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Once a logging town known as Bank Mills, and later known for its orchards and vineyards, Saratoga, CA, is now an upscale suburb of Silicon Valley and San Jose with a very high quality of life. Saratoga schools are top performing, the downtown is charming, the scenic beauty from the nearby coastal range cannot be missed, and the arts are prominent. The most upscale and the most rural areas are just a stone’s throw apart, and that is part of what makes this area so compelling.

Saratoga's remodeled and expanded library is at the corner of Saratoga and Fruitvale Avenues, adjacent to the historic orchard park

Saratoga’s library at the corner of Saratoga and Fruitvale Avenues, adjacent to the historic orchard park, is part of the Santa Clara County Library District and was greatly expanded and remodeled in 2003.

Where is the city of Saratoga? This is a “west valley” community in Santa Clara County. You’ll find it just north of Los Gatos and Monte Sereno along Highway 9, and just south of Cupertino, and like them, it sits at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and provides a path to the coast via scenic Highway 9 (Big Basin Way). I created a map using Google My Maps where you can locate some of the landmarks of Saratoga, CA.


Saratoga Village

Saratoga Village


Downtown Saratoga, CA, known as “Saratoga Village” or simply “the Village” is an active strip along Big Basin Way with shops, boutiques, restaurants, spas, and wine tasting bars. Just off this main drag you’ll also find the lovely Wildwood Park. It is less busy at night than Los Gatos, so those who prefer things a little quieter will love it here.


Wildwood Park in Saratoga Village is very scenic and includes a playground area

Wildwood Park in Saratoga Village is very scenic and includes a playground area


There are plenty of events and entertainment to keep you busy with venues such as Villa Montalvo, the Mountain Winery, the Hakone historic estate and gardens, West Valley College, vineyards and horseback riding all within town limits.


Villa Montalvo in Saratoga

Villa Montalvo in Saratoga

What are the Saratoga, CA neighborhoods like?

Saratoga, CA neighborhoods by Google map

Saratoga, CA neighborhoods by map – please click to see details on Google Maps

Neighborhoods often boast meandering roads, no streetlights, and views of the hills giving Saratoga its signature rustic feel. There are some older, historic areas known as Heritage Lane (Austin Way still has a brick road!) with interesting architecture.  Like the rest of Santa Clara County, most of this lovely city has more contemporary and ranch style houses.

In most cases, the smallest lots are around 10,000 square feet, and the most modest homes as small as 1000 or 1200 square feet, generally, with values beginning at around $1 million for a smaller house that needs a whole lot of work (consider the Paseo and Quito Village areas or nearby for “entry level” houses, or any of the many condominium or townhouse communities for more affordable options). The most expensive homes are truly luxury estates, worth many millions of dollars and usually sitting on multiple acres, frequently with views and in hilly locations west of Highway 9.

Some of the neighborhoods are described on another page on this site:
Saratoga Real Estate And Saratoga Homes For Sale

Some of the neighborhood or area names you’ll want to know include these:

  • The Golden Triangle
  • The Platinum Triangle / Montalvo / Glen Una area
  • Prides Crossing
  • Parker Ranch
  • Les Chateaux de Notre Dame (formerly the motherhouse for the Notre Dame de Namur sisters)
  • Austin Corners
  • Montewood
  • Fruitvale Area
  • Carnelian Glen
  • Toll Gate / Saratoga Heights
  • Pierce Road / Mount Eden
  • Civic Center
  • Shadow Oaks
  • Aspesi / Marshall Lane
  • Canon /West of Highway 9
  • Brookview
  • Blue Hills
  • Shadow Oaks
  • Saratoga Village
  • Portos / Harleigh
  • Paseo / Quito Village
  • Ravenswood
  • Madronia Historic area
  • West of Saratoga-Sunnyvale / Reid

Click on the image of the image of the map to the right to go to a map of approximate boundaries for these Saratoga neighborhoods.

Generally speaking, homes west of Highway 9 or west of Saratoga-Sunnyvale will be more expensive than those in the Golden Triangle – but not always.


Austin Way Heritage Road in Saratoga CA

Austin Way Heritage Road in Saratoga CA


Beyond home buying, Saratoga is a good place to retire, too: the Saratoga Retirement Community is a large campus with independent living, assisted living, and nursing care available in an extremely scenic setting.


Saratoga Retirement 1912 Historic Manor House

Saratoga Retirement Community’s1912 Historic Manor House


For some, this pretty city also includes the last real estate they will ever need – the beautiful and historic Madronia Cemetery.


Historic Madronia Cemetery in Saratoga, founded in 1854

Historic Madronia Cemetery in Saratoga, founded in 1854


Saratoga is well known for its low crime rate and top notch schools. If this is what interests you, make sure you know where the school district boundaries lie. Areas are not so clear cut, and Saratoga includes four different elementary and three different high school districts.

Whether you’re stopping in for dinner and a concert, popping in for a horseback ride, or staying for the schools, this rustic, lively town is a great place to wind down and get busy enjoying life.

I’ve also written about Saratoga on another of my sites and you can read more at this link: Saratoga: A Secluded, Classy Corner of Silicon Valley

The Saratoga, CA, housing market and real estate listings of homes for sale

On another of my blogs, I’ve analyzed the Saratoga real estate market by price point and high school district. Please click on the link for that – it is periodically updated, so you get an idea of home prices in each of the three high school districts which serve this city. (Long story short: homes in the Campbell Union High School District are usually the most affordable.)

Altos statistics tables for single family homes:

Saratoga 95070 Altos Real-Time Market Profile

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


Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research


Saratoga, CA Real Estate Residential Properties for Sale


How’s the real estate market in Saratoga?

Visit my ReReport page for Saratoga.  Interested in the condominium and townhouse market? Just change the tab on the report to see that market – or to anywhere else in Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, or Santa Cruz County.

Personal note: though I live in Los Gatos, I grew up in Saratoga, living in three different neighborhoods there and graduating from Saratoga High School in 1977. This is a beautiful city and community.  If you are looking for a Saratoga Realtor, someone who’s knowledgeable about the community, to assist you in selling or buying a home there, please call or email me.  I’d welcome the opportunity to meet with you and see if we might be able to work together.