San Jose’s Local Treasure
San Jose has long been known for its seriously good weather, access to nearby hiking trails that offers residents a number of outdoor activities, and a mix of urban living and picturesque residential neighborhoods, lending a close-knit community vibe to California’s third largest city. If like most Bay Area homebuyers, you’re on the hunt for a new home with more space to accommodate today’s modern lifestyle of remote work and virtual classrooms, it might be time to take another look in the neighborhoods of South Bay. One in particular that combines the perks of Silicon Valley with its own quintessential charm is Willow Glen.
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Named for the Willow trees that line the streets, Willow Glen has become a local treasure of San Jose and one of the most desirable Bay Area neighborhoods. It’s situated just three miles southwest of downtown San Jose and nestled next to Campbell and Los Gatos. It’s also bordered by both Highway 280 and Highway 17, making for an easy commute to Silicon Valley’s popular business hubs.
“We’re seeing more of our high-profile clients gravitate to Willow Glen. It’s a neighborhood that offers homebuyers more of the options they want for their growing families—new homes, great schools, and close to work.”
—Sean Spanek, TJH Realtor
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Downtown Willow Glen revolves around Lincoln Avenue, a bustling and lively main street that hosts a mix of independently owned businesses. From eclectic boutiques and vintage shops, to farm-sourced brunch spots, artisan coffee shops, and diverse restaurants, Willow Glen offers something for everyone and the opportunity to support local small businesses. The iconic children’s bookstore Hicklebee’s is also a must-see landmark. It’s no wonder you’ll find locals, visitors, and their dogs strolling the sidewalks of Lincoln Avenue for a relaxing weekend.
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“The best thing about Willow Glen is it’s small town feel. Many small businesses have opened and thrived in the Downtown area, and I also love the fact that Willow Glen is a very dog-friendly neighborhood!”
—Willow Glen Resident, Niche.com
The quiet residential side of Willow Glen compliments its charm. It offers beautiful parks, safe neighborhoods, and excellent public schools for children of all ages. The housing is a mix of classic Victorian architecture and beautifully remodeled homes with more modern styling, attracting young families and couples. Additionally, as new construction homes become available, more homeowners are taking advantage of the opportunity to personalize a new home in this historic family-friendly neighborhood.
“This area is truly a welcoming community. If you are looking for the “friendly neighbor” feel, here you have it! People are constantly looking out for each other in person and on the site NextDoor. Whenever there is a safety concern or a personal need, people reach out and try to help.”
—Willow Glen Resident