Gilroy, famously known as the Garlic Capital of the World, is one of the main areas in Silicon Valley’s South County. (The other is Morgan Hill. Smaller in population are Coyote Valley and San Martin.) You may have been there for the annual Garlic Festival, a fun and garlicy extravaganza the last weekend in July each year.
Gilroy’s convenient location along major highways
Situated at the crossroads of Highway 101 and Highway 152, Gilroy garners a lot of traffic not just for summer fun with garlic, wineries, and produce sold at the road, but for major shopping too. The outlet malls, recreational vehicle, and automobile shopping are both destinations for folks willing to “drive a little, save a lot”. Because of these significant highways, it’s not hard to get to the beach via Watsonville or to the central valley via Pacheco Pass.
Gilroy is scenic, with the beautiful coastal range nearby. The beautiful Eagle Ridge Golf Course will be an attraction for many. Kids love Gilroy Gardens, with rides and magical looking trees. Gilroy enjoys a nice downtown area, good restaurants, and plenty of businesses. It’s an older city and there are many lovely Victorian homes to enjoy and appreciate. Most of the year it’s very temperate – but be advised, it can be toasty in summer, sometimes 10 degrees warmer (or more) than downtown San Jose.
One of the last agricultural areas in Silicon Valley, Gilroy offers a tremendous amount of open space and “horse country”. It is a less congested area featuring a more rural atmosphere and a somewhat slower pace of life.
Real estate prices are more affordable, too. Most people working in Silicon Valley will find it to be too far of a commute, so the tech workers are not competing for homes like they would be further north. For people who can telecommute, this may be a fantastic option. It is also an option for those wishing to retire in Silicon Valley to somewhere nearby but less expensive.
If you’ve never spent time in Gilroy, or south county generally, I’d suggest you go and make a day, or maybe a full weekend, of it. Go hungry and enjoy the bounty of the local harvest while there!
Median home prices of listed properties for sale in Gilroy – to give a sense of home prices