Moving to the Bay Area with your furry friend? While it’s important to choose a neighborhood that suits your lifestyle, it’s also wise to consider what your dog would love, too. has done the work for you and rounded up the best San Jose neighborhoods for dog owners. These neighborhoods offer parks, trails, pet-friendly businesses, and other perks for you and your pooch.

Silver Creek

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On the charming hillsides of San Jose’s southeast corner sits a neighborhood with rows upon rows of Tuscan-style homes, enviable views of the Silicon Valley, and a comfortable family vibe. Silver Creek offers a peaceful escape from nearby tech hubs and major cities. You’ll have plenty to do with your dog here, whether it’s taking weekend hikes up the hills or having play dates with the friendly neighbors’ pup. 

Los Gatos

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Located just on the edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Los Gatos offers a sense of small-town life with plenty of outdoorsy offerings to go with a chic downtown. Bikers, runners, and dog owners love Vasona Lake County Park, which is ideal for paddle boats and rowboats. The Los Gatos Creek Trail runs for 10 miles, extending from Lexington Reservoir above Los Gatos all the way to Meridian Avenue in San Jose.

Almaden Valley


This established San Jose neighborhood is largely residential and you’ll feel safe walking Fido early in the morning or later in the evening. Look out across Almaden Valley and you’ll spy plenty of rolling hills, golf courses, and views of the city lights below. Consider taking your pup to Jeffrey Fontana Park where there’s separate dog areas for big and small dogs. Keep in mind that the appeal of the neighborhood is reflected in the hefty price tags on homes here. 

Willow Glen

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Tree-lined streets are a common sight in this cozy neighborhood located a stone’s throw away from Downtown San Jose. If you’re looking for a peaceful haven that isn’t too far from the action, Willow Glen might be a good fit. Fido will love a stroll down Lincoln Avenue, which offers a mini-downtown experience full of dog-friendly coffee shops, boutiques, and restaurants. 

Blossom Valley

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This neighborhood has all the tree-lined streets, chic boutiques, and home comfort that many of the others offer, but without much concern for heavy traffic. You’ll find lots of greenspaces here, including Almaden Lake Park which abuts it. The neighborhood is packed with dog groomers, puppy trainers, veterinarians, and boarders. Whatever your dog needs, it’s here. 

Cambrian Park

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If your schedule only allows you to take your pup for walks early in the morning or late at night, you can rest assured that Cambrian Park is one of the safest neighborhoods in the city. In fact, it’s considered 80 percent safer than any other city in the entire state. It’s also chock full of pet-friendly businesses and pet stores, so you’ll never have to walk too far anyway.