Of course, you still need a break from all that hard work, and the opportunities for recreation in the Silicon Valley area are boundless. There are many activities, aimed at a wide variety of different groups. These range from singles activities–whether you consider yourself more geeky or sophisticated– family and child centered entertainment, and of course, outdoor activities.
If you want to get out of town, Silicon Valley has easy access to the best that Northern and Central California have to offer, like : San Francisco (an hour away), Santa Cruz, the coastal towns like Capitola and the beach (about a half hour to an hour away), the exquisite Monterey Peninsula (just 90 minutes to 2 hours away) and “wine country” in Napa and Sonoma, just 2 hours north.
All those great choices can seem a bit much to parse out, but if you are relocating to Silicon Valley, our relocation specialists will answer any questions you may have about moving to Silicon Valley during the rental tour. We will help you find out about the day-to-day life, allowing you to make a realistic evaluation of your new location and giving you the opportunity to prepare yourself and your family for what to expect when you relocating to Silicon Valley.
Learn more about our home finding relocation services to Silicon Valley by going to our Relocation Services page.
When you hear possible locations mentioned as good possibilities for your new home, the list might include the town of Los Gatos, and cities such as Campbell, Saratoga, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Gilroy and San Jose. Of course, one of the prime reasons to use a relocation specialist is to help figure out which of these communities is the best fit for your family.
With such a wide range of technology firms located in the Silicon Valley you might end up commuting to work. When touring Silicon Valley, our relocation experts will inform you about your specific commuting options so you can have all the information you need to make the right decision about both housing and schools for your children.
Getting your children into a new school is priority for any family. We fully appreciate the importance of a sound transition for children and understand that is vital to place them in a school that allows them to adjust, thrive, and succeed. When relocating to Silicon Valley, our relocation experts will assist you with all your school finding relocation needs.
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Silicon Valley, in the southern San Francisco Bay Area, is home to hundreds of start-up and global technology companies, with Google, Apple and Facebook among the most prominent. It’s also the site of technology-focused institutions. The Computer History Museum and NASA’s Ames Research Center are in Mountain View, while the Tech Museum is in San Jose. As of 2014, the region employed more than 250,000 information technology workers.
When touring Silicon Valley, our relocation experts will inform you about your specific commuting options so you can have all the information you need to make the right decision about both housing and schools for your children.
When relocating to Silicon Valley, everyone agrees that the one downside is the cost of housing. In general, if you move here from elsewhere in the county, you will pay more and get less. We all wish it were different, but the high demand for housing and the relatively low supply is what creates the situation. People love to live here, and if you join us, we hope you will, too.
In San Jose and Santa Clara, you can visit the Happy Hollow Zoo and Park. It’s is a great place for younger kids. It features a petting zoo, non-scary rides, and places to run off steam. The Tech Museum of Innovation. Recommended for kids ages 7 and up, but especially for kids 10 and up. California’s Great America in Santa Clara is suitable for all ages but teens will like this best! This park does offer some water play areas and some little kid areas Also, check out the Wow Card if you’ll be back again in the same season.
Of you are relocating to Silicon Valley with your family you have to visit The Santa Cruz Beach Walk Board, a favorite place to spend the day for many families during the summertime and it even offers free concerts on Friday evenings. A fun way to trek to the beach & boardwalk is to park and ride on a narrow train ride through the beautiful redwood forest.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a well worth the 90-minute drive from San Jose to Pacific Grove. Kids and adults both will love this place and if you are relocating to Silicon Valley with children you cannot miss it. The aquarium is constantly improving and now offers an outer bay exhibit. Plan to arrive early (parking will be helped too) and stay all day. Consider a membership and return for special events. Dennis The Menace Park is kids’ favorite place to play. And if you are there on the coast in October, plan to take a few quiet moments to see the migrating Monarch Butterflies.
If you are relocating to Silicon Valley with your family, our relocation specialists will take you around all the areas of interest in Silicon Valley so you can too fall in love with the beauty and expansive entertainment offer for both adults and children alike.
San Jose:Most of SJ’s nightlife is focused on Downtown. Most of the tech crowd sticks to San Pedro square, with Firehouse, O’Flaherty’s, and Wagon Wheel being the major ports of call. The best parties are all invite-only House Parties. Due to geography these are frequently SJSU parties or parties thrown by new engineers at one of the Valley giants.
Santa Clara: There are a few random nightclubs and music venues strewn across the city, but for the most part Santa Clara’s nightlife is immediately focused around SCU.
Campbell: Campbell has a decent scene focused around The Spot. That aside, the scene itself is small and demographics are what you would expect from a place that prides itself on being a quasi-small town.
Palo Alto: PA’s downtown is everything you’d expect from the stomping grounds of Stanford University: small, intellectual, and very expensive. Nola’s and Old Pro are popular places. Dancing can be had at Rudy’s and The Patio, but neither venue is a club per se. Like San Jose the best parties to be had are private ones hosted on campus or near campus.
San Mateo: Downtown stays open late and there are a few decent bars circling the Movie Theater. Pretty decent for a low-key night, but you’ll want to leave the city as a 20-something and drive to San Francisco if you want to do anything remotely aggressive.
Santana Row– The renowned Santana Row shopping strip offers a mix of mid to high-scale retail and dining packed into an architectural masterpiece. Santana Row is also a well-known location to catch a glimpse of some of your favorite celebrities. Notable tenants include Gucci, Urban Outfitters, Tesla, LB Steak and Pizza Antica.
Westfield Valley Fair Mall – Westfield Valley Fair, which is across the street from Santana Row, offers a wide range of options for every budget, from your favorite mall standards to high-end retail.
Stanford Shopping Center – Located in the ever-growing city of Palo Alto, home of Stanford University and companies like Facebook, Google and Apple. Stanford Shopping Center is an upscale outdoor shopping center with four major department stores (Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom) and high-end retailers including Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Ermenegildo Zegna.
Gilroy Premium Outlets – In the city of garlic, shoppers can find the Gilroy Premium Outlets, which can conveniently be seen from Hwy 101. The huge outdoor outlet center, comprised of four long buildings with 145 different retail options, boasts itself as a “bargain hunter’s haven”.
Westfield Oakridge Mall – The Westfield Oakridge Mall can be seen easily by its bright neon signs and tall architecture. Shops and restaurants include Express, Michael Kors and Nordstrom Rack, as well as Century Theatres.
Great Mall of the Bay Area – As the largest indoor retail outlet in northern California, this mall is surprisingly only one level. The Great Mall was built over the site of a former Ford s Authority. The mall also has a Dave & Buster’s and a Century Theatres.
Eastridge Center – In the heart of eastside San Jose lays this three-story mall. Eastridge offers mostly casual-end brands including Forever 21 and Zumiez, and also hosts three department stores: JCPenny, Macy’s and Sears. AMC Theatres can also be found here.
It’s not just coffee that fuels the programming in these parts. La Bodeguita del Medio boasts a Hemingway-worthy rum collection. The Santa Cruz Mountains above the valley are home to one of California’s most underrated wine growing appellations, abundant in Pinot Noir and best known for the Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon from Ridge Vineyards. When it’s time for a craft brew, choose from the 31 taps at Steins Beer Garden, and grab a bite, too—the gastropub menu is just as refined as each of the beers.
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