Is Ponderosa Park area in Sunnyvale, CA considered a safe place to live?

Asked by someone200, San Jose, CA Tue Jan 31, 2012

I see the poverty rate is 8.5% whilst the poverty rate in the whole Sunnyvale area is 5.4%

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Aneela Faiz, Agent, San Ramon, CA
Wed Mar 7, 2012
Ponderosa Park is a very nice neighborhood. I know people who have lived here for years and have never had a problem. Even though it is part of Sunnyvale, it does fall into Santa Clara schools. You will not have a problem with resale in this neighborhood. Properties sell fairly quickly especially because of the demand for Peterson middle school. Location is excellent with quick access to major streets like Lawrence expwy, Wolfe and El camino. You may also want to consider the excellent Birdland neighborhood next to Ponderosa. Good Luck.

Feel free to contact me with any questions!

Aneela Faiz
BMC Real Estate
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Grace Hanamo…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Tue Jan 31, 2012
Hi Someone200,

I have to echo the sentiments of my colleagues on this one, and further to emphasize Dave's point that if you believe poverty is an indicator for crime, then you will never find the home you want.

To be frank, Ponderosa Park is a beautiful section of Sunnyvale, and there are some fabulous homes in the area! I just negotiated the purchase of a home in the Ponderosa area for my clients--a 4 bedroom 2 bath property with 1800 square feet--that they bought for under $800,000. The community is quiet, the homes are well maintained, and my clients are extremely happy with their first home purchase.

When looking at any property it's very easy to find negatives about the site that discourage any buyer from buying, well, pretty much ANY home. It's the savvy investor and buyer who can weigh the positve and negative aspects of an investment, while eyeing the value of the asset in the future and studying current and past trends to extrapolate the return. While schools, crime, and the home's intrinisic characters will most definitely influence the value of the home, I've never drawn a conclusion that communities with lower median incomes necessarily are always linked more closely with crime.

As the others said, before you "turn yourself off" to very good investment possibilities, you might review the crime statistics in the area to ensure that the neighborhood meets your personal requirements for safety. I think you'll find that even the "safest" neighborhoods will have crime. You need only to determine what is acceptable to you.

Good luck!

Grace Morioka
Area Pro Realty-People's Choice
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Machugina Ma…, Home Owner, Sunnyvale, CA
Mon Jan 7, 2013
There are a couple of trailer parks nearby, which probably explains the poverty rate. But note that Ponderosa Park home values have skyrocketed recently.
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Robert Lei, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Mon Feb 20, 2012
Ponderosa Park is a safe place to live. The people might not be able to afford Cupertino, but they are nice people. Just go watch the kids play at the the park, watch people play tennis, see the people talking quiet walks around the block, and you will see what I mean.
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charles butt…, Agent, san jose, CA
Sun Feb 19, 2012
Thank you for your question:

I agree with Grace Morioka. Ponderosa park is a wonderful neighborhood. Ponderosa Park is a very safe place to live.

Thank you,
Charles Butterfield MBA
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Ricky Ablaza, Agent, Milpitas, CA
Tue Jan 31, 2012
Hi Someone200,

Here is the community report for 95051:

Here is the community report for 94086:

You can also check market analysis and local schools for each of the above areas. Just go to the appropriate tab.

And if you want to compare each of the zip codes (95051 vs 94086) above go to:…

In answer to your question, yes Ponderosa park in Sunnyvale CA is considered a safe place to live.

Hope that helps. If you need more information, call me at 408-316-0793 or email
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David Blockh…, Agent, Los Altos, CA
Tue Jan 31, 2012

Do you believe poverty is an indicator for crime? If so, you may never find a home in your price point. I suggest that you go to and look at crime stats versus poverty stats.
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Tue Jan 31, 2012
Us agents are prohibited from steering to or away from neighborhoods. You have city data, all check out You can also drive around neighborhoods at various times of the day, night, weekends, and talk to neighbors. You will get an idea if the neighborhood fits for you.

All the best to you.
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Marcy Moyer, Agent, San Ramon, CA
Tue Jan 31, 2012
The city of Sunnyvale has a link on their site where you can see crimes for any neighborhood you want. Here is the page dealing with crime in Sunnyvale:…
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