Located in the very heart of Silicon Valley, Cupertino is known for the quality of high-tech integration within its school system and its position as the headquarters city for Apple. Over 50 high-tech firms call the city home, filling the community with technologically savvy parents who demand educational excellence.
De Anza College serves as a focal point for cultural and educational activities, providing a planetarium and the Flint Center for the Performing Arts. This regional venue presents international talent that ranges from the San Francisco Symphony to Beijing Acrobats.
After-school programs, sports leagues and facilities, artistic classes, and recreational facilities are highly developed. Other amenities include golf courses, the college art gallery, a nature preserve, thirteen parks, a racquet club, senior and community centers, sports center, ice-skating rink, and city museum. The expansive Vallco Fashion Park features over 180 shops and restaurants.
A relative “young city” of homes primarily built between 1950 and 1980, Cupertino sprang up rapidly from its roots as a farm village into an emerging suburb in the last decades of the 1990s. Constructed to meet middle class needs and tastes, most homes represent some variation of a three-bedroom design; although executive homes and even mansions can also be found. De Anza Boulevard seems to form a vague dividing line between the older homes to the east and newer neighborhoods to the west.