San Jose, CA

Willow Glen

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Buy:
$100K - $3.3M
For Sale on Trulia:
82 homes
Rent:
$1.48K - $10.8K
For Rent on Trulia:
111 homes
To Downtown San Jose:
15 minutes
55 Schools:
Rated 2/10 - 9/10

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What Locals Say

At least 452 Trulia users voted on each feature.
94%
There are sidewalks
92%
It's dog friendly
79%
There's holiday spirit
77%
Car is needed
73%
It's walkable to restaurants
70%
Yards are well-kept
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 6d ago
"Best neighborhood in San Jose and in the center of town. What else can I say?? Lots of trees and good parks."
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Trulia User
  • Prev. Resident
  • 1w ago
"The trees in front of the houses every Christmas. Clean-up days and Halloween’s and pretty much any other Holiday."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 2w ago
"friendly community. mature streets with decent trees in most neighborhoods but not others. close to downtown and highway access. poor public transit options. "
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 3w ago
"Potlucks, dinner parties, communal Halloween trick or treating, dog owner get togethers, start of summer parties"
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1mo ago
"Life is good in Willow Glen! Great schools, rich community and neighborhoods, great downtown atmosphere."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1mo ago
"I live in Cambrian. Excellent schools with tons of parent involvement. Neighborhood pools bring the community together. Great place to raise children. "
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1mo ago
"Neighborhood holiday spirit, the cable cars go through the neighborhoods around Christmas time. I feel safe walking my dog around the well lit neighborhoods. "
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 2mo ago
"A very dog friendly neighborhood however not everyone puts their dog on a leash. The downtown area restaurants are also dog friendly "
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 2mo ago
"I wouldn’t know because I’m not a parent, but I have two fur babies and I’d say make sure you have them on a leash. People can drive way too fast and obliviously here."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 4mo ago
"Halloween is spectacular! Everyone decorates! Christmas is incomparable!!!! Lincoln Ave is completely closed for neighborhood events at least 3x a year. People sit on their front patios and talk to the neighbors who are walking downtown. Great place to live!!"
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 4mo ago
"During halloween, there’s a lot going on. There are also lovely decorations during Christmas. Fun all the way!"
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 4mo ago
"Walkable. Tree lined and close to a little downtown area with good food and friendly vibe. Good access to freeways provides a jump to work. Close to downtown San Jose"
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 4mo ago
"This place is great. Many caring citizens that try to hold those accountable around our schools and parks."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 4mo ago
"There is access to public transportation (VTA bus and light rail). Willow Glen is a really nice neighborhood."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 5mo ago
"There are VTA light rail stations not too far away. And also bus stops. I often use public transportation."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 5mo ago
"A joyful and unpretentious authentic community. An urban oasis yet convenient to downtown, airport, anywhere in So Valley."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 5mo ago
"It’s a nice community with many parks and playgrounds to bring your kids to. People are friendly and the area is nice"
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 6mo ago
"Very safe and great for families - with great schools and lots of walkable areas it’s perfect for those who don’t have millions to spend on a house (well maybe a couple) but not in the range of Palo Alto or Los Gatos with easy access to downtown, SJC, and all major highways. Very few community building events so I’d live elsewhere if that’s important to you."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 6mo ago
"Awsome sense of community. Wonderful small town in the middle of the city. Walk to shops and dining. Great neighbors!"
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 7mo ago
"Many young families are moving into Willow Glen. Elementary schools are within walking distance to most streets. The High School is very good. It does create crowded streets as so many high school students drive to school."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 7mo ago
"Lots of sidewalks and parks. Real sense of a neighborhood. People respect others yards, people are friendly and typically enjoy pets."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 8mo ago
"There is 2 very nice dog parks within 10 min. A lot of dog owners meet at the local schools and parks to play. "
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 8mo ago
"During Christmas, practically everyone decorates their homes and often coordinate with neighbors with elaborate displays of lights, including lit trees in almost every front yard. It is quite a sight to behold and makes the holiday season especially magical."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 8mo ago
"Families and friends gather regularly outdoors. Neighbors know each other. We feel good walking any time of day nearby."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 8mo ago
"very easy for me less than 10 minutes to my job downtown. very good access to all the major highways. If you commute before 7 am very good commute. No problems."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 8mo ago
"Good vibes. Affordable. Nice local businesses unique to the area. There are a number of great dog parks and bike trails nearby."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 9mo ago
"Safe family oriented area. Gentrified downtown. Bilingual program at public schools is great. Lots of pollen in spring. "
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"We have community events in our Avalon Willow Glen Apartments that the management put together for everyone to meet the new neighbors in the community."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"No commute I work from home and it’s a great place for a telecommuter because it’s peaceful except for the errant barking dog."
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Trulia User
  • Visitor
  • 1y ago
"Dog owners would like the park where everyone brings their dogs. It’s a nice quiet area. It’s not a well lit around at night in some spots but for the most part all around great area. "
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"Lots of friendly dog owners. Great neighborhood to take walks. Plus, several parks to visit. And the LG Creek trail is very close. "
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"Commute is good. I takes me 25 minutes to get to work. Great place to live! Houses are very expensive."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"They enjoying walking their dogs. It is a great neighborhood. Come to visit! Christmas decorations are the best in San Jose! "
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"Old houses that are kept up on tree lined streets. Nice walking downtown. Amazing Xmas and Halloween vibe. Community!"
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"Super nice neighbors, great families, everyone cares about keeping their property well maintained, and a ton of great retail two blocks away"
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"Great place to live....no worries.....all are high-IQ members of community. Lots of kids and family-centric."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"This is one of the jewels of San Jose. The neighborhoods are well maintained and friendly while the downtown is a treat for visitors."
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Trulia User
  • Visitor
  • 1y ago
"I dunno. other dogs. cat smells. parks. other dog owners. bags for poo in the apartment ci.plex. cars driving by. squirrels. "
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"Downtown Willow Glen is where people meet up with friends at restaurants or stores. If you're social, it's nice because you'll see people you know. I always see people from my neighborhood around."
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Trulia User
  • Resident
  • 1y ago
"There's no dog park that I'm aware of, but many restaurants have outside eating where dogs are allowed."
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Safety and Crime

Willow Glen crime
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What Locals Say About Safety

At least 452 Trulia users voted on each feature.
94%
There are sidewalks
66%
People would walk alone at night
61%
Streets are well-lit
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Schools

Booksin Elementary School
  • K-5
  • PUBLIC
  • 800 Students
San Jose Unified School District
8/10
GreatSchools Rating
Parent Rating Average
I went to Booksin as a child, and my children have spent most of their elementary years here. I have fond memories, and in many ways it is the same. It's a school that strives hard to be a quality public school, and mostly succeeds. BUT BE WARNED... The school is a behemoth – with about 200% as many kids as it can handle. This strains general safety and quality of education. Not enough yard staff (sometimes less than 1 per 100 children), a large, porous campus with close to 1000 kids, and a district overly concerned with money (penny pinching and daily head counts) at the cost of children's heath and safety. We have had a string of questionable leadership, to the point where we really don't trust the administration at their word anymore. The Principal has changed almost annually since my kids have gone here. Because classes are stuffed with kids, I don't expect mine to get the nurturing education they deserve. In fact, both my kids took a step back from private preschool entering kindergarten here. Another issue is the skewed way they record children's progress. Teachers are not allowed to give kids the highest marks halfway through even if they excel at tests. They only receive their highest mark at the end of the year. This makes it seem on paper that those kids are being taught by the teachers. Even the teachers object to this system. Other high-achievers have really come to loathe school after their Booksin experience, and grow to love it again once they've relocated. So if you see public school as a place for kids to get the playground social education, and need someone to watch them while your 2-income family goes to work, Booksin is a good school. After-school activities, garden, and strong parent engagement are some of the pluses. But if you want your kids to get an academic education at their level and love school for the long term, erm... it's a toss-up.
Parent Review
1y ago
27 Reviews
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