The Parkland neighborhood seamlessly integrates the best of both suburban and rural areas. Sunnyvale’s Parkland Neighborhood is a desirable neighborhood that has both suburban and rural characteristics. Parkland is bounded by Reed Avenue on the north, Lawrence Expressway, Tamarack Avenue, and Thunderbird Avenue on the east, Dunford Avenue on the south and Wolfe Road on the west.
A peaceful hush presides over the tree-canopied streets of Parkland, granting the serenity of a rural neighborhood, with all of the convenience found in bustling suburbia. This neighborhood is anchored by two prominent parks. Ponderosa Park, with its spacious picnic area, sports fields, and play structures, stands as the heart of the neighborhood. In the northern half of Parkland, Ponderosa Park is the heart of the neighborhood. The majority of homes surrounding it are traditional one-and two-story homes with three-to-five bedrooms were built between the 1960s and the 1970s. Many of these homes range from 1,600 square feet to 1,900 square feet on modest lots of 6,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet.
The southern half of Parkland is anchored by Raynor Park, which permits a more rural atmosphere, with its wide streets, larger lots, and a lack of sidewalks and curbs. Built in the 1950s and 1960s, a good percentage of these homes are single story residences with a simple, yet modern design. Though the homes are of a more modest size, they tend to sit on larger lots. It’s common to find a three bedroom, with one bathroom home with only 900 square feet to 1,000 square feet yet on expansive lots averaging 9,300 square feet. The larger homes here range from 1,500 square feet to 1,800 square feet with spacious lots over 10,000 square feet.
Parkland is served by a number of schools for all age levels. Braly, Laurelwood, and Ponderosa Elementary Schools serve this neighborhood, with students continuing on to either Peterson, Sunnyvale, or Columbia Middle. From there, students attend Fremont or Wilcox High, while an abundance of private schools give parents further options for their child’s education. = Private grade schools include South Peninusla Hebrew Day School, The French American School of Silicon Valley, and Challenger School.
Children and adults alike will enjoy the nine acre Ponderosa Park, which has something for most outdoor enthusiasts; be it baseball, basketball, horseshoes, picnicking, tennis, volley ball or bocce ball. At 14.7 acres, Raynor Park is Sunnyvale’s 2nd largest park. Here, residents will find two baseball fields, a recreational center, a roller skating rink, and other typical park amenities.
Parkland is especially attractive to golf enthusiasts. Just a block north of El Camino Real, off of Wolfe Road, is The Sunken Gardens Golf Course, a nine-hole, 1500 yard, executive course. The course also offers a driving range that’s geared for the beginner golfer. Open to the public 364 days a year and lit in the evenings, the 18 range stalls are available for warm-up or practicing. Loaner golf clubs are available for free. For family fun, Golfland USA is just across Wolfe Road. Young residents can celebrate birthdays here, playing miniature golf and in the arcade.
Yet perhaps the most remarkable neighborhood landmark is The Corn Palace. Located at White Oak Lane and Lily Avenue, this quaint, unassuming produce stand is one of the last bastions of Sunnyvale’s agricultural past. Since 1926, brothers Ben and Joe Francia co-owned the 20-acre working corn farm, selling corn, of course, along with firewood and other produce. In 2005 Joe passed away and his heirs sold his half of the land to developers.
Today, on Timberpine and Torreya Avenues, dozens of new homes replace rows of corn. Additional construction is slated, off of Dahlia Drive and Toyon Street, for a total of 51 new homes making Parkland a great option for buyers who desire new construction. However, Ben intends to continue growing his corn and working seven days a week until the very end so residents nearby can enjoy views of Sunnyvale’s history.