One of my favorite parts of writing articles about the individual neighborhoods of San Jose and the towns and cities in Santa Clara County is learning about so many fascinating aspects of each area. Naglee Park, an historic area near downtown San Jose, is one of the most fascinating areas of San Jose. Naglee Park borders E. Santa Clara Street, East Williams Street, South 11th Street and Coyote Creek. The original land that comprises the area was owned by Civil War Brigadier General, Henry Naglee. Naglee, whose house was built in 1864 and is known as the oldest home in Naglee Park, was also a civil engineer, banker and vintner.
This historic home is located at 14th Street and San Fernando. Most of the homes were built in the 1900’s after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The Naglee Estate was known during its prime for its gardens and vineyards. When General Naglee died in 1886, his will stipulated that the estate could not be subdivided until after his youngest daughter turned 30 years old. In 1902, the daughters and their husbands subdivided the land into 602 lots, which sold very quickly. With that, the neighborhood of Naglee Park was born. Most single family homes in this area sit on lots between 4,000-6,000 sq feet.
Many changes happened to the area over the years:
- In 1958 the area was changed to a multi-family zone
- In 1968, SJSU began allowing students to live off campus. Due to the close proximity, it was a popular destination for student living.
- During the late 60s, early 70s, because of low prices, a large number of mental health and care facilities were opened.
- In 1978, it was rezoned back to single family residences
During 1990-2000, the resurrection and remodels of the historic homes began a new beginning to make the neighborhood one of the most sought after locations in San Jose.
There are quite a few activities within the neighborhood that brings the community together, many centering at the beautiful William Street Park. One such event is “Bark in the Park”, the largest dog centered festival in the United States. More than 15,000 dog lovers and 3,000 dogs attend every year. They have entertainment, contests such as costume and look-a-like, low cost vaccines and much more. The 4th of July parade is also very popular. Along with the parade, a competitive run is held in the morning, then a bake off followed by a neighborhood block party. The Campus Community Association (CCA) also hosts an annual open studio, which is free and open to the public. It is a wonderful opportunity to visit local artist studios, enjoy art and walk the beautiful streets of Naglee Park.
The Naglee Park Garage it the most famous restaurant in the neighborhood. The delicious food gained the restaurant recognition and was featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives”. They were known for their burgers with a side of Brussels sprouts with smoky bacon. The restaurant was open for 12 years before closing earlier this year. The good news is that it will reopen next year with a lot of the same menus.
The close proximity to downtown also provides a number of activities and restaurants. Summertime brings “Music in the Park” and the San Jose Jazz Festival. If you want to dress up for a yummy meal out on the town, Morton’s or Grill on the Alley are great places to try. For a more casual experience, San Pedro Square is a fun place to shop, eat and drink. On weekends, you can also find live music.
With downtown San Jose booming with plans by Google to create a headquarter campus and other high tech titans making the city a core destination for business, being within biking distance will only make these homes more valuable in the future.
Average home values for the area are between $800,000 and $1.5 million. The area is a desired neighborhood and the homes haven’t been staying on the market very long. Some even sell in just a few days.
The homes of Naglee Park are historic and beautiful. The streets are wide and the neighbors are friendly. All these aspects are reasons for more than one homeowner to claim, “Naglee Park is the best place I have ever lived!”
Here is an excellent historical collection of homes in Naglee Park featured in “before and after” photos.
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