Willow Glen

A picturesque neighborhood with a small-town vibe, just a few miles from downtown San Jose.

Welcome to Willow Glen

A picturesque neighborhood with a small-town vibe, just a few miles from downtown San Jose.

Willow Glen is a charming residential city near the California coast with historic homes and tree-lined streets. Named after the willow trees that grow aplenty throughout the neighborhood, this picturesque town looks like a page out of a storybook. Traditional homes with Victorian and Spanish-style architecture are well maintained and updated in desirable Willow Glen. Many of the architecturally distinct homes were originally built in the 1920s and 1930s.
Known for its perfect blend of urbanity and suburban living, those who call Willow Glen home enjoy the best of both worlds with small-town pleasures and big city conveniences. Residents bask in the hometown comforts of quiet and safe neighborhoods. Commuters appreciate the quick access to all the major highways in the area and downtown San Jose, one of the top ten largest cities in the country. The warm California climate makes waking up each morning in Willow Glen a dream come true under the shining sun.

What to Love

  • Historic architecture 
  • Small town charm 
  • Stunning landscaping 
  • Convenient commute to downtown San Jose
  • Lively main street 

Local Lifestyle

Willow Glen has everything a resident could need from a major city with the pleasures and serenity of a small town. Many families and young professionals reside in Willow Glen. Most activities occur in the afternoon and evening hours in the downtown district. An active calendar of community events ensures there’s always something to do in Willow Glen. You can take a stroll along Lincoln Avenue, nicknamed “The Avenue,” and spend the afternoon window shopping or dine at any number of sidewalk cafés. Although the downtown area is lively, Willow Glen is primarily a quiet and laid-back area.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Known for its historic downtown and the many boutique shops along Lincoln Avenue, Willow Glen is a joy to explore. Downtown Willow Glen is walkable, with an abundance of restaurants, boutiques, cafés, antique shops, and more spread across the main street. There are roughly 250 local businesses in the area, most of them independently owned. 
When it comes to dining, options are plentiful and range from fine dining to sports bars. Willow Glen’s taverns range from wine and cheese tastings to classic lounges. You can grab a scrumptious brunch and a cool mimosa at The Table, or a delicious crepe from Crepevine. When you’re in the mood for something a little more upscale, treat yourself to dinner at Black Sheep Brasserie. If your sweet tooth is calling, indulge in the chocolatey treats at Powell’s Sweet Shoppe.

Things to Do

With its beautiful natural scenery, festive local attractions, and convenient location, there’s always an activity for residents of Willow Glen to enjoy. You will see a crowd attending the Saturday Farmer’s Market to pick up fresh produce and farm-to-table food. In the springtime, the Spring Wine Walk is a pastime in this eclectic city, where well-made and locally produced wine is greatly appreciated among locals and visitors alike. 
For nature lovers, there’s no shortage of activities to do. The parks provide outdoor recreation activities such as hiking and biking trails. With Willow Glen’s convenient location to the shoreline, visiting pristine beaches, like the Santa Cruz Main Beach, and spending the afternoon participating in water activities is common. Family and friends can always find a delicious restaurant to dine at, a new shop to explore, or a fun activity to join.


The San Jose Unified School District serves the families of Willow Glen.
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