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Morgan Hill: The Gateway to South County

El Toro in Morgan Hill

Slightly warmer and more inland than much of Santa Clara County, the “South County” communities of Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy exude the feel of peaceful country life, while maintaining plenty of urban resources.

Morgan Hill is a newer community with a population of mostly middle class professional households. It is also one of the fastest growing cities in Santa Clara County.

Many Morgan Hill homes were built within the last 30 years. The northern part of town, off Cochrane Avenue, is bustling with new home and retail construction as of 2015+.  One of those newer neighborhoods is Mission Ranch, and within it there are some very new communities such as Terra Mia at Mission Ranch.

View from Jackson Oaks in Morgan Hill

View from Jackson Oaks in Morgan Hill

Looking for a view property? Love to boat? You may want to consider purchasing a home in Holiday Lake Estates or Jackson Heights, which sit near beautiful Lake Anderson.

If a lush, green area near the coastal foothills is your ideal, you’ll want to take a drive out to the Llagas area.

Or maybe what will perfectly fill the bill is a “walk to downtown” location. Morgan Hill enjoys a very attractive downtown area with some great restaurants and shops.

For many, it’s almost never necessary to leave Morgan Hill, as it offers just about everything (other than a hospital)

Morgan Hill is still known primarily for its wineries (such as Guglielmo), farmland, and fruit stands. With plenty of open space, active farms and ranches, three nearby golf courses, regional parks, tennis, softball, soccer, the placid Lake Anderson and a myriad of other activities, there is always plenty to do. Many Silicon Valley commutes are between ½ hour and 1 hour long, though several major employers offer locations in the area, such as Abbott Labs, Media Arts, and Anritsu. Crime rates are low and schools range from above average to excellent with strong family support.

If you’re interested in the Morgan Hill Real Estate Market, please check out the post on my Valley of Heart’s Delight blog.

San Martin & Gilroy

Just south of Morgan Hill is San Martin, an unincorporated area which shares many characteristics with both Morgan Hill and Gilroy.

In Gilroy, home of the famous Garlic Festival, summertime is full of fun with many other summer music opportunities and occasional street dances and holiday parades. The outlet shopping is famous, and a large draw on the weekends. Gilroy Gardens makes it a great destination for families with kids, too.

Below please find a live Altos Research chart, showing the median list price of homes for sale in both Morgan Hill and Gilroy – this will give you an  idea of what a house might cost there.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research

Homes for sale in Morgan Hill

How’s the real estate market in South County? See a complete analysis, updated monthly, at my ReReport page.

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