The development of West San Jose began in the 1950s with moderately-priced housing. Most recently, however, the neighborhood has become quite upscale with the average cost of homes rising above $1 million. It includes the major commercial thoroughfare Stevens Creek Boulevard, which includes Westfield Valley Fair Mall and Santana Row.
West San Jose includes multiple California Distinguished Schools, and is bordered by Santa Clara, Saratoga, and Cupertino. It includes over 20 movie theaters and the historic California landmark, the Winchester Mystery House.