Willow Glen

Willow Glen

A charming and vibrant small-town neighborhood in the heart of San Jose

Welcome to Willow Glen

A charming and vibrant small-town neighborhood in the heart of San Jose

One of San Jose's most sought-after neighborhoods, Willow Glen is named after the towering willow trees that have grown all over the city. The prominent foliage and tree-lined streets give the area a charming, small-town atmosphere. The main thoroughfare centers on Lincoln Avenue and is lined with boutique shops and quaint eateries. Most are locally-owned small businesses, adding to the town's village-like allure. Downtown Willow Glen is vibrant and walkable, earning it the title “San Jose's local treasure.”

You'll find many instances of elegant Victorian, Tudor, and Spanish-style architecture, some dating back to the 1920s. These homes have been well-maintained, and their interiors and fixtures have been updated. Meanwhile, modern, single-family homes with beautiful lawns on spacious lots are continually being added. Downtown has luxury condominiums with resort-style amenities like rooftop decks, outdoor pools, and fitness centers. Willow Glen is centrally located within San Jose, so it's perfect for commuters and professionals working in Silicon Valley.

What to Love

  • Well-preserved classic architecture
  • A range of housing styles
  • A vibrant and walkable downtown
  • Plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment
  • Central location in the greater San Jose metro area
  • Quiet, tree-lined residential neighborhood

Local Lifestyle

Even though it's right in the heart of Silicon Valley, Willow Glen feels like a place right out of small-town America. Residents organize block parties throughout the year, enabling neighbors to become long-time friends. The mom-and-pop shops and restaurants know many of their loyal customers by name. All this gives Willow Glen a close-knit community appeal.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Willow Glen has fantastic restaurants and one-of-a-kind boutiques. You'll find an array of them downtown. The Table serves elevated American fare. It’s located on the corner of Willow Street and Lincoln Avenue. The restaurant prides itself on working with local farmers and ranchers, and the menu changes seasonally to highlight the freshest ingredients available. Their handcrafted cocktails, progressive wine list, and inventive brunch items are big draws.

Across the street, Black Sheep Brasserie specializes in French cuisine. Hors d'oeuvres include the classics, like liver mouse, beef tartar, burgundy snails, and steamed mussels. Other traditional highlights are their “burnt” French onion soup and duck breast entrée. They have several signature cocktails and a curated wine list that features bottles from all over the world.

For a casual night out, 20twenty Cheese Bar offers make-your-own charcuterie boards with over two dozen items alongside small plates, including sandwiches and flatbreads. They also boast the best craft beers and artisan wines in Willow Glen. It's perfect for large get-togethers.

A local mainstay, Bertucelli's La Villa Gourmet is an Italian deli popular with residents and visitors. Menu highlights include their mile-high sandwiches and cannolis, but their homemade stuffed ravioli is what made them famous. You can get prepared meals to go, but you'll always find people seated outside, dining picnic-style.
 
Lamella Tavern and Braise boast the best cocktails for a social night out in town. Lamelle Tavern hosts live music some nights, while Braise is known for its seasonal small plates.

Things to Do 

Downtown Willow Glen hosts wine walks where wineries pair up with local businesses and set up tastings. It's an opportunity to explore and support small businesses around town while discovering new wines from the surrounding region.

There are numerous annual events, including the Willow Glen Halloween Festival and the Music in the Glen neighborhood concert series. To kick off the holiday season, locals get together and decorate their homes. The Willow Glen Holiday Lights attract visitors from around San Jose and beyond.

Schools

The top-rated San Jose Unified School District serves Willow Glen and includes the following schools:




Overview for Willow Glen, CA

54,076 people live in Willow Glen, where the median age is 42.2 and the average individual income is $72,888. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

54,076

Total Population

42.2 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$72,888

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Willow Glen, CA

Willow Glen has 21,335 households, with an average household size of 2.49. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Willow Glen do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 54,076 people call Willow Glen home. The population density is 6,764.99 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

54,076

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

42.2

Median Age

47.25 / 52.75%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

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10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
21,335

Total Households

2.49

Average Household Size

$72,888

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Marital Status

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Single
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Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Willow Glen, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Willow Glen. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
As-Safa Institute/As-Safa Academy
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Blackford Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
3/5
Willow Glen Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Willow Glen Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Presentation High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
St Christopher School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
The Creekside School
PRIVATE
3rd - 12th
No rating available
My School-Cathedral Of Faith Learning Center
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Spectrum Center Schools-Randol Campus
PRIVATE
1st - 12th
No rating available
University Preparatory Academy Charter
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
5/5
Schallenberger Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Canoas Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Ernesto Galarza Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Achiever Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Gardner Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5

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