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About the City of San Jose

During your hunt for homes for sale in Silicon Valley, San Jose is a must-visit. It is, after all, known as the “Capital of Silicon Valley.”

And, although it is the Bay Area’s largest city, you’ll not be restricted to buying an urban home. From rolling hills to bay views, San Jose’s homes sit in a variety of settings.

Schools in San Jose

The San José Unified School District is a large district, serving about 32,000 students with 300 staff members in 42 schools.

If living near a high-ranking school is important to you, view the available homes for sale in San Jose, CA near Pioneer High School (1290 Blossom Hill Rd.). Pioneer is the district’s highest-rated school among those ranked by U.S. News, boasting a graduation rate of 94 percent and U.S. News ranked the school as the 86th best in the state.  You can also see other high ranking public schools here.

If you prefer private school for your child, you’ll have plenty from which to choose. See a list of the most popular online, here.

Post-secondary students in San Jose can choose from community colleges, such as San Jose City College and Evergreen Valley College, and San Jose State University.

San Jose, CA Palm Trees at Night

Michael from San Jose, California, USA, SAN JOSE CALIFORNIA PALM TREE 2010CC BY 2.0

San Jose’s Tech Companies

With more than 6,500 tech companies, it’s no wonder the city is known as “the heart of Silicon Valley.” These companies include eBay, PayPal, Cisco, Adobe, Inc. and others.

Employed in the bioscience industry? You should have no problem finding a job in San Jose, as it’s home to a large number of biotech businesses. These include Align Technology, chosen among’s top five medical technology companies.

Things to do in San Jose

Where do we begin?

Fans of professional sporting events have a wealth of opportunities in San Jose. Ice hockey fans cheer on the National Hockey League’s Sharks at SAP Center and the American Hockey League Barracudas. The Quakes, more formally known as the San Jose Earthquakes, thrill local soccer fans, and then there is the city’s minor league baseball team, the San Jose Giants.  Lastly, In 2014 a new chapter in the history of the San Francisco 49ers began as they moved to Levi’s Stadium in nearby Santa Clara, CA.

Families with children will find no shortage of ways to enjoy time as a family here in San Jose. California’s Great America (set to close in 2033) is in nearby Santa Clara and, here in San Jose you can spend time at Raging Waters, Winchester Mystery House and the popular Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.

San Jose residents, and those who flock in from surrounding communities, have made the San Jose Flea Market the largest in the country. Locals love the food, the music and, of course, the shopping.  The flea market is set to close sometime in 2024.

And, if shopping is your idea of a day well-spent, you’ll find several popular malls in San Jose, including Santana Row, Oakridge, Westfield-Valley Fair, the 1.4-million square foot Eastridge Shopping Center and others.

Finally, San Jose residents turn out in droves for the many annual festivals and other events in the city. These include:

  • ¡VivaFest!
  • Bay Area Pet Expo
  • Chinese Summer Festival
  • Christmas in the Park
  • Dia de Los Muertos Festival
  • Little Italy Street Festival
  • San Jose Jazz Winter Fest
  • San Jose Vietnamese Tet Festival
  • Trails In Motion Film Festival

and more.  To find out about all the events in San Jose, CA go to:

San Jose is Ideal for Outdoor Lovers

Picnics, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming and more can all be found among San Jose’s more than 200 parks and 60-miles of trails. Dogs are covered as well, getting to stretch their legs and socialize at one of the city’s ten dog parks.

San Jose is also a golfer’s paradise, offering executive courses, private country clubs and muni courses.

Homes in San Jose, California

San Jose is home to about 314,038 housing units, in a variety of architectural styles. If you want to buy a vintage home in San Jose, you’ll love the selection, from Arts and Crafts-era houses, English Tudors and Mediterranean to Prairie style, Art Deco and more. Tour the Rose Garden, Naglee Park and Shasta/Hanchett Park when searching for vintage homes for sale in San Jose.

You may have read the news a few years ago that San Jose was the first U.S. city with a median home price of more than $1 million. Don’t let that dissuade you from living in San Jose. Remember, “median” is the mid-point, meaning half of the homes cost more and half cost less.

Property investors will find small multi-family homes priced from the high-$900,000s and single-family homes in San Jose start in the-$700,000s.

San Jose is a luxury home shopper’s dream. Stunning estates in gorgeous settings start at around $5 million

Real estate markets change, and home prices fluctuate.  All prices stated are estimates “at the time of writing.”  Contact us for updated prices of homes for sale in San Jose.

Looking to Buy or Sell a Home in San Jose?

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, working with an experienced, knowledgeable, and qualified real estate agent or broker will make the home buying or selling process easier.  Make sure your agent or broker understands your needs, the market, and has local expertise.

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