Cuernavaca is a planned unit development, consisting of 170 Spanish-style homes on an approximately 30 acre parcel of land. The homes occupy two-thirds of this parcel, with the rest being the property and responsibility of the Homeowners' Association.
The Cuernavaca site was originally part of a cherry orchard. Later it was the location of the nine-hole Cherry Chase Golf Course and attendant swim club. The course was eventually considered for redevelopment under the so-called Sylvan-Dale Plan (1974).
Cuernavaca was a joint project of Dividend Development Corporation (Santa Clara) and Bay View Financial Corporation (San Mateo). Cuernavaca was completed in five phases, and the first walk-through of a Cuernavaca home was in September 1986. The completion year of each phase is noted below:
There are six different Cuernavaca plans or models: A through F. Plans A and B come in two variations (e.g., A1 and A2); plans C through F comprise of three varieties each. A comparison of the six plans can be found below: