The Buena Vista neighborhood of San Jose

Map of the Buena Vista neighborhood in San JoseIf you love older residential areas with classic architecture and a canopy of street trees, you’ll want to know about the Buena Vista neighborhood in San Jose.

Situated between downtown San Jose and the Valley Fair & Santana Row areas, there’s a lot going on that’s not far away.

Buena Vista neighborhood location

Where is Buena Vista? Roughly, it includes areas north of Hwy 280, south of San Carlos, east of Leigh and west of Meridian. It is considered part of Central San Jose by the local MLS.

The eastern half of the area is in the 95126 zip code, and the western section is in the 95128 zip code.

Nearby neighborhoods include Burbank, Shasta – Hanchett Park, Sunol – Midtown, and Rose Garden on the north side of 280. South of 280 lies Willow Glen and the Sherman Oaks neighborhood.

What are homes like in the Buena Vista neighborhood?

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Naglee Park Neighborhood

The Naglee Park neighborhood in downtown San Jose is one of the most charming and historic areas in Silicon Valley. Known for older, beautifully maintained and updated homes, it boasts an annual historic homes tour and the opportunity to enjoy the Naglee Park Open Studios periodically.

Where is the Naglee Park neighborhood?

Located just east of San Jose State University, it is extremely convenient for those involved with the college or who work downtown.  Scenic Coyote Creek is its eastern boundary, Highway 280 the southern one, and E Santa Clara Street the northern edge of this community. This neighborhood is also close to the ever popular Happy Hollow Park and Zoo (which is in south San Jose, also along Coyote Creek).

You may have visited the neighborhood and not known it if you have eaten at the Naglee Park Garage, a well known local eatery.

Map of the area

Coyote Creek is the jagged eastern border.
Map of the Naglee Park neighborhood

What are homes in the Naglee Park neighborhood like?

Houses and homes in Naglee Park are primarily older, with the most historic being constructed in 1890. The average year built is 1935 as some of the properties were put up as recently as 2014 – though that is very unusual.

 

Naglee Park home - S 14th Street

Naglee Park home – S 14th Street

 

Besides being older, often historic homes, what can we say about the Naglee Park homes? First, there are 859 single family homes there, plus 39 duplexes, as well as other types of housing in the mix.  It is a good sized community, not a small pocket such as the Vendome neighborhood (see link at the bottom of this article).

Livable square footage in the single family homes ranges from a very modest 480 SF to an over sized 5007 SF of living space, with 1904 Sf being average. The average lot size is 6776 – pretty typical for most of the City of San Jose.

A variety of architectural styles can be found in the Naglee Parkneighborhood, including Victorian, Craftsman, Mediterranean, and more. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of selling a house in Naglee Park which was a beautiful Italian-Mediterranean style with classic beauty.

 

Naglee Park - Patio and Fountain

 

Are there any concerns with living in Naglee Park?

Like any downtown area in a big city, this is a place where you do lock your doors at night and can expect to sometimes deal with people wandering through who don’t live there and may be down on their luck. Naglee Park crime does exist, so do your research.

With the university nearby, parking may be an issue for some parts of Naglee Park.  Coyote Creek does sometimes flood, but most of Naglee Park is not in a 100 year flood plain. With the Coyote Creek breaking its banks in 2017, some homes on Arroyo Way were flooded, sadly.

Ask most of the residents what they think, though, and they’ll tell you that the beauty and convenience of the neighborhood far outweigh any potential issues.

What do homes cost in Naglee Park, San Jose?

Right now, in early 2023, inventory is very low, and therefore our data is also low. In general, though expect to find homes selling for between $1.5 million and $2.5 million. The exact location (busy vs quiet, scenic vs not), the home size, lot size, property condition (teardown or need of renovating versus turnkey or fully and recently remodeled or even expanded) can swing the values up or down.

If you want to purchase a turnkey home in Naglee Park it is likely to take more than 1.5 million to buy it in today’s market unless it’s quite small.

Below please find active listings of single family homes as well as condominiums and townhouses in the neighborhood. Also displayed will be sales of the same over the last year. Prices have changed over time, of course, but this will provide a fairly good idea of the Naglee Park neighborhood real estate market.

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See all Naglee Park of San Jose, California Real Estate.
(all data current as of 7/15/2024)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

 
 

Read more – other downtown San Jose or central San Jose areas:

Japantown
Buena Vista
Rose Garden
Vendome neighborhood

 

 

 

 

 

 

Season of Hope Free Concert Series at St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica in San Jose

Mark your calendars – December 12th begins the annual “Season of Hope” free concert series at the St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica in San Jose.  Performances are at 7:30 pm nightly from Dec 12 – 23 and last one hour.  All are welcome!

Find the complete list of who’s performing on which night on the website page for the Cathedral Basilica of San Jose’s Season of Hope Concert Series. A variety of musical styles and performers, many from schools, will perform. The final night features harp music. The Cathedral is located at 80 S Market Street, San Jose, CA 95112.

Happy holidays, one and all!

 

 

 

Italian Family Festa San Jose

Italian Family Festa San JoseThe Italian Family Festa San Jose returns for the 36th time this weekend, Aug 27-28.  One big change is that it will be held at a new location this year, History Park San Jose (near Kelly Park).  Hosted by the Italian American Heritage Foundation, it offers free admission, is open to all and offers food, wine, entertainment, a grape stomp, and more.  There’s bocce ball and “bambino” bocce too!

A few words to know:

Hatfesta = party
mangia = eat
bocce = a sport somewhat like lawn bowling, but played on gravel or a hard surface, not on grass

(Hope to see you there – I’ve never been, but spent a year of college in Florence, Italy, and traveled around that bel paese, so really feel like I’m an adopted daughter of Italia…. )

Sorry, pets not allowed (service animals ok). Please visit the festival’s website to get ALL the details!

http://www.italianfamilyfestasj.org/

Italian Family Festa San Jose
August 27, 2016 – 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
August 28, 2016 – 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR for the Italian Family Festa San Jose

History Park San Jose  – the history park’s address is technically on Senter, but the entrance is  actually 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose, CA 95112
Some photos from the 2015 Italian Family Festa San Jose:

 

Little Italy San Jose

 

The new arch to welcome visitors to Little Italy, the original place where Italian Americans settled locally. (more…)

J Lohr Wine Tasting Room in San Jose: worth a visit!

J Lohr Wine Tasting Room in San Jose (about 2 miles from downtown SJ)Awhile back, a Realtor friend, Colleen Kulikowski, was visiting from the Buffalo & Niagara Falls area of New York. Together we attended the California Association of Realtors conference in San Jose, CAR EXPO, where we enjoyed some great sessions and at which I was a panelist one day on social media and real estate blogging.   I very much wanted her to see more than just the inside of a conference center, though, so in the evenings and days before and after we saw some sights along the coast and went wine tasting in Los Gatos, Willow Glen, Monterey and central San Jose at the fabulously convenient J Lohr Tasting Room.

At J Lohr Wine Tasting Rooms, you can choose from available wines which ones you'd like to tryAs we  walked up to the door, I volunteered to pay for our tasting – just before noticing that it’s at no charge!  This is pretty rare today in Santa Clara County, Monterey County or Santa Cruz County wineries.  (When a tasting is free I always buy a bottle anyway if I enjoy the wine, and normally I do.)

Our hostess was very nice and gave us a printout of what could be tried that day and explained that we could select 6 and then she would “put them in order”.  Colleen and I prefer different types of wines so had little overlap in our selections – it was great to have so much variety.We both liked a number of wines and both made purchases (so they did ok on the free tasting by us). (more…)

Fanime Convention in Silicon Valley

Fanime 2010It’s a warm and sunny spring day in San Jose, yet it is anything but normal. The sidewalks are packed with people in costume. The individuals in street clothes seem not to notice the spectacle, and everyone appears completely comfortable with the situation. A few of those in costume pose for photos or playfully get into character, to the amusement of themselves and others. Larger groups loiter outside the San Jose Convention Center. Some gather for pictures with peers in the same outfits. More pose for professional photographers. Yet others munch on Pocky and show off the contents of their shopping bags. This is Fanime.

Fanime is an annual convention held on Memorial Day weekend in San Jose. Open to all enthusiasts, the convention’s slogan is “By fans, for fans” and, true to that, it welcomes lovers of anime, video games, martial arts, manga, music, sci-fi, comic books, steam punk, and much, much more. Throughout the four days of its running, the center is packed with a multitude of events for all to enjoy, including 24 hour video programming, a game room, a music festival, costume contests, an artist gallery, panels, guest speakers, and even a black and white (costume optional) ball with organized dance lessons earlier that weekend. If you’re a dedicated fan, you’ll be in good company. It is the largest such convention in Northern California (but, who can compete with Comic Con in San Diego for size?), and many dedicated fans come quite a distance to attend it. Don’t expect to find hotel vacancies downtown next weekend!

This year, Fanime runs from Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30 and will be held, once more, at the San Jose Convention Center. To join in, attendees must purchase a badge. The at-door prices for each day of the week and for the full weekend price are listed below via the links. Discounted, Pre-Sale badges are closed for 2011 but will be available the morning of the 30th. To learn more about Fanime, visit the website. And if you go downtown during Memorial Day weekend, remember to bring your camera – fans love to be appreciated!

The San Jose Convention Center is located at 150 West San Carlos St. San Jose, CA 95110

For more information on Fanime Con:

Fanime website    www.fanime.com
Register for Fanime   http://www.fanime.com/registration/
Wikipedia article on FanimeCon   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FanimeCon

 

 

What’s the Ratio of Distressed Sales – Short Sales or Foreclosures – to “Regular Sales” in Santa Clara County?

Right now there are about 4664 active residential real estate listings (homes listed for sale on our local MLS) which are houses, duet homes, townhouses or condominiums in Santa Clara County.  Of those, there are 1255 short sales (27% of the inventory) and 463 bank owned properties, or REOs (9%),  on the market.  So the “distressed properties” segment equals 37% of the Silicon Valley real estate market (or Santa Clara County real estate market).

Some areas are flooded with short sales & bank owned homes. Others are going through this meltdown nearly unscathed. Below please find a sampling of areas in and around San Jose with the percentage of distressed homes for sale (including both short sales and REOs or bank owned properties).  In most areas, there are usually about 3 times as many short sales as bank owned homes, but sometimes it’s a lower percentage, closer to 2.5%.   I pulled the numbers from our MLS tonight – info is deemed correct but of course not guaranteed.

Percent of Distressed Home Listings in Parts of Santa Clara County
Figures represent houses, duet homes, townhouses & condos for sale
South County (Morgan Hill, Gilroy, “area 1”43%
Santa Teresa (area of San Jose, “area 3”)44%
Central San Jose (downtown & nearby, “area 9”)51%
Palo Alto2%
Saratoga4%
Los Gatos (town of, zips 95030 & 95032)12%

Spanish Revival Style Home in Japantown Features Classic Tile Bathroom

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of working with some past clients in purchasing a home in downtown San Jose’s Japantown neighborhood.  Their street is full of bungalows and  gracious 1920s or 1930s Spanish Revival style homes. With a wide road and an enormous “sidewalk strip” and beautiful trees, just a look down the street is like a look back in time.

The home that my friends bought had a lot of wonderful  exterior touches and a few interior ones that are reminiscent of the era.  (This is fun real estate to see and sell!)  A walk into the bathroom, though, really just takes your breath away if you love older, historic homes.  In this post I’ll share a few large photos of this very cool, classic tiled bathroom and indicate why a bathroom like this is so special.  Please continue on to see several photos!

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