The city of Saratoga began as a sawmill in 1848, headed by William Campbell, on the Saratoga Creek. The area was named after its mineral spring, which had a mineral content nearly identical to Saratoga Springs in New York. Orchards sprang up and drove the local economy, eventually replaced by lots for the mansions of the powerful in the area.
In 2010 the population of Saratoga, California was nearly 30,000 persons. Saratoga is a beautiful and historic community located west of San Jose in the Santa Clara Valley, or the Silicon Valley’s western edge. However, to live here you need to earn a spectacular living, because the area is worthy of topping many of the most expensive places to live lists. In fact, Saratoga is if not the most expensive, one of the most expensive suburbs in which to live in the entire state of California. Homes here are generally around $2M, though estates can cost ver $10M.
Saratoga has the feel of a small town, features exclusive boutiques and popular wineries like Mountain Winery. Just a few of the other attractions here include Sanborn County Park, Madronia Cemetery, Hakone Gardens, the Savannah-Chanelle Vineyard and Villa Montalvo, along with its accompanying arboretum which also houses the Montalvo Center for the Arts.
Saratoga is served by the moreland School district, The Cupertino Union School District, the Campbell Union School District and the Saratoga Union School District for grades kindergarten through 8th grade. For high school students, public education is provided by the Campbell Union High School District, the Fremont Union High School district, and the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District.