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Downtown San Jose


Downtown San Jose has a lot to offer for those longing for recreation, sports, dining, shopping, night life, arts and events. It is the central business district of San Jose.

The area that now makes up downtown was first settled 1797. In 1850, San Jose incorporated to become California’s first city and the location of California’s first state capitol. In the 1980’s a revitalization project was initiated to build new hotels, office space, condominiums, museums, theaters and parks; to widen or re-align streets, and to build parking lots and garages. Today, Downtown San Jose can be considered the cultural heart of Silicon Valley.

Living in Downtown San Jose

Located in the city is an incredible array of events that are held at the many theaters, art galleries and museums. Choices for an evening out at the theater could be a performance at the California Theater, the Montgomery Theater, Parkside Hall, The Center for the Performing Arts or at City National Civic and South Hall. San Jose also provides the venues for a lengthy list of festivals and conventions that are held here throughout the year. The SAP Center at San Jose is one of the most active venues for events in the world.

Downtown San Jose has all the features of an urban metropolitan area. Office buildings, stores, residences and many restaurants make up the mix. There is a nightclub district called SoFA, for South First Area. The San Pedro Square Farmer’s Markets is a favorite spot on weekends for local and organic produce and gourmet treats. The main San Jose Library is a collaboration between the city of San Jose and San Jose State University. Sports are popular here and the city has a number of major league teams: the San Jose Sharks of the NHL, the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer, and the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League.

Downtown San Jose buildings are not allowed to exceed 27 stories in height due to their close proximity to the Mineta San Jose Airport flight path. The area is home to many of the city’s landmarks; including the headquarters of Adobe Systems, BEA Systems, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, the Tech Museum of Innovation, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, the San Jose Stage Company, the historic De Anza Hotel, the Fairmont Hotel, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Downtown San Jose is home to the campus of San Jose State University. SJSU is the founding campus of the California State University system and the oldest public university on the west coast of the United States.

Real Estate in Downtown San Jose

Neighborhoods in and around downtown offer a range of lifestyles. Those who choose to live in condos in the heart of the action will experience a busy, energetic and sometime pulsing experience. Just a few blocks away, in 100-year-old homes, residents enjoy a blend of serenity and calm, mixed with just the right amount of city swagger. Downtown San Jose’s early 20th century housing is diverse and includes many smaller Victorian homes along with a few fairly large gingerbread or Italianate-style Victorians, Craftsman, Mission and California Bungalow architecture in the neighborhoods surrounding the downtown core.

Popular neighborhoods are Naglee Park, Japantown, Hensley Historic District, Reed Historic District, SoFA and Vendome neighborhoods.

Downtown San Jose CA Real Estate and Homes for Sale

Learn more about this community and its real estate offerings by connecting with Geoff and his team of real estate professionals today. They look forward to hearing from you soon!

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