When discovered by pioneers, this area was a forest of impenetrable,
giant willows and wild blackberries. Once cleared, it exposed the
richest soil in Santa Clara valley, producing the finest fruits,
berries and vegetables. Now, it is one of San Jose's most popular
Located south and slightly west of downtown San Jose, historical
Willow Glen is bounded by the Guadalupe River, Los Gatos Creek, and Coe
and Curtner Avenues. "Downtown Willow Glen" is on Lincoln Avenue where
you will find quality shopping and upscale dining.
Quaint and handsome, Willow Glen has many trees and gardens that
surround beautifully maintained homes-many of which were custom-built
in the 1930s and retain their old world characteristics. It has been
said that Willow Glen has some of the finest old homes in San Jose.
Very community oriented, Willow Glen has parks that offer
basketball, handball, tennis, soccer, volleyball courts, exercise
courses, athletic fields and picnic areas. Los Gatos Creek has recently
been renovated by the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and now
provides a lovely trail for biking, running or walking. During the
summer, residents can take advantage of free basketball, volleyball,
table tennis, weigh training and recreational swimming offered through
the local gym and pool.
Easily accessible to downtown San Jose by side streets, residents
also have access to a Caltrain station and can quickly get to Highways
17 and 280.