Hi Alex and thanks for your post.
I have lived and work in the area around Sutter Elementary School (home of the "Fighting Frogs") in Santa Clara for the past 20 years. Aside from the websites you've been given by another agent where you can get accurate crime statistics, here's what I can tell you from personal experience.
The neighborhoods and the communities are friendly, much as you would expect for any suburban neighborhood in Santa Clara. The homeowners are a mix of different ages and professions, and most have young family members that attend Sutter. Many of the neighbors have lived and worked in the area for a decade or more, and while there certainly are retirees in the area, there are also a lot of people who are just starting their experience in home ownership. Santa Clara is a vibrant city with great utility services at a lower price, a fabulous 4th of July picnic and fireworks display, and great Christmas display contests. Their library and Memorial Park Community Center is a great place for all family members to relax and take advantage of the recreational classes offered by the Parks and Rec. department.
The PTA for Sutter is very active and parents are encouraged to join and help the school. The School, itself, hosts a variety of field games (soccer, baseball, martial arts exhibitions) during the weekend, so there is always something happening at the school especially in the morning.
I have also sold homes to many clients who want to be in this section of Santa Clara, and all of them are very happy with their purchases and their new communities. The housing in the area is a mix of smaller Eichlers, Brown and Kaufmans (B&K) and Ditz-Crane homes. In fact, you'll find almost the exact same homes found here in many parts of Sunnyvale and San Jose.
If you are interested in buying in Santa Clara and in the Sutter area, give me a call, and I'll be happy to help.
Grace Morioka, SRES
Area Pro Realty