Bright Spots in South Santa Clara County – San Martin, Morgan Hill, Gilroy

The municipalities of Silicon Valley attract a lot of attention and have certainly become the central focus of many home buyers. But more and more, the south end of Santa Clara County is being recognized for its opportunities in housing and general lifestyle.   Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy make up the south county and these are towns that can keep us grounded in this fast pace set by Silicon Valley. I wanted to share you with you a few of my favorite parts of south county.

First and foremost, there is no missing the beautiful hills on both the East and West sides of highway 101. On the East you have Lake Anderson, Coyote Reservoir, and Henry Coe Park. Perfect for family outings whether you are hiking, biking, or boating. The Coyote Creek trail is a walking/biking trail that goes from south San Jose to Gilroy.  Holiday Estates is one of the most popular neighborhoods near Lake Anderson and the sunsets from the vantage point of these peak homes is amazing. It only takes a few minutes of sitting at one of the picnic tables near Lake Anderson to inspire decompression for even the most high strung techie.

On the West side, the foot hills move up into the Santa Cruz Mountain Range. Redwoods tower above Hecker Pass and provide shade for the many hiking trails in Mt. Madonna State Park. The lower foot hills provide breath taking back drops to many homes and to one of my favorite places to hang on Friday afternoons with my son; Bright Ranch. Bright Ranch, a family ranch seamlessly run by Dennis, Kristin and the very Bright daughters, provides an oasis for souls both four legged and two legged alike. Dennis, a master horseman, provides lessons for all levels of horse riders through the horsemanship academy. Dennis brings a serene direction to the horses and students of Bright Ranch and no one goes back to their “stall” without feeling some level of accomplishment.

After a long day in the saddle, it is great to take advantage of the luxury Rosewood Spa at CordeValle (“Heart of the Valley”) resort. The next day, have breakfast at Just Breakfast in downtown Morgan Hill. Real breakfast options for those not afraid of calories and tired of “mixed greens”. Then head down to the Gilroy outlets for an afternoon of shopping to walk off those calories.  Of course, don’t miss Gilroy’s Garlic Festival in July and grab your scoop of garlic ice cream.

The housing market has touched Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy like the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area. Many new developments in late 2005 set the stage perfectly for the horrific housing bust in 2007. But slowly, the market is stabilizing and there are many beautiful homes, with nice lots, and great views available. Recently, I sold a home in Country Estates in Gilroy. Views from every room of the valley and foothills. This home was only 10 minutes from the Cal Train station to the point that many Silicon Valley commuters could imagine themselves right there at home.

If you are looking for a place to call home and feel a two bedroom, 1000 square feet home for $650,000 simply does not seem right, consider these great communities as options for your home search. More house, more views, more options for your dollars. Cal Train provides and option for the commute but in my opinion towns like Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy will be the reason why telecommuting becomes a reality for much of our Silicon Valley work force. For your personal home tour of these areas, contact me. I offer a no-hassle, no-obligation orientation to all  South Santa Clara County has to offer.

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