Imagine a true urban village, a town-within-a-town where you
recognize your neighbors, know your storekeepers, step under an arcade
onto a via for a late night dinner, as the trickle of fountains
surround you. You might think you're living in a village in southern
France, Italy or Spain, when you're actually residing at San Jose's
Santana Row, a one-of-a-kind neighborhood that blends a distinctive mix
of living, shopping and dining experiences.
Santana Row is a neighborhood of 42 acres, or roughly ten city
blocks. This South Bay destination is located at the intersection of
Stevens Creek and Winchester Boulevards. There are currently 514
residential town homes, lofts and villas, 70 retail shops and
boutiques, 20 full service restaurants, nine spas and salons, CineArts
movie theatre and boutique Hotel Valencia.
Retail names synonymous with the highest quality, including Gucci
and Salvatore Ferragamo call Santana Row home for their South Bay
signature stores. English designer Ted Baker chose the Row for his
first west coast space. California-based boutiques like Pink Stripes
offer a unique combination of women's fashion and gourmet chocolates.
More familiar names such as Anthropologie, Crate and Barrel, Best Buy
and Sur La Table can also be found within this retail mosaic. A shopper
of any caliber would be hard pressed to visit Santana Row and walk away
Visitors to Santana Row appreciate the opportunity to take pause at
one of the many traditional French benches that occupy the grounds.
Public seating areas, whether found along the streets, the Row itself
or nestled into the recesses of Santana Row and Valencia Parks,
distinguish the neighborhood. Sit beneath one of the heritage oak or
palm trees, fastidiously preserved and replanted in recognition of this
neighborhood's past. Far from leaving harried and exhausted, visitors
depart feeling relaxed; a day spent walking, dining and shopping among
acquaintances and friends.
Whether frequenting a favorite café or considering the scores of
brightly painted window boxes and planters that line the buildings and
sidewalks, time here is never dull. Even CineArts, the local arts
theater, specializes in diverse foreign and independent films to
entertain every taste. Pedestrian friendly streets, events catering to
entire families, the buzz of the Sunday Farmers' Market and a diverse
shopping and dining offering, exemplify just a few of the reasons why
Santana Row is often considered the Bay Area's premier neighborhood.
Whether you stroll past the flowers soaking in the sunlight or pause
under the antique gas lamps, the difference truly is night and day.