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San Jose

Your guide to the Capital of Silicon Valley.

Welcome to San Jose - the major technology hub in the Silicon valley. Situated in northern California's rolling hills, this historic and beautiful area offers it all, including beauty, opportunity, and fun.

Located directly in the heart of the Silicon Valley, San Jose provides its residents an average of 300 days of sunshine every year - as well as lots to see and do. While this city is deemed the third-largest in the state of California in terms of its population, it actually prides itself on its diversity and small-town charm. San Jose provides some great employment opportunity - being named as the Number 10 city for job growth nationwide by Forbes magazine. There are many large companies that make their home here. And when the work days is done, there are also lots of place to play.Parks, nature trails, music and entertainment venues - San Jose provides a wide variety of things to see and do. Also known for its architectural landmarks, the downtown historic district of San Jose offers a bit of history amid the hustle and bustle. While millions of people come to San Jose each year for business or sight-seeing, there are also many who stay and call it home - and it's easy to see why.

What to do in San Jose

There is plenty to do in San Jose. The city's location in the Silicon Valley makes it an ideal place for hiking, biking, and other outdoor activity. You could take in a view of it all from the Lick Observatory - the world's first permanently occupied mountain-top observatory. Or, simply stroll through the Circle of Palms Plaza. San Jose also offers numerous parks and centers, with Kelley Park being a favorite of any. If you're more of a cultural buff, there is the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.

How to Get Around in San Jose

Getting around in San Jose is easy. The city offers a light rail system that connect downtown to the rest of San Jose and Santa Clara County. There is also a major bus line that can make the transfer to light rail a breeze. So, once you have a map or an app, you'll be getting around in no time. There is also a free Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) link bus and light rail service that allows residents to hop on Caltrain, Amtrak, and ACE trains. The San Jose International Airport is only about ten minutes from the downtown area, so it is relatively easy to get back and forth. As an alternative, there is also Eco City Cycles. This service offers door-to-door transportation via pedicabs. These can either be hailed just like a taxi, or they may be called approximately 20 minutes in advance in order to arrange for a pick up. The city offers a Bay Area Bike Share program. Bikes can be borrowed from a number of different stations that are dotted throughout the area. There are also dedicated bicycle lanes on a number of area streets, which can make biking to and from various locations much easier.

What it's like to live in San Jose

Living in San Jose can be a great experience. There are employment opportunities galore - especially if you are in an IT or tech field. There is a long list of companies that are headquartered right here in San Jose - from the large and established to the start-up that may one day be the next Apple. There is never a lack of things to do in this city - even on the off day when the sun doesn't shine. If nature isn't your bag, there are plenty of museums, and other exhibits to explore. And, when your stomach starts to growl, you'll find that there is food to satisfy any palate - from American to Italian to Mexican to anything else you can imagine. If you're a sports fan, you won't be disappointed. In fact, grab your jersey, because San Jose back the NHL Sharks, the Giants minor league baseball team, and the Earthquakes major league soccer teams. If you're up for a day trip, just a short drive away, you will also find the world-renown Napa valley wine region, as well as some beautiful sights such as Monterey, Santa Cruz, Pebble Beach, and Yosemite National Park. San Jose is made up of a wide selection of different neighborhoods which aptly represent this city's diversity. So, whether you long for the hopping and bopping city life, or you prefer a more quiet and reserved getaway, you are sure to find it in or around this awesome city.

Where to find apartments in San Jose

There are places to live both directly in San Jose, as well as in the neighborhoods that outline the surrounding areas. Yet, prior to heading out to take a look, it is always a good idea to first do some research. When you are looking for an apartment to rent in San Jose, you will usually be required to put down both a security deposit, as well as the first month's rent. This will typically also need to be accompanied by proof from your job that you have income that is stable, and is in an amount that is more than you need for your monthly rent. Plus, you should also have good credit history, and good credit references. In regards to locating that perfect San Jose apartment, there are some criteria that you may want to consider. For instance, think about the type of neighborhood that you will want to live in regarding proximity to public transportation, as well as other amenities, such as the beach, parks, shopping, dining, and employment. After you have settled on your location, there are other factors to consider. For instance, what size apartment do you need (or want)? The apartment options in San Jose can come in all shapes and sizes (1,2 3 bedroom, studios), as well as in many price ranges. In addition, what other options will you want to have included, such as a garage, a washer and dryer in your unit, and / or a workout room directly on site. Once you have narrowed down your list, it will be much easier to find your ideal apartment for rent in San Jose.

Neighborhoods in San Jose

Downtown San Jose

While downtown San Jose is a thriving hub of businesses, it can also be a great place to live and play. This area is home to more than 250 restaurants, 9 theatre venues, and a multitude of art galleries, museums, and other points of interest. Here you will also find numerous festivals and events going on all throughout the year - so there's always something to do.There are several different sections that make up the downtown area - including the SoFA district, San Pedro Square, and the Convention and Cultural District. Residents of downtown San Jose can take in live music, cafes, bars, and nightlife, as well as just a beautiful view from atop of one of the city's many high rises. So if you love city living, this is where it's at!

Willow Glen

Willow Glen is a cute community that even features a main street hosting a variety of dining establishments and shops. This could be an ideal place for young couples, as well as young families to reside.

Rose Garden

For those who love gardening, this may be the perfect area to call home. Here, just a bit northwest of downtown San Jose, you will find more than 4,000 rose shrubs in nearly 190 different varieties. There is also an Egyptian museum and planetarium nearby.


The Fairgrounds area actually includes the Santa Clara Country Fairgrounds - an area for family friendly recreation. Just some of the amenities that you will find here include the San Jose Municipal Stadium, the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, the Japanese Friendship Garden, History Park at Kelley Park, and Sharks Ice Skating Rink. San Jose State University is also located in this area. This is an ideal locale for young families and anyone young at heart.

West San Jose

If you love to shop, you will likely love West San Jose. Here you will find Santana Row - an upscale retail paradise that features brands like Brooks Brothers, Burberry, and Gucci! The nearby Westfield Valley Fair mega mall also provides roughly 250 additional shops and boutiques - including Tiffany & Company, and Hugo Boss. If you're into antiques, you can find some special treasures at the famous West San Carlos Antiques Row. The area also offers numerous dining establishments - many that are dog-friendly as well.

North San Jose

For techies, North San Jose may offer you an ideal fit. Here you will find a plethora of tech companies that are dotted throughout the area. And, when the work day is over, you can play hard, too. Just steps away there are numerous rec complexes, sporting venues, and even a large flea market to locate treasures.

East San Jose

For the nature lover, East San Jose offers an abundance of beauty. Situated on the East Foothills, you will find some of the most beautiful views in the entire state of California right here. There are also a number of nearby parks and rec centers for residents and guests to enjoy hiking, biking, and walking, or just taking in some fresh northern California air.

South San Jose

Weekend warriors - meet your ideal playground. South San Jose is host to many of the areas nearly 200 parks and open spaces. So, if you are a hiker or mountain biker, here is where you may just feel right at home tooling through the Sierra Azul Open Space Reserve or Calero County Park. Golfers will also find their own little piece of Heaven here, with The Ranch Golf Club and Cinnabar Hills course.

Santa Clara

Just to the northwest of downtown San Jose is Santa Clara. Here, too, can be an ideal locale for techies. It is also home to California's Great America and the Intel Museum. This can be a nice place for young professionals.


Campbell is a cute area that offers many walkable streets with dining establishments, pubs, cafes, and unique shops. It also features the Heritage Theater, along with many outdoor venues that offer music in the summer months.

Los Gatos

Los Gatos is what typically comes to mind when you think of California wine country. Here you will find an area that has hung on to its 19th century charm. There are many quaint shops and eateries to enjoy. During the warm summer months, residents and guests can also enjoy Summer Sunday Concerts and Jazz in the Plaz.


Japantown is located just a tad north of downtown San Jose. This area is considered to be somewhat historic in nature, and features authentic Japanese culture, restaurants, Asian performing arts, martial arts, schools, and places of worship. If you're looking for a great place to find the best tasting Asian foods, you'll find it right here - including at the weekly Farmer's Market that is open year-round and features more than 6,400 square feet of space.


Saratoga is situated within a breathtaking mountain setting. Residents here can enjoy visiting many fine dining establishments, shops, and cafes. Here you will also find the Montalvo Arts Center and the Mountain Winery, as well as the historic Hakone Gardens. During the summer months, residents and visitors can also enjoy the Silicon Valley Shakespeare's

Gilroy / Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill is actually about 45 minutes south of San Jose. Residents here enjoy beautiful golden wine country, as well as dining, shopping, and nature experiences. There are many wonderful eateries and shops, in addition to history in the area. For those who love to shop, the Gilroy Gardens outlet mall is also a big draw.


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