Which neighborhoods in San Jose are the best?

best neighborhoods

There are a lot of great neighborhoods to consider, now it is finding out more about what you want in a neighborhood. Here are brief summaries of neighborhoods in the Greater San Jose area.

Los Gatos, Willow Glen, and Campbell have nice little downtowns with walk to coffee, dining, and some entertainment. From a resale standpoint all work well. Los Gatos has the higher ranked schools. Victorian and Bungalow architecture prevails in Los Gatos. Willow Glen probably has the most variety of architecture and is most convenient to mass transit (Cal Train to the San Francisco) and the airport.  Both have access to great parks with Little League Baseball and Soccer groups.  Also the Los Gatos Creek  trail connects Willow Glen, Campbell, Cambrian, and Los Gatos and is great for weekend bike trips or running.

Cambrian is close to Los Gatos, convenient to the highways (particularly 17 to Santa Cruz) and also have good resale and strong schools. Some pockets of larger lots and a couple of new developments but mostly ranch style homes. Cambrian Park and Camden are more spread out and do not have a centralized downtown area but have an incredible back drop with the Santa Cruz mountains in view.

Blossom Valley and Santa Teresa are most suburban with most developments being built in the 70s. If you are looking for larger homes with a an extra bedroom or more yard, this is a good starting point. There is a new shopping mall supposedly being built at the junction of Cottle and 85 that is suppose to be like Santana Row.  However, recent economic changes have placed that on hold.  Of course the foothills of Santa Teresa have a great deal of hiking /biking trails with the 1000s of acres in Santa Teresa Park.

Almaden Valley another large suburb with some very large homes and good schools. There is also the Los Alamitos bike/walking trail that goes along Almaden Valley and ends up at the great park of Almaden Lake. There are several condo/townhomes near Almaden Lake.  The Oakridge Mall (now called West Valley)  is also nearby.   Convenient to Highway 87 and 85 for commuting up the peninsula.

– West San Jose nestled between Cupertino, Campbell and downtown San Jose really boast convenience being near major highways and the great dining and entertainment of Santana Row. A great deal of Ranch homes in this area with some newer condo/townhouses around Winchester and Payne.  The Moreland school district has some high scoring schools and this neighborhood is convenient to Hwy 280, Hwy 17, and San Tomas Expressway for commuting.

– Burbank has a pocket of older homes along San Carlos and 280 corridor tend to be smaller and quaint. This area is being revitalized and is an up and coming neighborhood. It is also  convenient to Santana Row without having two many large homes.   Great spot for starter homes and currently a great deal of money is planned for this area with a another live/work development slated for the area near Mel Cotton’s Sports shop.

– Rose Garden – large, beautiful homes with the tendency toward large lots. Mature trees, neighborhoods with good neighbors and the convenience of being near the up and coming area of The Alameda and the convenience to downtown San Jose, Willow Glen, and Hwys 280 and 17.  Schools are not the highest scoring but you also have the option of Bellarmine School.  This is an elegant neighborhood with very stunning architecture.

– Downtown San Jose is an up and coming downtown with more and more dining and entertainment to be had. Convenient to museums and mass transit. Many new developments in the downtown area for town homes and condos. Metro living coming up.   Convenient to the light rail, Cal Train, very walkable and within moments from San Jose State University and the grand Marin Luther King Library.  High rise living is available in The 88, AXIS, and City Heights condominiums.

– Naglee Park – Downtown San Jose  near the San Jose University without being too near. Older homes, Victorians and Bungalows with wonderful old tree lined streets and a diverse group of neighbors. Convenient to downtown without the tall buildings.  This is a beautiful bedroom community with lots of character and vintage architecture of Tudors, Craftsman, and Victorian homes.

– North First and Japan Town has  some great new developments over the years. Nestled up close to the technology companies and the airport with convenient mass transit. Homes tend to be older and lots smaller over all.   Lots of redevelopment money is being spent on this area and it has the potential to be a great designation for those looking for quaint bungalows and mission styled homes.

– Evergreen and Silver Creek where the incredibly active retirement community of THE VILLAGES presides. They have 3 golf course and over 100 different clubs and activities to choose from. Evergreen has a community college and some up and coming schools.  There are some new developments within Silver Creek and Evergreen and as you get further up into the hills some incredible views of the valley.

– Alum Rock – a quaint area near HWYS 101 and 680 corridor with older small homes in the valley and then larger more prestigious homes as you move into the foot hills. Not many restaurants or nightlife and traffic can be a challenge on Alum Rock Ave. Lots of hiking/biking in the hills and mass transit by Capitol Expressway.   Light rails at Capitol Expressway is a new and great addition.

– Berryessa – Has lots of town homes and newer developments. Lots of diverse dining spots and grocers and convenient to mass transit.  Mixed in with ranch homes up against the hills and is a great option to commuting to the tech community of Cisco and Samsung.   There are some high scoring schools and some older block neighborhoods built in the 1970s.

– Morgan Hill offers more home and you  for the dollar. The downtown is cute and offers some dining and limited shopping. Cal Train runs parallel to 101 so their is convenience to San Francisco. 101 can be a challenge in regards to the commute. Again, lots of hiking biking possibilities  along the Coyote Trail and in Henry Coe Park. Lake Anderson has some wonderful communities developed.  Morgan Hill and Gilroy offer more new housing developments as they have the land.

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