Welcome to Willow Glen
Charming, walkable, and filled with tree-lined streets, this area is considered one of San Jose’s most coveted neighborhoods
Often referred to as “San Jose’s Local Treasure,” Willow Glen, with its historic homes and charming tree-lined streets, is a family-friendly suburban neighborhood that serves as a bedroom community for many who work at nearby tech giant headquarters.
Taking its name from the giant willows and agricultural land that formerly covered this region, the neighborhood contains much natural beauty. Throughout Willow Glen, there are parks that offer basketball, tennis, soccer, baseball, pickleball, playgrounds, and picnic areas. It is also located near the Los Gatos Creek Trail which is fantastic for biking, running, or walking.
Extremely community-oriented, there are several local events that contribute to the friendly atmosphere of the neighborhood, including Art on the Avenue and Wine Walks. The homes of Willow Glen offer a wide range of architectural styles - consisting of Victorian, Neocolonial, Craftsman, Spanish, and many other styles. Posh restaurants and boutiques are clustered together in a small charming downtown located in the heart of the neighborhood.
Tech giants such as Cisco, Adobe, eBay, and PayPal are headquartered in San Jose, inspiring many young professionals to move to the area. Willow Glen is as perfect for families as it is for working professionals and will appeal to people who want high-end living in a charming neighborhood.
What to Love
- Walkable tree-lined streets and a bustling downtown
- A variety of real estate from townhomes and condos to single-family houses
- Tech culture meets suburban living
Willow Glen does not consist of one single demographic. Young singles and couples love the neighborhood for its happening downtown area, while families will appreciate the quiet residential streets and excellent public schools. Downtown Willow Glen isn’t a nightlife hub but there are dining options ranging from sports bars to wine and cheese tasting to lounges.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Residents of Willow Glen frequent the neighborhood’s downtown district for unique shopping and dining opportunities. At BellaJames Boutique you’ll find casual, contemporary women's clothing, and La Villa, an Italian deli well-known for its handmade ravioli, serves up sandwiches and prepared foods. Willow Glen Creamery is the place to be for dessert. This snug, counter-serve shop offers frozen yogurt, ice cream, and a range of accompanying toppings.
Things to Do
Community events are a big deal in Willow Glen. An annual Wine Walk takes attendees on a sipping tour of downtown shops every September and in December there are special cable car rides offered to view holiday lights. The St Christopher Festival is a can’t-miss annual carnival hosted at a local parish and residents gather regularly at Bramhall Park and Lincoln Glen Park, both offering shady green space, plus playgrounds and ball fields.
Maintaining a strong reputation for its dedicated, caring teachers and an engaging environment, Willow Glen’s school district contains many high-rated schools. Popular choices include: