6.3 out of 10


Ranked 9th best neighborhood in San Jose
37.3124066995925 -121.786885023561
Great for
  • Schools
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Parking
  • Medical Facilities
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Students



"A mixed bag of residential terrain"

Framed by the winding streets of East Capitol Expressway, Yerba Buena Road, Murillo Avenue and Tully Road, Evergreen is a mixed bag of flat residential terrain. It is one of the more comfortable neighborhoods in San Jose’s southeastern quadrant. And being a part of San Jose, the district offers a short commute to the many dining and entertainment options that the city affords. Within the neighborhood, it is considered firmly middle-class, but has been expanding in recent years with new, elegant housing developments popping up towards the eastern fringe of the neighborhood.

Evergreen’s residential ambiance is hard to define with the various micro-neighborhoods it incorporates. One and two-story homes are blended into each community. Some blocks have those nice, tree-shaded streets, while others are bare of any communal foliage. Some residents take great pride in their lots being freshly manicured, while others leave lots unattended. Homes are usually small, blocky and of the California ranch variety. Neighborhoods such as Fowler and Chaboya are the latest additions to the district adding new housing developments. These homes offer beautiful house fronts, stucco walls, wide driveways and freshly painted two-car garages. They also offer larger lots for kids to play on the front lawn. On average, homes are priced around $800,000, but newer developments can climb to over $1 million. For renters, there are some new, great-looking apartment homes and/or condominiums situated close to Abom Road. Both these quarters tend to be more family-friendly than other neighborhoods closer to US Route 101.

For youngsters, the neighborhood encompasses Evergreen Valley High School, Quimby Oak Middle School and a handful of elementary schools that dot the district. Each school has its own level of academic achievements, but most don’t go above mediocre. For your shopping needs, Eastridge Mall anchors the northwestern corner. It hosts a large variety of dining options (ethnic cuisines, pizza, fast food, etc.) and an in-house movie theater. And like most malls, there are a number of different chain restaurants and stores within the area and an enormous surrounding parking lot for convenience.
  • Close to Silicon Valley
  • Nice New Homes
  • No Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"The Far Tentacle of Suburban Sprawl"

The Evergreen area just to the south of Reid-Hillview Airport and Lake Cunningham on the far eastern end of San Jose is the far reach of SJ suburban sprawl. The area was in the midst of a housing boom, with tons of new construction going up, just when the Housing Crisis struck. Drive through the brand spanking new neighborhoods and you will still see homes that were not completed sitting, waiting for the return of construction.

Despite this, house prices here are still fairly high, with the median price being around $500 K. (Though some homes in the hills still price over $1 million.) Homes here are those two-story contemporary style homes with adobe walls and red-tiled roofs—a popular 80’s and 90’s style.

One of the big draws in the area for families are the schools. Evergreen Valley High can more than hold its own against any other school in the Bay Area. It has truly amazing test scores. And this standard of excellence permeates all levels of the education system in the Evergreen Valley area.

Now this is not a big nightlife neighborhood. Being near the hills, Evergreen is pretty much a 100% residential suburban area.

There are nearby East Asian restaurants and supermarkets and the whole deal, but this is not the kind of place where singles will enjoy spending their nights out for fun. This is pretty much a place to lay down your head to sleep and where you feel safe letting your kids go to the park without getting shot by gangs.

Overall a nice place to live—perhaps a bit overpriced.
  • Nice New Homes
  • Great Schools
  • Close to Silicon Valley
  • Expensive
  • No Nightlife
  • Hillside Problems
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish

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Croft Dr

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"one of san jose's main streets"
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Flater Dr

"Evergreen is a nice place to raise a family."
37.3135698542657 -121.798321721634
"quiet and friendly court"
37.3168639997213 -121.776415169281

Lakeside Dr

"beautiful neighborhood with a man-made lake/HUGE pond!"
37.3189764313547 -121.773619870292

Lynview Dr

"Excellent nieghborhood!!!!! Great parks, schools, and shopping. "
37.3240227698956 -121.790940113067

Richgrove Ct

"Little cul-du-sac in the hills"
37.3323416715626 -121.780406257044

Stevens Ln

"semi - busy neighborhood road"
37.3209472303546 -121.789816976106

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