Once an incorporated city in its own right, Willow Glen is today 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.