Morgan Hill/Gilroy/San Martin
In the aftermath of the unbridled population explosion and high-tech proliferation that began in the 1950s, Morgan Hill exemplifies the wiser “new millennium” attitude toward growth: The right development in the right time. The result of this cautious and yet progressive attitude is an attractive community that blends farmland and suburbia, rich countryside and quiet city neighborhoods.
While open land invites the sprawl of Silicon Valley technology into former bedroom communities like Morgan Hill, the attitude is one of acceptance tempered by controlled growth. Discriminating planners are inviting only clean, high-tech firms like Abbott Labs and Cidco.
Although career and employment opportunities close to home continue to grow, many residents still commute to thriving industrial parks and business centers. San Jose is just a short jaunt down Highway 101, while CalTrain provides connections to a number of Silicon Valley employment centers, finishing its route in San Francisco.
Available homes in Morgan Hill begin with small, modest bungalows and cottages in the older sections of town, moving up to larger, attractive three-bedroom models. Other options include the California Mediterranean executive homes that are situated on hillsides for valley or lake views.
Wineries, local farms, festivals, fairs, and a strong community spirit infuse a colorful sense of tradition into daily life. After a facelift of quaint brick sidewalks and landscaping, the downtown district launched a total revitalization trend with new coffee shops, brew pubs, and restaurants. Quality recreational opportunities are abundant within the town as well as in surrounding parks and preserves, including a boat-worthy reservoir just around the corner from home.