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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About San Jose, California

San Jose, California is made up of several diverse neighborhoods and areas of interest:

1) North San Jose made up of Berryessa, the older area of "North of Downtown" and slightly East is Alum Rock neighborhood.
2) Further East is the Evergreen neighborhood and East San Jose
3) Due South is the Santa Teresa and more exclustive, Alamaden Valley
4) To the Southwest is the Cambrian neighborhood
5) Bordering Cambrian neighborhood, approaching central San Jose is Willow Glen and Downtown San Jose
6) Finally, Due West toward the city of Campbell is West San Jose

Each of these neighborhoods have there own character and particular proclivities. We were born and raised in San Jose and the surrounding areas and know every nook and cranny and can go through all of the details. Call us any time at 408-316-3445 or email Sylvia@SylviaCTeam.com 

San Jose
 (/ˌsæn hoʊˈzeɪ/Spanish for Saint Joseph), sometimes stylized as San José, is the third-largest city by population in California, the tenth-largest by population in the United States, and the county seat of Santa Clara County. San Jose is the largest city within the Bay Area and the largest city in Northern California.

Before the arrival of the Spanish, the area around San José was inhabited by the Ohlone people. San Jose was founded on November 29, 1777, as San José de Guadalupe, the first civilian town in the Spanish colonyof Alta California. The city served as a farming community to support Spanish military installations at San Francisco and Monterey. When California gained statehood in 1850, San Jose served as its first capital.

After more than 150 years as a small farming community, the San Jose area in the mid-20th century contained some of the last undeveloped land near San Francisco Bay. It then began to experience rapid population growth, much of it coming from veterans returning from World War II. San Jose then continued its aggressive expansion during the 1950s and 1960s by annexing more land area. The rapid growth of the high-technology and electronics industries further accelerated the transition from an agricultural center to an urbanized metropolitan area.

By the 1990s, San Jose's location within the booming local high tech industry earned the city the nickname "Capital of Silicon Valley". San Jose is now considered to be a global city, and notable for its affluence. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of the city to be 1,015,785 as of July 1, 2014.


Prior to European settlement, the area was inhabited by several groups of Ohlone Native Americans. The first lasting European presence began with a series of Franciscan missions established from 1769 by Junípero Serra.[25] On orders from Antonio María de Bucareli y Ursúa, Spanish Viceroy of New Spain, San Jose was founded by Lieutenant José Joaquín Moraga as Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe (in honor of Saint Joseph) on November 29, 1777, to establish a farming community. The town was the first civil settlement in Alta California.

In 1797, the pueblo was moved from its original location, near the present-day intersection of Guadalupe Parkway and Taylor Street, to a location in what is nowDowntown San Jose. San Jose came under Mexican rule in 1821 after Mexico broke with the Spanish crown. It then became part of the United States, after it capitulated in 1846 and California was annexed.

(for more history on Wikipedia click here)
source: wikipedia