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Take a walk around Willow Glen.
Take a walk around Willow Glen.
Published: 2015/02/14
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1085 Merle Avenue - Willow Glen - San Jose CA 95125 by Douglas Thron drone real estate videos tours
1085 Merle Avenue - Willow Glen - San Jose CA 95125 by Douglas Thron drone real estate videos tours
Published: 2017/05/01
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Willow Glen, San Jose, California
Willow Glen, San Jose, California
Published: 2010/10/29
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SAN JOSE AT WILLOW GLEN FB 090416
Published: 2016/09/05
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Прогулка Willow Glen, San Jose
Прогулка Willow Glen, San Jose
Published: 2016/01/18
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Accident in Downtown Willow Glen, San Jose, CA
Accident in Downtown Willow Glen, San Jose, CA
Published: 2012/02/16
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San Jose Double Homicide Suspect Dies In Armed Standoff
San Jose Double Homicide Suspect Dies In Armed Standoff
Published: 2017/05/04
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Willow Glen! 1540 Hervey Ln. San Jose CA
Willow Glen! 1540 Hervey Ln. San Jose CA
Published: 2009/01/16
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Girls Volleyball: Willow Glen at Branham
Girls Volleyball: Willow Glen at Branham
Published: 2017/09/22
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Maxine Avenue in Willow Glen (San Jose, CA) Provident Property Management
Maxine Avenue in Willow Glen (San Jose, CA) Provident Property Management
Published: 2015/04/23
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Willow Glen VS San Jose 10/15/1982
Willow Glen VS San Jose 10/15/1982
Published: 2017/12/17
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Willow Glen, San Jose, California
Willow Glen, San Jose, California
Published: 2012/06/02
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San Jose - Willow Glen Living
San Jose - Willow Glen Living
Published: 2016/01/07
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1531 Iris Court, San Jose | Willow Glen | Homes of Silicon Valley
1531 Iris Court, San Jose | Willow Glen | Homes of Silicon Valley
Published: 2016/11/29
Channel: Blu Skye Media
1715 Willow Street in Willow Glen, San Jose, CA 95125
1715 Willow Street in Willow Glen, San Jose, CA 95125
Published: 2015/01/27
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Robert Doucet - Intero, Willow Glen, San Jose
Robert Doucet - Intero, Willow Glen, San Jose
Published: 2011/07/13
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Icicles Willow Glen
Icicles Willow Glen
Published: 2016/09/04
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Halloween @ Downtown Willow Glen San Jose
Halloween @ Downtown Willow Glen San Jose
Published: 2016/03/23
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Willow Glen in San Jose, California
Willow Glen in San Jose, California
Published: 2013/11/20
Channel: Blu Skye Media
The Trail System of Willow Glen and San Jose, CA
The Trail System of Willow Glen and San Jose, CA
Published: 2009/06/21
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WestVu Properties Willow Glen San Jose California 95125
WestVu Properties Willow Glen San Jose California 95125
Published: 2007/07/30
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Willow street pizza Willow glen san jose good food here
Willow street pizza Willow glen san jose good food here
Published: 2009/07/19
Channel: Marianvalkyrien
Willow Glen Home for Sale - 1995 Ellen Ave, san Jose CA 95125
Willow Glen Home for Sale - 1995 Ellen Ave, san Jose CA 95125
Published: 2014/05/21
Channel: Vickie Chandler
Pressure Washing Patio in Willow Glen San Jose CA
Pressure Washing Patio in Willow Glen San Jose CA
Published: 2015/03/06
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Willow Glen Lifestyles Home Tour
Willow Glen Lifestyles Home Tour
Published: 2015/07/23
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Viva Calle San Jose Willow Glen
Viva Calle San Jose Willow Glen
Published: 2016/09/19
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1323 Dale Ave, San Jose (Willow Glen) CA 95125, USA
1323 Dale Ave, San Jose (Willow Glen) CA 95125, USA
Published: 2013/06/21
Channel: Valerie Mein
Landscape San Jose, Ca- Willow Glen
Landscape San Jose, Ca- Willow Glen
Published: 2010/01/19
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Willow Glen
Willow Glen
Published: 2013/07/15
Channel: kevin riles
San Jose, CA Willow Glen Realtor, Almaden Valley Resident Lili can serve all your real estate needs.
San Jose, CA Willow Glen Realtor, Almaden Valley Resident Lili can serve all your real estate needs.
Published: 2011/11/17
Channel: Lili Banitaba
Willow Glen Real Estate - Willow Glen Homes for Sale - 408-256-4219
Willow Glen Real Estate - Willow Glen Homes for Sale - 408-256-4219
Published: 2010/07/21
Channel: mysanjosehomesales
Willow Glen Neighborhood Association San Jose Mayoral Debate on April 24, 2014
Willow Glen Neighborhood Association San Jose Mayoral Debate on April 24, 2014
Published: 2014/05/08
Channel: United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County
Home SOLD - Charming Willow Glen Bungalow (San Jose, CA)
Home SOLD - Charming Willow Glen Bungalow (San Jose, CA)
Published: 2011/09/13
Channel: EagleHomeGroup
Eric T-rex450 @ River Glen Park In Willow Glen SAN JOSE Ca.
Eric T-rex450 @ River Glen Park In Willow Glen SAN JOSE Ca.
Published: 2009/08/01
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2377 Plateau Dr, Willow Glen - San Jose Real Estate for Sale
2377 Plateau Dr, Willow Glen - San Jose Real Estate for Sale
Published: 2007/07/09
Channel: Raymond Chavez
1381 Prevost Street, San Jose, Ca 95125 - Home in Willow Glen
1381 Prevost Street, San Jose, Ca 95125 - Home in Willow Glen
Published: 2013/04/11
Channel: Trisha Motter
Christmas in Willow Glen
Christmas in Willow Glen
Published: 2015/12/13
Channel: Troy Doolittle
Willow Glen, San Jose, CA
Willow Glen, San Jose, CA
Published: 2007/02/12
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2596 Meridian Avenue, San Jose (Willow Glen) CA 95124, USA
2596 Meridian Avenue, San Jose (Willow Glen) CA 95124, USA
Published: 2013/05/24
Channel: Valerie Mein
1407 Willow Street San Jose CA 95125 - SOLD!!!
1407 Willow Street San Jose CA 95125 - SOLD!!!
Published: 2013/09/16
Channel: Intero Real Estate - Willow Glen
MVI 4402 beetle Willow glen san jose park lincoln
MVI 4402 beetle Willow glen san jose park lincoln
Published: 2009/08/08
Channel: Marianvalkyrien
Cre8 A Couch San Jose / Willow Glen
Cre8 A Couch San Jose / Willow Glen
Published: 2017/12/08
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Bath Design Video - (Willow Glen area) San Jose, CA
Bath Design Video - (Willow Glen area) San Jose, CA
Published: 2017/12/21
Channel: Advanced Home Improvement
Trailer trash Willow Glen San-Jose Cal.part 3
Trailer trash Willow Glen San-Jose Cal.part 3
Published: 2011/09/30
Channel: Randy Graff
856 Pine Avenue, San Jose (Willow Glen) CA 95125, USA
856 Pine Avenue, San Jose (Willow Glen) CA 95125, USA
Published: 2013/11/07
Channel: Valerie Mein
Downtown Willow Glen 1988
Downtown Willow Glen 1988
Published: 2017/07/04
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Pressure Washing Driveway in Willow Glen Area San Jose CA
Pressure Washing Driveway in Willow Glen Area San Jose CA
Published: 2015/01/15
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1473 Gerhardt Avenue, San Jose (Willow Glen) CA 95125, USA
1473 Gerhardt Avenue, San Jose (Willow Glen) CA 95125, USA
Published: 2013/05/24
Channel: Valerie Mein
Package Thief San Jose, CA
Package Thief San Jose, CA
Published: 2012/06/06
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Silly crosswalk button in Willow Glen (San Jose, CA)
Published: 2013/12/01
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Willow Glen
Neighborhood of San Jose
Lincoln Avenue at night
Lincoln Avenue at night
Willow Glen is located in San Jose, California
Willow Glen
Willow Glen
Location within San Jose and Silicon Valley
Coordinates: 37°18′13″N 121°53′50″W / 37.30357°N 121.897345°W / 37.30357; -121.897345
Country United States
State California
County Santa Clara
City San Jose
Elevation 115 ft (35 m)

Willow Glen is a neighborhood of San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. The neighborhood has walkable tree-lined streets, diverse architecture, specialty shops, and independent businesses. The historic downtown on Lincoln Avenue between Willow Street and Minnesota Avenue is a well-known downtown community, with a variety of restaurants and shops.[1]

History[edit]

The neighborhood began in the mid-1800s as an unincorporated community adjacent to San Jose, California. By the 1860s the small unincorporated community needed its first school, and Willow Glen Elementary School was founded in 1863. Willow Glen continued as an unincorporated community until the 1920s, when the City of San Jose ordered the Southern Pacific Railroad to re-route the Southern Pacific Railroad trunk line which at that time was going down Fourth Street. The Southern Pacific then proposed to re-route down Lincoln Avenue. In order to forestall that attempt, Willow Glen was incorporated as a city in 1927.[2] The railroad was instead re-routed to its current route through a then-unincorporated area now known as North Willow Glen,[3] where its principal user is now Caltrain.

Being a city, however, required thinking about issues such as sewage. Willow Glen had no sewer system – individual homes had their own cesspools or septic systems. Because the area was marshy before being drained for Willow Glen,[4] the high water table resulted in raw sewage often spilling above-ground from flooded cesspools. Rather than build their own very expensive sewage treatment system, in 1936 Willow Glen's residents opted to be annexed to San Jose and be linked to San Jose's sewage system, the measure passing by a vote of 978 to 871.[5]

Lincoln Avenue was renamed from "Willow Glen Road" in 1865, shortly after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.[5]

Geography and environment[edit]

Willow Glen includes areas within zip code 95125, though not all of the zip code area can actually be considered to be part of the Willow Glen neighborhood, and there are areas within the 95126 zip code that many people would consider to be part of Willow Glen. Willow Glen has no officially defined boundaries, and area residents have been know to dispute where the neighborhood ends. The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association's by-laws[6] reserve voting memberships to individuals and businesses within boundaries of the Association defined by the San Jose 2009 Greenprint - Willow Glen Planning Area Map,[7] and within 1/2 mile of Greenprint boundary.

Architecture[edit]

Willow Glen neighborhoods are almost exclusively composed of custom or semi-custom homes in a diverse range of architectural styles. Many architect-commissioned houses can be seen in the neighborhood, including Victorian, Neoclassical (Queen Anne Cottage and Neocolonial), Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Mission, Prairie, Spanish Eclectic, Eichler Homes, and Tudor.[8] In recent years many smaller houses have been replaced with larger houses.

Transportation[edit]

Public transportation[edit]

Although no railway stations exist within Willow Glen, the area is served well by San Jose Light Rail and Caltrain stations on or near its borders: Fruitdale, Race, Curtner, Tamien, Diridon, and Virginia.

Trails and bikeways[edit]

The two sections of the Los Gatos Creek Trail terminate in Willow Glen. The connection requires on-street travel through much of Willow Glen.

One section of the Guadalupe River Trail terminates near the far north east edge of Willow Glen but otherwise does not run through it.

The Highway 87 Bikeway runs along the eastern edge of Willow Glen but terminates at Willow Street at its most northern point.

The Three Creeks Trail runs diagonally through Willow Glen and passes close to downtown.

Attractions[edit]

Annual events[edit]

Dancin' On The Avenue

Dancin' On The Avenue (DOTA) is Willow Glen's annual street party that occurs on one day in summer. It is celebrated along Lincoln Avenue, between Willow Street and Minnesota Avenue. The event is organized by the Willow Glen Business Association.[citation needed]

Founders' Day

Founders' Day occurs in September although it has not been celebrated every year. The event celebrates the rich history, cultural heritage, and progressive present of the neighborhoods, homes, and community of Willow Glen. The highlight is a festive parade that proceeds down Lincoln Avenue. The origins of Founders' Day are not known. Archives of the Willow Glen Resident newspaper indicate it originates from the area's nine years of independence from San Jose between September 8, 1927 and September 4, 1936. Another view is that it celebrates the work of Antonio Maria Sunol who built Laura Ville adjoining the Roberto Adobe at 770 Lincoln Avenue in 1847.[citation needed]

Christmas Tree Lights

Example Willow Glen Christmas Decorations.

Willow Glen residents have a distinct Christmas tree decoration tradition. This tradition involves buying similar, very small, Christmas Trees and placing them in the front yard 10 feet from the sidewalk with multicolored lights. The uniform look is striking. People and businesses in the neighborhood generally make significant decorations every year, both within the neighborhood and in the Lincoln Avenue business district, drawing visitors from all around the area and increasing traffic on neighborhood streets ten-fold.

The tradition of a Christmas tree on each residence's lawn was started in 1950 by Robert and Arlene Cimino at 1099 Glen Echo Ave. Trees were purchased in bulk from the Knights of Columbus and delivered to participating homes. The Ciminos moved from the area in 1956 and the tradition was continued by Frank Badagliacca Jr. on the 1000 block of Camino Ramon. He was often called "Mr. Rebar" for using a stake made of construction rebar to hold up each tree. Dolores Badagliacca, his wife, came up with the idea of putting a single white light on the top of each tree. The tradition now stretches to over 200 streets in the greater San Jose area.[9]

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Coordinates: 37°18′13″N 121°53′50″W / 37.303570°N 121.897345°W / 37.303570; -121.897345

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