About Willow Glen, San Jose, CA
If convenience, charming homes and great neighbors are on your neighborhood wish list, shop among the homes for sale in Willow Glen, San Jose. Here you’ll find it all, including block parties and extravagantly decorated homes during the holidays.
Location, location, location! Willow Glen is a quiet family oriented neighborhood filled with walkable tree-lined streets. The historic downtown area on Lincoln Avenue has an abundance of diverse architecture, specialty shops, restaurants and independent boutiques. Willow Glen neighborhoods are mostly composed of custom or semi-custom homes in a diverse range of architectural styles. Many types of homes can be seen in the neighborhood, including Victorian, Neoclassical (Queen Anne Cottage and Neocolonial), Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Mission, Prairie, Spanish Eclectic, and Tudor. The area has light rail stations on or near its border. Willow Glen is known for a few events like Dancin’ on the Avenue, Founders’ Day, and their vibrant and elaborate yearly Holiday lights. Many enjoy their evenings out walking or grabbing a bite to eat in the quaint downtown area.
Willow Glen schools
The San Jose Unified School District serves the public school children who live in Willow Glen. The district boasts an 86 percent graduation rate and some of its schools in and around Willow Glen are in great demand.
Schallenberger Elementary, for instance, is ranked in the top seven percent of all California public elementary schools. Booksin Elementary makes the top schools list as well, and Willow Glen Elementary has received the California Distinguished School award.
The students at University Preparatory Academy, a charter school serving students in grades7 through 12, have increased their standardized test scores every year since 2009. In addition, the school has achieved one of the highest API scores and rankings in the state. A deliberately-small school, UPA caters to students who are motivated to attend a 4-year university after graduation.
Private schools in Willow Glen include St. Christopher Elementary School, a private Roman Catholic school and Presentation High School a Catholic college-preparatory school for girls. This school, by the way, boasts a 100 percent graduation rate.
Finally, San Jose City College is located in Willow Glen.
Dining, shopping and recreation in Willow Glen
Unlike many of San Jose’s other suburbs, Willow Glen has a downtown area. Charming, tree-lined streets harken back to small-town America and the area’s sidewalk eateries and coffee shops, boutiques and antique stores offer residents amenities close to home. Strolling downtown Willow Glen, it’s hard to imagine that downtown San Jose is only three miles away.
Residents love the area’s farmers market, held on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
The efforts to keep residents connected don’t stop with the various block parties. Willow Glen knows how to party. Some of these include the Dancin’ on the Avenue celebration, Founder’s Day parade, the Willow Glen Beer Walk and others.
There are several parks throughout Willow Glen. River Glen Park, in the community’s eastern section, is ideal for the wee ones, with fun equipment to climb on and lots of places for parents to sit and enjoy the view. The park also offers beach volleyball facilities, basketball and tennis courts, horseshoe pits and picnic areas.
Homes in Willow Glen
The average construction date of a San Jose home is in the 1970s, but Willow Glen real estate offers far more variety. You’ll find some vintage homes that date back to the turn of the twentieth century, but most were built between 1939 and 1969.
Home styles vary as well, with lots of California bungalows, 1950s ranchers, Victorian and Mediterranean homes and modern architecture.
Depending on current market conditions, home prices in Willow Glen can range from the mid-$500,000s for a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo to $2.9 million for a renovated single-story home on more than a third of an acre in one of Willow Glen’s most sought-after neighborhoods.
Real estate markets changes daily, so please contact us if you’d like to be kept up-to-date on home prices and homes for sale in Willow Glen.