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San Jose includes many varieties of lifestyles, work and recreation areas. While not every neighborhood is listed here, we do list the major areas that provide unique opportunities to those visiting the growing city. They include Downtown, Rose Garden, Japan Town, Willow Glen, Little Saigon and West San Jose.
Central San Jose, is the booming local technology industry hub where quality lifestyle meets a global audience. San Jose earned the nickname "Capital of Silicon Valley" because of its central location to the technology industry boom and foothold. Central San Jose is notable for its affluence. The area is ever updating and becoming fresh with new development projects. San Jose offers its residents a wide variety of lifestyle choices that include restaurants, shopping, easy transportation, museums with theatre and arts as well a diverse collection of people from all walks of life.
Santa Teresa is residential neighborhood directly south of downtown San Jose. The area has been established around Santa Teresa Boulevard, and borders east of Almaden Valley, which is another surrounding suburb within the vicinity of San Jose California.
Santa Teresa is home to Santa Teresa County Park and home to Rancho Santa Teresa. The ranch was once an important destination for Spanish farmers and Ohlone Indians. The Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch provided fruit, dairy products, and spring water to nearby homes and neighborhoods and downtown San Jose. Today, the ranch location is a Santa Clara County park with hiking trails, cultural education, and recreational activities. Santa Teresa is home to suburban neighborhoods, which include several schools from the Oak Grove School District, including Santa Teresa Elementary and Bernal Intermediate School. It also includes Santa Teresa High School.
Evergreen is a popular area in San Jose, where the East Foothills of the bay area neighbor along the eastern edge. The area is home to the Silver Creek housing development. Evergreen offers plenty of amenities which include Eastridge shopping mall, and easy access to high ways and tortillas. It is also the home of Little Saigon which comprises over 100,000 residents. San Jose has more Vietnamese residents than any single city outside of Vietnam. Several shopping malls on Tully Road cater to Vietnamese tastes, such as the popular Grand Century Mall. While there are some references to Vietnamese shops along Tully, Story Road is where Vietnam Town is being built and Kelley Park borders Story. The Vietnamese community in San Jose is more fully integrated into the local community and as a result not as high-profile as other places.
Alum Rock is a thriving neighborhood in San Jose that was named after a rock formerly thought to be composed of alum in nearby Alum Rock Park. The area was formerly a separate town, and much of the community is unincorporated while surrounded by incorporated San Jose. Near the center of the community is a small neighborhood commercial strip along Alum Rock Avenue at White Road.
Willow Glen is a San Jose neighborhood with a unique charm and appeal. The region has walkable tree-lined streets, people-oriented homes, diverse architecture, specialty shops, and independent businesses. The historic downtown on Lincoln Avenue between Willow Street and Minnesota Avenue is a well-known community, with a variety of restaurants and shops. We invite you to visit our Willow Glen Real Estate and Homes website location here.
Blossom Valley is located in the southern region of San Jose, California northeast of the Los Capitancillos Ridge which separates it from Almaden Valley. It is located east of the Cambrian neighborhood and and northeast of Almaden. Blossom Valley is northeast of the Santa Teresa Hills and the Almaden Valley. Neighborhoods within Blossom Valley include Erikson, Thousand Oaks, and Pinehurst at northeast quadrants of Pearl Avenue and Branham Lane. Blossom Valley is home to a number of parks that provide activities such as hiking, fishing and swimming. High schools in the area include Communitas Charter High School, Gunderson High School, Pioneer High School, and Oak Grove High School. A popluar shopping mall in the area is the Westfield Oakridge Mall that brings, movies, dining and brings major department and specialty stores to Blossom Valley.
South San Jose is a popular destination for individuals and families who enjoy the cultural portion of San Jose, California lying south of downtown. The name "South Side" refers to the area bounded roughly by Hillsdale Avenue to West Capitol Expressway on the north, Highway 101 and Senter Road on the east, the border of Morgan Hill towards the south, and Camden Avenue to the west. The section of San Jose offers plenty of great stores, schools, restaurants and recreational activities the locals enjoy.
Almaden Valley an upper-middle-class neighborhood south east of the town of Los Gatos, west of the Santa Teresa and south of Coleman Rd. at the southern end of the Blossom Hill neighborhood of San Jose. As part of the Silicon Valley, the main industry in the neighborhood is high technology research and development with homes owned by local professionals, scientists, athletes, and Silicon Valley executives. Almaden Valley is named after the New Almaden Quicksilver Mines, once used to process ore during the Gold Rush. The area had a number of quicksilver mines. The mines were closed in 1975 and have been converted into Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Despite the closure of the mines, there still remains a high mercury content in the nearby soil, creeks and rivers, and signs are posted alongside the waterways warning people not to eat the fish. Even still, many of the names in Almaden still retain their mercury mine themes. For example, there are streets called Silver Lode Lane and Silver Mine Drive (the latter of which was renamed). Also, many places in Almaden still use the name Quicksilver.
In the late 19th century, Berryessa was a small farming community well-known across California for its high-quality fruit. Once formerly surrounded by apricot and prune orchards, the J. F. Flickinger Fruit Packing Company, one of the largest fruit packing companies in the Santa Clara Valley, was located around present-day Hostetter Road. In the 1960s and 1970s, the orchards were developed into suburban residential neighborhoods and businesses. The Berryessa District or North Valley is located northeast of the city, between Coyote Creek and the Diablo Range foothills. The neighborhood borders Milpitas along Landess Avenue to the north with Alum Rock of East San Jose along Mabury Road to the south. The name comes from a member of the prominent Basque–Spanish Berreyesa family: Nicolas Berreyesa, a Californion settler who was granted Rancho Milpitas in 1834.
Cambrian Park is a census-designated place (CDP) and neighborhood of San Jose,that was never incorporated as a town (although there were efforts to do so in the early 1960s). Much of the neighborhood is now part of the incorporated city of San Jose, and neighbors Campbell and Los Gatos.
Cambrian Park offers easy access to Highway 85 and Highway 17 the popular road that takes locals in the area, directly to the beach. The homes in the area are average middle class style California ranch designs.
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