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City Guide
Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale, California Renter's Guide

Located in the Silicon Valley, this suburban enclave is home to a eclectic culture. Getting by in Sunnyvale is challenging, however, with a strong will, an adaptable attitude, and these renting tips, you will have all you need to live a happy, well-rounded life.

Tips for Renting in Sunnyvale

Getting Around. All you need to get around in this city is your own two feet. It is easily walkable, with plenty of wide sidewalks, parks, walking trails, and a greenbelt. Bicycles come in handy when travelling between different neighborhoods. The comprehensive transportation system, which includes the Caltrain into San Francisco, makes travelling between cities a breeze. Just one word of advice: if you are going into downtown San Francisco, feel free to bring a six pack for the ride, drinking is allowed. And, you can also bring your bicycle, which is nice since it takes about twenty minutes to walk to downtown from the landing station.

Weather. The weather is always pleasant in the Silicon Valley, however temperatures can vary greatly between neighboring cities. While it may be 80 degrees when you leave Sunnyvale on a warm summer afternoon, the temperature is likely to drop to 60 degrees once you hit San Francisco. These huge differences are most common in the summer, so if you are more warm-natured, pack a light jacket when travelling to nearby cities.

Neighborhoods

Downtown. Restaurants, some bars for nightlife, weekend farmer's market, live music, festivals, and pet parades.

Sunnyarts. Sooooo much going on here: theater, arts festival, bluegrass jams, pottery, painting, dance, acupuncture, soccer, shopping, and a neighborhood bar... just to name a few. This neighborhood really brings the whole community of Sunnyvale closer.

Ortega Park. Variety of nearby parks

Morse Park. A lovely greenbelt, shopping center, and an eclectic little neighborhood bar.

Snail. Convenient for commuters, with a neighborhood park and affordable rent.

Birdland. Best neighborhood for food: dessert shop, bakery, pizza and more! Plus, two great shopping centers within walking/biking distance.

Panama Park. Close to everything: shopping, nightlife, parks, and the Sunnyarts neighborhood.

Ponderosa Park. Golf course, fish market, parks, and quick access Lawrence Expressway and Camino Real.

Stratford Gardens. An affordable neighborhood with tons of great food spots, plus within walking distance to the library and the Sunnyarts neighborhood.

Cherryhill. Beautiful and convenient location next to Sunnyarts, this neighborhood comes with its own park, cherry orchard, and tennis courts.

Gavello Glen. Great, affordable location right next to Sunnyarts.

Good Luck!

It may be a challenge to get by here, but it is well worth it. Just be sure to relieve some stress every once in a while by getting out of the apartment for a day at the beach, in the nearby mountains, or in the creative incubator that is San Francisco. Days spent like this make it all worth the effort.

-By Katy Comal

Rent Report
Sunnyvale

November 2017 Sunnyvale Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Sunnyvale Rent Report. Sunnyvale rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Sunnyvale rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Sunnyvale rents declined over the past month

Sunnyvale rents have declined 0.8% over the past month, but have increased significantly by 4.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Sunnyvale stand at $2,220 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,780 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. Sunnyvale's year-over-year rent growth is on par with the state average of 4.3%, but exceeds the national average of 2.7%.

Rents rising across cities in California

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Sunnyvale, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in California, all of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 4.3% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, San Francisco is the most expensive of all California's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $3,070; of the 10 largest California cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Sacramento experiencing the fastest growth (+9.5%).
  • Fresno, Anaheim, and Long Beach have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (6.1%, 5.4%, and 4.4%, respectively).

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Sunnyvale

As rents have increased significantly in Sunnyvale, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Sunnyvale is less affordable for renters.

  • Sunnyvale's median two-bedroom rent of $2,780 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 4.3% increase in Sunnyvale.
  • While Sunnyvale's rents rose significantly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw decreases, including DC (-0.6%), Portland (-0.4%), and New York (-0.2%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Sunnyvale than most large cities. For example, Dallas has a median 2BR rent of $1,100, where Sunnyvale is more than two-and-a-half times that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
San Jose $2,050 $2,570 -0.3% 3.0%
Sunnyvale $2,220 $2,780 -0.8% 4.3%
Santa Clara $2,120 $2,660 -1.3% 5.4%
Mountain View $2,070 $2,590 -1.7% 5.0%
Palo Alto $2,440 $3,060 -1.5% 4.4%
Cupertino $3,990 $5,000 -0.8% 5.7%
Campbell $1,890 $2,370 -0.2% -0.3%

Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

Sunnyvale Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Sunnyvale ranks on:
A- Overall satisfaction
A+ Safety and crime rate
A+ Jobs and career opportunities
A- Recreational activities
F Affordability
C Quality of schools
A Weather
C- Commute time
C- State and local taxes
B- Public transit
C Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
Full data available when viewing on a non-mobile device.
Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Sunnyvale from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Sunnyvale renters seem well satisfied with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Many categories received above-average scores.”

Key findings in Sunnyvale include the following:

  • Sunnyvale renters give their city an A- overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Sunnyvale were safety and local job and career opportunities, which both received an A+ score.
  • Renters seem somewhat concerned with the quality of local schools (C) and pet friendliness in Sunnyvale (C).
  • The greatest source of dissatisfaction for renters was affordability/cost of living, which received an F.
  • Sunnyvale was right on par with nearby cities like San Mateo (A+) and Santa Cruz (A-), but has much more satisfied renters than other cities like San Jose (C-) and Palo Alto (D).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.