There are many homes in the San Jose region with either late 19th or early 20th century architecture. Styles such as Craftsman, Prairie, Mission Revival, and Queen Ann Victorian can be found throughout historic districts like Hanchett Park, Rose Garden, Willow Glen, and Naglee Park. Notable architects have also left their mark on the city – among them Frank Delos Wolfe and Julia Morgan. Municipal buildings have been experimenting with unique architectural styles in the last few decades. The Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose Repertory Theater, and Tech Museum of Innovation are just a few examples of buildings with unique exteriors and bold colors.
Landmarks within the city include History Park at Kelley Park, Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph – the first non-Mission church built in California – Plaza de Cesar Chavez – host of music festivals throughout the year – Mexican Heritage Plaza, and the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.
San Jose is home to 178,842 single-family houses. There are another 11,408 multi-family homes, 44,362 condo units, and two other residential buildings. Commercial buildings number 5,793, and there are 3,097 industrial buildings, as well as 3,183 vacant lots.
There is a large freeway system in San Jose, including three interstates and one US route. Amtrak provides rail service to and from the city, Caltrain offers commuter rail service to San Francisco and Gilroy, and ACE offers commuter rail service to Stockton and Pleasanton. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority operates a light-rail system that connects Downtown to Campbell, Mountain View, and other cities, and they operate local and intercity buses as well.
Public education in San Jose is provided by four high school districts, 14 elementary districts, and four unified districts that offer both elementary and high schools. There are 127 elementary schools, 47 middle schools, and 44 high schools within them. Most private schools in San Jose are run by religious organizations, including the Catholic Diocese of San Jose and Liberty Baptist. There are several colleges and universities in the city, the largest of which is San Jose State University. They enroll more than 30,000 students every year.
There are a dozen hospitals in or near San Jose. Stanford Health Care – Stanford Hospital is nationally ranked in 12 specialties, has 491 beds, and sees around 70,000 people in its emergency room on a yearly basis. Other top-performing hospitals include El Camino Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, and Good Samaritan Hospital.
In recent years, San Jose has had the second lowest violent crime rate of any city that has more than 500,000 citizens. In 2015, the FBI reported 25,035 property crimes and 3,400 violent crimes.
With more than 15,000 acres of parkland in San Jose, there are plenty of options for the outdoor enthusiast. Alum Rock Park, which was founded in 1872, is the oldest municipal park in the state, and the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is the largest. Children’s Discovery Museum includes a large outdoor park setting and has the largest game of Monopoly in the world. Kelley Park is fun for the whole family, with their Happy Hollow Park & Zoo amusement park, Japanese Friendship Garden, and Portuguese Historical Museum.
High class eateries include Scott’s Seafood, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, Grill on the Alley, and LB Steak. There are plenty of casual local favorites too, such as Falafel Drive-In, Veggie Grill, Caffe Frascati, and Ike’s Love and Sandwiches.
Adults with a taste for cocktails can be found at the Haberdasher speakeasy, local beers are on tap at Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub, and Trials Pub offers a laidback atmosphere.