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Moving to San Jose: Downtown and Central San Jose

If you’re in search of the perfect city in California with a downtown feel and historic roots, then we have the perfect place for you! Central San Jose is rich in history and Victorian style homes, yet maintains a modern downtown feel with high-rise condominiums and a community bustling with some of the world’s largest tech companies including the Adobe World Headquarters. Sitting on the outskirts of Silicon Valley San Jose was named the first city in California in 1805.

The idea of the blend of history and contemporary vibes might already have you sold, but the Tech Museum of Innovation, and Monopoly in the Park are sure to steal your heart. Families, Historians, and Millennials alike will fall in love with this city that joins historical architecture with new wave technology and entertainment.


Speaking of entertainment, it is nearly impossible to get bored in this town. San Jose sports teams like the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League and the Barracudas of the American Hockey League both call San Jose home and play at the SAP Center alongside musicians, comedians, and the SaberCats arena football team. All sports aside, the entertainment industry is always bustling. Start your munging off with the locals at Hannah, a coffee café where you are sure to find the most beautiful latte art and breakfast sandwiches fit for a king.

After fueling up, you may find yourself at the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo enjoying the animal exhibits, petting zoo, and rollercoasters. Yep, you heard that right! The zoo doubles as an amusement park. The Tech Museum of Innovation is just off Market Place, fitting for the tech hub that exists in San Jose. At the museum, you’ll find exhibits including Reboot Reality, the BioDesign Studio, and The Tech for Global Good. For those of you that are true tech lovers, the GooglePlex is only about a 20 minute drive north towards Palo Alto. Fashion gurus will fall in love with Santana Row, where high-end designers and local boutiques alike gather to form a beautiful and luxurious outdoor shopping center equipped with a variety of eateries, live music, and even yoga classes!

Surely, you can’t miss out on the nightlife in San Jose. Have dinner any day of the week at Bun Bo Hue An Nam or Tofoo Com Chay for some of the best authentic Vietnamese food everyone raves about. For a casual Friday night out, the options are endless. Los San Patricios Pub combines Mexican and Irish cuisine for a modern twist on your traditional dinner plates. We suggest stopping by on a Tuesday to join in on the Taco Tuesday fun with the locals or Thursday for Karaoke night! Beer fans, drop by Hapa’s Brewing Company for some of the best beer in the area, you’ll thank us later. Yelpers rave about Paper Plane who offers some of the most creative cocktails including 20 signature cocktails in an enjoyable and lively environment. Certainly, you won’t run out of drinks to try or eateries to indulge in. Now that you are hooked on San Jose, let’s take a look at where your future home may be waiting for you!

Neighborhoods and Districts

Being the first city in California, it is no surprise that Central San Jose is filled with a diverse history including old Victorian-style homes originally built pre-1906. The region even held strong and was successfully rebuilt following the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Although it left much of the area in dismay, it was not able to destroy the structure of the historic homes and neighborhoods including the South University, Naglee Park, Hensley Historic District, Reed Historic District, and Vendome neighborhood, thankfully these neighborhoods remain today. Don’t let the fear of earthquakes detract you, since 1906, many laws and regulations have been put in place to secure the safety of homes should another earthquake occur. More information on earthquakes and fault locations in the Bay Area can be found at USGS.

If you are looking for more of a modern style home you’ll enjoy the high-rise condominiums and modern style homes dispersed throughout the city but, you may need to consult your wallet first. The average rent in Central San Jose is $2,730 for an 860 sqft apartment. Not to mention it has increased by 4% in the last year. None the less, these jaw-dropping luxury apartments are hardly resistible and your options are endless. Homes range from the Classics at Bernal Park with two- and three- bedroom townhomes in historic Japantown to Axis with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the entirety of San Jose form the 22nd floor and are with walking distance from all of downtown has to offer meaning transportation is no worry if you chose these skyscraper condominiums.


The downtown area is completely walkable and friendly to bikers as well as automobiles, but for anyone who has been to California, you know the traffic and difficulty of parking rules out driving.  Should you opt for a more budget-friendly home or apartment in the outskirts of downtown San Jose, you will need to consider transportation and they have an option for every place you need to go. The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus and light route will transport you anywhere in Santa Clara should you be off to Avaya Stadium to watch the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team or headed to work. Looking to head into San Francisco? Look no further than the Caltrain which will lead you all the way up the San Francisco Bay!

Cost of Living

Before you make the final decision to pick up your belongings and hop on the fastest route to San Jose, let’s take a look at the cost of living. The diversity in homes and ease of entertainment do come at the cost of a pretty penny. The cost of living is 28% higher than the California average and 77% higher than the national average. The current median listing price for a house in Central San Jose is $991,200 while the current median value is $821,400. The good news is that a job market with many opportunities means the median household income is 63% higher than the U.S. average at $90,303. Although San Jose is a beautiful area thriving with entertainment and historical value, it comes at a cost, the cost the sunshine tax, groceries, housing, and transportation to be exact, but if you stick with budget-friendly transportation options they offer and are happy to settle in to a smaller condo, this might be the perfect place for you and your wallet!

Time to Move

When the time comes to move and you find yourself needing more space, A-1 Self Storage San Jose on Santa Ana Ave is here for you! We have clean, well-lit, and affordable storage units in a variety of sizes to perfectly fit your needs and budget. There is no need to walk down alleyways searching for boxes because we’ve got boxes, mattress covers, moving blankets and more.  Our friendly storage experts are always happy to help you find the right size and supply you with any moving supplies you might need for your big move. Drop by, give us a call, or visit us online and unclutter your new space!

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