7.0 out of 10

West San Jose

Ranked 6th best neighborhood in San Jose
37.2985422285044 -121.986487489901
Great for
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
Jan 09, 2017

"Nice place to live"

Been here since 2011. Public transit isn't great, but if you live within the El Paseo De Saratoga Shopping Center area, public transit is a little better than average.
WSC has 4 crisscrossing bus lines that go to important places:
82 - Downtown San Jose and goes along Hamilton Avenue
26 - Eastridge Mall to the east and Lockheed Martin to the west. Also cuts through downtown Campbell. Transfer to 25 for De Anza Community College.
57/58 - Westvalley Community College

This area is only a 20 minute drive from downtown San Jose, which has some clubs and restaurants. For tech Professionals, it is near the job center Sunnyvale. In Campbell, there is a 30 minute lightrail ride to downtown San Jose.
Pros
  • Good Suburban Living
Cons
  • Not Much in terms of Nightlife
  • Overpriced Home Prices
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
2yrs+

"Too ordinary to impress"

Bounded by Santa Clara to the north, West San Jose is a large, underwhelming neighborhood concentrated between Highway 280 and US Route 85. Although this district doesn’t wow you in any way, shape or form, it does offer some moderately priced middle-class housing. Like most San Jose neighborhoods, West San Jose is made up of a number of different micro-neighborhoods, which can make it hard to define in a single breath. There are also a large selection of markets, theaters, restaurants within at least a 5-10 minute drive.

West San Jose’s flat residential terrain is highly suburbanized. Homes are usually small, one-story in size and tightly bounded to their petite properties. They are usually of the California ranch home variety, which just so happens to be San Jose’s staple. Amenities include small grassy front yards and two-car garages (with maybe a family van parked in the driveway). Most of these housing developments were built around the 1950‘s and still maintain its traditional charm. Its largest residences, which were probably remodeled or simply added onto, are situated within the community of Rainbow. These homes typically offer two stories of living space and larger lots for families to play. For the typical asking price, homes are usually priced around $750,000 on average, but some can run you a steep $1 million plus.

While providing an adequate living atmosphere, West San Jose provides the usual modest middle-class residential amenities. For your shopping needs, there are nearby commercial/retail establishments that include Westgate Mall and El Paseo de Saratoga. The mall has a couple chain department stores, furniture outlets and large retail stores with a handful of smaller stores (Sporting goods stores, shoe sources, etc.). But that’s about it.
Pros
  • Very Close ot Silicon Valley Firms
Cons
  • Bland
  • Not Much in terms of Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Close Enough to take a Bite Out of Apple"

West San Jose is a pretty standard residential area. It’s got a ton of Ranch homes from the 50’s and 60’s (the big boom period for San Jose) and all the usual things that you expect from the suburbs—from supermarkets to shopping malls.

Generally speaking, the most expensive section is to the west of the Lawrence Expressway. This is where you will find the handful of the million dollar homes that dot the area. Don’t be misled however. These are only million dollar homes because they are here in West San Jose. Move these same houses out of this primo area where you can commute into Apple and Google in no time at all—and the home price drops. As the old saw goes, real estate is all about “location, location, location!”

As far as the rest of the area goes home prices drop quite a bit as you head east. Homes also tend to be a little bit older. The median home price is probably somewhere around $550 k for a home. On the east end is where you find the most affordable homes. Overall, this is where you are most likely to find the homes that drop below $250K.

The outstanding schools on the western end are also one of the big draws of the area—Lynbrook being one of the several truly outstanding schools that characterize this area along the Peninsula and below. As you head farther east the quality drops a bit, with Campbell High being pretty bad.

As to other qualities of the area, this is pretty much just suburbia. If you imagine it has it, it does. If you are looking for amazing nightlife, you will have to take the short trip to Downtown San Jose.
Pros
  • Great Schools
  • Very Close ot Silicon Valley Firms
  • Good Suburban Living
Cons
  • Overpriced Home Prices
  • Not Much in terms of Nightlife
  • Bland
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"just OK place to live"

One of the best things about this San Jose neighborhood is being a central location, even though there is not much happening immediately nearby. When I need to go somewhere, I end up going in all directions in a circumference from this centrally located neighborhood. I have lived here for 20 years and find it just OK. Probably the best thing is the affordability of the neighborhood in relation to the surrounding San Francisco bay area.

Recently I have begun with other neighbors, a neighborhood improvement organization, so there is some interest in bettering the local area. A recycling day is planed.

There are shopping areas within immediate walking distance, so you don’t always need to drive somewhere, which is also a plus for residents.

There is no clubs for singles in the area, but some distance away in nearby cities.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees

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Best Streets in West San Jose

1

Santana Row

4.5/5
"Shopping & Living: Not cheap, but a lot of fun!"
37.3209341666756 -121.947875151778
2

Saratoga Ave

3.5/5
"Typical (Much-Needed) Mall..."
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"Very Interesting Place to Visit!"
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Unranked Streets in West San Jose

Atherton Ave

3.5/5
"Small street near Nordstrom's Rack"
37.2939980121553 -121.986780229895

Borina Dr

2.5/5
"Power walking housewives rule the street."
37.3114114215817 -121.984441855922

Caravella Dr

2.5/5
"Quiet, leafy residential neighborhood"
37.3019114682556 -121.967660771929
"Nothin' but a quiet little neighborhood."
37.2855713373028 -121.991262600804
"Nice Shopping Center"
37.2897547792158 -121.990964142522

English Dr

3.5/5
"Great west San Jose neighborhood"
37.295515698765 -122.000783044957
"Close to everything."
37.3107684326084 -121.992270144307

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