Cupertino in California

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Apple Park © Arne Müseler/www.arne-mueseler.com/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

Apple Park © Arne Müseler/www.arne-mueseler.com/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

After two entries about Christian buildings, today we are looking at the host city of the Appleian Cathedral: Cupertino with the world headquarters of Apple. However, this isn’t enough to reach out for a UNESCO World Heritage status ;-) Cupertino is a city in Santa Clara County, California, United States, directly west of San Jose on the western edge of the Santa Clara Valley with portions extending into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Cupertino is located at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay. The eastern part of the city, located in the Santa Clara Valley, is flat, while the western part of the city slopes into the Santa Cruz Mountains. Cupertino borders San Jose and Santa Clara to the east, Saratoga to the south, Sunnyvale and Los Altos to the north, and Loyola to the northwest. Several streams run through Cupertino on their way to south San Francisco Bay, including (from north to south): Permanente Creek, Stevens Creek, San Tomas Aquino Creek and its Smith Creek, the Regnart Creek and Prospect Creek tributaries of Calabazas Creek, and Saratoga Creek.

Cupertino is known for its high housing prices as the majority of residential properties are multimillion-dollar homes as of 2021, with the entry-point into a single-family home at around 1.6 million dollars in the Cupertino HS area, and the entry point at around 2.2 million dollars in the Monta Vista HS area. Many smaller homes start from the mid $2 millions, mid-size homes start from the high $2 millions, and larger executive homes start from mid $3 millions and can go up to as much as $5 million, as of today. However, townhouses and condos with similar square footage are relatively less expensive, owing mainly to negligible lot sizes and the many common walls and areas. Over the course of thirteen years since the last late 2008 market crash, overall real estate prices have more than doubled.

Cupertino Civic Center Fountains outside of the Cupertino Community Hall © Robert Kim/City of Cupertino/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Wizz4prep/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Wizz4prep/cc-by-sa-4.0 Apple Park © Arne Müseler/www.arne-mueseler.com/cc-by-sa-3.0-de Cali Mill Plaza © Antipex/cc-by-3.0 Picchetti Brothers Winery © Stan Kucera/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Cupertino Civic Center Fountains outside of the Cupertino Community Hall © Robert Kim/City of Cupertino/cc-by-sa-4.0
Though Cupertino is home to the headquarters of many high-tech companies such as Apple, very little manufacturing actually takes place in the city. The city’s large office parks are primarily dedicated to management and design functions.

Earlier in its history, Cupertino attributed some of its city income from Vallco Fashion Park, at the time one of the only major indoor shopping malls in the South Bay area. People from the greater South Bay area would come to spend money and contribute to the sales tax. Since then, several other shopping malls have sprung up; Valley Fair (now known as Westfield Valley Fair) in Santa Clara caters to the high-end boutique stores, while the Great Mall in Milpitas in the 1990s opened to the low-priced and bargain retailers. Vallco Fashion Park was hit hard by these developments, as well as by the loss of one of its anchor stores, Emporium.

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