Residing in Willow Glen, a suburb of San Jose, California is the American dream in living color. With diversified architecture along tree-lined streets and a downtown district bustling with small businesses and community events, Willow Glen, previously a city in its own right, is now a part of San Jose and is dubbed San Jose’s local treasure.
Residential areas in the picturesque Willow Glen community include older houses from the 1920s through 1950s, but the area boasts primarily custom and semi-custom homes, although the nod to history is notable. Styles of homes in the area include Victorian, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Mission, Prairie, Spanish Eclectic, and Tudor. Although the comfortable lifestyles make it easy to settle in and relax at home, the action is in the downtown area.
Along the charming streets of the business district, residents enjoy more than 300 shops and services including sidewalk cafes, coffee shops, boutiques, and vintage shops. While downtown, members of the Willow Glen community can also visit the optometrist, dentist, pharmacist, or drop their clothes at the local dry cleaners. The dog-friendly area also supplies doggy water bowls along the tree-lined sidewalks. Celebrate Small Business Saturday by supporting locally owned businesses, help save a life by donating at the local blood drive, take advantage of Ladies night out, enjoy a wine walk, or pick up some fresh produce at the local farmer’s market. The downtown district is also within walking distance of one of San Jose’s light rail services.
Community spirit in Willow Glen is enhanced through a multitude of community events, including Dancin’ on the Avenue, an annual street party. Founder’s Day is a celebration of culture and history, and the Christmas festivities include a tree-decorating tradition in which residents line the streets with mini-trees decked out for the holidays.
The Willow Glen Community Center features after school programs and specialty camps for the area’s youth. Additionally, the center offers art, music, health, and education classes for adults. Furthermore, there are senior activities and resources.
The area’s first school, Willow Glen Elementary, was founded in 1863. Although the school has evolved and has been relocated several times, it’s still a source of pride for the Willow Glen community. Willow Glen Middle School and Willow Glen High School are prominent schools in Willow Glen. In addition, St. Christopher’s School (K-8) and Presentation High School are also located in Willow Glen. Altogether, there are 24 schools in Willow Glen, including public, charter, and private schools.
Willow Glen is home to seven area parks including Wilcox Park, Wallenberg Park, Lincoln Glen, Hummingbird, River Glen, and Kirk Park.
Willow Glen encompasses approximately 3.697 square miles and a population of around 25,911 residents.
Although Willow Glen has been described by some as being “too perfect,” the high-standards, area vibe, and structure the community provides are ideal living conditions for those who thrive on community pride and spirit.
Each year, members of the community gather for the Cruise for a Cause car show. The event features vintage cars, entertainment, music, a kids’ corner, food, and more. The event is free, but encourages food and monetary donations in support of 2nd Harvest Food Bank. When the locals’ love of antique cars combines with a love of community and giving hearts, everybody benefits.
When you’re looking for a well-manicured neighborhood rich in spirit, community events, and pride in lifestyle, Willow Glen in San Jose, California may be the ideal place for you to settle in and enjoy your piece of the American dream.
Your best source for information about Santa Clara County is your real estate agent. Give Gregory Pedone a call today at 408-234-0145 to learn more about the local area, discuss selling your house, or to set up a tour of available homes for sale.