San Jose Gay Neighborhoods
San Jose, California, is the third-largest city in the state. Founded in 1777 as a Spanish colony, San Jose later served as the first capital of California.
The city was fairly small for decades until it had a sudden population spurt. Many people moved to the area during the 1990s to work in Silicon Valley. This included a number of LGBT people.
San Jose’s gay district is called the St. Leo Neighborhood. This area is located near downtown and is often included as part of the Greater Rose Garden neighborhood, the Downtown District, or the Shasta Hanchett neighborhood. It’s outlined by four streets: Alameda, Diridon Station, Park Avenue, and Race Street. The homes here were built in the early 1900s.
St. Leo’s is home to the Water Garden bath house, Carla’s Social Club (a space for transgender events), and the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center. Homes in the area cost between $435,000 and $678,000.