The history of San Jose begins before the arrival European settlers. The area was inhabited by several groups of Ohlone Native Americans. Founded in 1777 as the first town of the Spanish colony of Nueva California, the city served as a farming community. Producing fruits and vegetables including prunes, grapes, apricots and broccoli, San Jose Central grew into a technology power house in Silicon Valley.
Attractions in the area include the HP Pavillion, known as “The Shark Tank”, The San Jose Central Convention complex, the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, a conservatory of rare and endangered species; the Winchester Mystery House, a marvelous architectural novelty with creativity and expense invested in the 160 room mansion; and the San Jose Central Flea Market, a town favorite that includes eight miles of corridors of over 2000 merchants. A culturally influenced community, San Jose Central thrives on the arts. The San Jose Central Museum of Art, the Tech Museum, the Children’s Discovery Museum, the Rosicrucian Museum and the San Jose Central Museum of Quilts and Textiles all top the list for weekend fun.
Of course, with proximity to the mountains and the ocean, outdoor enthusiasts can hike, bike, camp and ski. Residents can take it easy for a stroll in the several city parks integrated with live art programs, or a walk down the Alameda for a shopper’s extravaganza.
San Jose Central boasts a well-developed transportation system, including three interstates, commuter and local rail systems, bus routes, historic streetcars and plans of including the BART to be extended into the city. Mineta San Jose Central International Airport, San Jose Central/Reid-Hillview Airport, San Francisco International and Oakland International all serve residents as major transportation hubs.
Whether it's the diverse cultural and recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the beautiful natural scenery, San Jose Central and its five neighborhoods afford a quality of life second to none. The combination of small town charm with exclusive amenities and safe and clean atmosphere make San Jose Central a great place to call home.
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