West San Jose stretches from State Route 17 in the east to South De Anza Boulevard in the west, and from Stevens Creek Boulevard to the north to just past Westmont Avenue to the south. The area has significant diversity, with substantial Hispanic and Asian populations, in addition to a small African American population, while over 50% of the population is caucasian. The median household income hovers around $100,000 , which is significantly higher than the median household income for San Jose in general. The median price of currently listed homes is $885,000, with median home values rising approximately 10% over the previous year to just over $1,000,000.
West San Jose is prized for Santana Row, certainly the heart of the area. This neighborhood is suitable for families, but much better for single individuals because Santana Row was ranked as one of the best places in the country for dating. Fine dining and high fashion are the two major hallmarks of Santana Row, embodied by a Mediterranean feel throughout the entertainment, retail and dining establishments in the area. Here the young and the affluent find an expression for their standout success, and the shops — like Brooks Brothers, Burberry and Gucci — make it obvious West San Jose is an area for the driven individual. Another huge hub of shopping in the area is the Westfield Valley Fair mega mall. It contains 250 boutiques, of which Apple, Juicy Couture, Hugo Boss, Tiffany & Co., Betsey Johnson, Stuart Weitzman and Louis Vuitton are just a few.
West San Jose is also home to the famous Winchester Mystery House, built by Winchester heiress Sarah Winchester over a period of 38 years, during which construction is said to have never ended. It’s referred to as a “mystery” because many doors open to walls, and windows look out into other rooms. Legend has it that these confusing parts of the home were built because Sarah Winchester wanted to confuse the spirits of Winchester rifle victims, while a more logical explanation is that the home had no master plan, and as a result so many additions eventually resulted in architectural abnormalities.
For families, West San Jose does not disappoint either. Three elementary schools are conveniently located throughout the center of the area: Meyerholz, Dilworth and John Muir. Joaquin Middle School and Lynrook High School are also located in the same area. For quick and convenient outdoor trips, Calabazas Park, Rainbow Park and Murdoch Park certainly deliver. Murdoch Park features two baseball diamonds, three tennis courts, a playground and a walking trail. Rainbow Park features a playground and several quaint walking trails as well, and Calabazas Park features an ample open green space, walking trails and three tennis courts, in addition to a playground.