire Grade Road
Felton
Foster City
Half Moon Bay
Hillsborough
Hollister
La Honda
La Selva Beach
Larkin Valley
Live Oak
Loma Mar
Lompico-Zayante
Los Altos
Los Altos Hills
Los Gatos Mountains
Los Gatos/Monte Ser.
Marina/ Former Fort Ord
Marina/ Former Fort Ord
Menlo Park
Millbrae
Milpitas
Moffet Field
Montara
Monterey
Morgan Hill/Gilroy
Moss Beach
Mountain View
North Coast
North Monterey County
North Monterey County
North Monterey County
North Salinas
Out Of Area
Pacific Grove
Pacifica
Palo Alto
Pebble Beach
Pescadero
Portola Valley
Redwood City
Redwood Shores
Ridgemark
Rio Del Mar/Seascape
Salinas Monterey Hwy
Salinas Monterey Hwy
Salinas Monterey Hwy
Salinas Monterey Hwy
San Benito Co
San Bruno
San Carlos
San Francisco
San Gregorio
San Jose - Almaden Valley
San Jose - South San Jose
San Jose - Blossom Valley
San Jose - Cambrian
San Jose - Central San Jose
San Jose - East Valley
San Jose - Evergreen
San Jose - North Valley
San Jose - Santa Teresa
San Jose - Willow Glen
San Juan Bautista
San Mateo
Santa Clara
Santa Cruz
Saratoga
Scotts Valley
Seacliff
Seaside/Former Fort Ord/Sand City
Soquel
South Monterey County
South Monterey County
South Monterey County
South Monterey County
South Monterey County
South San Francisco
Sunnyvale
Tres Pinos
Watsonville
Woodside
 
Aptos TOP OF PAGE

Along the borders of Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz County you'll find the lovely town of Aptos. Some say that when the Native Americans named this part of the county, they called it Awatos - "Where the Waters Meet." The name honors the spot where two creeks joined before traveling together to the bay. Diverse in its beauty, Aptos gives you the option of redwood forests or sparkling beaches, all within minutes of each other. The mountains are covered with oak, madrone, and one of the world's tallest trees, the coast redwood. Beaches feature over 80 types of shells, as well as otters, sea lions, dolphins and whales. If you are looking for natural beauty, you need look no further than Aptos.

Housing in Aptos is as diverse as its beauty. From rustic mountain cabins in the forest to palatial contemporary homes on the golf course, there is something for everyone.

Students in Aptos are served by the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, which has as part of its mission statement the intention to education and support learners in reaching their highest potential, and indeed they do! Students meet and exceed grade level standards based on standardized testing and graduating seniors from the district gain admission to the best trade schools, colleges, and universities in the nation. The District has aggressively solicited State and Federal funds to improve facilities and has seen almost $170 million in construction of new facilities and modernization projects.

Aptos Village, although small, is well worth a visit. The old Bayview Hotel anchors this quaint shopping district, which comprised mainly of friendly little shops and restaurants. Enjoy a visit the small French-inspired for Sunday brunch or stock up on picnic supplies at the Deli before heading into Niscene Marks Sate Park for an afternoon of exploring the forest.

Aptos is indeed a small town with lots to offer and welcomes you for a visit today.

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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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Atherton TOP OF PAGE

Atherton located in southern San Mateo County, just a short drive from Palo Alto and Stanford University lies the prestigious town of Atherton. Named after Faxon Atherton, a rich hide and tallow trader from Chile who bought over 600 acres and built the first mansion in the area, Atherton is rich in history and unique in its character

Beginning on the flatlands and moving westward to the hills, Atherton features beautiful heritage trees and elegant gardens. It is still a "plain of oaks" and residents like it that way. There are 49 miles of roads in Atherton and about 2500 households with no industry or business in the town. Residents shop in nearby Menlo Park, Redwood City and Palo Alto.

Students attend either one of the several private schools in town or schools in the Menlo Park/Las Lomitas elementary districts and the Sequoia Union High district. The high school, Menlo-Atherton High, is one of the highest scoring schools in the peninsula and it is supported strongly by the community through bonds.

Atherton has gorgeous views everywhere. On the flatlands, you can enjoy an abundance native live oaks, white oaks, bay trees, redwood trees, cedars, pines and other ornamental trees. In the hills you can see the bay. Commuting to Silicon Valley and Stanford is easy via freeway or CalTrain.

Traffic is strictly regulated and it is the police department's policy to respond to each and every call. This makes Atherton an excellent location for families who can afford it.

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Belmont TOP OF PAGE

Belmont is a tranquil community built primarily on the hills overlooking San Francisco Bay and the coastal range. The small, but busy, downtown has easy access to freeway and rail transportation and is a mix of locally owned shops and commercial shopping. The population of 25,000 works in San Mateo County with only 17% commuting elsewhere. There are excellent private and public schools with exceptionally high-test scores and several community colleges in the adjacent towns. Belmont has a rich heritage of fine homes from the turn of the twentieth century and enjoys the security of a very low crime rate less than one-fifth the national average.

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Ben Lomond TOP OF PAGE

Boulder Creek, and Ben Lomond are two of several small towns located along Highway 9. This road, which was once the main artery from Santa Clara Valley to Santa Cruz, is an old stagecoach road that runs through the redwoods. The San Lorenzo River runs through this area and tumbles down 2000 or so feet from its headwaters at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains to Santa Cruz where it joins Monterey Bay. Called the San Lorenzo Valley for this river, this area is an easy day trip from anywhere in the San Jose region. It is just 90 minutes south of San Francisco and Oakland, 40 minutes from Stanford or San Jose, and a half hour or less from major employers in Silicon Valley such as Netscape, Yahoo, Apple, Adobe, and Sun Microsystems.

Ben Lomond is in a virtual rain forest. The area receives an annual rainfall of more than 70 inches. As a result, the vegetation is lush and the forest is green and beautiful.

Ben Lomond and the surrounding area have a wide variety of housing from which to choose. You can find everything from old homes and cabins to small newer houses tract designs and large modern custom homes. Whether you are seeking hilltop privacy, quiet forest surroundings or a log cabin, you can find it here.

Children in the area attend school in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. Scores in standardized testing run between the 70th and the 90th percentile. Parents are very supportive of the schools and the programs reflect the strong interest that is such a part of this area.

Recreation is easily found in the area. Cowell Redwoods and Big Basin State parks are very close and offer campgrounds, trails and river swimming. There is one golf course in the region and several small parks and schools offer playing fields for softball, soccer and other sports. Downtown Santa Cruz and the university are also close, offering restaurants, cultural events and more.

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Big Sur Coast TOP OF PAGE

A 90-mile stretch of coastline that begins in Monterey County a few miles south of Carmel and end in San Luis Obispo County at San Simeon (Hearst Castle).

Big Sur and Highway One are best known around the world for spectacular beauty. Big Sur's northern gateway, four miles south of Carmel, is Point Lobos, which has been described as "…the greatest meeting of land and water in the world." Perhaps one of Big Sur's best known residents, the late Henry Miller described the region best. Both writer and artist, Miller called Big Sur "…a region where one is always conscience of the eloquent silence… the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look." Highway One offers numerous turn-out's for drivers who would like to take their eyes off the road and focus on the majestic coastline.

 
Boulder Creek TOP OF PAGE

Boulder Creek is the largest of several small towns located along Highway 9. This road, which was once the main artery from Santa Clara Valley to Santa Cruz, is an old stagecoach road that runs through the redwoods. The San Lorenzo River runs through this area and tumbles down 2000 or so feet from its headwaters at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains to Santa Cruz where it joins Monterey Bay. Called the San Lorenzo Valley for this river, this area is an easy day trip from anywhere in the San Jose region. It is just 90 minutes south of San Francisco and Oakland, 40 minutes from Stanford or San Jose, and a half hour or less from major employers in Silicon Valley such as Netscape, Yahoo, Apple, Adobe, and Sun Microsystems.

Boulder Creek is in a virtual rain forest. The area receives an annual rainfall of more than 70 inches. As a result, the vegetation is lush and the forest is green and beautiful.

Boulder Creek and the surrounding area has a wide variety of housing from which to choose. You can find everything from old homes and cabins to small newer houses tract designs and large modern custom homes. Whether you are seeking hilltop privacy, quiet forest surroundings or a log cabin, you can find it here.

Children in the area attend school in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. Scores in standardized testing run between the 70th and the 90th percentile. Parents are very supportive of the schools and the programs reflect the strong interest that is such a part of this area.

Recreation is easily found in the Boulder Creek area. Cowell Redwoods and Big Basin State parks are very close and offer campgrounds, trails and river swimming. There is one golf course in the region and several small parks and schools offer playing fields for softball, soccer and other sports. Downtown Santa Cruz and the university are also close, offering restaurants, cultural events and more.

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Brisbane TOP OF PAGE

Located in the northern part of San Mateo County, Brisbane has the unique advantage of being near the metropolitan downtown San Francisco while enjoying the serenity of the peninsula. It is near the International Airport, rail transportation and two major freeway arteries. The population of 3,000 is comprised of a large percentage of apartment and condominium dwellers that hold jobs outside the City of Brisbane.

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Burlingame TOP OF PAGE

Burlingame, the "City of Trees" boosts 18,000 public trees on its 5.5 square miles. This upscale community of 28,000 enjoys a very high standard of living including trendy shops, high-quality hotels, and extensive commercial operations. Located near the San Francisco International Airport and on the bay, Burlingame offers warm hospitality, great shopping, fine dining, and year-round outdoor recreation in a beautiful setting. With an exceptionally low crime rate and superior public and private schools scoring in the upper 5% of the nation, this charming community ranks among one of the most desirable places to live in the Western United States.

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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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Capitola TOP OF PAGE

Capitola is one of California's oldest resort communities. It began in 1874 when a landowner constructed cottages, bathhouses, a stable and a hotel with the hopes of building a resort modeled after those in Europe. Capitola has also served as a shipping and farming center for the region. Now revamped and reconstructed, Capitola has a gorgeous beach and a cute downtown with shops, restaurants, art galleries and cottage rentals. Residences range from cute cottages, which have been lovingly maintained, to large homes with views of the ocean. West of downtown you'll find modest homes that are well kept with large windows and decks that face the ocean and the beautiful sunsets.

Capitola is home to the largest mall in Santa Cruz County. Here you'll find large retailers such as Mervyn's and Sears.

Children in Capitola attend school in the Soquel district. Those seeking higher education can either take advantage of nearby Cabrillo College or the University of California at Santa Cruz.

After school or work, residents can take advantage of Capitola's three neighborhood parks, the city esplanade beach in downtown, a state park of the west side and a bigger state park on the east side of town. There is an annual begonia festival, as well as an art and wine festival.

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Carmel TOP OF PAGE

Carmel appears to many as a sleepy little town hidden along California's central coast. However, it is far from that! When one gets behind the scenes, one finds a buzzing cosmopolitan community with a vast selection of things to do. Life can be very full here. This page is dedicated to alerting you to a few of the many choices available in this "big small town."

There are many different neighborhoods in the greater Carmel "area of influence." The most famous of these is Carmel By The Sea, the one-square-mile incorporated city area, where its 5700 residents take great pride in the "village" quality of their town. It boasts the fact that there is no mail delivery, no street lights outside the shopping district, streets are likely to be built around trees and have no curbs or sidewalks.

The village has only about 2,700 households, 60% of which are owners occupying their own homes. The average age of Carmelites within the village is around 54 years and the median household income is said to be just over $70,000.

The greater Carmel area of influence is another matter. It includes all of Carmel outside the city limits, north to Carmel Woods, across Highway 1 to the east, and south to include the Meadows on the other side of the Carmel River. Here the average age is said to drop to around 50 years and the median income increases to over $90,000.

A big draw to many greater Carmel residents is the opportunity to own a home situated on a hillside, with a view of either the mountains or the ocean, and to have some open space surrounding them. Yet they are within a few minutes drive of all the same shops, galleries and restaurants, which are the pride of the village people.

Just a few miles south of Carmel on Highway One is the beautiful South Coast area, which includes the Highlands--often referred to as the Carmel Riviera. Here is where the mountains meet the sea in some of the most picturesque landscapes imaginable.

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Carmel Valley TOP OF PAGE

For a taste of the country lifestyle, Carmel Valley is the ideal place to live. It stretches east of Carmel from Highway 1 through over 15 miles of beautiful rolling hills along the path of the Carmel River. As one travels further out Carmel Valley Road, the main thoroughfare serving this long stretch of residential hideaways, the living gets more rural by the mile.

Folks who like the convenience of the vast array of peninsula conveniences will choose to live within the first few miles of the valley's mouth where a high concentration of retail and commercial services are located. Those leaning toward a more laid-back lifestyle will likely prefer locating closer to Carmel Valley Village, 12-miles out and away from the hustle and bustle.

This charming valley village is a quiet little country town only three blocks long stretched out along Carmel Valley Road. It has all one needs to live a comfortable life in the country if that is the lifestyle of choice. Horses abound from about mid-valley to the far reaches of its upper end, with unlimited riding trails heading off into the Los Padres Mountains.

The greater Carmel area of influence is another matter. It includes all of Carmel outside the city limits, north to Carmel Woods, across Highway 1 to the east, and south to include the Meadows on the other side of the Carmel River. Here the average age is said to drop to around 50 years and the median income increases to over $90,000.

Homes vary in price across the board, and there are likely to be a lot to choose from due to the valley's large geographical area. One-acre zoning is predominant throughout the valley, with exceptions in subdivisions that were developed early on. It includes some of the finest golf courses in the area, including Quail Lodge and Carmel Valley Ranch, and one of the largest parks in Monterey County, Garland Ranch.

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Colma TOP OF PAGE

With a population of only 1,300, the Town of Colma is most famous for its many national and private cemeteries. Nestled on the eastern side of the coastal range only a few miles south of San Francisco, Colma serves as the gateway to the peninsula. It is flanked by highway 101, I-280, commuter rail and is only three miles from the International Airport. Only slightly over half of the residences in Colma live in single-family detached units and only 5% work in Colma.

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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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Daly City TOP OF PAGE

Daly City, the gateway to peninsula, it's one of the older cities in San Mateo County and consists of older established neighborhoods, newer developments, and some planned developments with outstanding city and ocean views. Numerous shopping and restaurant options exist in Daly City. With its close proximity to San Francisco and a centrally located Bart station and another nearby in Colma, Daly City offers an excellent location for commuting to downtown San Francisco, the airport (SFO), the peninsula or Silicone Valley.

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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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El Granada TOP OF PAGE

El Granada "the jewel of the coast," is a small, picturesque community on the Pacific Ocean side of the Coastal Range. With about 5,000 inhabitants, it is blessed with spectacular ocean beaches and unobstructed views of the migrating Gray whales and other sea mammals who make their homes along the San Mateo County Coast. Away form the hustle and bustle of the "other side of the mountain," El Granada is accessible by scenic Highway 1 just a few miles north of the city of Half Moon Bay. El Granada and the Princeton Harbor area are home to some of the finest restaurants and beaches on the coast. The world famous "Mavericks" surf spot is close by. The schools are excellent, in the top 8% in the nation, and citizen participation is at a very high level in this peaceful, small town.

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Felton TOP OF PAGE

Felton is one of the small towns located along Highway 9 Santa Cruz County. This road, which was once the main artery from Santa Clara Valley to Santa Cruz, is an old stagecoach road that runs through the redwoods. The San Lorenzo River runs through this area and tumbles down 2000 or so feet from its headwaters at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains to Santa Cruz where it joins Monterey Bay. Called the San Lorenzo Valley for this river, this area is an easy day trip from anywhere in the San Jose region. It is just 90 minutes south of San Francisco and Oakland, 40 minutes from Stanford or San Jose, and a half hour or less from major employers in Silicon Valley such as Netscape, Yahoo, Apple, Adobe, and Sun Microsystems.

Felton is in a virtual rain forest. The area receives an annual rainfall of more than 70 inches. As a result, the vegetation is lush and the forest is green and beautiful.

Felton and the surrounding area have a wide variety of housing from which to choose. You can find everything from old homes and cabins to small newer houses tract designs and large modern custom homes. Whether you are seeking hilltop privacy, quiet forest surroundings or a log cabin, you can find it here.

Children in the area attend school in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. Scores in standardized testing run between the 70th and the 90th percentile. Parents are very supportive of the schools and the programs reflect the strong interest that is such a part of this area.

Recreation is easily found in the area. Cowell Redwoods and Big Basin State parks are very close and offer campgrounds, trails and river swimming. There is one golf course in the region and several small parks and schools offer playing fields for softball, soccer and other sports. Downtown Santa Cruz and the university are also close, offering restaurants, cultural events and more.

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Foster City TOP OF PAGE

Foster City is located in California's San Mateo County halfway down a peninsula that juts up between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. A very water-oriented community, Foster City has 223 acres of waterways, 13 miles of shoreline and 12 residential islands. Residents can often be seen enjoying peaceful views from their backyard decks.

Most of the homes in Foster City were built in the last 30 years. One of the few master-planned cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, Foster City has a nice mix of homes-from small town homes to elegant custom estates on the water.

Both the San Mateo-Foster City district and the San Mateo Union High District serve schools in Foster City. Students in all schools score quite high in standardized testing with scores that range from the 70th percentile all the way up to the 90th percentile.

There are many employment opportunities in and around Foster City with a good number of biotech firms located in the area. Visa has chosen Foster City as its headquarters, bringing over 900 jobs to the area. For those who commute to San Francisco, it is a 21-mile drive to the north.

Residents of Foster City never have to commute to find recreation. There is plenty of it right here. Nineteen parks are within the city limits and there is a nine-hole golf course with a new driving range. Boating and wind surfing are popular pastimes and there is a fishing pier that extends into the Bay. In the summer, swimming is available in Foster City's many lagoons.

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Half Moon Bay TOP OF PAGE

Half Moon Bay is a small town right on the Pacific Ocean in California's San Mateo County. One of the county's oldest communities, Half Moon Bay was, and is still largely, a farm community. Major crops in Half Moon Bay are strawflowers, artichokes, cabbage, and sprouts. Although Half Moon Bay is home to a very popular annual Pumpkin Festival, pumpkins do not rank as one the area's big agricultural assets.

If you like the ocean, Half Moon Bay is the town for you. Most homes are within a few blocks of the Pacific and are built on flat land. There are older homes easy of the highway and country club estates in the south section of town as well as everything in between in the center. You can find something for everyone in Half Moon Bay and the prices are very reasonable.

Schools in Half Moon Bay are very good and enjoy much support from the community. Some schools have bilingual programs. The elementary schools have been renovated, there is a new middle school and the high school has been expanded. Test scores reflect the area's interest in education with most coming in above the 50th percentile.

Many residents of Half Moon Bay commute to work to San Francisco (about 47 minutes), San Mateo (about 24 minutes) or Palo Alto (approximately 35 minutes). The brave even travel as far as Silicon Valley (almost an hour's drive away). After work, however, Half Moon Bay really stands out. There is whale watching and surfing, fishing and horseback riding, golf and fine dining. Half Moon Bay also has a state beach.

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Hillsborough TOP OF PAGE

Offering a rare combination of tranquil seclusion and access to one of the most vibrant economic areas in the world, Hillsborough is an ideal place to live, work, and raise a family. With its neighboring town, Burlingame, this area provides a unique combination of city sophistication and rural beauty. A quick drive to the San Francisco International Airport (around ten minutes from most points in Hillsborough) puts the world at your fingertips. We have a lot to brag about in Hillsborough - the home of Bing Crosby. Some of the most exclusive homes in San Mateo County are found in the community of Hillsborough. Great neighborhoods and schools, outstanding libraries and parks, and some of the best shopping and restaurants on the Peninsula.

Hillsborough has something for everyone. The newly remodeled regional shopping center, Hillsdale Shopping mall. Stroll around our downtown commercial district, Burlingame Avenue.

Hillsborough is an ideal community location, situated between two major freeways, 101 and I-280. Hillsborough provides a link with San Francisco to the north, and Silicon Valley to the south and the East Bay to the east. Hillsborough's proximity to San Francisco Airport provides convenient air transportation.

Maintaining the quality of life remains a key goal for our community. We recognize our financial strength relies on a strong partnership between our residential and business community. Our elected officials and the many citizen volunteers who serve carefully plan the City's growth on our advisory boards and commissions.

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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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La Honda TOP OF PAGE

La Honda is a small, unincorporated village located in the valley southwest of Portola Valley about ten miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Once a logging camp, La Honda is rich in history. In the twenties, the wealthy built their summer homes in the area, taking advantage of its beauty and solitude. In the sixties, many of these summer homes became year-round homes and, in the seventies, people began to discover the area's charms and began building mansions. At this point, La Honda began to limit development and the town now has many large lots with peaceful views.

Surrounded by state parks and protected by the mountains from the fog, La Honda is beautiful and temperate. It also has plenty of character and community atmosphere. There is one school in town with very active PTA. Residents in this country town also enjoy the convenience of a local grocery store and restaurant. There is an annual street fair, as well as a shop filled with craft items. For those who are seeking quiet, beauty, personality and community spirit, La Honda is the perfect choice.

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Los Altos TOP OF PAGE

Los Altos is one of Santa Clara County's most prestigious towns. It is located in the northern end of the county, just 10 minutes from Palo Alto and Stanford University. With a quaint and charming downtown, Los Altos features many first-class restaurants, bakeries, art galleries and boutiques.

Possessing a country atmosphere, many of the streets in this city are lined with tall trees and are without sidewalks. It is a peaceful yet upscale feeling. The town slopes gently toward San Francisco Bay and sports many homes on large lots of 1/4 acre or more.

School rankings in Los Altos are very high and crime ratings are among the lowest in the state. High school seniors have many higher educational opportunities nearby including Foothill Junior College and Stanford University. After graduating college, there are a multitude of employment opportunities within a short commute including many Silicon Valley firms like Intel, Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard.

After work and school, residents can enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities. There are 10 parks in Los Altos and many youth activities, including baseball, soccer, drama and dance. The library has been expanded and there is a yearly Festival of Lights Parade as well as an annual Pet Parade, both of which are very popular. Temperatures in Los Altos are Bay Area mild with the wintertime averages around 58-60° and summertime averages hovering around 75-80°.

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Los Altos Hills TOP OF PAGE

Los Altos Hills has the honor of being home to many of Santa Clara County's top professionals. Originally known as a place for wealthy San Franciscans who were escaping the fog, Los Altos Hills was incorporated in 1956 to control development. Located in the hills above Silicon Valley, this city is now stable, established and intimate.

Offering gorgeous valley views, Los Altos Hills homes are on one-acre lots minimum. Trees overhang many roads, creating tunnels of leaves and branches, which shelter mansions of elegance and taste, many of which have pools and tennis courts. This is also an area for equestrians and it is not uncommon to find quality stables on properties.

Laws in Los Altos Hills protect the area's lush redwoods, oaks and vegetation. Some locals enjoy membership in the local country club and many take advantage of the cultural life offered through Foothill Community College. Walkers enjoy the many paths that meander throughout town and there are various other recreational opportunities throughout the area including golf, tennis and horseback riding.

Served by the Los Altos School District, schools in the area score very high with Santa Rita and Bullis-Purissima having received national blue ribbons for academic excellence.

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Los Gatos Mountains TOP OF PAGE

John Steinbeck once wrote in a letter to a friend that his Los Gatos Mountain ranch was "so beautiful that often I am embarrassed to be living here." Many Los Gatos Mountain residents feel that way even today, as this Santa Clara County location remains beautiful and is one of the area's most prestigious addresses with many lovely homes-from majestic estates to quiet hideaways.

Located just on the edge of the town of Los Gatos, the Los Gatos Mountains offer a mountain-retreat feel with close proximity to all city conveniences. Lexington Reservoir is a wonderful location for recreation and reflection and there are peaceful spots throughout the area for hiking, biking and leisure. Nestled under the forested tops of the Santa Cruz Mountains, it's no wonder that the Los Gatos Mountains are so desirable.

Students attend the excellent Los Gatos schools, while residents enjoy upscale shopping and exquisite dining, both just moments away.

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Los Gatos/Monte Ser. TOP OF PAGE

Flat lands rise to wooded and open hills in this city where there are a mix of many different types of homes. From beautifully restored Victorians to brand new homes, majestic hillside estates to townhomes and condominiums, Los Gatos has something for everyone.

Recreational opportunities are abundant in Los Gatos. The beach at Santa Cruz is just over the hill and right in town is Vasona Lake-the perfect location for a walk or picnic. Combined with adjacent Oak Meadow Park, there are over 400 acres of open space in this location. Los Gatos has a golf course and two local swim and racquet clubs, as well as the Los Gatos Athletic Association, which keeps runners busy with track and field events. The quaint down town area is one of the finest for shopping and restaurants.

Schools are among the best in the state. Los Gatos High has received national honors for its programs. Fisher School has a computer lab-arcade, which was set up by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Parents strongly support their schools and it shows.

Los Gatos is just a short distance from the heart of Silicon Valley and its many employment opportunities. High tech jobs are numerous.

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Marina/ Former Fort Ord TOP OF PAGE

Situated on rolling hills with an elevation that ranges from about to 400 feel above sea level offering a striking panoramic view of the bay and peninsula skyline.

Incorporated in 1975, Marina is the youngest of the Monterey Peninsula's cities. Situated in a coastal area with gently rolling hills, it is home to a unique state beach and beautiful parks and recreation facilities.

 
Menlo Park TOP OF PAGE

At the turn of the 20th century, Menlo Park was a summer home location for wealthy San Francisco professionals. Many large homes remain from that era with huge oak trees and other lush vegetation. Today Menlo Park is an upscale community, primarily residential, with a number of private prep schools, colleges and an excellent public school system. A complete selection of shops and stores is available downtown along with many fine restaurants. Located at the southern-most end of San Mateo County, the population of 35,000, which includes West Menlo Park, enjoys one of the nation's lowest crime rates. Although most of the homes are valued well above the Peninsula average, there are affordable areas in Menlo Park.

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Millbrae TOP OF PAGE

Millbrae is located in the northern part of California's San Mateo County just northwest of the San Francisco International Airport. Millbrae is on the San Francisco Bay and ascends into the hills

Incorporated in 1948, Millbrae experienced a boom in housing construction after World War II. It is, and has always been, a middle-to upper middle class town with attractive, well-kept homes. Homes in the hills often have decks for taking advantage of the beautiful views. Those nearer the highway are smaller and more affordable.

Schools in Millbrae are excellent with academic rankings in the 40th to 90th percentile. Elementary schools are all connected to the Internet and four of them offer day care for working parents. The schools receive a lot of support from both parents and the business community and show the result of that care.

Millbrae has easy access to two freeways and is right next to a major airport, making it a city that is easy to commute from. Millbrae is also served by Cal Train, which goes to Silicon Valley and by SamTrans for local bus transportation.

After school and work, residents have easy access to many recreational opportunities. There are ten parks in Millbrae, one with a PAR course. Green Hills Country Club is in the middle of town and, on the western side is Crystal Springs Reservoir where hiking is popular. The annual Arts and Wine Festival in Millbrae is a popular event and draws over 100,000 visitors.

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Milpitas TOP OF PAGE

Located in the north end of Santa Clara County, Milpitas offers an excellent commute to locations throughout Silicon Valley. This, coupled with the fact that Milpitas is a great family town, makes this city one of the county's most alluring.

Milpitas began as an industrial community and was home to a huge Ford auto plant. Over the last two decades, however, Milpitas began to switch gears and is now home to many high-tech firms. The old Ford auto plant is now home to one of the largest outlet malls in the state-making Milpitas the destination of many weekend shoppers, and family activities abound throughout the city.

Milpitas is a fast-growing city and a large percentage of its new residents are children. They enjoy access to excellent schools with academic rankings in the 60th and 70th percentiles as well as many local parks and playgrounds. There is a new aquatic center in Milpitas, which offers four swimming pools as well as activities such as skating, bowling and the usual youth sports like softball, basketball and soccer.

Homes in Milpitas are generally newer. You can find not only single-family homes but town homes and condominiums as well.

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Montara TOP OF PAGE

Montara is a community of about 3,000 hugging the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay on the San Mateo County Coast. There are necessity businesses and a few specialty shops and a few fine restaurants. Most of the housing has been built within the past 25 years and a large number have ocean views. The town is accessible by scenic Highway 1. Montara is in the Cabrillo Unified School District, which ranks in the upper 20% of national test scores. Access to beautiful beaches, fine ocean view homes and a woodsy almost rural setting make this close knit community a wonderful place to call home. For the horse enthusiast, the back of Montara in the Sunshine Valley area is horse stables and miles of riding trails.

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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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Moss Beach TOP OF PAGE

Moss Beach is a beautiful community on a point overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The relatively affluent population of 3,100 live in homes most of which are under twenty years old. The "quiet life" surrounded by spectacular views, walking and bicycle trails, crashing surf and exciting beaches seem to be the objective of the inhabitants. Access to the town is limited to Highway 1, the coastal highway between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay. The weather is typically cooler, and frequently overcast. Moss Beach is home to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve -- a beautiful beach of tide pools and reef formations where you can explore and observe marine life. Locals and visitors are drawn to the Moss Beach Distillery. A fine restaurant overlooking the crashing surfs. On a sunny day, order a bucket of "steamers" a bottle of wine and sit outside with a blanket and enjoy the peace of the coastal lifestyle.

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Mountain View TOP OF PAGE

Mountain View is located at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay. The city is home to some of the top computer and electronic firms. Its most striking feature is the NASA-Ames Research Center. With a population of over 70,000, housing is a blend of single-family and rental properties, which makes it a logical choice for single business people. Mountain View is home to the Shoreline Amphitheater and sports a newly revamped downtown and Chinatown section. Its elementary schools are ranked in the top 10% in the state and there are many parks and recreational areas.

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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."

PG is also referred to 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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Pacifica TOP OF PAGE

Pacifica means "peace" in Spanish. However, Pacifica's name was the product of a contest held in 1957 to find a name for the newly incorporated coastal city. Pacifica is one of the youngest communities in San Mateo County and yet its Spanish origins make it one of the oldest.

It is the most beautiful hidden coastal town in all of the San Francisco Bay Area. It has enchanting hillsides and beaches, a lovely 18-hole golf course, and protected hillsides with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Pacifica is a residential community with quick access to San Francisco and Peninsula business centers. Its 40,000 inhabitants enjoy excellent schools and a very low crime rate. There are many neighborhood shopping centers and several fine restaurants in the area. Beachcombing, the fishing pier and access to mountain hiking and biking trails give Pacifica several options for outdoor activities.

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Palo Alto TOP OF PAGE

Palo Alto is located at the north end of Santa Clara County, just a short drive from San Francisco International Airport.

One of Santa Clara County's most prestigious addresses, Palo Alto is home to Stanford University. The San Francisco Chronicle for good cause named it. Palo Alto has tree-lined streets, gorgeous homes and a low crime rate. The schools score very high on standardized testing with many students taking advanced classes. Palo Alto High School won an Excellence in Education Award and was honored at the White House.

Because of its excellent location, Palo Alto residents generally have a very good commute to work. With companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Syntex and Varian located within the city, many people work right in town. For those who commute to other Silicon Valley towns, there are two freeways, Cal Train and a short drive to San Francisco International Airport.

After work, recreational opportunities abound. There are 30 parks in Palo Alto, including a 1400-acre park in the Santa Cruz Mountains reserved solely for Palo Alto residents. Many cultural events are held at Stanford University as well as major college football and basketball. Palo Alto has a number of excellent restaurants and upscale coffee shops as well as many youth activities and enrichment opportunities.

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Pebble Beach TOP OF PAGE

An unincorporated, gated community bordered by Carmel to the south, Pacific Grove to the north, Monterey to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Pebble Beach is well known throughout the world for its beauty, its golf courses, the grandeur of many of its residences and its fabled 17-Mile Drive.

Although it is not incorporated as a city, Pebble Beach has its own Community Services District to provide most of the traditional city public works services. Roads within "the forest," as Pebble Beach is often called, are owned and maintained by the Pebble Beach Company, the original land owner and current owner/operator of most of the golf courses and all the lodges within its bounds.

There is no "downtown" area of Pebble Beach, only a convenience store, bank and gas station near The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Residents do most of their routine shopping outside, but seem to like it that way. On numerous occasions, they have voted down efforts to create a city government to run their affairs.

Pebble Beach residents tend to be long-timers, with an average length of residence of slightly more than 12 years. Almost half of the forest's 2,500 plus housing units were built between 1950 and 1970.

Median age is close to 52 years, second only to Carmel, and household income is over $130,000, the highest in the country. Pebble Beach is generally considered an area for the wealthy, but few people realize the abundance of homes surrounding the Monterey Peninsula Country Club on the north portion of the forest, which follow more affordable pricing trends.

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Pescadero TOP OF PAGE

Pescadero is a farming and ranching community near the Pescadero Marsh, a wildlife refuge. Pescadero Creek, the longest stream in San Mateo County, is an annual creek that empties into the Pacific Ocean near the town. Pescadero is also a weekend tourist destination during the summer months because of beaches, parks including Memorial Park and Butano State Park, as well as extensive rural roads for biking and trails for hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Pescadero hosts the annual Pescadero Art and Fun Fair (PAFF) on the third weekend of August.

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Portola Valley TOP OF PAGE

Portola Valley is a rural residential community at the southwestern end of San Mateo County. It covers the heavily wooded hills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and contains upscale homes and estates. Protected form the winds and fog that characterize most of the bay area, the climate is nearly perfect. Stanford University is nearby and residents have quick access to I-280 and the extensive business areas of Menlo Park and Palo Alto. Excellent schools and low crime along with the natural beauty of the area attract the affluent families of the Lower Peninsula and Silicone Valley.

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Redwood City TOP OF PAGE

Redwood City is located in California's San Mateo County about twelve miles south of the San Francisco Airport and ten miles north of Palo Alto.

Incorporated in 1868, Redwood City is the county seat of San Mateo County and its third most populated city. Diverse and with a variety of housing styles, Redwood City offers everything from cottages to castles. The older sections of Redwood City sports charming smaller homes while the newer neighborhoods, including Redwood Shores and Emerald Lake, offer beautiful upscale living with views of San Francisco Bay.

Four different districts serve schools in Redwood City. Many of the schools in Redwood City have been renovated and some have technology-computer centers. There are magnet schools available as well as bilingual programs at Redwood City elementary schools. Some elementary schools offer after school care. With a variety of resources available and class sizes being reduced, students tend to score very well in testing with scores ranging from the mid to upper percentiles. For higher education, residents can attend Cañada College, situated right on the city's border.

Employment opportunities in and around Redwood City are vast. There are a number of high-tech firms in Redwood Shores with Oracle and Electronic Arts being major employers. The San Francisco Airport, San Mateo County's largest employer is close by and two major highways-Highway 101 and Highway 280 offer reasonable commutes.

On the weekends, Redwood City residents can enjoy a number of recreational activities. Redwood City is home to a number of parks and playgrounds as well as 20 public tennis courts and an ice-skating rink. For the nautically inclined there are several marinas in Redwood City as well as a yacht club.

An excellent City with lots to offer, Redwood City welcomes you for a visit.

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Redwood Shores TOP OF PAGE

One of the very few new areas still under development is the community of Redwood Shores. Although it is within the City Limits of Redwood City and Belmont, this is a distinct community east of US 101 between the freeway and the bay. The beautifully landscaped homes are set among lagoons and saltwater ways with a network of bicycle and walking trails. A major shopping center recently opened and the community has a number of high-rise office buildings including the very large Oracle complex. Redwood Shores depends on the cities across the freeway for police and fire support as well as for school and churches. Because of the economic power behind this rapidly growing community, it is expected that it will soon develop its own social infrastructure.

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Rio Del Mar/Seascape TOP OF PAGE

Along the borders of Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz County you'll find the lovely town of Rio Del Mar/Seascape. Some say that when the Native Americans named this part of the county, they called it Awatos - "Where the Waters Meet." The name honors the spot where two creeks joined before traveling together to the bay. Diverse in its beauty, Rio Del Mar/Seascape gives you the option of redwood forests or sparkling beaches, all within minutes of each other. The mountains are covered with oak, madrone, and one of the world's tallest trees, the coast redwood. Beaches feature over 80 types of shells, as well as otters, sea lions, dolphins and whales. If you are looking for natural beauty, you need look no further than Rio Del Mar/Seascape.

Housing in Rio Del Mar/Seascape is as diverse as its beauty. From rustic mountain cabins in the forest to palatial contemporary homes on the golf course, there is something for everyone.

Students in Rio Del Mar/Seascape are served by the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, which has as part of its mission statement the intention to education and support learners in reaching their highest potential, and indeed they do! Students meet and exceed grade level standards based on standardized testing and graduating seniors from the district gain admission to the best trade schools, colleges, and universities in the nation. The District has aggressively solicited State and Federal funds to improve facilities and has seen almost $170 million in construction of new facilities and modernization projects.

Aptos Village, although small, is well worth a visit. The old Bayview Hotel anchors this quaint shopping district, which comprised mainly of friendly little shops and restaurants. Enjoy a visit the small French-inspired for Sunday brunch or stock up on picnic supplies at the Deli before heading into Niscene Marks Sate Park for an afternoon of exploring the forest.

Aptos is indeed a small town with lots to offer and welcomes you for a visit today.

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Salinas Monterey Hwy TOP OF PAGE

The Salinas Valley, located on highway 101 can be reached by traveling Highway 68 east from the Monterey Peninsula.

Salinas, the seat of Monterey Count, gives visitors an opportunity to marvel at its rolling hills, agricultural fields, rivers, and large urban areas. Known as the "Salad Bowl of the World," the Salinas Valley produces numerous fruits and vegetables including lettuce, broccoli, artichokes, strawberries, and carrots. Agriculture is the number one industry in all of Monterey County, grossing $2 million per year. There are many opportunities for a behind-the-scenes look at the agriculture industry. Try a farm or wine tour topped by lunch at a Salinas restaurant serving the freshest local produce available.

 
San Bruno TOP OF PAGE

This bedroom town is located just west of the San Francisco International Airport. It rises from the flats near the bay up and over the hills of the coastal range. There are great views of the bay, the wooded hills and even the Pacific Ocean from the western slopes. Tanforan Park is one of biggest shopping malls, about 120 stores, on the Peninsula. The town is aging gracefully, most of housing was built after World War II and the styles are reminders of the Fifties and Sixties. Golden Gate National Cemetery is located in the northern section of San Bruno not far from the Federal Archives and Records Center. Skyline Community College is in the city along with excellent public and private schools. Because of a break in the coastal mountains separating the ocean from the bay, the fog routinely rolls into San Bruno during summer afternoons and evenings.

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San Carlos TOP OF PAGE

San Carlos is a wonderful community twenty-five miles south of San Francisco reachable by both highway 101 and I-280. Its population of 26,000 works primarily in San Mateo County with 16% commuting to San Francisco or elsewhere in the Bay area. The schools are of high quality ranking in the top 4% of the nation. The neighborhoods are friendly and well established with mature oak trees lining the streets. A saying among real estate professionals holds that "…there are no bad areas in San Carlos." The new Hiller Museum opened in the summer of 1998. This museum is located at the San Carlos Airport and offers a fascinating look at the history of aviation in northern California through the aircraft collection of Stanley Hiller, the father of the modern helicopter.

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San Francisco TOP OF PAGE

San Francisco is a unique and breathtaking City. Built on a series of hills that offer memorable views of the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean, the City offers visitors much more than the great Golden Gate Bridge. Besides featuring renowned museums and art galleries, almost every neighborhood is a treasure of its own including a variety of restaurants and shops that reflect the City's great ethnic, and culture.

Atop Telegraph Hill is Coit Tower, a 210-foot monument to the firefighters of San Francisco. Coit Tower was completed in 1933 and was built with funds left by philanthropist Lillie Hitchcock Coit. It is believed that the tower is designed in the shape of a fire hose nozzle due to Coit's admiration for the fire fighters who fought the 1906 earthquake fires. The 180-foot tower has spectacular 360-degree views of the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Below the tower are beautiful private gardens and cottages on steep paths, which also command magnificent views of San Francisco. Davies Symphony Hall is home to the San Francisco Symphony. The venue is striking from both the inside and out - with its 1980 modern design to the 72-foot-high performance hall to the enormous rear-wall organ pipes which complete the sculptural effect. San Francisco an experience that you should, repeated over and over.

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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 - 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 - 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 - Central 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 - East Valley 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 - Evergreen TOP OF PAGE

Just east of Highway 101 and tucked up into San Jose's east foothills is the beautiful neighborhood of Evergreen. One of the most culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the City of San Jose, this area includes not only many older, established homes but also some of the City's newest and most prestigious.

More than 50 years ago, this area was mostly black walnut orchards. Today, however, you'll find a pleasant mix of retail stores, offices, community facilities and single and multi-family residences. Shopping in the Evergreen area is delightful. Not only is the area host to Eastridge Mall, but there are also many ethnic grocery stores and specialty shops.

Residents of the Evergreen area enjoy many unique recreational opportunities. Home to Raging Waters, Santa Clara County's huge water park, Evergreen also encompasses many parks including Lake Cunningham Park, Windmill Springs Park and Groesbeck Park. Golfers enjoy access to Pleasant Hills Golf Course. High atop the hills of Evergreen rests Silver Creek Country Club, a master planned community that houses some of the most prestigious estates in the area. Here you'll find a private golf and country club that is behind a private, guarded gate. Ted Robinson designed the championship 18 hole, park 72 golf course. There is also a gorgeous clubhouse, racquet club and swim pavilion.

Students in the area are served by the Evergreen School District. One of the fastest growing districts in the Bay Area, the Evergreen School District has as its motto "Commitment to Excellence." This commitment is evident in the district's Fifteen California Distinguished Schools and nine National Blue Ribbon Schools. Higher education is also available in the area through Evergreen Valley College.

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San Jose - North Valley 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 - 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 - 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 has 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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San Mateo TOP OF PAGE

San Mateo is located within San Mateo County about 18 miles from downtown San Francisco. It is the second most populous city in the county.

Rising from the San Francisco Bay into the hills, San Mateo is a middle-class city with a diversified housing stock. Many homes in the area were built between 1940 and 1960 but you will also find a variety of newer homes. From town homes to family homes, there is a lot to choose from in San Mateo.

Schools in San Mateo are very good. They score in the 70th to 90th percentiles in standardized testing. The local high school has won national recognition for excellence. Residents recently approved a bond to renovate elementary schools and built new facilities.

Employment in and around San Mateo is plentiful. The Hillsdale Mall provides many opportunities with its major department stores and there are two major hospitals in the area. For those who wish to commute either to nearby San Jose or San Francisco there are several highways as well as a commuter train and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).

After work, San Mateo residents have many opportunities for play. There are a number of parks in the area as well as a marina and bike paths that criss-cross the town. Residents can attend thoroughbred racing at Bay Meadows or enjoy a Bay beach and swimming at Coyote Point. Just west of the city is Crystal Springs Reservoir where you will find miles of open space and trails.

For affordable, convenient and enjoyable Bay Area living, San Mateo is an excellent choice.

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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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Santa Cruz TOP OF PAGE

The handsome city of Santa Cruz is located on the northern part of Monterey Bay about 74 miles south of San Francisco and 30 miles from San Jose. Santa Cruz is the county seat for the County of Santa Cruz. Approximately 12 square miles in size, Santa Cruz has a population of close to 53,000. The University of California, Santa Cruz campus has an additional population of about 10,000.

Santa Cruz was first discovered in 1769 by the Spanish explorer Don Gaspar de Portola. When he came upon the area's beautiful river, he named it San Lorenzo in honor of Saint Lawrence. He called the rolling hills above the river, Santa Cruz, which means holy cross.

From majestic redwoods to sparkling beaches, Santa Cruz is a recreational paradise. Enjoy the area's mild climate while you hike, bike, swim, surf or explore. Santa Cruz's Beach and Boardwalk is a great place for families to spend the afternoon and is the home of the famous Giant Dipper rollercoaster. If shopping is your favorite pastime, downtown Santa Cruz has plenty to offer with unique shops featuring everything from books to jewelry to clothing. You can also enjoy the area's many restaurants and fine wines.

Agriculture and tourism are two of Santa Cruz's major industries, but there are also many high tech firms. For those who work in Silicon Valley, the commute over the hill is quick and easy.

Housing in Santa Cruz is as unique as the city itself. Whether you favor grand old Victorians, beachfront resort living, a home in the redwoods or a brand new estate, you can find it here.

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Saratoga TOP OF PAGE

Pretty and prestigious Saratoga is home to many of Silicon Valley's judges, doctors, middle and upper managers. Nestled against the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Saratoga has a charming old town and a mineral springs in the hills. It is just a short drive to many major employers such as Apple Computer, Intel and Silicon Graphics. Those commuting from Saratoga can take the new Highway 85 that ties into the Santa Clara County freeway network.

Saratoga is served by six school districts and all scores run in the 80th and 90th percentiles. In the 1996 math SAT, Saratoga High scored fourth highest in California. Education is strongly supported by the community. Higher education opportunities also exist in the form of West Valley Community College and nearby DeAnza Junior College as well as San Jose State University.

Saratoga is a wonderful town for recreation with nine parks and a community theater as well as regular concerts at the local Mountain Winery. There is a multitude of first-class restaurants, as well as beautiful and historic Villa Montalvo, which is the site of many cultural events.

Saratoga works to preserve its beauty and is a slow-growth oriented city of predominantly three, four and five bedroom homes. Opulent custom homes can be found in the hills.

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Scotts Valley TOP OF PAGE

Just outside of Santa Cruz on Highway 17 lies the upscale city of Scotts Valley. Surrounded by trees, the city has hills and cliffs that make it a very picturesque and pleasant area in which to live.

Sensitive about development, Scotts Valley has been careful to keep its woodsy flavor. Many homes are customs that are tucked up against the hills and there are fabulous views. Scotts Valley Boulevard, where you will find most of the area's shopping, is going through redevelopment and includes a planted median strip. Other, major department stores can be found in the south side of the city. With supermarkets, a movieplex, many restaurants and other smaller and unique shops, Scotts Valley has all of the big city conveniences within its small town atmosphere.

Students in Scotts Valley benefits from a quality education offered through Scotts Valley Unified School District. There is a new high school and scores in all schools hover around the 80th and 90th percentile in standardized testing.

Scotts Valley has one of the best commutes in Santa Cruz County for those who work in Silicon Valley. It is the first major city over the hill on Highway 17. In the other direction, the City of Santa Cruz is just give minutes away.

After work, residents can enjoy all of the beauty of the area through one of four parks, the newest of which features three soccer fields. There is also an active city recreation department that sponsors many sports activities and there is plenty of hiking and rock climbing to be found in the area. Just up the road via Highway 9 there are several large state parks with many redwoods and tall trees.

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Seacliff TOP OF PAGE

A popular Oceanside area near Aptos, Seacliff is located south of Santa Cruz just off Highway 1. It is best known for its beautiful two-mile, State beach which is home of the locally famous cement ship "The Palo Alto." Seacliff State Beach, which is at the foot of dramatic sandstone cliffs, offers day parking, camping, swimming, fishing, and bicycling.

Blessed with early morning fog and mild days, the Seacliff area was a vacation mecca for many years. In the late 1920s, Seacliff began to be discovered as a fantastic place for year-round living. Over the years, the area slowly developed and now has a wonderful resort feel. In Seacliff you will find colorful beach cottages as well as traditional homes and luxuriously appointed hide-aways. The relaxed lifestyle and charming nearby village makes this the perfect place to come home to.

Although the beach is one of the main attractions in this area, residents and visitors can also enjoy acres of redwoods at close by Mt. Madonna park. Just a short distance away you can experience horse ranches, wineries and apple orchards in Corralitos and the Larkin Valley.

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Seaside/Former Fort Ord/Sand City TOP OF PAGE

Situated on rolling hills with an elevation that ranges from about to 400 feel above sea level offering a striking panoramic view of the bay and peninsula skyline.

Seaside is the most populous city on the Monterey Peninsula. The city was formerly home to the U.S. Army base Fort Ord until its closure in 1993. Located north of Seaside is the thriving community of Sand City, home to the Sand Dollar Shopping area and the new Edgewater on Monterey Bay featuring Borders, Target, Circuit City, Costco, and more.

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Soquel TOP OF PAGE

Located east of Santa Cruz and north of Highway 1 within Santa Cruz County, Soquel is an unincorporated community that stretches from De Laveaga Park to Cabrillo College. This town was founded in 1852 when it began as a general store and post office. For a long time, Soquel served the area's farmers and travelers who happened to be passing through. As time went on, however, people began to notice the area's desirability and began making their homes here. The town now supports a population of approximately 9,100.

For a small town, Soquel supports excellent shopping. There are many small shops along Soquel Drive and a cluster of merchants are grouped in a Quonset hut, call the Trader's Emporium. You'll also find more than twenty quality restaurants. For bigger items and more variety, residents can also drive to nearby Capitola and Santa Cruz. Culture is also abundant here as Soquel supports the Santa Cruz Ballet Theater as well as the many events that come from Cabrillo College. There are several vineyards in town, including the renowned Bargetto Winery.

For recreation, residents need look no farther than their own backyards. Fishing, hiking biking and aquatic sports are all available to Soquel residents. There are 10 parks in and near Soquel as well as a variety of public beaches.

Students are educated by the Soquel Elementary Districts and they attend Soquel High School. They score quite well in standardized testing with averages running in the 60th and 70th percentile. Soquel High School has been named a California Distinguished School.

Whether you're seeking an older home with character and history or a newer home, you'll find that and more in convenient and beautiful Soquel.

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South San Francisco TOP OF PAGE

South San Francisco is a residential and industrial community of 58,000. It is located mostly on flat land near the western edge of the bay 2.2 miles north of San Francisco International Airport, and is nestled between San Bruno Mountain, the Santa Cruz Mountain Range and

San Francisco Bay. It is well known for its name on a hill highly visible to commuters who travel north on US 101. Originally a center for steel mills and manufacturing, South San Francisco has evolved into a mix of offices and industry. South San Francisco is one of the centers of bioscience worldwide, the birthplace of the biotechnology industry, and home of what is arguably the highest concentration of commercial biotechnology companies anywhere. The homes are modestly priced by Bay Area standards making it a favorite bedroom community for San Francisco. It has excellent schools and an unusually low crime rate.

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Sunnyvale TOP OF PAGE

The center of Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale is the second largest city in Santa Clara County. It is bordered by Mountain View, Cupertino and Santa Clara. It has been ranked by Money Magazine as the fourth safest city in the nation and by Zero Population growth as the number one city in California for raising children.

Schools in this city rank middle to high. Some Sunnyvale neighborhoods are in the nationally renowned Cupertino School District while others are served by Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and Fremont School Districts. Parental support for education in this city is excellent.

Once a city of orchards, Sunnyvale is now home to hundreds of high-tech and bio-tech firms. There are many shopping centers and plenty of restaurants. A 70-acre Bay lands Park opened in 1993 and there are seventeen other parks across the city. School facilities including gyms, swimming pools and playing fields are open the public. Two theater groups and a dance company serve the city's cultural interests.

Weather is typical of the Santa Clara Valley with temperatures rarely very hot or cold. Winter lows average 50° and summer averages around 80°.

Sunnyvale has a wide range of housing. Forty-two percent of the homes are three bedrooms, 25% are two bedroom and 22 percent are four bedroom. Only 5% of homes have five or more bedrooms.

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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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Woodside TOP OF PAGE

In San Mateo County halfway between San Francisco and San Jose, you'll find the prestigious town of Woodside. Aptly named, Woodside sets amid huge second growth redwoods. Woodside Store, after which the town was named, was the center of logging activity in the early 1900s. That store is now a museum and the town is populated not by loggers, but by those who are seeking a quiet and beautiful home.

Woodside is known as a horse community. There are many equestrian estates, as well as some gorgeous mansions. You can also find some small mountain cabins on ¼ acre lots. Many famous people have sought to take advantage of Woodside's peace and quiet and have purchased homes in the area. Some of the town's more famous current and past residents have included Tennessee Ernie Ford, Shirley Temple Black and Tom Cruise. Woodside is also the home of the Gorilla Foundation, which fosters Koko, the gorilla who communicates in sign language.

The Woodside School District consists of one elementary school, which ranks in the top 10 percent of the state and is a California Distinguished School. Teenagers attend Woodside High. For higher education, residents can take advantage of nearby College of San Mateo or Cañada College. Foothill College is about a 15-minute drive away.

As Woodside backs on to a game refuge, deer watching is a common activity in the area. Residents can also take advantage of the town's small library as well as the county park. Filoli, a beautiful and famous estate, is open for tours and many cultural activities can be found in nearby Silicon Valley or San Francisco.

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