Homes for Sale in Gilroy
Gilroy sits south of San Jose and east of Santa Cruz and is know for its agricultural heritage yet modern facilities, wide, leafy avenues, and an excellent climate. Home shoppers will find plenty of Ranch-style and Spanish Revival houses on medium to large lots. Gilroy is one of the most sought-after Californian locations, close enough to San Jose for a daily commute yet rural enough to provide an idyllic escape.
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Living in Gilroy
Gilroy was incorporated in 1870 and named after John Gilroy, a Scottish cooper (barrel maker) who married into a wealthy Mexican landowning family. After the Mexican-American war and the gold rush era, the area became known for timber, cattle ranching, and agriculture. The town is famous for its garlic farms, including the long-running Gilroy Garlic Festival, earning it the nickname "Garlic Capital of the World."
Although farming remains a significant land use in the region's rural areas, Gilroy is now more of a commuter city for Silicon Valley workers, who love its relaxed vibe and safe communities. The weather is balmy, and vineyards dot the Santa Clara Valley slopes west of the city.
Gilroy residents enjoy proximity to many large green spaces and reserves, including the 6,695-acre Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park to the east, which includes idyllic Coyote Lake. The park's rolling hills are a refuge for many rare species, including Californian tiger salamanders and majestic bald eagles. Fishing on the lake is a popular local pastime, with anglers landing black bass, bluegill, and Eurasian crappie.
Meanwhile, downtown Gilroy offers several attractions, such as the historic Wheeler Hospital, a fine Spanish colonial revival house built in 1929, and the ornate Old City Hall, a mission revival building that has served as a jail, courthouse, and fire department building. Locals enjoy browsing the plentiful antique stores and specialty boutiques, and there are great eateries.
The Gilroy Historical Museum provides a thorough history of the city and offers walking tours, and overall, there’s a strong community identity within Gilroy. Numerous green spaces, including Christmas Hill Park, allow locals to walk dogs and stretch their legs. For something more active, the Gilroy Gardens Theme Park in the northwest of the city provides rides, exquisite gardens, and ice skating in the winter months.
Gourmands will be in heaven during the summer (June or July) when the annual Garlic Festival comes to town, featuring cooking competitions and demonstrations, hundreds of stalls, wine tastings, and events. Culinary pleasures are one of the big draws of this community. There are several local farm stands and a farmers market at the expansive Gilroy Premium Outlets.
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