More students for Cupertino schools

Cupertino's well-regarded schools once again prove alluring to residential developers on the periphery of the city.

Silverstone Communities, a Redwood City developer, is the latest builder to announce a new project that capitalizes in part on Cupertino's school districts.

"Cupertino's schools and the proximity to jobs are two things that made this site attractive," said Silverstone spokeswoman Linda Bagneschi Dorrance.

Silverstone has acquired 2.4 acres of land at Pruneridge Avenue and Lawrence Expressway to build 35 single-family homes. Residents of the $39 million development would send their children to the Cupertino Union School District and Cupertino High School.

In April, San Jose rezoned the De Anza 85 shopping center on De Anza Boulevard to allow for a residential project at the site. Developers Braddock and Logan of Danville bought the property and would like to build $1 million homes there. Residents of those homes would send students to the sought-after Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. Initially planned for 80 townhouses, the project now has an undetermined number of homes.

Additionally, there are nine planned or approved residential projects within Cupertino. Collectively, the projects would add about 1,000 residents, leading to some concern from residents about the impact on traffic, infrastructure and school enrollment.

The Silverstone high-end homes are expected to be available for purchase in the fall of 2007. The developer also built the Villagio residential development in Cupertino.