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In the 1800's Willow Glen started out as a marshy area located between the Los Gatos Creek and the Guadalupe River. The marsh was surrounded by many Willow trees. In the early 1900's it was drained so the land could be used as orchards and sold to developers. Modest two-bedroom bungalows in the neoclassical style, along with a few Victorians started to sprout up around this area
In 1863 Willow Glen Elementary school was founded in this growing unincorporated city. Willow Glen continued as an unincorporated community until the 1920's. At this time the city of San Jose ordered the re-route of the Southern Pacific Railroad down Lincoln Ave. To prevent this Willow Glen was incorporated as a city in 1927. Southern Pacific then re routed through North Willow Glen the now location of Cal train.
Becoming a city gave the growing city of Willow Glen new challenges. Residents were on their own septic system or cesspool. Instead of building their own expensive sewage treatment system, Willow glen residents instead voted in 1936 to be annexed to San Jose and hook up to San Jose's sewage system.
Today Willow Glen is thriving community with small town charm. Downtown Willow Glen is populated by many boutiques, bookstores, outdoor cafes and coffee shops and is well-maintained due to the efforts of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA). 'A grassroots community organization dedicated to improving life in Willow Glen', the WGNA is similar to many other neighborhood organizations which is dedicated to the enhancement and preservation of the neighborhood, focusing on issues such as land use, planning, traffic, safety, open space, parks and recreation within Willow Glen.
Many of the homes were custom built in 1930's and retain stylistic and structural characteristics of that era, including basements, hardwood floors, brick walls and large gardens. Overall the neighborhood has an upscale, charming Midwest-New England look. It has long been acknowledged that Willow Glen, as well as the Rose Garden district, present some of the finest 'old' housing in San Jose.
For more information about the City of Willow Glen vist Wikipedia.org.
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