Central Sunnyvale is a vibrant community that offers the best of both worlds in terms of peaceful living and valuable life conveniences. Its boundaries are El Camino Real and Old San Francisco Road on the north, Wolfe Road and Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road on the east, Dunholme Way and Homestead Road on the south and Hollenbeck Avenue on the west.
Within Central Sunnyvale are sub-neighborhoods boasting an eclectic mix of single-family homes, as well as one-to two-story townhomes, all varying in style and type. Most of the single-family homes consist of the traditional Ranch, while two-story homes tend to be more contemporary, and mid-century modern homes are of a more modest size. Despite the varying sizes and styles, construction on these residences began in the mid-1950s and range from 1,500 square feet to 2,300 square feet, on an average lot size between 6,000 square feet to 9,000 square feet.
These sub-neighborhoods offer a nice balance of seclusion and access to necessary amenities. The streets in these areas are strategically partitioned so that through traffic is minimized, creating pockets of homes with ample privacy and tranquility. At the same time, the sub-neighborhoods are surrounded by pathways to major commute arteries and daily life amenities, granting a mere five-minute drive to Interstate 280, Lawrence Expressway, Central Expressway, and The Sunnyvale Caltrain Station. Residents can also easily access convenient groceries, plus fine dining and shopping at Cherry Orchard Shopping Center. Other large shopping centers include West Sunnyvale, Pavlina, and Hacienda.
Because the region is so large, Central Sunnyvale has appointed a multitude of schools to serve the area. The four area elementary schools include Ellis, Braly, Cumberland, and Stocklemeir, while the middle schools consist of Peterson, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino. Fremont, Wilcox, and Homestead serve as the high schools for the area.
This neighborhood offers outdoor recreation in spades. Residents love to frequent Panama Park, with its five acres of an open green field and picnic stations. Braly Park, on the Braly Elementary School campus in the Braly Corner area, grants standard park amenities, in addition to more unique ones such as a sand volleyball court, lagoon, and spray pool. Located by the Sunnyvale Community Center, Heritage Park boasts an apricot orchard and pays homage to Sunnyvale’s rustic past with a display of vintage harvest equipment, along with other relics that can be seen in the Park’s Sunnyvale Heritage Museum.
The Sunnyvale Community Center is acclaimed as the city’s crown jewel. The Center is the location of a multitude of cultural programs and recreational activities and events for seniors, after school children, adults, and summer time programs. Framed by the serene pond and grassy knolls that make up the Sunnyvale Community Park, the Community Center complex includes such amenities as a performing arts center, a general recreation center, a creative arts center, an indoor sports center, and an arboretum. The Center boasts a 200-seat, state-of-the-art theater, and 300-seat internet-ready conference room.