East San Jose

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East San Jose
The East Side
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East San Jose is located in San Jose, California
East San Jose
East San Jose
Location within San Jose
Coordinates: 37°19′46″N 121°48′56″W / 37.329423°N 121.815689°W / 37.329423; -121.815689
CountryUnited States
CountySanta Clara
CitySan Jose

East San Jose (abbreviated as ESJ), commonly called The East Side and less commonly as the East Valley, is the eastern region of the city of San Jose, California. The East Side is made up of numerous neighborhoods grouped into two larger districts: Alum Rock and Evergreen. East San Jose is bordered by the Diablo Range to the east and south, the Coyote Creek to the west, and Mabury Road to the North.[1]

East San Jose is one of the city's most diverse regions, home to landmarks such as the historic Chicano/Mexican-American neighborhoods of Mayfair and King & Story, as well as the Gurdwara Sahib of San Jose, the largest Sikh temple in the world outside of India.[2][3]


East San Jose originally referred to a small former city that sat to the east of San Jose, which was annexed by the City of San Jose in 1911.[4] That area now falls within Central San Jose.

The Alum Rock neighborhood of Mayfair is famed for its historical association with Californian civil rights activist César Chávez, who lived in the neighborhood in the 1950s and began his career as a grassroots activist at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Mayfair.[5]

Evergreen is the site of flight experiments conducted in 1911 by John J. Montgomery, who is best known for his invention of controlled heavier-than-air flying machines.[6]

Districts and neighborhoods[edit]

East San Jose is divided into two districts, Alum Rock and Evergreen, which are then each divided into individual neighborhoods.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "East San Jose, San Jose, CA". Google Maps. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Sikh Gurdwara Sahib". San Jose. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  3. ^ Rana, Yudhvir (February 15, 2018). "San Jose Gurdwara: Biggest gurdwara in North America says Indian officials are welcome". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  4. ^ Meg Rogers (2007). The Portuguese in San Jose. p. 28. ISBN 978-0738547817.
  5. ^ Visit San José - Neighborhoods: Mayfair
  6. ^ "San Jose, CA - Official Website - Montgomery Hill". www.sanjoseca.gov. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  7. ^ Susan Dinkelspiel Cerny (2007). An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area. ISBN 978-1586854324.