Moving to San Jose: South San Jose and Surrounding Areas
San Jose is an eclectic mix of modern conveniences and innovation, alongside historic features and traditions. With its diverse collection of neighborhoods, college options, and public transportation, it’s no wonder that over 1 million people call this oasis home. Living in paradise does come with a price-tag, but if you’re looking to move to the center of it all, read on for some valuable insights!
Neighborhoods and Districts
One of the most exciting parts about moving to a new city is getting to know all of its different districts and neighborhoods. Since it is helpful to have the storage facility you choose close to where you live, below is a list of wonderful neighborhoods close to our Capitol Expressway facility! Each neighborhood is a truly unique experience. Whether you are considering laying roots in the area, or just visiting, read up on what each area has to offer! Outdoor lovers will have sparks fly when they hear about South San Jose. The city marries beautiful family-style homes with the great outdoors.
Blossom Valley boasts the perfect small family homes for under $800,000. Here you can get the perfect “white picket fence” house with a driveway framed by little red bricks and a welcoming neighborhood. There are about 4194 residents who call Blossom Valley home. According to Nextdoor, 86% of them own their own home. Should you pick this quaint little neighborhood, you can meet your neighbors at the Santa Teresa Farmers’ Market. They are said to love their neighborhood because it is well-maintained, family oriented, and walkable.
Seven Trees offers more apartment style living spaces and has a slightly younger median age of 48 years old according to Nextdoor. Here you can expect to get all the amenities your heart desires from pools to gyms, this district’s apartments won’t let you down. Even better yet, you’re right near Capital Expressway, a quick route to get you where you need to go!
Hiking Trails and Eateries in South San Jose
While South San Jose is known for being the quieter region of San Jose, there is certainly no shortage of things to do. The incredible scenery has tons to offer. Outdoor lovers will find solace here. The Los Alamitos Creek Trail is the perfect place to bike, take your dogs out for a walk, or go for a run. The trails are all paved making for an easy and relaxing route and perfect for pets and bikes. The trail runs 4.7 miles long and even passes through Pfeiffer Park. Hiking trails are plentiful in the area. Others to check out include the Coyote Creek Trail and Lake Almaden Trail.
Refuel after a long hike at some of Yelpers favorite restaurants in the area. Cha Cha Sushi is a family owned restaurant that proudly serves fresh sushi and other traditional Japanese dishes. Locals often refer to it as their “go-to” sushi restaurant in San Jose. Jubba Resturant is another popular eatery for locals and tourists alike. They pride themselves on their authentic Ethiopian and Somali dishes and have become famous for their goat platters and samosas. If you don’t believe us you can turn to their yelp page with over 1000 reviews! If you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, Sweet Rendezvous has your back. Ice cream flavors from “lavender” to “chocolate chip” will have your mouth watering. But don’t let the weather scare you away, they offer a variety of other desserts too. Take your pick from chocolate mousse, a s’mores bar, and so much more.
Cost of Living
When it comes to the cost of living, housing is the biggest difference in comparison to the rest of the United States. Expatistan.com says that a 900 square foot furnished apartment in an expensive neighborhood costs $2,845. The same size apartment in a “normal” part of town is $2,826. If you’re hoping to buy a home in San Jose, the median home cost is $1,083,000 according to bestplaces.net. Based on their cost of living index, San Jose scored an average of 222. Their index uses 100 to represent the US average cost of living. An amount below 100 means a city is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means a city is more expensive. San Jose’s 222 cost of living index above means that it is much more expensive to live here than the average US city.
For those looking for a 4-year undergraduate or graduate education in the heart of San Jose, take a look at San Jose State University (SJSU). While it is located in Central San Jose, it is not a far commute should you decide to move to South San Jose where the living is a bit cheaper. SJSU is ranked #35 on U.S.News.com’s 2018 Best Colleges ranking, and #20 on its Best Colleges for Veterans ranking. It is known for producing the engineers, scientists, and business professionals that are primarily employed by businesses from San Jose to San Francisco and the entirety of Silicon Valley. If you are in the market for a community college check out Pacific Oaks College and Carrington College. They are both located in South San Jose for a shorter commute. Both colleges offer a 2-year undergraduate education and career certificate programs.
Getting around South San Jose is easy thanks to the abundance of public transportation offered by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)! The extensive light rail system is the best way to access surrounding cities, neighborhoods, and districts close to the downtown area. If you want a free ride to visit some exciting attractions downtown, such as the San Jose Museum of Art, the Convention Center, or SAP Center, the VTA’s free DASH shuttle is the way to go. Want to really get away? You can visit downtown and hop aboard Caltrain which connects downtown San Jose to San Francisco. If public transportation isn’t your style, San Jose has many walkable areas. Residents also often bike to save money and preserve the environment, so hop on your bike and join the locals!
Time to Move
If you think any of this sounds appealing, it’s time you moved to South San Jose! It’s not hard to get excited about living in such a dynamic city. But, if you are less excited about the logistics of moving, and aren’t sure if all your belongings will have a place in your new accommodations in San Jose, we can help. Our friendly self storage experts at A-1 Self Storage are prepared to help you decide if self storage is right for you, and guide you in choosing the best unit for your purposes! Every location has a retail center located in the office with moving supplies and tools for purchase, so whether you are moving to or from the facility you will have everything you need. Get started renting today!
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