Like its neighbors Los Gatos and Monte Sereno, it is a quiet haven for the wealthy, who appreciate its excellent restaurants, bakeries, vintage architecture and first-rate schools. For its size, Saratoga has an abundance of parks, including one with a town history museum. The traditional Japanese-style Hakone Gardens is one of the largest of its kind outside of Japan. The Montalvo Arts Center is 175 acres of well-tended greenery and home to an active arts program, concerts and hiking. At the Paul Masson-built Mountain Winery, visitors from all over the Bay Area come to enjoy wine tasting and its annual series of concerts featuring well-known pop, rock, jazz and classical music performers. Drama fans have easy access to the Saratoga Civic Theater, Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company and West Valley College Theater. Plus, the annual Saratoga Rotary Art Show is one of the oldest in the area. Annually, Saratoga features a classic car show in downtown which draws entries from thoughout the bay area.
Saratoga offers various upper price points for homes and offers 3 different school districts, Saratoga, Cupertino, and Campbell. Saratoga schools are some of the highest ranking in the state. Once a logging village, homes around the downtown are quaint with various architectural styles. Famous architect Julia Morgan designed both estates and cottages, private homes in the area. Saratoga housing choices include remote hillside properties of a range of values, entry and higher end uniform tract housing in a popular area called the Golden Triangle, and estate homes in the premium location near Villa Montalvo locally known as the Platinum Triangle. There are also some nice townhouse within walking distance to downtown. There are the popular markets of the Safeway at Argonaut shopping center. Movie theaters and more casual restaurants and the major name stores are off Saratoga Avenue at Westgate shopping center. Many Saratoga residences travel to Los Gatos for more shopping selection. Saratoga is near many excellent wineries in the nearby hills for wine tasting, and just a short drive over the hill to reach the beaches in Santa Cruz.