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Santana Row is a fashionable outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment district in San Jose, California. Westfield Valley Fair is located just to its north, on the other side of Stevens Creek Boulevard, and the Winchester Mystery House just to the west, across Winchester Boulevard.
Shops and Restaurants
Santana Row offers a mix of high-end and mid-tier retail tenants, ranging from luxury brands like Gucci, Kate Spade to casual brands like Diesel, H&M, Ann Taylor LOFT, Anthropologie, Free People, and Urban Outfitters. Also on the row are restaurants ranging from local concepts like Left Bank Brasserie and sister restaurant LB Steak, Pizza Antica, and Blowfish, to chains like The Counter, Maggiano's Little Italy, Pinkberry and a Yard House that closes at a cringeworthy, 11:00pm. The district is anchored by Crate & Barrel, Best Buy, and The Container Store, and was the home of a flagship Borders bookstore until the company's liquidation in 2011.
The Residences at Santana Row feature 834 homes (219 privately owned condos and 615 luxury rental homes), with population over 1,000. Bars and restaurants at Santana Row close several hours earlier due to proximity to residences.
The design team, including SB Architects, BAR Architects, Steinberg Architects and landscape architects The SWA Group and April Philips Design Works, worked on behalf of the project developers, Federal Realty Investment Trust.
When presenting the award, judges from Builder Magazine noted the street’s European atmosphere that was achieved by employing a variety of architectural designs for the structures as well as sophisticated landscaping details. These details focused on the use of mature oak and palm trees, shaded grassy plazas, courtyards, and fountains, intimate public seating areas, extra-wide sidewalks and street medians, and multi-use destinations such as Park Valencia, which hosts live music, and other public gatherings.
The site was previously a Town and Country Village. On August 19, 2002, during construction, the largest building at Santana Row (Building 7, "Santana Heights") caught fire. The fire eventually caused $130,000,000 in damage, and embers spread to at least 13 apartment buildings, some with wooden roofs, nearly a mile downwind of the shopping center on Moorpark Avenue, across Interstate 280. The main fire spread to five alarms, while the secondary fires required six alarms. It was the largest structure fire in San Jose's history.
About the Santana Row Name
Santana Row derives its name from Frank M. Santana, after whom nearby Santana Park is named as well.