Saratoga sits on the western edge of Silicon Valley, directly west of San Jose. It is known for its small-town feel, high-end restaurants, and wineries. It is also recognized for such attractions as the Hakone Gardens and the artists’ retreat Villa Montalvo.
On top of its appeal, Saratoga is consistently ranked as one of the most expensive and wealthiest suburbs in the United States. It is often noted as a bedroom community for the upper-middle class in the Silicon Valley tech industry. Saratoga is also listed as one the most-educated small towns, with its local schools often achieving competitive rankings. Saratoga began as a mostly-agrarian community. It didn’t transform into a more-urban community until after World War II, and became incorporated in 1956 to avoid annexation by San Jose.