San Jose, the Bay Area’s largest city, has homes available to fill a broad range of budgets and needs, from mobile homes priced below $100,000 to multi-million dollar mansions. There are, of course, many single-family homes available in the mid-range. Most of the available properties were built after 1950, and several are new within the past decade.
The city of San Jose is divided into several neighborhoods, including the aptly-named Downtown, Central, North, South, East and West areas. Willow Glen, Little Portugal, Winchester, Seven Trees, Coyote Valley, Blossom Valley, Rose Garden and Japantown are some of the area’s more beautiful-sounding communities. These are mostly residential neighborhoods with some businesses and schools. Willow Glen is a pleasant, historic neighborhood with both residential and commercial buildings situated on its tree-lined streets. Rose Garden is located near the center of San Jose and is a mostly gentrified residential and commercial area. Much of the architecture in this neighborhood is from the 1920s and ‘30s. Japantown is a historical area located north of Downtown. It has many shops and restaurants, not all of which are Japanese. Many of the areas that are considered part of San Jose are census-designated places which were annexed by the city.
The job market in San Jose is, not surprisingly, dominated by local government and tech companies. Major employers in this part of Silicon Valley include Cisco Systems, eBay, IBM and Adobe Systems, along with the County of Santa Clara, the City of San Jose and San Jose State University. The technology sector continues to grow, and the Bay Area is the top destination for technology companies of all kinds, from startups to industry leaders. The large population of the City of San Jose, which is the third-largest (by population) in California, ensures that service-related businesses, as well as education, government and health organizations, continue to provide employment for thousands of people.