With all of the amenities of a large city and the charm of a small town, San José is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
San José residents enjoy an unparalleled quality of life, with great weather year round to enjoy expansive open spaces, beautiful parks, trails, and local and regional attractions. It’s an easy day trip to some of the best destinations in northern California, including San Francisco (one hour), Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay (45 minutes), Oakland / Berkeley (50 minutes), the renowned Napa Valley wine region (two hours), and Yosemite National Park (four hours). There’s also plenty to enjoy right here in San José.
As one of the most walkable and bike friendliest cities in California, lit with over 300 days of sunshine and great weather, San Jose is a haven for walking warriors, bicyclists and jogging junkies – especially along Guadalupe River Park’s many wildlife-filled trails or downtown’s tree-lined streets. The urban center is home to many unique festivals and events, such as the a stop on the Amgen Tour of California, Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon, Cinequest Film Festival, Vietnamese Spring Festival, Japanese Obon Festival, San Jose Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and Zero One, where art meets technology. If you hate the idea of taking out a bank loan to pay for parking like in certain cities to the north, San Jose is dotted with free or low-cost parking downtown, and is easily accessible via lightrail.