Okay, so there's no gondoliers floating about and you'd be hard pressed to get your hands on some classic chicheti next door, but if you break out that mocha, brew yourself an espresso, crank up the Pavarotti (try "Celeste Aida" or "Nessun dorma") and relax on your patio outdoors you just might find yourself delighting in a calming escape from your day job. The secret sanctuary of Santa Clara, Boardwalk is a lush park-like experience that features a soothing canal system of streams, shady arching trees billowing in the breeze, and beautifully manicured lawns all throughout the community. The end result: self-sustaining tranquility.
Another great perk is Boardwalk's central location. Saturday morning tennis matches on the courts over in Homestead Park. Spur of the moment grocery adventures at Denny's Market (only a ten minute walk). And then there's Santana Row, which boasts 70 shops, 20 restaurants, 5 spas and 1 hotel.
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