Best known as the “Garlic Capital of the World,” and home of the annual Garlic Festival in July, Gilroy is located at the southern end of Santa Clara County. With a population of approximately 41,000, the city is known for its peaceful residential environment, its award-winning parks, golf course and recreation programs, and for its “urban forest,” for which the City has won Tree City USA awards annually since 1979.
There are a variety of things to do in Gilroy. With over 145 stores, the Gilroy Premium Outlets is California’s largest outlet shopping center. You can also find Gilroy Gardens, founded by Michael Bonfante, where you can enjoy a day at the amusement park filled with six beautiful gardens, a half-acre Water Oasis attraction, and over 20 rides. There are a variety of wineries to visit, many of which are popular wedding venues. Or you can spend time in the great outdoors, enjoying the county parks in the area. Coyote Lake provides an opportunity to boat, water ski, and fish. The 4,595-acre park also has horse, bike and hiking trails to explore.
The Gilroy area is one of the few regions in Santa Clara County that has still retained its farming roots. There was a large amount of construction in the area during the last building boom, and this is likely to return in the near future as Morgan Hill and Gilroy are the next available areas of open space for builders to develop large tracts of land. The entire Gilroy area is served by the Gilroy Unified School District, with some of the best schools located off the main drags near Santa Teresa Blvd.
The city is located in the 95020 zip code, although there are plenty of areas in unincorporated Santa Clara County that also share this zip code. The majority of the homes in the region are single-family homes, but there are a few condo and townhome developments that have popped up in the region as well over the last 20 years in the heart of town.