Historic Saratoga is known for its wineries, excellent schools, beautiful downtown lined with shops and restaurants and its renowned Hakone Japanese Gardens. With just under 30,000 residents, Saratoga is one of the 20 most highly educated cities in America (according to Forbes Magazine) as well as being one of the five most affluent (according to CNN).
The original settlement spring up around a sawmill established in the mid-1840s and the small industry that grew up in the vicinity in the ensuing years – tanneries, furniture makers, grist mills, hotels, and eventually a post office. The city itself incorporated in 1956 to avoid becoming swallowed up by San Jose.
Distinct neighborhoods within Saratoga include Brookview and Pride’s Crossing in the north, Blue Hills and Greenbrier in the northwest, Congress Springs in the southwest, Saratoga Woods, Parker Ranch, and the Golden Triangle. The small downtown area and the residential streets immediately surrounding it are known as The Village.
Saratoga eschews urbanization and urban sprawl and has several local ordinances in place to prevent large scale commercial development in order to maintain a quaint, “village” character. One measure of this commitment is the City’s ownership of several hiking trails, reserved for use by city residents.