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The History of Sunnyvale, California

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

View of Sunnyvale, CA

Sunnyvale, California was originally founded as the City of Murphy, named after one of the cities first residents, Martin Murphy Jr. a rancher and wheat farmer who purchased a piece of the historic Rancho Pastoria de las Borregas property in 1850. Mr. Murphy later named his property “Bay View” and constructed one of the first wood frame homes in the area.

In the 1870s, property tax laws, imports and soil degradation caused wheat farming to become uneconomical in Santa Clara County. Small fruit orchards replaced the large wheat farms. In 1871, James and Eloise Dawson established the first fruit cannery in Santa Clara County and fruit agriculture and canning soon became a major industry in the area. The invention of the refrigerated rail car further increased the viability of an economy based upon fruit. The fruit orchards become so prevalent that in 1886, the San Jose Board of Trade called Santa Clara County the “Garden of the World”.

In 1897, Walter Everett Crossman bought 200 acres and began selling real estate. He advertised the area as Beautiful Murphy. Later, in the 1900s, real estate developer Walter Crossman described it as “the City of Destiny”. Also in 1897, Encina School opened as the first school in Murphy. Previously, children in the town had to travel to Mountain View for school.

In 1901, the residents of Murphy were informed they could not use the name Murphy for their post office, and decided to use the name Sunnyvale for the name of their town.

In 1912, residents of Sunnyvale voted to incorporate, and Sunnyvale became an official city.

During World War II, the economy began a change from the fruit industry to the high-tech industry. The Joshua Hendy Iron Works built marine steam engines, naval guns and rocket launchers to aid in the war effort. As the defense industry grew, a shortage of workers in the farm industry was created. Immigrants from Mexico came to Sunnyvale to fill this void of workers.

Following the war, the fruit orchards and sweetcorn farms were cleared to build factories, homes and offices. In 1956, the aircraft manufacturer Lockheed moved its headquarters to Sunnyvale. Since then, numerous high-tech companies have established offices and headquarters in Sunnyvale, including AMD, Honeywell, Jupiter Networks and Yahoo.

Yahoo in Sunnyvale

In 1979, an indoor mall called Sunnyvale Town Center opened in what used to be the traditional downtown shopping district. After years of successful performance, the mall started to decline in the 1990s. After numerous changes in plans and ownership, the mall was demolished in 2007, and a new downtown shopping district was constructed.

By 2002, the few remaining orchards were demolished and replaced with homes, restaurants and shops. However, there are still city-owned orchards, such as the Heritage Orchard next to the Sunnyvale Community Center.

Sunnyvale celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary on August 25, 2012.

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Good Schools Leading To Tight Real Estate Market In San Ramon

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Highly-rated schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District are leading to a tight housing market. San Ramon’s mayor, who is also a realtor, said the market is reminiscent to pre-recession days. Ann Notarangelo reports.

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Renaissance at Roubion

Renaissance at Roubion

Renaissance at Roubion is in an exclusive gated community nestled in the western hills of San Ramon offering some of the best views of the San Ramon Valley and Mount Diablo in the East Bay.  Renaissance at Roubion will offer 41 new single family homes with 4 different two-story floor plans ranging in size from approximately 3,400 to 4,300 square feet with 3 to 5 bedrooms.  Renaissance at Roubion homes will be situated on large lots featuring charming courtyards where future residents will have wonderful spaces to enjoy the natural splendor of their beautiful community.

While offering a serene community lifestyle that seems distant from the hustle and bustle of other nearby neighborhoods, Renaissance at Roubion is minutes away from its top-ranked schools, regional hiking and biking trails, along with great dining, shopping and entertainment.

Renaissance at Roubion homes will all be solar-powered, with standard features that are designed to be Green Point rated, including tankless hot water systems, low VOC paints and materials, and Energy Star Appliances. Best of all, with a multitude of personalization options for room configurations and finishing touches, it’s never been easier to buy a home designed just for you. For more information click here.

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Real Estate – Long Term Play

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Is real estate today’s best long term buy?  Are we near the end of the housing market bust? 

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Many experts think so:  The economy is growing and will eventually create more jobs,  real estate prices are bouncing along the market bottom, and in an environment of increasing US debt and dollar devaluation –  tangible property  such as real estate will almost certainly appreciate.  Go Housing Market!

Read more in the Time article “Why Real Estate May Be The Buying Opportunity of The Decade.”

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What’s news in real estate?

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Realtors: California Home Sales Rise in January

Good news!  Sales of New Homes in U.S. Rise More Than Forecast

From Burlingame Patch: Sustainability Plan Connects Housing and Transit.  At SummerHill we’re committed to sustainability, did you know that our newest community will be all solar?  That’s right, every home at The Enclave at Waverly Park will have solar power!


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