A Brief Tour of the Buena Vista Neighborhood

Many visitors first see the tree-lined Leigh Avenue which leads to our area from Highway 280 and points south.

While we are known for our bungalows that date from the early 1900s, we’re more than just lovely old bungalows.

Along with the bungalows, we have a few Victorians, many small homes built in the 40s and 50s that are perfect for first-time home-buyers, several modern townhouse complexes, old-style apartments built in the 40s, as well as more modern apartment buildings.



We have our own neighborhood park that was expanded from one City lot to TWO City lots in 2013.  


In the winter of 2006-2007, Scott Street got some much needed improvements -- new trees, cut-outs on sidewalks for the disabled, and spiffy new old-fashioned light posts:


Along our northern border is San Carlos Street, a major thoroughfare lined with shops and restaurants. We are particularly fond of the many ethnic restaurants, including Vietnamese, Salvadoran, Korean Barbecue, Cuban, and Lebanese – in addition to the more common Chinese, Mexican, and fast-food burger joints. [Complete list]

Of course, we have chain stores and modern conveniences within walking distance along San Carlos Street including a Safeway, McDonald’s, Walgreens, Starbucks, Quiznos, Burger King, and Jack-in-the-Box.

San Carlos Street also boasts a wonderful collection of antique stores. [Complete List].

Neighborhood schools include Del Mar High School and Lincoln High School, Herbert Hoover Middle School, Burbank Elementary School and Trace Elementary School. Also nearby is the Rose Garden Library


Lincoln High School...............Burbank Elementary School................ Rose Garden Libary

In addition to easy freeway access, the Buena Vista Neighborhood sits along a major bus route!  Ten minutes east is downtown San Jose, including San Jose's City Hall, the Santa Clara County Courthouse, San Jose State University, San Jose's Main Libary and the Hewlett-Packard Arena. Ten minutes to the west are two popular shopping destinations: Santana Row and Westfield Mall