Life in Sunnyvale’s Heritage District can be described in one word: convenient. Within walking distance to Downtown and Cal Train, and biking distance to many large employers, there is truly little reason to use a car during your leisure time when you purchase a home here. Read on to learn more about this historic community in Sunnyvale.
Heritage District schools
The Heritage District’s public school students attend Bishop and Ellis Elementary Schools, both administered by the Sunnyvale School District. From here they will attend either Columbia, Sunnyvale or Peterson Middle Schools and then Fremont High School.
Between 2013 and 2016, the students at Fremont High increased the average score on the standardized tests more than 26 points.
Private schools in Heritage District include the Helios School, for gifted children in grades K through 8.
Shopping, dining and recreation in Heritage District
No matter what you need, you’ll likely find it among the shopping opportunities in the Heritage District. From boutiques to large department stores, such as Macy’s and Target, you can shop to your heart’s content without leaving the community.
When you’re hungry, head to Murphy Avenue where you’ll find delis, coffee shops, bakeries and Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Italian and other ethnic cuisine eateries, all handily located. Many have patio or on-street seating where you can sip your latte and watch the world go by. Oh, and don’t miss the Saturday farmers market, held on South Murphy.
Feel like dancing? The Pure Lounge and Nightclub is located in Sunnyvale’s Heritage District.
On Wednesday evenings during the summer, Murphy is blocked to traffic for a street celebration that includes live music and vendors and draws thousands from all over Sunnyvale. The Jazz and Beyond Series happens during the summer as well and, during the holidays, Murphy Avenue lights up with a tree lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa.
If you’re more of an outdoorsy type, head to the neighborhood’s northern section and enjoy Murphy Park. This 5.83-acre park is ideal for picnics, with lots of shady areas. Or, play horseshoes, lawn bowl or let the kids loose on the tot lot.
Just over the Heritage District’s southeast border, you’ll find Braly Park. The kids love this park for its water play area and adults enjoy the horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, sand volleyball court and lighted tennis courts.
Homes in Heritage District
No discussion of Heritage District housing would be complete without mentioning the area’s… .well… heritage.
The 100 and 200 blocks of Taaffe, Frances and Murphy’s Streets were the first to be developed in the Heritage District, back in the late 1880s. Unfortunately, most of those homes became victims of urbanization, but a few early homes remain along the 300 and 400 blocks.
Most Heritage District homes were built in the 1930s to the 1950s, so you’ll naturally find lots of small California bungalows and cottages on small lots. The homes along Bayview and Flora Vista Avenues are examples of some of the area’s homes built during this period.
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