Nope, it’s not named for a New York jazz club nor for the song that launched the group Weather Report to worldwide fame. The Birdland neighborhood in Sunnyvale was named for its street names – Peacock Ct., Swallow Wy. and Bluebird Ave., to name a few.
But, like the song, Birdland is a place where you can definitely “lose them cares.”
Although known as a Sunnyvale neighborhood, parts of Birdland are located in Santa Clara, and public school students here attend schools administered by the Santa Clara Unified School District. Birdland students attend the following schools:
Laurelwood Elementary – serves students in grades K through 5. Laurelwood garners five stars (the highest award) at school ratings site SchoolDigger.com.
Marian A. Peterson Middle School – This school is located in Sunnyvale. Peterson students raised their average score on standardized tests nearly 12 points between 2013 and 2015.
Adrian Wilcox High – The standardized test scores at Wilcox are significantly higher than the state average in science, English, and math.
Private schools in the area include several Stratford School campuses, including a junior high. The closest Stratford elementary school is the Pomeroy campus, just over Birdland’s border with Santa Clara.
Shopping, dining and recreation in Birdland
Birdland is primarily a residential community so there isn’t a lot of shopping and dining here. The good news is that the neighborhood is located two blocks from I-280 and highway 85, so getting to the area’s larger shopping centers and eateries is a snap.
Closer to home, however, you can shop at Vallco Shopping Mall, just 4 minutes south of Birdland, in Cupertino. Although many of the major retailers have pulled up stakes, you can still catch a movie, ice skate, bowl and dine here.
Or, head west to the Homestead Square Shopping Center. Renovated in 2015, Homestead is a handy place to stop in for groceries, pick up your prescriptions at the pharmacy, have your hair cut, do your banking or grab a burrito or latte.
Raynor Park, located in north Birdland, offers 11-acres full of fun. Pitch horseshoes, let the kids lose in the dinosaur-themed children’s play area, skate in the rink or throw down a blanket and enjoy a picnic. Raynor also offers a multi-use field, popular for kids’ soccer.
Homes in Birdland
The typical Birdland home for sale was built between 1922 and 2017. It has three or four bedrooms in a home with a total of seven or eight rooms. A typical four-bedroom, 2-bathroom home here carries an average list price of about $1.9 million.
Starter homes in Birdland consist mainly of condos, but even these are typically located in million-dollar neighborhoods yet priced below that.
You’ll find Sunnyvale’s Birdland neighborhood south of Dunhome and Dunford Wy and north of Homestead Rd., between the Lawrence Expressway and S. Wolf Rd.
Real estate markets and home prices change almost daily, so if you’re interested in Birdland real estate, please feel free to contact us for current information.