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The Best Places to Live in the Bay Area

By July 16, 2020July 22nd, 2021Apartment Hunting, Silicon Valley
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If you’re moving to the Bay Area to start the next chapter of your life or work at the next exciting tech startup, you’re probably asking yourself, “Where’s the best place to live?” The answer to that question depends on your needs, your budget, and your priorities. Different neighborhoods offer different amenities. And the outdoor life in Silicon Valley can’t be beaten – surrounded by Santa Cruz Mountains, the Bay, and the mountain range running up the East Bay. Hiking, mountain biking, surfing, rock climbing—they’re all big in this area—while nightlife revolves around dinners, wine bars, and much more.

Here’s a quick look at the best places to live in Silicon Valley:

San Jose

Living in San Jose gives you quick access to most of the area’s major freeways as well as the transportation systems provided by Caltrain, ACE, VTA light rail, and Amtrak. It is also fairly convenient to major area employers – everything from Cisco to PayPal. The city also has its own international airport if you just want to get out of town.

Crescent Village Apartment Homes
Discover a sophisticated charm at Crescent Village with a downtown village vibe that includes on-site restaurants, fitness centers, pools, wine rooms, and a lush, five-acre park.

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River View Apartments in San JoseRiver View Apartment Homes
Delight in exceptional convenience with walkable access to essential stores, patio dining, and outdoor recreation – or get anything you need delivered to your door or parcel locker.

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North Park Apartments in San JoseNorth Park Apartment Village
Situated on a spectacular five-acre lawn with mature Palms, North Park Apartment Village boasts park-style courtyards, outdoor kitchens, 10 pools, and generously sized apartment homes.

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Consistently rated as one of the area’s safest cities, Sunnyvale is situated in a prime Silicon Valley location less than an hour away from San Francisco, San Jose, the Pacific Ocean, and California’s famed redwood forests. Take a day trip to the country’s best wine in picturesque Napa Valley, just a two-hour drive north. Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park are also only a short drive away. For commuters to the tech hub of San Jose, Sunnyvale is located right on the Caltrain line between highway 101 and highway 280. The city is also conveniently situated just 15 minutes from the Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Stewart Village Apartment Homes
Centrally located to everything one of America’s safest cities has to offer, this private enclave of apartments and townhomes features stainless steel appliances and elegant hardwood-style floors.

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Cherry Orchard Apartments in SunnyvaleCherry Orchard Apartment Homes
Situated near downtown Sunnyvale and historic Murphy Avenue for shopping and dining, Cherry Orchard’s spacious apartment homes feature stainless steel appliances, in-home laundry, and gourmet kitchens.

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Santa Clara

Close to downtown San Jose, Santa Clara is located just off the Lawrence Expressway making for an easy commute within Silicon Valley and the Bay area. Santa Clara is home to leading businesses’ headquarters, championship golf courses, a world-famous theme park, award-winning wineries, acclaimed universities, and Santa Clara Square Marketplace.

Monticello Apartment Homes in Santa Clara
Monticello Apartment Homes
Conveniently located along Lawrence Expressway, Monticello is thoughtfully designed as a complete living destination featuring expansive interiors that combine modern elegance with state-of-the-art finishings—with dining and grocery shopping at your fingertips.

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Santa Clara Square ApartmentsSanta Clara Square Apartment Homes

Experience a collection of brand new studio, one-, and two-bedroom award-winning apartment homes adjacent to diverse retail, popular dining options, office campuses and beautiful open park areas.

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Redwood City

Downtown Redwood City is known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, with historic buildings home to retail, entertainment, and a unique restaurant scene. As the oldest city on the San Francisco Peninsula, Redwood City is rich with history, founded in 1867. Today, the city thrives with industry and tech companies, serving as the homebase for companies such as Oracle and Electronic Arts.

Franklin Street Apartments in Redwood CityFranklin Street Apartment Homes
Filled with natural light, the apartments and townhomes in this stunning Redwood City community are finished with stainless steel appliances, in-home laundry, and hardwood-style flooring.

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Villas at Bair Island Apartments in Redwood CityVillas at Bair Island Apartment Homes
With high ceilings and oversized windows that overlook the San Francisco Bay, this intimate community offers impeccably finished apartment and townhomes with upscale finishes.

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Cupertino is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States with a population of over 57,000 and is home to Apple Park, HP and Oracle, with Forbes magazine ranking the city as one of the most educated small towns in California. Cupertino is quintessential Bay Area, with an abundance of tech companies in the “valley” and wineries dotting the foothills, and an additional 150 acres of open spaces and parks for residents to enjoy.

The Hamptons at CupertinoThe Hamptons at Cupertino
Within walking distance to Apple Park in Cupertino lies The Hamptons Apartment Homes. Here, charming and inviting residences boast modern finishes including stainless steel appliances.

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