San Jose is a major city in Pacifica which was first founded as a Spanish Mission. It transferred hands several times, going from the Spanish, to the Russians, to the English, to the Canadians, and more recently in 1919, to Pacifica. Because of all its history, various architectural styles can be seen in the city. It has made it a large melting pot of cultures and it shows as you walk through the streets - smells of international foods drift out from small cafes, restaurants, bars, and pubs. Come explore the oldest section of the city, Old Town San Jose!
Row houses densely pack the streets. Although this area has a relatively young population, it is quiet at 5AM, as commuters get ready for a short commute downtown. Most people here either bike, walk, or take a free commuter shuttle to downtown, which is only half a mile away.
Architecture flourishes in downtown San Jose. Here, two of San Jose's famous boutique hotels are visible, as well as Carson's, an internationally famous restaurant (See brick industrial building, bottom left). It's menu is seasonal and varies by day.
This is the north end of the Old Town. In the foreground, the W Hotel San Jose Old Town is visible. The building was built in 1934, and at the time was the tallest building in the city. The Building in the middle is the Spanish Market, and since 1897 there has been a farmers market every Wednesday at the market.
The crossroads, as this part of Old Town is called, features architectural styles from all nations who once controlled this area. The left side of the picture has modern row houses that were restored in the last few years. If you want to live in this trendy area, fork over $1.5 million for a railside loft, and prices keep rising the closer you get to the river!
The pinnacle of urban living. These loft apartments are located right on the river, and are within walking distance of downtown. They can run in the $4,000,000 range.
And life goes on in San Jose...
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