Hot Cities for Apartments: Santa Clara, California

Author: Lauren Ross


Smack dab in the center of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, California is an industrious college town that has a lot to offer its residents. Just an hour outside of San Francisco, Santa Clara is bordered by San Jose to the east, Cupertino to the west, and Sunnyvale to the northwest.

There are a million and one reasons why Santa Clara apartments are hot. First and foremost, the city is a highly desirable area, surrounded by numerous amenities and attractions. With its close proximity to San Francisco and Santa Cruz, Santa Clara is a popular choice for renters working in these areas but who want more affordable rent options.

There’s a lot of history here. Before it became Santa Clara, the land was once home to Native Americans. Because of the land’s fertile soil and the promises of thriving agriculture in the Northern California Region, Spanish settlers began colonizing the area and establishing missionaries (churches) up and down the coast. This led to Santa Clara’s founding in 1777. The city was named after the Mission Santa Clara de Asis.

Levi's Stadium, view from California's Great America Park.

View of Levi’s Stadium from California’s Great America Park.

Renters in Santa Clara apartments don’t just love the city because of its location in the Bay Area, but also for its nice climate! Summer months are warm and winter is mild in temperature. And while you’re enjoying a beautiful afternoon in the city, be sure to explore the cool attractions that are in walking distance of your Santa Clara apartment!

Around every corner you look, there is a museum – that’s pretty cool, right? Fans of football will enjoy watching a San Francisco 49ers game at Levi’s Stadium, and fans of the 49ers will love exploring team memorabilia at the on-site 49ers museum! Intel is headquartered in Santa Clara, and because of that, there is a museum dedicated to the computer chip giant! Be sure to visit the Tech Museum of Innovation, Triton Museum of Art, de Saisset Museum, and the Harris-Lass House.

Act like a kid again and bring the family to California’s Great America theme park! This amusement and water park has the most rides in Northern California, and features a Planet Snoopy park where guests can take pictures with their favorite Peanuts characters. Outside the city, more family-friendly attractions await, such as Aquarium of the Bay, Children’s Discovery Museum, Walt Disney Family Museum, and iFLY SF Bay.

Mission Santa Clara at SCU's historic campus.

Mission Santa Clara at SCU’s historic campus.

Shopping is quite the experience in Santa Clara and its surrounding areas. Shop ’til you drop at Mercado Santa Clara, Santana Row, Santa Clara Town Centre, and Westfield Valley Fair Mall. These plazas also offer many restaurants and cafes for every kind of budget.

Santa Clara loves sports and recreation! So much so, it’s topping 450 acres of green space! This 38 park town has everything renters want from dog parks to playgrounds and pools to picnic areas. If you like golf or tennis, check out the Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Club.

There are great wineries in Northern California, including beautiful Santa Clara. Swing by the J.Lohr, Cinnabar, Gugliemo, and Solis tasting rooms for wine samples!

As mentioned before, Santa Clara is a college town, home to Santa Clara University. It’s one of the top employers in the city and the most historic college in the state; it was founded in 1851. Students will find it comfortable to study in their off-campus SCU apartment, while earning their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate’s degree.

Whether you venture out on foot to explore the city or dabble in your own online research, Apartment Finder wishes you the best on your upcoming move to Santa Clara! When you arrive to your new Santa Clara apartment, discover the city by taking a self-guided historic walking tour. Landmarks seen during this journey include Mission Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Railroad Depot.  You can see the Our Lady of the Peace Shrine from Highway 101.

In the market for a new rental? View Santa Clara apartments on Apartment Finder today!

Levi’s Stadium and Mission Santa Clara photo courteous of Wikipedia.