When speaking of the “Rose Garden” in San Jose locals could be referring to the beautiful 5.5 acre city park filled with walking paths and thousands of rose bushes, or the gentrified residential neighborhood that surrounds it. Both are located in west San Jose bounded by Forest Avenue and Alameda.
While not a classically “planned” neighborhood, the Rose Garden area has an interesting history. Originally orchards owned by John Crummey, the area was surrounded by just a few farm houses and what were then considered to be mansions. In the late 1920’s Crummey sold 11 acres to the City, part of which eventually became the Rose Garden park. A few years later, he subdivided 25 acres of his remaining orchards into lots and built homes on them.
These original farmhouses, Victorian “mansions,” and the first homes built on Crummey’s lots formed the heart of what became the Rose Garden neighborhood. In addition to those that have been built over the later years, visitors can find English Cotswold Cottage, Norman and Tudor architectural styles, making for a truly eclectic feel.
With its shops, restaurants, a tasteful and compact commercial district, parks and diverse housing styles, the Rose Garden neighborhood has become one of San Jose’s most desirable locations.