With streets named Meadowlark, Nightingale, and Quail, it’s no wonder what gave this neighborhood its moniker. Birdland is bounded by Dunholme Way and Dunford Way on the north, Lawrence Expressway on the east, Homestead Avenue on the South, and Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road on the west.
Home construction began in the 1960s, with single-story residences ranging in size from 1,300 square feet to 1,600 square feet on generous lots of 6,000 square feet to 8,000 square feet. Later on in the decade, these homes would be extended to larger, more luxurious two-story homes, though because many of the homes in Birdland have retained their original character and size, the neighborhood feels modest and charming.
Not only does Birdland offer a variety of home styles, but it is a neighborhood of choice due to its locale. Residing just two blocks from access to Interstate 280 and Highway 85, Birdland has become a prime location for commuters, especially Apple employees, as the neighborhood rests just across Homestead Avenue from the new Apple campus.
Birdland also boasts high-performing elementary schools. Stocklmeir Elementary and Laurelwood Elementary both provide the foundation of Birdland’s value, and are an encouraging factor to families with young children who are thinking of settling down in the neighborhood. These elementary schools feed into Cupertino Middle School and then Fremont High School. Locally-owned restaurants and businesses, convenient shopping at Ranch 99 Market and Homestead Square Shopping Center, and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center are all just minutes away.
Outdoor recreation is provided in abundance in Birdland. The over 18-acre Ortega Park hosts picnic areas, a spray pool, tennis courts, or space to play cricket, and Raynor Park offers an array of standard amenities along with an inline skating rink.
But perhaps one of the most impressive features of Birdland is Full Circle Farm. Spanning 11 acres, Full Circle Farm is a volunteer-run community farm that advocates natural and sustainable food production and provides education and training to that end. On the Farm, visitors learn the full circle of food production, from soil preparation to harvesting and cooking the fruits of one’s labor. Visitors come to the farm for internships, team building events, tours, weekly harvest share food purchase programs, or just casually picking up the harvest of the day from the produce and egg stand. In the fall, the Farm becomes the neighborhood’s pumpkin patch and corn stock maze which is popular with young families.
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