Throughout the years, the Sunnyvale North neighborhood has seen abundance of gentrification. Luxury town homes have replaced some of the industrial complexes and communities of detached single family homes. This gentrification is continuing with the construction of new townhomes. The single-family home region of Sunnyvale is also experiencing gentrification, as a result of more and more of these original properties being purchased and revamped by value conscientious buyers and investors. Sunnyvale North is a triangular shaped neighborhood, formed by Freeway 237 running northeast and southwest, Calabazas Creek running north and south, and Duane Avenue and Maude Avenue running east and west.
Lakewood is an area of Sunnyvale North that has modest, single story homes built in the Eichler style in the late 1950s. Located between Fair Oaks Avenue and Lawrence Expressway, the majority of the homes have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and range in size from 1,000 square feet to 1,485 square feet in size. The lots are fairly uniform averaging 5,000 square feet to 6,000 square feet. You can expect to see more and more construction sites in Lakewood in the next decade. These homes are the most affordable, detached, single-family homes in Sunnyvale, making them attractive to buyers who are willing to take on a renovation project, in order to reap the reward of increase home equity.
The second area of Sunnyvale North is called Tasman Crossings, and lies between Fair Oaks Morse Avenues. This area features a dozen luxury, tri-level townhome developments. One of the developments, dubbed Traditions boasts 169 units offering spacious living with three-bedroom, two-bath units ranging between 1,850 square feet to 2,150 square feet. The next wave of development came with the construction of The Danbury, Danbury II, City Park, and Verona, communities. The units in these developments have two or three bedrooms and two bathrooms and average 1,400 square feet to 1,650 square feet. The amenities of these developments typically include a green space, club house, swimming pool, and gym.
Sunnyvale North is centrally located for commuting. The Light Rail runs through the neighborhood with two stops: the Vienna and Fair Oaks stations. It is also a five minute commute to hundreds of companies, located on the other side of either Freeway 237 or Highway 101. The nearby Lakewood Shopping Center provides a number dining and retail options.
Another desirable characteristic of Sunnyvale North is the cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity. Here, residents can attend the Sunnyvale Hindu Temple and Community Center, as well as the Indian Heritage Foundation. Faith communities includes Chinese Christian Church, New Hope International Church, Korean Presbyterian Church, and Iranian Assembly of God.
Three elementary schools serve Sunnyvale North: Fairwood, Lakewood, and San Miguel Elementary, while students then go on to attend Columbia Middle, and then Fremont High.
Sunnyvale North has a robust recreational system featuring five parks, a greenbelt, and a community center. Fairwood Park and Columbia Park, both about 15 acres in size, have swimming pools, baseball fields, picnic tables, play structures, tennis and volleyball court, bike paths, jogging track, and parcourse. The local park system also has an outdoor skateboarding rink and sand volleyball court. In addition, Seven Seas Park was built primarily for the enjoyment of young children. Adults can enjoy tennis while young children have two play grounds and a spray pool. Seven Seas also provides recreation space for the canine member of the family with its dog park.
For further outdoor recreation, the John W. Christian Greenbelt links Orchard Garden, Lakewood, and Fairwood Parks as well as several neighborhoods. The belt, a 6.8 mile paved trail, affords access to the amenities of the neighborhood parks and connects to the Calabazas Creek Trail, Bayland Park, and Bay Trail, offering residents access to a wider system of trials beyond Sunnyvale. Bicyclist and leashed dogs are welcome on the greenbelt.
The Columbia Neighborhood Center, spanning 25 acres, is comprised of the Advanced Micro Devices Sports and Service Center building, a swim center, Columbia Middle School, Sunnyvale Preschool Center, and Columbia Park. All residents can enjoy access to The Center’s health, social, recreational, and educational programs and services, seven days a week, including evenings, year round.