Although its tech-inspired reputation is certainly impressive (companies such as eBay, Cisco and Adobe Systems are headquartered here), San Jose draws people of all ages and walks of life. Plus, it’s less than an hour’s drive from San Francisco and all that beloved metropolis has to offer.
The community is eclectic and welcoming, with homeowners making up 68 percent of the population. Popular neighborhoods include Willow Glen, Cambrian Park, Evergreen, Blossom Valley and Fairgrounds.
San Jose is surrounded by the best nature has to offer, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The city is also home to multiple professional sports teams, including the San Jose Sharks (hockey), Earthquakes (soccer), Barracudas (hockey) and Giants (minor league baseball). Calabazas Park features a large BMX course, and a 68,000-square-foot skate park is located at Lake Cunningham.
A walkable downtown and a multitude of meticulously kept parks are additional reasons to love this city. The most popular is probably History Park, which features working trolleys and 32 original or reproduced homes designed to take visitors back in time to the early days of Spanish architecture. Other attractions frequented by locals and visitors alike include the Overfelt Gardens & Chinese Cultural Garden, Hensley Historic District, Santana Row, New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, Tech Museum of Innovation and the Winchester Mystery Museum.
From a food and drink perspective, SanJo is hard to top. The downtown area in particular is teeming with breweries, cocktail spots and watering holes, and is home to one of the only remaining Japantowns in the country. Seafood lovers will likely make The Boiling Crab a regular dinner spot, or head over to La Foret to sample French cuisine at its finest.