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St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica in downtown San Jose, part of Central San JoseCentral San Jose, which includes Downtown San Jose, has been growing in popularity in recent decades. It may be the most wonderful but underappreciated city in the Golden State.

Central San Jose, Downtown San Jose

The third most populous city in the state, often considered the capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose has consistently ranked among the top ten of Money Magazine’s most livable cities in the United States…and no wonder! San Jose has the lowest crime rate of any metropolis in the country; it has many high-ranking schools, its own professional hockey team, an international airport, plenty of good industry, a symphony, art, culture, recreation and many activities.It has often been named the best place to raise a child.

What’s the difference between downtown and central San Jose?

Downtown is a subset of central, in a nutshell. Central San Jose includes residential neighborhoods that are close to downtown but not quite in it.

What is downtown like?

The downtown area is mostly flatland with architecture ranging from brand new contemporary complexes to old world style bungalows, Victorians, and more. There are a number of historic neighborhoods around downtown, including the active Japantown area, Naglee Park, and Vendome neighborhood. Walking through downtown there are plenty of shops, restaurants, events, and activities. With plenty of public transit throughout downtown, getting around is easy.

There are many employers in the downtown area, such as Adobe.

What’s very exciting is that in the next few years BART will be extended to the Diridon Station in San Jose. That will make commuting much easier for many of the area’s  residents!


Diridon train station in  downtown San Jose


Here are a few articles on our on central SJ & downtown neighborhoods:
Central San Jose  The Buena Vista neighborhood of San Jose
Downtown San Jose  San Jose’s Japantown: living history
San Jose on the Santa Clara border: Altura neighborhood (young townhomes right on the border with Central SJ)


San Jose's Downtown

Link to relocation site, Move2SiliconValley:
Where to find historic homes in the San Jose and Silicon Valley area?

Link to my Valley of Heart’s Delight blog on Japantown:
San Jose’s Japantown: Living History

Below please find a live Altos Research chart, showing the median list price of homes for sale – this will give you an idea of what a house might cost there.





Homes for sale in Central and Downtown San Jose

How’s the real estate market in Central and Downtown San Jose? Stay up to date and check the monthly updated ReReport.