Downtown San Jose

Downtown San Jose

San Jose, California Homes for Sale

About Downtown San Jose

Downtown San Jose is a diverse city that is at the forefront of groundbreaking ideas and a top-notch social scene. Often dubbed as the capital of Silicon Valley, Downtown sits between the San Jose neighborhoods, Rose Garden, and Alum Rock, and it usually maintains sunny weather throughout the year. Many places are easily accessible due to the convenience of Caltrain and the abundance of local parks and entertainment venues.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $505,000 to $8,080,000

Closed Prices: $447,500 to $9,600,000

Median Sale Price: $952,500

Average $ per sq ft: $757

Association Fee Ranges: $215, $74 to $782/mo, $0 to $737

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1880 to 2022

Sq. Ft.: 516 to 20521 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 9 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 6 Bathrooms

Around Downtown San Jose

Situated at the center of Downtown San Jose are brand new condo options and high rise apartments. However, for those who have a little extra money to spend, a renowned residential area among the locals would be in Naglee Park, which is within walking distance from the heart of the neighborhood. Despite the prestige of this district -- airplane, freeway, and train noise can still be heard throughout the day. Before deciding to live in this area, be sure to evaluate the noise level. Fortunately, these sounds can be avoided when you head towards other parts of Downtown, where you can find a mixture of renovated and classic townhouses, and low rise apartment buildings.

Although there are many chains and popular staples among the locals, Downtown San Jose is best known for its Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Japantown sits at the heart of Downtown, and gives both visitors and locals several casual dining options to choose from. Many people opt for one of the multitude of local, family-owned restaurants throughout the city -- where there are several hidden gems that offer great pizza, sandwiches, and noodles. Head towards Santana Row where you can also find several local mini chains to grab a bite to eat.

Since San Jose is close to booming tech cities such as Silicon Valley and Palo Alto, it is not uncommon to meet bright and innovative entrepreneurs. San Jose State University is also located in the area, so students are often rushing to and from classes or studying at a local park or cafe. Out of town visitors are also beginning to frequent the area more since this area is slowly becoming a trendy hotspot in San Jose.

There are many activities available to locals and visitors alike in the Downtown area. Head towards Second Street and you will find no shortage of improv and live comedy clubs -- where you and your friends can laugh the night away. Also located on Second Street, and around the immediate area, are several trendy lounges and chic clubs for those who want to go out, enjoy a drink, and experience the nightlife.

There are a variety of fun activities available in this neighborhood to suit all. You can check out the latest events and shows available at San Jose Convention Center towards the south of Downtown, or head out for brunch in the center of town.

Locals Love

  • Plenty of daytime activities
  • Frequent train service
  • Bustling nightlife

Locals Don't Love

  • Noise from airplanes and trains
  • Expensive housing

Neighborhood Reviews

2 Reviews

Downtown, much different than before

Mike B
San Jose has changed so much from the past 5 years, now we have San Pedro Square with many eateries, cold brews, bars, sushi restaurants and more!! Not to mention SAP center where the Sharks play, concerts and etc. If you are looking for Luxury High Rise living, look no further than the AXIS condo building, check out some listings at and to get an idea. If you love coffee, stop by Philz coffee next to SJSU, or grab a burrito with orange sauce at La Vics. Want a great place to have a meeting, stop by the Urban area of Japantown and hang out at Roy's station for coffee and a spam musubi.

Hidden Gem & Continuously Growing

Britney G
San Jose will always be San Francisco's little sister, which became abundantly clear to me when my coworkers in my San Jose office would say "I'm going to The City tonight." Although San Jose doesn't have the reputation of San Francisco, it has a lot to offer in its own right. Downtown is walkable, with a decent selection of cool bars including SP2, The Haberdasher, an underground "speak easy," and Original Gravity, a pub with 2 ever changing beer menus. South First Fridays are always fun, and San Pedro Square is a local hangout with something for everyone.
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