Roughly 700 homes reside within the premier neighborhood of Cumberland, which is bounded by El Camino Real on the north, Hollenbeck Avenue on the east, Remington Avenue on the south, and Mary Street on the west.
Cumberland began its journey like most of Sunnyvale; agriculturally. Vast wheat fields dominated the majority of the landscape until the 1870s, when fruit orchards sprouted up and thrived until the mid-1900s. Reminders of this agricultural past can be seen in street names such as Nectarine, Persimmon, and Fig. The mid 1950s saw the beginnings of home construction, starting with two bath, three-to four-bedroom Ranch homes, which ranged from 1,200 square feet to 2,000 square feet on lots between 5,700 square feet to 7,700 square feet. Toward the late 1960s, construction company, Ditz-Crane developed larger and grander two-story homes, as buyers were beginning to desire more space. Such homes typically have five bedrooms and range in size between 2,000 square feet to 2,700 square feet, on generous lots averaging 8,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet.
Along with the larger home size, Cumberland also grants close proximity to quality elementary and middle schools. Cumberland Elementary boasts great rankings, as does nearby Sunnyvale Middle.
Though Cumberland is just a short drive away from major thoroughfares, the neighborhood itself is tucked away amongst tree-lined streets. Residents enjoy being able to easily access some of Sunnyvale’s award-winning parks, two of which are within strolling distance. Las Palmas Park on Russett Drive is over 24 acres of tropical-themed landscaping with towering palm trees and a gorgeous pond. Residents can enjoy a multitude of recreational activities on the seemingly endless multi-use grass fields, as well as picnic stations, play structures, and baseball diamond. In addition to these fantastic amenities, Las Palmas is a prime choice for tennis enthusiasts, canines, and kids alike with its impressive tennis center with 16 lighted courts, a dog park, and a kids’ pool.
On the Sunny Middle School campus resides frequented Mango Park. Both students and residents are able to hone their skills in various sports with the use of a running track, baseball diamond, long jump pit, and six lighted tennis courts.
In terms of location, Cumberland is ideally located for ease of commute, obtaining daily necessities, and community and civic services. The neighborhood is about five blocks from Highway 85, just over a mile from the Evelyn Caltrain Station and Central Expressway, and a few blocks away from other major thoroughfares. Groceries, fast food, and various ethnic restaurants can be found just around the corner at El Camino Real and Hollenbeck Avenue. Just across El Camino Real, residents have access to community services such as The Sunnyvale Public Library, Court House, Police Department, Chamber of Commerce, and The Teaching and Demonstration Garden.