Realtor Dale Warfel

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Landmarks and tourist spots in Willow Glen

Once an incorporated city in its own right, today Willow Glen is a uniquely charming neighborhood of San Jose. Like a small town, with its own main street, Lincoln Avenue, Willow Glen is lush with tree-lined streets, punctuated with architecturally distinctive single family homes, many of them Victorian and Spanish-style built in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Lincoln Avenue downtown business district, located between Coe and Minnesota, is lined with sidewalk cafes, Italian delis, home design stores and clothing boutiques. Although Starbucks, Peets, Noah's Bagels and others have established outposts to mine Willow Glen's lucrative demographics, most Lincoln Avenue stores continue to be locally owned and operated retail businesses. In fact, Willow Glen features two of the Silicon Valley area's only remaining independent bookstores.

Gentrification transformed Willow Glen in the 1990s. And even today, it's a diverse community with a rich tapestry of quiet, enjoyable and very livable Silicon Valley attributes.

With wonderful restaurants and delis, Willow Glen has become a staple for local San Jose residents. Enjoy a weekend breakfast at John's XLNT Foods or grab a great Italian lunch at La Villa deli. For those who prefer fine dining in Willow Glen, Vin Santo is warm and welcoming. Stop by WineStyles of Willow Glen, select a great wine for under $25, and receive free corkage at participating Willow Glen restaurants.

Real Estate Finder: Interested in a home in Willow Glen? Located three miles southwest of downtown San Jose, Willow Glen is bordered by the Guadalupe River, the Los Gatos Creek and Coe and Curtner Avenues, the Willow Glen community is an ideal setting for new families where virtually every home is unique and beautiful, with small town curb appeal.

Willow Glen Bars and Clubs are fun any day of the week. Stop by Aqui's for a signature margarita, or enjoy yourself at Goosetown, singing karaoke with friends. Try wine tasting in Willow Glen. With entertainment and events like Dancing on the Avenue, Willow Glen is fun for the whole family.


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