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Old 01-13-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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We are relocating to the South Bay from San Francisco next fall because
of my job, and we have 3 children. The younger ones will go to a private
school but the middle school child (going to high school next year) might
go to a public school if we can find a good one there.

So can someone please tell me more
about Cupertino and Sunnyvale? I know they are very close to each other, what is the differences between that two places? Quality of school, neighborhoods and demographics. Thanks!!

We will be buying a house in the area so I just want to know more
about the neighborhoods
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:11 PM
 
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Cupertino has slightly better schools than Sunnyvale but is also more expensive for that reason. With 3 kids, be prepared to pay over $1 million for a decent house in Cupertino. A really nice house would be much higher.

The population of Cupertino is also predominantly Asian, so that's also something to consider. This, of course, also affects the competitiveness of the schools.

Both Sunnyvale and Cupertino are relatively safe cities, but Sunnyvale (especially the northern part) has more sketchy neighborhoods than Cupertino does. Both cities have similar weather - meaning great! Sunnyvale intersects both 101 and 280 but Cupertino intersects 280 and 85 but is further from 101, so it depends on where you need to commute to.
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:41 PM
 
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Sunnyvale would be ever so slightly less in terms of "culture shock" than Cupertino.

It's older, more funky, denser and slightly more diverse, plus it's on the Caltrain line - all those factors tie it more strongly to the City than is the case with Cupertino.
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Old 01-14-2010, 03:32 PM
 
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Sunnyvale (especially the northern part) has more sketchy neighborhoods than Cupertino does.
I lived in the north part of Sunnyvale for about 8 years and I really don't know where those 'sketchy neighborhoods' might be (the 'Lakes' and 'Woods' areas?). I'm pretty sure that Cupertino is more expensive overall, but it really varies per neighborhood. They're both ridiculously overpriced, IMO. Here are some of the things I liked about living in North Sunnyvale:
1) Reverse commute on 101/87 to downtown San Jose (might be a non issue for the OP)
2) CalTrain stop in downtown.
3) Light rail stops along Tasman.
4) Bay trail and Baylands Park access on foot or bike, without driving.
5) Easy access to Milpitas and 880 via 237.
6) Cooler breezes off the Bay in the summertime.
7) Being able to ride my bike or jog to work most of the way on trails instead of roads.
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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I lived in the north part of Sunnyvale for about 8 years and I really don't know where those 'sketchy neighborhoods' might be (the 'Lakes' and 'Woods' areas?).
I think it's not so much that they're sketchy, but they're dumpy with all the worn out mini-Eichlers and mobile home parks and that weird Mercado shopping center. The bay sometimes smells really bad too.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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I lived in the north part of Sunnyvale for about 8 years and I really don't know where those 'sketchy neighborhoods' might be (the 'Lakes' and 'Woods' areas?).
I'm referring to the area north of downtown Sunnyvale and south of 101, like Maude Ave., east of Mathilda Ave. and also the area north of Central Expressway.
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:42 PM
 
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Thank you so much for all the great info! I think we will go with Cupertino... I did some research and see that they have good schools in the area, my kids are competitive kids so it shouldn't be a problem for them, they go to private school here in SF and its pretty competitive here also

They will also go to tutoring classes, I know they have bunches of tutoring company in De Anza
area (near APPLE), is that a good neighborhood? The price is not a factor as long as it's convenient for my kids
to go to school and tutoring classes... Thanks again!
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:21 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Thank you so much for all the great info! I think we will go with Cupertino... I did some research and see that they have good schools in the area, my kids are competitive kids so it shouldn't be a problem for them, they go to private school here in SF and its pretty competitive here also

They will also go to tutoring classes, I know they have bunches of tutoring company in De Anza
area (near APPLE), is that a good neighborhood? The price is not a factor as long as it's convenient for my kids
to go to school and tutoring classes... Thanks again!
There aren't any bad neighborhoods in Cupertino.. Rancho Rinconada looks like a third-world country in spots, but it's still a safe and affluent area, incredibly, and there is a lot of new construction pushing out the old crud..
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:23 PM
 
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My daughter and her husband lived in Sunnyvale (now living in Los Altos), he is a 'Tino High teacher. I don't think you can go wrong in either school district. You need to pay attention to the social demands, including the expectations of parents.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:49 AM
 
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Thank you so much for all the great info! I think we will go with Cupertino... I did some research and see that they have good schools in the area, my kids are competitive kids so it shouldn't be a problem for them, they go to private school here in SF and its pretty competitive here also

They will also go to tutoring classes, I know they have bunches of tutoring company in De Anza
area (near APPLE), is that a good neighborhood? The price is not a factor as long as it's convenient for my kids
to go to school and tutoring classes... Thanks again!
Also take a look at Seven Springs area near Prospect & Stelling. Great schools, easy access to 85 & 280, good restaurants, lots of tutoring, good shopping.
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