Pros: Just a five-minute drive from downtown, Willow Glen nevertheless feels more like its own bustling town than an urban outpost. Local businesses include a children's bookstore and Bill's Cafe, a 36-year-old Sunday brunch fixture. The area hosts regular events like music festivals and wine-tasting walks.
The streets are lined with well-kept homes, ranging from century-old Craftsman houses to recent rebuilds. For folks looking to head downtown or to nearby cities, there are three regional rail lines in or bordering Willow Glen.
Cons: Buying isn't cheap. Three-bedroom homes near the main drag start at $750,000. Public schools are improving, but many parents shell out for private options. --V.C.
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