Gilroy is the southernmost city in Santa Clara County and is most-popularly known for its garlic crop and the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. It is also recognized for its boutique wine production, which takes up most of the city’s western area in the form of family estates. It is nested between the Santa Cruz mountains to the west and the Diablo Range in the east. While being a part of Santa Clara County, Gilroy is not often seen as an extension of Silicon Valley. It remains a largely agricultural and vinicultural community, though some residents still commute north to tech-industry jobs. In addition to its annual garlic festival, Gilroy is also home to the retail-oriented Gilroy Outlet Mall. Gilroy also offers multiple public schools, a library, and even one college.
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Los Gatos is an affluent town in the southwest foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. While it has a lively downtown full of shops, restaurants, and offices, much of Los Gatos is suburban with several notable schools. While it is on the southern end of the Silicon Valley, it is still the home of several high-tech companies—most notably the streaming and content creator Netflix. Like most of Santa Clara County, Los Gatos started out as an agrarian town. It was also involved in the logging industry and railway transportation between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. These early pursuits led to the buildup of its Downtown area, which maintains many restored Victorian-era homes and commercial buildings. Today, Los Gatos is a thriving community that hosts a number of local events and activities. It includes large recreational spaces for daily use by residents and visitors alike. Los Gatos is close to multiple major highways and offers small town charm within access to major city hubs.
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Morgan Hill sits at the southern tip of Silicon Valley as the location of several high-tech companies. Primarily affluent residents often work within the tech industry and enjoy Morgan Hill’s eminent dining, entertainment, and recreational opportunities. It is home to Michelin-star chefs, luxurious hospitality, wineries, nature parks, and many community events. Morgan Hill is situated between San Jose and Gilroy in the southernmost section of the Santa Clara Valley, between the eastern Diablo Range and western Santa Cruz Mountains. It combines agricultural roots with modern Silicon Valley investments. It is part of the Santa Clara Valley American Viticultural Area, and houses multiple technology companies, start-ups, and research and development firms. The city is served by the Morgan Hill Unified School District and numerous private schools, both religious-based and nonsectarian. It has convenient public transportation to educational and career opportunities in the denser areas of Santa Clara County.
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Located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, Mountain View remains the location for many high-tech company headquarters, including Google, Mozilla Foundation, Symantec, and Intuit. It was also the location of the Shockley Semiconductor Factory--the first company to develop silicone semiconductor devices that led to nicknaming the area “Silicon Valley.” What would become Mountain View began as a stagecoach station and agricultural community between San Francisco and San Jose until World War II. It then grew more urbanized by engaging in the new aerospace and electronic industries. High technology is now the foundation of the local economy. Specialized tax districts in Mountain View’s technology sectors led to recreational growth along the North Shoreline and investment in its well-maintained Downtown district. Mountain View is mostly made up of residential neighborhoods with the majority of business parks in the North Shoreline area north of Highway 101 and east of Highway 85. It has a lively downtown well-suited for daytime activities, nightlife, and community events. It includes both private and public schools with a sought-after ratio of students to full-time-equivalent teachers of 20.4 to one.
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