Willow Glen is a San Jose neighborhood in Santa Clara County. The neighborhood has a small town feel with walkable tree-lined streets with diverse architecture, specialty shops, and independent businesses. You can find historic downtown on Lincoln Avenue between Willow Street and Minnesota Avenue offering a variety of sidewalk cafes and coffee shops, boutiques, vintage shops, strollers parked outside unique children shops, and doggie water bowls everywhere!
San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhoods are almost exclusively composed of custom or semi-custom homes in a diverse range of architectural styles. Many architect-commissioned houses can be seen in the neighborhood, including Victorian, Neoclassical (Queen Anne Cottage and Neocolonial), Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Mission, Prairie, Spanish Eclectic, and Tudor. In recent years larger homes have been built.
The neighborhood began in the mid-1800s as an unincorporated community adjacent to San Jose, California. Willow Glen continued as an unincorporated community until the 1920s, when the City of San Jose ordered the Southern Pacific Railroad to re-route the Southern Pacific Railroad trunk line which at that time was going down Fourth Street. The Southern Pacific then proposed to re-route down Lincoln Avenue. In order to forestall that attempt, Willow Glen was incorporated as a city in 1927. The railroad was instead re-routed to its current route through a then-unincorporated area now known as North Willow Glen, where its principal user is now Caltrain, a small commuter rail. Although no railway stations exist within Willow Glen, the area is served well by light rail stations on or near its border: Fruitdale, Race, Tamien, and Virginia.
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