San Jose Santa Clara County California
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Is It a Good Idea to Buy a House in San Jose, California? Definitely

San Jose is the third largest city in California and the county seat of Santa Clara County. It is, as Mayor at the time Tom McEnery said in 1988, the "Capital of Silicon Valley." Silicon Valley has since established itself as the USA’s and the world’s leading high-technological and computer-related business area. Well-known, respected businesses headquartered here include Adobe Inc., Acer, Cisco Systems, eBay, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, PayPal, Samsung, Western Digital and Zoom.

San Jose is notable for its innovation, cultural diversity and prosperity, as well as for having an extremely agreeable mild, sunny Mediterranean climate. It is also recognized as one of the wealthiest major cities in the world, having the third-highest GDP per capita after Zurich, Switzerland and Oslo, Norway. So, it’s no wonder that houses for sale in San Jose, California are eagerly sought after.

History

History

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The immediate area surrounding modern San Jose was home to the Tamyen group of Ohlone people from around 4,000 BC. San Jose itself was the first city founded in the California area and was created by the Spanish on November 29, 1777. It was originally named Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe (the Town of Saint Joseph on the Guadalupe). Following that, it enjoyed somewhat of a see-saw existence, becoming part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. During the Mexican–American War in 1848, when America conquered California, it then became part of the United States. After California became a state in 1850, San Jose was its first capital. So, it’s fair to say it is somewhat unique in having a magnificently mixed Ohlone-Spanish-Mexican-American heritage. Confusion sometimes arises for those unfamiliar with how to spell the city’s name – whether to use the accent over the “é” in “José” or not. Following various rulings, the convention now is that when spelled out upper and lower case, it’s San José with the accent, but if totally upper-case or in internet URLs, it’s SAN JOSE with no accent above the “e.” This should help you avoid upsetting any city elders when you buy your house in San Jose, or should we say, San José! We will, however, refer to the city as San Jose for the purpose of this article.

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Things to do in San Jose

Things to do in San Jose

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Shopaholics and epicureans alike will love Santana Row, with its eclectic mix of individual non-chain boutiques, shops and food outlets, side by side in harmony with the usual mall “favorites.”

San Jose is noted for some 15,950 acres of parkland. You’ll find several flower gardens, part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Japanese Friendship Garden in Kelley Park which offers several other attractions, including the History Park, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.

Dating back to 1777 and fully established in 1872, Alum Rock Park has over 13 miles of trails for mountain bikers, horse riders and hikers, as well as picnic areas and playgrounds. Coyote Creek flows through the park.

The San Jose Flea Market, the largest of its type in California, is remarkable. Stalls, bazaars, pop-ups and shops selling absolutely everything and anything, old, new and contemporary, with great food in between.

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Location

San Jose is located in the southern part of the Bay Area within the Santa Clara Valley in northern California. Although most of the city is located away from the shores of the bay, the northern portion encroaches on the southern shores of San Francisco Bay at Alviso, San Jose's only waterfront district. Consequently, it’s a superb potential location for new residents who may consider buying houses in San Jose.

San Jose demographics

San Jose demographics

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According to official Census Bureau records, the city has a total area of 177.8 square miles, which makes it the fourth-largest city in California by land area (that is, after Los Angeles, San Diego and California City – otherwise, it’s the third largest by population). It is also argued whether it is the 10th or 11th largest city in the United States, very much depending upon your source of statistics.

San Jose has a population of approximately 1,033,000 people, with an average household income of $142,635, which reflects the earnings of those engaged in high tech and manufacturing in the city. The population is comprised of White 39.91%, Asian 35.91%, other race 14.82%, mixed races 5.35%, African American 3.00%, Native American 0.56% and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.46%. The median age in San Jose is 36.7 years, being 35.7 years for males, and 37.9 years for females.

In total, there are approximately 58,000 businesses that employ a total of 402,000 workers between them. Industries in the city encompass IT, advanced manufacturing, financial, healthcare and service industries. Naturally enough, under the influence of Silicon Valley, San Jose's economy is certainly very much focused on high technology, with internet companies, computer hardware design, computer software production and holistic IT product manufacture being most prominent.

In the city itself, there are in excess of 1,300 companies in the manufacturing sector that collectively employ over 89,000 people between them, while the scientific and technical services sector, one of the foremost in the USA if not the world, employs almost 82,000 people.

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Arts in San Jose

Arts in San Jose

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If you buy a house in San Jose, it only follows that you’ll want to enjoy some entertainment when out and about.

Top of both the local and visitor bucket list is the 7-story “The Winchester Mystery House,” constructed over a period of 38 years, with 160 rooms and some 2,000 doors, many of which actually open to nowhere.

The San Jose Museum of Art is aptly described as a world class collection of well over 2,500 pieces of modern and contemporary art. It’s certainly the premier San Jose destination for the arts. Alongside permanent exhibits, seasonal art exhibitions change regularly to maintain visit freshness.

If you prefer something a little more contemporary and current, there is the Intel Museum. Gadgets are the displays of the day, including the absolutely fascinating world of nanotechnology and all things connected with the evolution of 21st century technology.

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum takes you back in time to the Pharaohs and Egyptian pyramids. You’ll also find the Rosicrucian Order temple (the Labyrinth), an exhibition of alchemy (demonstrating those who tried in vain to change base metals into gold), a research library and a beautiful garden.

San Jose is also home to Japantown – also referred to as Jtown or Nihonmachi. It’s relaxing to have a regular gentle amble around this “town” founded by Japanese immigrants over 120 years ago. There’s the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and the contemplative Japanese Friendship Garden a short distance away.

For theater, the 2,600-seat San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts is a magically inspiring venue to watch live performances. If you do buy a house in San Jose, California, ensure you get on the theater’s event list, as they host some magnificent productions, many hot from Broadway.

Built in 1934, and renovated in 2021, the San Jose Civic is one of the city’s most famous landmark venues, having over the years presented some of the world’s famous popular performers such as Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, The Rolling Stones and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. Those buying houses in San Jose simply must ensure they attend at least an annual event or two there.

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Schools in San Jose

Schools in San Jose

If you intend to buy a San Jose house for your family, you will understandably want to know about city schools. There are 41 within the main city boundaries. San Jose admirably prides itself in guaranteeing all children who live within the metropolitan district a school place. There are 26 elementary schools, a K-8 school, 6 middle schools, 6 high schools and 2 alternative schools. There are over 3,000 full-time employees looking after some 30,000 students just in the city. In the greater area of San Jose, including the schools already mentioned, there are 649 schools in total, comprising 327 preschools, 324 elementary schools, 154 middle schools, 92 high schools, 190 public district schools, 55 public charter schools and 404 private schools.

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Why San Jose?

Why San Jose?

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Is Buying a House in San Jose the Thing to Do?
There is no denying that for those considering buying a house in San Jose, CA, especially for those working in IT or manufacturing-related industries, it is the city to live in. There can be no illusion that while it may not have the cheapest housing in the USA, the heritage and cultural aspects are undeniably enviable, the weather fantastically temperate and the lifestyle is up with the best.

In the internet-orientated IT world we all now inhabit, there can be no doubt that a house in San Jose, CA, while maybe a little pricier than other locations, is nevertheless a sound investment for a great place to live.

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