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With its excellent public and private schools, easy commute to Silicon Valley employers, and gorgeous location nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Saratoga is one of the most affluent communities in the Bay Area, and ranks high on lists of best places to live in the country year after year. The town has managed to preserve a serene atmosphere and small town vibe, even while boasting one of the highest median household incomes in all of the United States. Homes reflect the affluence of their owners, and the area surrounding Villa Montalvo and the hills off Big Basin Way especially are punctuated by magnificent mansions and estates. When it comes to cultural attractions, Villa Montalvo itself offers an elegant performing arts venue as well as an arboretum, while concerts are regular features at the Mountain Winery off of Pierce Road.

The charming downtown offers antique shops, boutiques, bakeries, and a variety of restaurants with fine dining including the Michelin rated Plumed Horse. As my hometown, Saratoga holds a special place in my heart. From community events such as the annual Street Dance and the weekly farmer’s market, to downtown with its warm neighborhood bistros like The Basin, and intimate tasting rooms of the wineries that dot the city’s foothills, the town has maintained a true community feel and small town allure, even while being one of the most coveted cities to live in not just in the area, but in the entire country. And as an avid cyclist, the foothills and mountains behind the town provide some of my favorite rides in the Bay Area. All in all, I can’t think of a better place to call home.

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