South County refers to the southern part of Santa Clara County, namely Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy, and further out to the county lines.
There’s a tremendous amount of variety within this area in terms of neighborhood, terrain, home types, urban vs rural, etc. On our local multiple listing service, this vast region is all “Area 1”.
South County living
People living in South County may be in a fairly urban area of Gilroy or Morgan Hill, with restaurants, shops, and a train station within a few blocks. It could be more suburban or centered on or near a golf course, parkland, or other open space.
The could just as easily be in farmland or ranchland, with vineyards, fruit and nut orchards, or other produce growing (particularly garlic and mushrooms). There are even some flower farms and grass farms in this part of Santa Clara County! Possibly instead your neighbors could be goats, horses, donkeys, cows, or sheep, depending on how far out you’re looking.
These communities are populated mostly close to Highway 101, and are otherwise fairly rural.
Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy info
Please check out the individual posts for these South County areas and learn more about each of them:
- Morgan Hill
- San Martin (general info)
- Gilroy the garlic capital of the world (general info)
- Gilroy and the South County’s fruit stands and farmlands
- Gilroy Garlic Festival (discontinued, sadly)
Related reading on another of our sites
Morgan Hill (on popehandy.com)
San Martin real estate (on popehandy.com
Gilroy (on popehandy.com